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“If I Eat What I Want, Will I Gain Weight?” (If This Is Your Fear, Read On)

“If I Eat What I Want, Will I Gain Weight?” (If This Is Your Fear, Read On)

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.  Our biggest fear comes to light: “If I eat what I want, will I gain weight?!”. Left to our own devices, we’re convinced that we will inevitably gain 10, 40, 100 pounds.  Our thoughts go something like this: If I eat what I want, my clothes will no longer fit. I can’t allow myself a dessert today, or I’ll lose control of my diet. If I don’t carefully monitor my food intake
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How Do You Actually Accept Your Body?

How Do You Actually Accept Your Body?

We’ve been having a lot of discussion lately in The Normal Eater’s Club around body acceptance.  And some of the ladies have been asking, “but HOW do you actually accept your body?!” We know we’re supposed to work on body acceptance if we want to make peace with ourselves and be sane around food. But the question then becomes…HOW? The first step is beginning to change our beliefs. We live in a society that is body-centric. We are told how to look and what size we need to be to be enough. (And yes, there have been incredible body positive movements
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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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Banish Your “Love” Affair with the Scale

Banish Your “Love” Affair with the Scale

I remember my obsessive affair with the scale.  Every morning, I would hop on the scale to weigh myself.  And every afternoon, I would weigh myself again after working out. If that number went up even a half a pound, it sent me into a self-induced panic.  Irrational thoughts of an instant ten pound weight gain launched me into a frenzy, and I would force myself to jump on the treadmill. If the number went down at all, it also sent me into a flurry of frenzied thoughts.  When the number was lower, I spiraled down an addictive path of
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Satisfaction From Within

I read some staggering statistics yesterday. 50% of commercials aimed at girls spoke about physical attractiveness. Each year, the average adolescent sees over 5,260 advertisements mentioning attractiveness. Four out of five women in the US are dissatisfied with their appearance. This astounded me: 80% of the female population is unhappy with the way they look.  This means that more than ¾ of US women are trying to change something about themselves-striving to lose weight, buying new clothes, wearing more makeup, changing their body, etc-all in order to be satisfied with their appearance. I shockingly thought to myself: when did being pretty, attractive, and
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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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