When human psychological factors cause an illness, it is called psychosomatic – of the mind and of the body. Of all disorders an eating disorder is the epitome of a toxic relationship between psyche and soma, yet the body is our interface for navigating the world. Medical writer Jonathan Miller ... Views: 31
Each client tends to be more different than similar, and the development trajectory for each client is complex. Most anorexics will move into bulimia, while many bulimics who get under control will attempt to restrict; therefore, one common feature of the illness is that over-control eventually ... Views: 41
Weight problems and food addictions have become a national epidemic. At any given time, twenty five million Americans are seriously dieting. Only 1 out of every 200 dieters lose their weight and keep it off for a year or more. Although there are more diet programs and weight loss products ... Views: 276
In today’s post, I’m going to discuss the root cause behind the self-sabotaging habits that keep you away from implementing dietary improvements into your life. You’ll be surprised, because it has nothing to do with food…
Have you noticed that calories, fat grams, portion sizes, and endless ... Views: 294
This time of year can be joyous but it can also be rife with stress. Stress brings with it innumerable ways to cope. Some people drink too much while others will spend too much. Then there are the yellers and steering wheel pounders, but what about this season's hidden emotional danger?
What ... Views: 271
SMART* Recovery and 12-Step Programs
In the world of addiction treatment there are several choices one has in the way of utilizing and attending a community based support group. Should one look more closely at what is offered to those with an eating disorder the choices are somewhat more ... Views: 570
Challenge 1: Eating again – Sugar Awareness
Challenge 2: Food is fuel, food is just fuel
Challenge 3: The 80/20 approach – Balance & moderation,
The sugar connection
Challenge 4: Shopping from a list - taking control of what you buy ... Views: 316
CHASING HUNGER - 90 day bulimia breakthrough challenge, by author Kathy Welter-Nichols,
The technology of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) provides an opportunity to consider that behind every behavior there is a positive intention. While bulimia might seem strange or even ... Views: 360
Over the past 20 years, I have seen hundreds of people lose weight and get in shape with the help of hypnosis and other mind power techniques. So it is very frustrating when time and time again, “hypnotism” is portrayed as witchcraft of some kind – in the movies we see over and over again the ... Views: 808
The shame, guilt and misunderstanding of eating disorders makes it hard for anyone to come forward to get help, but it is so much harder for a public figure to do so. Celebrities may put their fame, career and acting opportunities on the line and open themselves to, ridicule and criticism if ... Views: 535
Today researchers find that for every four females with anorexia, there is one male, and for every 8-11 females with bulimia, there is one male. (American Journal of Psychiatry) The majority of men suffer with Binge Eating Disorder and the majority does not get treatment until they have ... Views: 417
A frequently overlooked phenomenon within the recovering community, aka 12-step oriented fellowships, is a true understanding of the difference between compliance and acceptance with respect to one’s addiction[s]. As most professionals and addicts themselves have come to understand, addiction is ... Views: 855
Eating disorders are known to be prevalent inside the fashion industry, but what about the military? As the number of women who enlist in the armed forces increases, so do the rates of eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia nervosa.
Eating disorders, at their core, provide an afflicted ... Views: 402
The way I learned to deal with my feelings was not to feel. One of the ways I learned to do this was to think of something different. For instance, I looked forward to getting some candy from the little store on my way home from school. I would get a cola soft drink and a frosted pastry or ... Views: 438
As much as I need my alone time I don't like to be alone.
Let me backtrack. A few months ago, on a Friday night, I found myself alone. My son was at his Dad’s house and my boyfriend was at band practice. I decided I was going to have a great night even if I was alone. I would eat a healthy ... Views: 379
I became interested in hypnosis, because I had a compulsive craving for sweets and unhealthy food. I struggled with this problem for years. I tried few methods: different types of diets, changing eating habits, different nutrition type routines, powerful exercise regimes. None of these willpower ... Views: 893
Hello out there.
There's a news story that came out a little while ago that I have been reflecting on. I've attached the link for you if you'd like to check it out.
I wanted to share with you the thoughts that it brought up for me about the ... Views: 803
by Dr. Tali Shenfield, Clinical Psychologist
Eating disorders are far more common than you may think. This disorder is the most common psychological problem treated by mental health practitioners. Eating disorders primarily affect women. Around ninety percent of people with eating disorders ... Views: 1760
Once more, mindfulness is being totally present and in the moment and avoiding judgment. So how do we connect our increased practice with mindfulness to our eating behaviors and attitude to food?
Sadly, we let our lives become so busy that things become automatic, even some of the things we ... Views: 366
Over the years I have been asked if there is such a thing as food addiction. First, let’s look at what is an addiction? Here is one definition: An addiction causes people to engage in a recurring activity that causes harm to the person. It is often described as a compulsion to engage in some ... Views: 830
You’re a magical thinker.
That’s not a criticism, or a flaw. It’s the reality of the human brain. Magical thinking is a part of our wiring and it is also a key component of many of the most enjoyable parts of our culture and entertainment and a great way to release tension and stress. And ... Views: 732
If you'd like to learn the art of saying no without feeling guilty at all, this article will give you the education and information you need to get started!
You see, in my work as a specialist with clients who struggle with anxiety, self-confidence, addictions, overeating, or dieting and ... Views: 689
Hi all, this article began as a response to a question I received from an on line program member as part of our group chat forum and it’s such a common experience for everyone who uses food to cope I thought I’d turn it into an article and share it with all of you out there in our global ... Views: 634
Now bear with me here. I’m going to take you on a bit of a journey in order to explain a very important part of your recovery process. If you were sitting in my office I’d be leaning over and beginning to draw a diagram on my white board to illustrate this piece of information and you’d be ... Views: 923
The glycemic index (GI) is a ranking of carbohydrates on a scale from 0 to 100 according to the extent to which they raise blood sugar levels after ingestion. Different carbohydrate-containing foods (sugars and starches) vary in their effect on blood sugar levels.
Foods with a high GI are ... Views: 452
The eating disorder struggle begins and ends within:
I know, I know, it really does seem like the issue is food and what you weigh and all those people out there who seem to judge or criticize you rather than love and appreciate and welcome you. And it's really frustrating to hear that that ... Views: 664
First comes love, then comes obesity:
So reads the heading from an article in the July 6th issue of Time Magazine (See the article at this link: http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1907143,00.html).
Even though my skin was bristling at the glib headline, I felt obligated ... Views: 637
There is a simple and permanent solution for self sabotage, this article will explain why this problem occurs, and how to overcome it.
Have you ever wondered why, often you have decided to change something in your life, like getting rid of some bad habit, or trying to reach a positive goal, you ... Views: 605
There is a prevailing assumption within the public arena as well as within the population of those suffering with an eating disorder, that Binge Eating Disorder, aka Food Addiction, is less "serious" than the other eating disorders - namely anorexia and bulimia. In addition, as if to make ... Views: 624
Remember this, omega-3 fats are very essential to your health and your children’s health. So it’s important to add it to your daily health regimen.
The best source of Omega-3 is fish oil and cod liver oil. I don’t remember ever hearing of fish oil when I was growing up but I sure do ... Views: 541
M. Scott Peck, MD, author of The Road Less Traveled,defines delaying gratification as “a process of scheduling the pain and pleasure of life in such a way as to enhance the pleasure by meeting and experiencing the pain first and getting it over with.”
Most children learn the skill of ... Views: 485
First thing first, have you read my first article on natural fat burning foods? Well, if not, I would advise you to read it first because there is valuable information contained in the first part of the article.
As I was saying in part 1, I listed only 6 natural fat burning foods. In this ... Views: 506
Okay, do you know how you can lose weight successfully? Well, to lose weight successfully, you must combine these two methods that complement each other which are nutrition and exercise. Countless people have been scammed by online websites selling magical weight loss pills that are proven NOT ... Views: 629
Are you consuming sweets daily? Do you add a sweetener to your daily bowl of cereal or cup of coffee or tea? Do you hunt for sweets at particular times of the day? If so, perhaps you feel powerless over your sweet cravings. If you’re like the average American who consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar ... Views: 667
Internal vrs. External Cues of Hunger
Eating disorders almost uniformly involve a broken thermostat-like mechanism that governs internal cues [symptoms] of hunger and fullness. In other words, unlike our “normal eating” contemporaries, we are often confused when to eat, what to eat, how much ... Views: 656
Amy Winehouse’s brother, Alex, reported to the Observer Magazine (http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2013/jun/23/amy-winehouse-growing-up-sister) that he believes Bulimia killed his sister.
Although the family knew Amy suffered from an eating disorder since her early teens, Alex says no ... Views: 1046
You may have heard of the eating disorder bulimia. You may even be concerned that you have it yourself. There is a lot of information available these days about this difficult and sometimes life-threatening eating disorder. But I will share with you not only some common personal issues, symptoms ... Views: 516
Did you see the Oprah episode when actress Tracey Gold appeared with Rudine, a woman who was suffering with a severe eating disorder? In recovery from her own eating disorder, Tracey was encouraging Rudine to “make the little steps to fill your mind so that you can fight back…you have to feed ... Views: 614
The concept of eating when you are hungry and stopping when full always made sense to me, if it was only that easy! I tried for years to wait for the hunger and eat moderately. At times I could wait until my stomach felt empty but then I usually overate or totally binged. The truth was, feeling ... Views: 528
A friend who is struggling with emotional eating was telling me that she has determined many of her triggers for discomfort. She was grateful that now she can avoid those situations that make her want to eat. She called herself a “comfort junkie” with no tolerance for discomfort. She also ... Views: 474
For 10 years I read about and watched compulsive eaters become free from overeating and I continued to be discouraged as I binged and obsessed about food. I would identify with people who felt, thought, and ate the way I did, and when they said they were free I believed them. I knew it must be ... Views: 541
Due to the way our society is conditioned, I was very embarrassed about being completely overweight. It made me self-conscious to the point where I would begin making excuses for going out of the house. My self-esteem felt so low just because of the way I looked, even though inside I knew I was ... Views: 680
Rather than a specific therapy, there is a philosophy that appears to hold the key to binding all this treatment and recovery stuff together, Interestingly enough, an anthropologist named David Reynolds introduced me to this “philosophy” several years ago. Dr. Reynolds, who last I heard lives in ... Views: 777
Recently, People Magazine came out with an article about Ashley Hamilton talking openly about his struggles with an eating disorder. I applaud Ashley for coming out about having an eating disorder. The shame, guilt and misunderstanding of eating disorders makes it hard for anyone to come forward ... Views: 1043
Have you been on more than one diet? How many? Just answering that question tells you a lot. If diets worked you would not be spending your money on one diet (plan, book, program, supplement, diet foods, pill, etc.) after another. Marketdata Enterprises, Inc. (2011), an independent market ... Views: 1476
Have you ever dieted and gained the weight back? Statistics show that sixty-six percent of the American population is overweight. Only one out of 200 dieters loses the weight and keeps it off for a year or more. Out of the 25 million Americans that are seriously dieting in the United States 40 ... Views: 913
“A binge-purge party is a harmless way to enjoy some fattening foods without getting fat”, my patient told me. “At my sorority a few of us girls would buy all of the forbidden and fattening foods we have been denying ourselves. Then we would have a binge-purge party. It’s a way to have your cake ... Views: 833
The most recent evidence of the brain chemistry and mechanisms playing a role in the negative experiences associated with eating among those suffering with the restricting forms of eating disorders has explored the role of the neurotransmitter dopamine.
There are two divergent groups of brain ... Views: 621
What follows is a list of common traits and characteristics among all forms of eating disorders - anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and related addictive relationships with food and weight. As alcoholism and drug dependency share more common ground than differences, so too do the different ... Views: 1164
Mind/Body Medicine, the relationship between what you think (and feel) and how your body reacts is an accepted concept nowadays even with most traditional doctors. When you see your doctor with high blood pressure, besides a pill, they will tell you to “de-stress”.
But although many doctors ... Views: 831