Lightening Up

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I found old Weight Watchers booklets, points calculating books, restaurant guides, and a daily encouragement book. Actually, I found several versions of each, reflecting the many times I started the program, stopped, restarted, and stopped again. Once we paused for a break from the packing, I fli...

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Choose My Thoughts

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I thought, “Can this night get any worse? It feels like there’s a dark cloud following me. My boss was on my case, I was running late, the group was interrupted, the traffic was detoured, and I almost hit two deer!

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How to Prevent or Stop a Binge

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I used to think bingeing was caused by a short circuit somewhere in my brain and I felt so powerless to stop it . Here are some of the strategies I’ve learned that can prevent or even stop a binge. Feed myself. Sounds a little counter-intuitive right? But I don’t mean bingeing; I mean feeding mys...

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How to Become Aware of Thoughts without Judging Them

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In my last post, “All Thoughts Fit,” we explored the power of learning to allow our thoughts to be without trying to change them. In this post, we’ll learn how. The challenge is that these trains of thought are usually automatic, reactive, and ironically, mindless! They’ve typically been shaped ...

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All Thoughts Fit

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For years we’ve been taught replacement thinking, for example, to replace a “bad” thought with a “good” thought, or to get rid of “negative” thinking by switching to “positive” thinking. However, in order to do this, we have to judge our thoughts as good or bad, positive or negative, right or wro...

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Are you a little too comfortable?

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There are many proven strategies for overcoming the inertia of the familiar that we’ve incorporated into our books and mindful eating programs. Perhaps one or two of these strategies will help you get unstuck too!

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Welcome Home, Weary Dieter

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Imagine this: Connecting with people who genuinely understand your struggle with eating because they’ve been there. Imagine feeling hopeful when you learn that they finally found a better way—a way that offers kindness, compassion, and a sensible path to wellness. For me, it was like coming home....

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Freedom from Diets – And So Much More!

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FREEDOM. What an incredible feeling! In my last post, I shared a personal story about the discovery of mindful eating and the freedom and health it has brought to my own life. Through our work with mindful eating in the corporate wellness arena today, we have a tremendous opportunity to help othe...

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How to Save a Life

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I practiced Family Medicine in a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona for 16 years. During the last seven years of my practice, I also developed the Am I Hungry?® workshops and wrote my first book in my “free time.” When I finally realized that I had worked my way into two fulltime jobs (three if you count...

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I’ve Had Bariatric Surgery Too

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I am just thrilled, and honored, to be invited to blog on the Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating for Bariatric Surgery program! Let me start by telling you a bit about myself. I am a clinical psychologist in Rochester, NY. For the last 30 years I have specialized in working with folks suffering from all...

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