Things I learned by letting go

Things I learned by letting go

             When we are so determined that our bodies must weigh a certain weight or look a certain way, we become rigid and stressed. We stay focused on a certain diet trying to control every morsel we put in our bodies.  Or we relentlessly measure our water intake or push ourselves to do a very specific exercise regime.  We are not relaxed or flexible; we are not loving our bodies.  We are demanding of ourselves...

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How do I know I’m Hungry?

How do I know I’m Hungry?

          “I want to eat” is unfortunately not the answer.  We live in a culture replete with conflicting rules about eating which often have nothing to do with whether or not we are actually hungry.  These rules tell us what we should eat, how we should eat, when we should eat, how we should combine foods, and on and on.  Many of these ideas are useful strategies for increasing and maintaining health and losing weight.  But a really important strategy is to eat when actually hungry.  In order to eat when hungry, you must know when you are hungry – you must be able to recognize true hunger.

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Wanting desperately to lose weight so you will be more beautiful/sexy/attractive?

Wanting desperately to lose weight so you will be more beautiful/sexy/attractive?

And six ideas to help change your focus!

          No matter how much we want to lose weight, we often don’t because we don’t want to give up something we want, or rather, something we are attached to.  We are afraid that we will have to give up things that give us comfort or pleasure in order to lose weight.  Sweet and salty foods give us pleasure and enjoyment and eating distracts us and provides a momentary escape from thinking or drudgery.  It also gives us an excuse to avoid

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How to eat well - without hating it

How to eat well - without hating it

We all dread diets because they deprive us, are hard work, and make us feel like we are in a constant, miserable, battle with food.  And they aren’t sustainable.  How many times have you cleared all the “bad” food out of your house, purchased hundreds of dollars’ worth of prescribed diet foods only to give up after a week or two? 

            What is sustainable is to...

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End emotional eating by getting comfortable with being uncomfortable

End emotional eating by getting comfortable with being uncomfortable

At the root of emotional eating is a loving attempt at self care.  We don’t eat junk food or overeat because we hate ourselves; it really is because we are trying to feel better, to take care of ourselves, to nurture our own self.  If you can see this, it is much easier to be kind and compassionate to yourself.

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How Unrecognized Depression Keeps us Stuck in Overweight Land and Three Things to Do about it

How Unrecognized Depression Keeps us Stuck in Overweight Land and Three Things to Do about it

We often think that if we lose weight we will feel better.  And the opposite is true.  Weight loss and self care is so much easier when we feel good, energized, alive, hopeful, inspired.  Too often we don’t recognize that we are depressed.  This low level energy is keeping us stuck in unhealthy habit loops; depending on food to bring up our mood and using distracting and numbing

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