Everyone needs time off and today’s post on "Depowering Food" will be my last until July 9 when I return. Best, Karen www.eatingnormal.com www.squidoo.com/eatnormalnow Visit the message board exclusively devoted to my new book, The Food and Feelings Workbook, at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/foodandfeelings. PLEASE NOTE: I encourage you to comment on my blogs and will do my best to address topics/questions you raise in future blogs. Unfortunately, however, due to time constraints, I cannot provide individual responses. 

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It’s amazing the false power we give to food, how we offer ourselves up as its hostage and let it dominate our lives. We fork over our power, then spend the rest of our lives trying to wrangle or grab it back. When this happens, it’s time to think of Dorothy and her friends in The Wizard of Oz—we need the courage to unmask food and see it for what it really is so that…

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I just returned from a trip to Las Vegas. Even though they say, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,” I am actually going to tell you what happened. I spoke at the Ben Franklin Institute-Summit for Clinical Excellence 1st Annual Eating Disorders Conference and met some amazing people. I experienced The Strip (where all of the big casinos are located) and even hiked at Red Rock. It was all larger than life! Maybe it…

Read More What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas

I occasionally hear people discussing their eating problems by throwing around terms like disorder or dysfunction with a sly kind of pride, as if having a medical condition makes them special or unique. To be sure, these people are in the minority; the majority of troubled eaters minimize their condition rather than flaunt it. Most are filled with shame about their abusive relationship with food and want to keep it a secret. Sadly, however, some…

Read More What Makes You Special?

What do you believe you deserve in life? Maybe you think that half a loaf is better than none, that you should be grateful for what you have because other people have it far worse, that if you simply ignore what’s lacking in your life and concentrate on what’s right, you’ll be fine. There’s nothing wrong with any of these perspectives—except if you use them to justify staying in a situation in which you’re habitually…

Read More Self Esteem

I’m always amazed at the shame that underlies disordered eating and the release that comes from talking about it with others. Alcoholics Anonymous says that our secrets keep us sick, and that is an important truth. Being alone with an eating disorder is hell. Either you feel like a freak or, at best, only slightly abnormal. You know there must be a better way to deal with food, but you can’t seem to figure out…

Read More Talk to Others in Recovery

In her new book, Rethinking Thin: The New Science of Weight Loss—and the Myths and Realities of Dieting, Gina Kolata puts forth a version of set point theory, maintaining that for mostly biological reasons, the body has a natural weight that it will return to again and again. She presents case studies and scientific evidence based on research that the body “fails” at dieting because it simply cannot drop below a minimum weight. If she…

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You don’t have to be an alcoholic to abuse alcohol in a way that exacerbates eating problems. All you have to do is drink enough to lower your inhibitions, and your desire to eat when you’re not hungry or overeat past full will take over by itself. There’s no question that alcohol is a relaxant that smoothes out your rough edges after a hard day at the office or with the kids. There’s also absolutely…

Read More Overeating and Alcohol

After it’s been confirmed by your doctor or health practitioner through testing that you have a food allergy or intolerance, it’s time to think about managing it vis a vis your eating problems. If you’re a restrictive eater, you may feel justified in eating little or even less than you have been, or upset that you can’t eat foods you rely on (eg, low-cal yogurt or soy products). Conversely, if you tend toward overeating carbohydrates…

Read More Eating Disorders and Food Allergies, Part 2

Hello everyone! I recently posted Leslie’s and Melanie’s beautiful visions of “Recovered.” Now I would like to share my vision with you. I hope you like the article below titled “What is Better?” Always remember that IT GETS BETTER! Love ya, Jenni What is ‘Better’: Chocolate milk and more by Jenni Schaefer My motto these days seems to be, “It gets better.” Even though my struggle with food and weight actually got worse before it…

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