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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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Love Yourself Now (Not 10 Pounds From Now)

Love Yourself Now (Not 10 Pounds From Now)

I know when you’re battling your weight, it’s hard to believe that anyone can love you at the weight you are. And I know the whole “just love and accept your body” culture is MUCH easier said than done. I want to tell you some things about this I wish someone had told me (but first a little story…) I remember when I got back from living in Ecuador for a year. I left thin. I came back fat. Well, in my mind, I was huge, but really I was only about 15-20 pounds heavier.  I was embarrassed of my
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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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How to Banish the “I’ll Be Happy When” Syndrome

How to Banish the “I’ll Be Happy When” Syndrome

We say it all the time. I’ll be happy when I lose fifteen pounds. …When I am in a stable, satisfying relationship. …When I have a job I am passionate about. …When I buy my dream house. The words “I’ll be happy when” have become so pervasive in our society it’s almost second nature to think this way.  It’s a habitually unconscious thought that we have, and as a culture, we have convinced ourselves that happiness lies sometime in the future. But does that “sometime” ever come? There may be a brief moment of joy when we lose the weight,
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