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Are Your “Food Rules” Holding You Back?

Are Your “Food Rules” Holding You Back?

Oh, those sneaky little food rules we have for ourselves. They can creep up on us when we least expect it.  I can’t eat after 7 pm  I have to have a salad for lunch during the work week  I am allowed to eat cereal only on weekends Or my favorite… (because I totally do it all the time) If I eat the icing from the cake, it doesn’t really count. So often, we live by these food rules we’ve made for ourselves; they’ve become such a habit that we aren’t even aware that they aren’t serving us!  When we actually
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Tired of Always “Starting Over” on Monday?

Tired of Always “Starting Over” on Monday?

We’ve all been there. You do so good during the week and then go crazy with the pizza, apps, desserts, and “I’d like fries with that” on the weekends. Then, come Monday, you promise yourself that this, seriously, is the day you are going to gain control of your eating. Inevitably, though, something comes up–a happy hour, a feast in the office break room, a dessert after dinner–that sends you down that “oh crap, I blew it, and now I’m gonna eat everything that I haven’t been allowed to have all week.” Which then leads to another blown week of
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Convinced That Everything Would Be Better If You Were Skinnier?

Convinced That Everything Would Be Better If You Were Skinnier?

Yep, I also used to think that everything would be better if I was skinnier. It was like being thin was the be-all, end-all solution to every single problem I had. Here is what I thought would happen when I finally achieved “skinniness”: -I would be able to handle my emotions and not get worked up over things. -I would be more relaxed and go with the flow. -I would love my job and not feel anxious going to work. -I would not feel like a lost, wanderlust-ing soul wanting to quit my job and travel all the time. -I
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What’s Your Secret?

What’s Your Secret?

We all have secrets. For some of us, it’s something minor like pretending to love action movies to appease your significant other.  Or telling little white lies like “No, your outfit looks great” (when in reality you think it looks like it was made circa 1979). For others, it may be more major secrets, like dealing with a dysfunctional family, overcoming an abusive relationship, or battling a stint with drugs in college. And for many other women-their secret is binge eating. You would never guess the secret of this woman. She appears to have it all together: a stable job, a
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Think Eating Less Will Make You Skinnier? Think Again.

Think Eating Less Will Make You Skinnier? Think Again.

We are surrounded by messages that tell us we have to cut back on calories to lose weight. We’ve been brainwashed to think the less we eat, the skinnier we will be. And our society applauds those who eat like birds. How many times have you heard… I haven’t eaten anything since breakfast. All I ate today was a bagel. I skipped lunch because I had to get some things done. I ran errands all day and only had a cereal bar. We secretly laud ourselves when we “achieve” a day of eating very little. And when we want to
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What to Do When Going Out to Eat is Stressful

What to Do When Going Out to Eat is Stressful

Going out to eat used to send me into a panic. Here is how the situation usually panned out: 1. I knew I had dinner plans, so I would try not to eat that much during the day because I wanted to save up the calories and “splurge” at dinner. I was usually so worried about keeping my food in control at dinner (i.e. not binging), that I was anxious about it all day (and usually ended up overeating at dinner) OR 2. In anticipation of going out to eat, I obsessively planned out exactly what I was going to
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