Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Eating Is Not a Life Skill

A client who’s recovering from alcoholism mentioned in a session that when she was anxious, she really, really, really craved a drink. We talked about how having a drink would affect her afterward—the shame and remorse she’d feel—and how, by drinking, she’d really, really, really be missing an opportunity to practice crucial life skills. Addictions […]

When You Can’t Get What You Really Want, You Eat

When dysregulated eaters think they can’t get what they really want in life, they too often turn to food. They’re not hungry (not a smidge!), but end up on a mission to find something edible to satisfy them. And heaven help anyone who gets in their way. I know just what this process is like […]

Don’t Let Regrets Stress You Out or Push You Toward Food

Many people get hung up on regrets. What they wish they’d had or done takes up more real estate in their heads than the lives they’re currently living. To dwell in regret is like walking down a street looking backwards. While making yourself miserable, you miss the only part of your life that matters: now. […]

What If Anxious Eating is About Things Insignificant and Inconsequential

A while ago, imagine my surprise when I turned left at an intersection and went through a red light. (I expected the yellow light to become a green turn arrow as it usually did at this intersection). Knowing the intersection has a red-light camera, I figured I’d probably receive a ticket. Immediately, feeling anxiety rising, […]

News Flash: The AND Recommendations Feature Ellyn Satter’s Model

Graciously re-posted courtesy of www.momdishesitout.com We are all inundated with nutrition messages. Messages range from our pediatricians to our mom friends, and of course from the media. Just last month, AND released their position paper on nutrition guidance for healthy children ages two through eleven. Well in 1999, I was introduced to the works of […]

Positive Self-Talk with a Twist

Who doesn’t know that it’s better to speak positively than negatively to yourself as a foundation for transformation? Hopefully all of you. Now here’s a new twist: when speaking to yourself, replacing the “I” word with “you” or your own name. Studying “the pronouns people use when they talk to themselves silently, inside their minds,” […]

Eating disorder recovery: using inspirational guides

Inspiring quotes and images can open your mind, invigorate your heart, refresh your soul and inspire your creative path.  You need all this to stay courageous and committed on your path to your eating disorder recovery. Here are some quotes to help you on your way.  Use them in your journal and in your meditations. […]

What’s Your Normal?

If you’re being emotionally, verbally, physically or sexually abused by your partner, you’ll likely have difficulty becoming a “normal” eater because of what you accept as “normal” in your domestic life. Several points about such misperceived normalcy were made in Time magazine (9/22/14) after the release of the video of NFL player Ray Rice beating […]

Use Inspirational Quotes as Recovery Tools

“Don’t let anyone steal your dream. It’s your dream, not theirs.” – Dan Zadra Sometimes you feel lost or stuck in your recovery work. Your eating disorder spreads a heavy mist over your feelings, your thoughts and your daily activities.  Your usual “go to” places and people that bring you support seem unavailable or unappealing. […]

How Long Does It Take to Form A Habit?

When you’re trying to learn new behavior, how long do you give yourself? Do you expect to become habituated after a few tries or do you believe it’ll take such a long time that you give up in despair before you even start? Here’s what one scientific study has to say about habit formation. Most […]

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