Get Off of the Tightrope and Onto the Path!

December 2, 2014 / No Comments

Dieting is like walking a tightrope. One misstep and it’s all over! On the other hand, mindful eating is a wide path that’s nearly impossible to fall off of. You have the flexibility and options so you can make decisions based on what you want and need in any given situation.

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Understanding Your Secrecy and Shame with Binge Eating

November 20, 2014 / No Comments

Over the years, the habit of eating forbidden foods in secrecy became more and more engrained. Every time I unconsciously ate in solitude and hid the evidence, I built layers of shame over one of my basic human needs: eating for enjoyment.

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Tricking or Treating?

October 30, 2014 / 2 Comments

it can be hard to ignore the call of those brightly colored bags of candy. This is especially true if you trick yourself, saying it’s for the kids when it’s really for you. If you’ve deprived yourself of all things sweet, cravings for candy only grow stronger.

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Emotional Eater? Label the behavior instead

October 18, 2014 / No Comments

I cringe when someone says, “I am an emotional eater” or “I am a binger.” That stake in the ground is awfully hard to pull out. When you define yourself by your actions, you leave little room for other options.

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Free From versus Free To: A Perspective Shift on Freedom

October 7, 2014 / No Comments

Trying to be free from emotions that might trigger unwanted behaviors rather than mindfully experiencing them may actually strip of us the potential to discover valuable information our emotions can give us about ourselves and our lives.

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Is Sugar Addictive?

September 11, 2014 / 2 Comments

In my article called “Is Sugar Addiction Real?” I shared a lively email debate about whether sugar is addictive. The topic of sugar addiction is controversial, and in my opinion, counter-productive. In a press release about a new study, “Eating addiction”, rather than “food addiction”...

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Binge Eating and Bariatric Surgery

September 5, 2014 / 4 Comments

During our last Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating for Binge Eating Retreat, I was surprised to find out that 40% had already had bariatric (weight loss) surgery! They shared their experiences to help others who had BED and bariatric surgery.

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What is the Association Between Weight and Binge Eating Disorder?

August 12, 2014 / No Comments

Getting a truer picture of the association between weight and BED can help us challenge misinformation that we come across. More important, it helps us focus on treating the underlying binge eating disorder without being distracted by one’s weight.

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Treating Binge Eating Disorder with Mindfulness

July 23, 2014 / No Comments

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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How to Prevent or Stop a Binge

June 16, 2014 / No Comments

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 myse...

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