Wednesday, May 25, 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, […]

An Intimate Interview with Author Patricia Leavy about her New Novel Blue

An Intimate Interview with Author Patricia Leavy about her New Novel Blue, Inclusivity and Using Our Voices Patricia Leavy, Ph.D. is an independent scholar and best-selling author. She has published nineteen books, earning critical and commercial success in both nonfiction and fiction. She is the creator and editor for five book series with Oxford University […]

Hiking as a metaphor

“Stupid hiking sticks! Why do you keep breaking?!” I said frustrated while beginning a hike. I had attempted three times to find a hiking stick and peel the bark off. The first two attempts left me with a broken stick that was of no use. I was trying to get the bark off by whacking […]

Healthy and Happy: The Positive Role Team Sports Play on Adolescent Girls

Do you remember what middle school was like for you? If you’re like me, you probably try not to remember. Being a teenager is difficult.

What If You Were Friends with Ingrid Nilsen or Caitlyn Jenner?

This week I’m so inspired by Ingrid Nilsen. She shared a video about her coming out journey that is really sweet and beautiful. Nilsen courageously wore her heart on her sleeve talking about the inner struggle she experienced. When a friend or family member shares their inner being, let’s be there for them. How can […]

4 Tips to Feeding Your Inner Self with Self Care

In order to survive and create balance, start connecting with your true self. In a world of external focus where a scale determines your worth and your salary defines your success, you need to turn inward to find wellness and well-being. In order to survive and create balance, start connecting with your inner core — […]

Does Comfort Food Really Provide Comfort?

May 6, 2015 by  
Filed under Mindfulness, Recovery

If “comfort” food didn’t really bring you comfort, would you be as likely to eat it or eat as much of it? We’ve come to believe that foods which are high in fat and sugar boost our mood by activating the brain’s reward system. But what if that’s not actually the case? According to recent […]

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