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: 68
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: 88
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: 87
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: 149
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: 138
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: 128
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: 107
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: 126
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: 212
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: 168
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: 187
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: 174
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: 203
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: 336
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: 263
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: 428
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: 231
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: 273
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: 256
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: 229
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: 290
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: 318
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: 378
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: 419
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: 802
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: 365
“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: 338
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: 331
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: 586
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: 580
Do you often feel like you are addicted to food? Well it is not your fault! The food industry has hooked over 68% of the American population. We are led to believe that there is no good food or bad food, that it's all a matter of balance. This sounds good in theory, except for one ... Views: 1114
Eating habits are the biggest challenge on this planet at this time. Eating foods that are not healthy for you has tremendous negative consequences. These foods drain your energy, lower your light quotient, keep you in semi-depressed states in spite of all of your enlightenment, and cause ... Views: 499
In August of 2010 Overeaters Anonymous celebrated its Golden Anniversary at its world convention in Los Angeles. As someone who has treated compulsive overeaters for more than three decades, I was privileged to be an invited guest to join in the celebration. As a point of reference my ... Views: 794
A smooth flowing business is any business entity’s dream. Only efficient streamlining of business processes can ensure that desired smooth flow. Business administration is itself a chore, which often demands the full attention of your office staff. So, where can they fit in tasks such as medical ... Views: 454
Here’s a brief story from a few years ago. Ok, a couple of decades ago. Anyway, I was a student [intern] at a fairly renowned psychiatric hospital and the chief of the psychiatry division, a rather charismatic and bright fellow, was taking us on rounds. All of the sudden, out of nowhere comes ... Views: 925
All diets designed to promote heart health are low in fat and cholesterol and high in fiber. Vegetarian diets, then, are natural choices for those who want to reduce the risk of heart disease because vegetarian diets are naturally low in fat and cholesterol and high in fiber! Eliminating meat, ... Views: 519
Irishman Walking is about my walking the coastal roads of Japan through a series of summer, winter, spring, and autumn stages. Stage 2 began in the city of Noshiro, Akita Prefecture in the winter of 2009, and ended in Tsuruoka City, Yamagata four weeks later in January 2010. Last summer (2012), ... Views: 687
A clear and concise understanding of your insurance benefits and what will or won’t be covered for an eating disorder [or a related diagnosis] can be both confusing and overwhelming. As an example, your insurance may list mental health as a covered benefit [eating disorders fall within that ... Views: 905
There are now more overweight people in the US than any time in history. Obesity is costing our healthcare system over $147 billion annually (Finkelstein, Trogdon, Cohen & Dietz, 2009). We have 12.5 million children who are overweight or obese and twelve million people in the U.S. with an eating ... Views: 1370
Medical chart review involves the close scrutiny of vital medical documentation, and needs to be done with great precision. This is an important process as far as medical-legal entities are concerned. Insurance companies having to deal with numerous personal injury and other cases, attorneys and ... Views: 469
If you are a legal entity, medical professional, insurance company or a business handling large volume medical records, you can definitely benefit from the services provided by a medical review company. Before availing of medical review services from an external provider, you must have a clear ... Views: 418
By itself, the human body can be called a statue of blood, flesh etc, a toy of clay or an admixture of the 5 great elements. The gist of all this is that when the body faces strife it can be destroyed too yet if we cogitate over its underlying existence it can be proved that it is very powerful ... Views: 434
When I see someone post about how “not all fats are created equal”, I don’t just think about dietary fats; I think about BEING fat. There’s this stigma with being overweight that we just can’t seem to shake as a society. It’s all over the place, and I’m wondering, “When will enough be ... Views: 336
I’ve talked before about the idea that there is no such thing as a “good” or “bad” food. That “good” and “bad” imply moral reasoning, of which inanimate objects such as food have none. That “good” and “bad” is a judgment we impose upon food. That “good” and “bad” are subjective: I may consider ... Views: 346
Here’s something I found really interesting in my weight-loss journey: the times when I lost the most weight was when I thought of myself as a thin person. I literally found myself jogging or walking and felt like I was this thin person with an extra layer of padding, as if I was wearing a fat ... Views: 601
It would seem that the hardest time to control ourselves around food is when we’re in the middle of a breakup. Does that sound about right? Your boyfriend dumps you (or maybe you dump him) and you’re wallowing around in your misery. Every song on the radio reminds you of some moment in time that ... Views: 349
You may or you may not know that I’m in the after-effect processing stage of a breakup right now. And if you’ve seen any chick flick since the history of ever, you know that this is usually a pretty emotional time – one that’s also usually accompanied by enough sugar to make even my sweet tooth ... Views: 372
Treating Eating Disorders: The Second Assumption
In a previous article I suggested we consider a few basic assumptions that seem to apply when speaking about eating disorders. Before moving on, I’d recommend looking at what all the various forms of eating disorders have in common rather than ... Views: 432
What would you do if you spent a year without the support of any beauty products?
I don’t read the news. I stopped reading it when I realized that it was the primary source of incoming negativity in my life. Now I catch headlines at Yahoo when I log out of my email and through my Facebook ... Views: 470
Let’s be clear from the get go, when it comes to getting help for an eating disorder there are a couple of assumptions to consider. Let’s look at a one of these and consider if this might “ring true” for you.
When it comes to best place to get help, people differ with respect to their own ... Views: 677