Nesha’s Story: Letting Go

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Editor’s Note: After receiving the lovely email below from Nesha, a participant in a recent Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating for Binge Eating Retreat, we asked her to share her story. She agreed, saying, “What you’re doing is important and valuable. I want to validate this process! It is truth.”...

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Stephanie’s Story: Back to the Future

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“What attracted me to Am I Hungry? is that it is simple and realistic, not a quick fix. It’s not about fitting into a wedding dress—then going right back to where you were! I wanted to go back to the way I was when I was a kid, when food was food.” Other things that Stephanie has learned from Am ...

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Kari’s Story: Finally, Peace

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In 2013, Binge Eating Disorder was added to the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5)—thirty-six years after I found myself sitting on the floor of a dark basement, leaning up against a chest freezer, eating a case of frozen Twinkies—my shameful secret. My f...

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Shirley’s Story: Food Is No Longer My Friend

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When Shirley was 44 she was diagnosed with diabetes; she started insulin the following year. Three years later she developed congestive heart failure which was treated with "a bunch of medications." "I continued to gain weight but I just couldn't diet anymore. Dr. Thompson, my doctor, had heard D...

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Charlene’s Story: Success – Moment by Moment

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“I’ve loved food from a young age! My mother was a fabulous Southern cook and growing up, I spent countless wonderful hours in the kitchen with her learning how to cook. My memories of my early experiences with food are very happy ones. And I was so healthy! Honestly, I never had a pr...

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Ann Marie’s Story: Beauty from Ashes

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Ann Marie’s mother vacillated between chronic dieting and binge eating-and still does. “From early on I was made to feel ‘less than’ my slim siblings. My mother called me ‘pushy and bossy’ and said that I just had to get out first ahead of my twin brother at bi...

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Marcia’s Story: Trusting Your Wisdom

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Like many women of 62, Marcia had been on various diets. “I had been down that path over and over: Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig…the usual. I even got thin a few times, but I always gained the weight back, plus more.” Marcia was diagnosed with hypertension when she was 58 years o...

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Lewis’s Story: Overcoming Obstacles – The Domino Effect

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If a picture’s worth a thousand words, these videos speak volumes. They tell the amazing story of a man who has come a very long way. Lewis used to be an athlete and a coach, maintaining his weight of 165-175 during the off-season, 190 when he was working out. In 2002, he was involved in ...

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Lexie’s Story: Overcoming Your Past

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Not everyone who struggles with their weight has a troubled past. For those who do, weight is often a symptom, rather than the problem. Focusing on weight loss rather than coming to terms with the past is just a distraction. In many cases, it further compounds the problem. Lexie’s difficult...

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Ginger’s Story: It’s Not About the Weight

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Ginger had never really dieted before but had always been very health conscious and interested in nutrition. Following the birth of her third baby, Ginger found herself getting on her bathroom scale four times a day. She also found herself “closet eating” and feeling guilty. She intui...

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