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Another Year, Another “I’m Going on a Diet”?

Another Year, Another “I’m Going on a Diet”?

When you’ve consumed a thousand holiday treats and feel awful about your body, the lure of “starting over” on January 1st entices us to make that infamous New Year’s resolution:  “I’m going on a diet!” (or your version of dieting…cutting out carbs, eating clean, limiting food groups, etc) Everywhere we turn, there is talk of dieting, losing weight, and promises to swear off junk food for good. The words, “I’m going on a diet” seem to become what you hear in everyday conversation at this time of year. But come February 1st  (or even sooner!), where are most of these people?
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What To Do When You’re Afraid of People Judging Your Weight

What To Do When You’re Afraid of People Judging Your Weight

One of the big things I hear from clients all the time is this: What if people think I’m fat and gained weight? What if I go home and my family comments on my weight? What if everyone is thinking how frumpy and fat I look every time I’m out? A few weeks ago, one of my clients said, “well, if I was on an island with no one else, I wouldn’t care about my body and being a little bit heavier! It’s worrying about other people’s opinions that makes me crazy.” It’s like the fear of judgement from society
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If You Eat What You Want, Will You Get Fat?

If You Eat What You Want, Will You Get Fat?

When you’re obsessed with controlling your food intake, body size, and the number on the scale, the concept of “eating what you want” sounds foreign, frightening, and downright impossible.  We are convinced that if we allow ourselves to freely choose what we want to eat, we will inevitably gain 10, 15, 20 pounds. You think if you eat what you really want, you’ll just get fat! Our thoughts go something like this: If I eat what I want, my clothes will no longer fit. If I allow myself a dessert today, I’ll lose control of my diet. If I don’t carefully
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Grasping For Control

Grasping For Control

For so many women, the desire to exert strict control over our weight, body size, and food is all too common. We convince ourselves that reaching that magical number on the scale would allow us to finally have it all together.  Or that eating “perfectly” and adhering to the EXACT meals we plan for the week will enable us to control the external stress we may be feeling. Or that dieting to fit into those skinny jeans creates a sense that other areas of our lives are more manageable. Unfortunately, this sense of control is an illusion. Life is messy,
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4 Helpful Hints to Deal with Discomfort

4 Helpful Hints to Deal with Discomfort

Last week’s blog discussed bringing awareness to all of the ways we use food to escape life’s uncomfortable feelings and situations. When we become mindful of how eating to ease stress, boredom, frustration, and anxiety can become a destructive habit in our lives, we are then able to be more open and receptive to learning new ways to deal with the discomfort. By constantly running from all our fears and feelings, we never delve into those emotions to examine and understand what we can learn from them. Remember, we do not grow by constantly running away. Transformation comes when we
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The Uncomfortable Side of Life

The Uncomfortable Side of Life

So much of disordered eating is dealing with discomfort.  No matter where you are on the spectrum, from mild emotional eating to a full blown eating disorder, many of the obstacles and hurdles on this path involve being able to deal with uncomfortable feelings, thoughts, and situations. Most of us are taught to employ any means necessary to escape discomfort and distress. Any time we feel anything, we run. We flee from the situation, racing towards something that will relieve us from the uncomfortable emotions. That “something” for many people can be drinking, excessive television watching, shopping, gambling, drugs, etc.
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