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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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How to Not Eat The Entire Pantry (Even When You Want To)

How to Not Eat The Entire Pantry (Even When You Want To)

Have you ever had one of those days where nothing seems to be going right? You are super stressed out about work, your significant other is irritating the *%$& out of you, your house is dirty and looks like a war zone, and you just can’t seem to get out of your “mood”? We’ve all been there. You get home and something seems to beckon your name from the kitchen… The Pantry. You open the door and wonder what’s in there that you can devour. Even though you have the shelves memorized. You’re hoping something will appear, though.  Something wonderful.
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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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