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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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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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How Yoga Can Transform Your Relationship With Your Body

How Yoga Can Transform Your Relationship With Your Body

Years ago, the therapist I was seeing recommended I try yoga. “Ugh”, I thought. “Yoga is for hippies”. But I went. I went even though I was wrapped up in thinking about how many calories I would burn during class. I went even though I thought, “this isn’t REAL exercise”.  I went because deep down, I somehow knew it would change my life. I wasn’t quite sure about yoga at first. But something kept me coming back. I remember a teacher’s instructions in one of my first few classes:  “Soften your body, relax your mind. Bring your focus to your
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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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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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