Fear of Self-Acceptance

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When I talk or write about the importance of self-acceptance, some people feel afraid. For example one person left this comment: “If I accepted myself as I am why would I change? If I accept myself, I admit defeat.” While it may seem counterintuitive, self-acceptance is the starting line for chan...

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Rejecting Fat Shame

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What does shame feel like in you? For me, it is an intensely uncomfortable hot, creepy feeling under my chin and all the way down my neck. I feel like I want to unzip my skin and step out of it. The only thing it motivates me to want to do is run the other way.

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Treating Binge Eating Disorder with Mindfulness

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Mindful eating is an ancient concept with profound modern applications. It is slowly finding its way into mainstream counseling, nutrition, and wellness practices. One important area is the treatment of Binge Eating Disorder (BED). Cheryl Harris, MPH, RD recently authored an article, Treating Bin...

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Healthy Eating or Diets in Disguise?

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The good news in the workplace wellness arena is that many experienced health promotion practitioners today recognize that diets don’t work and never will. The bad news is that sometimes the ineffective diet advice from the past is replaced with something that sounds better, but isn’t. Old-fashio...

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What Do I Do If I Took Too Much Diabetes Medicine?

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Sometimes people forget that they have taken their diabetes medication and accidentally take two doses. If this happens, don’t panic; call your provider. She will likely ask you to monitor your blood sugars more frequently that day and then she will evaluate if additional treatment is necessary. ...

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Personal Boundaries and Your Eating

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Your boundaries have a major effect on your relationships with other people because they determine where you stop and where they begin. Boundaries also affect how you take care of yourself by determining what you will accept in how people interact with you. When you value, trust, and listen to yo...

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An Ideological Analysis of the Am I Hungry? blog

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I slowly bring my metal fork to my mouth, gently sinking my teeth into my first bite of the gorgeous chocolate cake sitting on the table in front of me. Closing my eyes, I allow an explosion of buttery fudge frosting and spongy, moist cake to fill my mouth. I am tempted to eat quicker as I have s...

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Fasting and Mindful Eating

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Fasting may be necessary from time to time for a spiritual practice, a medical procedure, or simply because food is temporarily unavailable. The reality is that most of us experience eight hours or more of fasting during sleep (hence, break-fast) and our bodies manage this effortlessly. The diffe...

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The Spirituality and Mindfulness of Fasting

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As an Endocrinologist in India, I have many patients who will fast for Ramadan so I wanted to explore a bit about the spiritual practice of fasting. To be clear, this blog post is not an in-depth study of fasting, a statement about the health benefits or risks of fasting, an attempt to compare an...

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“It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle”

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I happen to know that this person has dieted off and on for years, with accompanying weight cycling. He told me that now he had been diagnosed with prediabetes. Sadly, he had concluded that the solution to his blood sugar problem was another diet, masquerading as a “low-carb lifestyle.”

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