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The 5 Books You Must Read If You Struggle with Food or Weight

The 5 Books You Must Read If You Struggle with Food or Weight

Throughout the years I struggled with food, battled my weight, and hated my body, books became my lifeline. I devoured anything related to helping me not feel like a crazy person around food. My sister still makes fun of my ridiculous (read: excessive) collection of self-help books. But books can be such a great tool to help you on your journey. Here are the 5 books you must read if you struggle with food or weight:  Book One:  Women, Food, and God Geneen Roth’s books were my saving grace during my years of all-over-the-place-eating. I would read her books and be sobbing one
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Are You Up for the Thanksgiving Challenge?

Are You Up for the Thanksgiving Challenge?

Happy Thanksgiving! It’s almost Turkey Day here in the US, and I am headed to Pittsburgh to spend some QT with the fam (and to see my 5 nieces and nephews, who I can’t wait to squeeze 🙂 ) Thanksgiving is one of those times when even the people who are “normal eaters” find that they eat WAY too much and struggle to pass on the 3rd piece of pie. So for those of us who have “food struggles”, it’s often a very triggering, crazy food obsessed kind-of day. So, here is a little trick that’s really useful, for all
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How Taking Care of Yourself Helps You Stop Binging

How Taking Care of Yourself Helps You Stop Binging

In my blog post from last week, I outlined why the urge to eat the entire bag of Wheat Thins is message; it’s a signal to stop and look a little bit deeper to see what’s going on inside. This frantic, compulsive feeling can be taken care of when you begin taking better care of your inner needs. Yes, taking care of YOU really will help you stop binging! The truth is…none of us REALLY wants to inhale a million and one calories in one sitting! Excessive overeating is how we’ve learned to cope-to stuff down what we don’t want to deal with, to
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Sick of the “Love Your Body at Any Size” Campaigns?

Sick of the “Love Your Body at Any Size” Campaigns?

In the past few years, it seems as if more and more companies/songs/advertising are hopping on the “love your body” campaign. You know the ones. Dove’s advertising showcasing women of all sizes.  Victoria’s Secret’s “I love my body” commercial.  Meghan Trainor’s number one hit.  But sometimes, even I (who write about this positive body kinda stuff) get sick of the “love your body at any size” campaigns. Because, really, if we are honest with ourselves, they aren’t quite working. How many women are there that still don’t love their bodies? (Yes, you can raise your hand too 🙂 ) There
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Does Your Eating Goes Haywire When You’re Out of Your Routine?

Does Your Eating Goes Haywire When You’re Out of Your Routine?

Aaaaand I’m back. I had a wonderful vacation in St. Thomas filled with lots of doing nothing, lying on the beach, staring at the ocean, and reading Harry Potter (officially as obsessed as The Hunger Games).  With vacation, of course, comes “vacation eating”. (I’m not sure if that’s an actual term, but I totally think it should be in the dictionary.) There’s nothing like being out of our routine that causes all of our good intentions to go out the window… It seems that being in a routine often helps keep our eating in check. We don’t typically finish each meal with
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To-Do List Too Long? Try This (Hint: It’s Something You Do All The Time!)

To-Do List Too Long? Try This (Hint: It’s Something You Do All The Time!)

When we get so wrapped up in our to-do’s, life can become a series of never-ending things we need to check off our lists. It’s impossible to get everything done and easy to get overwhelmed. Here is what was on my “Things to Do Today” List: (Note: I’m trying to pack 492093 things into my week before I leave for a vaca to St. Thomas-woohoo!)   Work tasks (17 to be exact) 2 meetings (my opinion of meetings=pointless 90% of the time) Stop at Target and Walgreens (stock up on toiletries) Dentist appointment (why would I schedule this for the day
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