Friday, December 15, 2017

It’s Okay to Have Conflicting Thoughts on How You Want to Eat

It’s not uncommon to have mixed feelings or thoughts. I’ve written about this dynamic related to eating and body image in Starting Monday and in The Food and Feelings Workbook. How can we not have them? I lie in bed many mornings thinking about how I both do and don’t want to arise and begin […]

My New Book: Helping Patients Outsmart Overeating

My seventh book is out! Helping Patients Outsmart Overeating—Psychological Strategies for Doctors and Health Care Providers is co-authored by Paige O’Mahoney, M.D., CHWC. Don’t be fooled by the title and think that the book is only for health professionals. It has two audiences: healthcare practitioners and patients who want their providers to understand and truly […]

Why the Biggest Loser Participants Are Now Big Gainers

I never watch “The Biggest Loser,” the hit TV show. It has always made me cringe and want to cry. Why? Because eating and weight is my field, I’ve known for decades that diets don’t work long term and can actually make you fatter. In fact, it may surprise you to learn that science knew […]

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 […]

Why Diets Don’t Work and Can Make You Fatter

Though you’re aiming to become a “normal” eater, do you ever secretly consider returning to dieting? Do you envy dieters’ rapid weight loss? Or blame yourself for a lack of will power and an inability to keep weight off? If you answered yes to any of these questions, please read on to learn the scientific […]

From Diet To Disorder: How To Tell When You’ve Crossed The Line

Graciously re-posted courtesy of www.yourtango.com/experts/laura-cipullo. With the recent press surrounding The Biggest Loser winner Rachel Frederickson’s dramatic weight loss we felt it was appropriate to share the article When It’s No Longer a Diet by Laura Cipullo, RD CDE CEDRD CDN. What starts as a simple effort to lose weight can become a catastrophe if you are […]

Contrary to Popular Belief – Men, Also Suffer from Eating Disorders

Graciously re-posted courtesy of www.lauracipullollc.com. Many people believe that the majority of individuals with eating disorders are female. However, recent studies are showing that this is not the case. Males, also, suffer from eating disorders. In fact, the amount of men facing an eating disorder may surprise you. The National Institute of Mental Health has […]

Keep Your Eyes on Your Own Plate

Graciously re-posted from www.psychologytoday.com/blog/eating-mindfully While visiting Boston for a recent symposium on food addiction, I stayed overnight at a quaint bed and breakfast that offered homemade snacks in the evening. After checking in, my colleague and I ventured down to see what they were offering. I mindfully looked at the cookies on display. After seeing […]

Sign the Declaration of Independence from Dieting!

It’s July 4th in the U.S.  A day when we celebrate the country’s independence from external rule.  What better time to declare your independence from dieting?  Dieting is another form of external rule that causes all sorts of problems, many of them very serious.  Here’s a “short” list of just 40 Reasons to Stop Dieting […]

“Either stop living or get fat”

April 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Body Image, Dieting, Featured, Self Esteem

Updated and graciously reposted from Gurze Publications…In an interview at the close of Paulo Coelho’s  The Witch of Portobello, he explains that his goal in this book was to elaborate “on the feminine side of God.”  I find myself drawn to Coelho’s novels because he “writes to understand himself.”  In reading his words, I often […]

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