Are you someone who goes out of your way to not judge others? Do you go overboard trying to avoid being critical and thinking badly of those you meet and know? This behavior is laudable in theory, but works poorly in a world in which we must make assessments about whether people will be helpful or hurtful to us. The problem comes from confusion over the term judgment.


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A big part of being recovered for me has meant finding my voice. I have learned how to speak my truth, express my beliefs — in a healthy way (without being codependent, without hurting myself). Of course, I don’t do this perfectly, but I do my best. A newspaper reporter contacted me today and asked what I thought about the recent media attention given to Jessica Simpson about her body at a recent chili cook-off…

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A Test: Well. . .   If you can live without caffeine or nicotine;   If you can be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains;   If you can resist complaining;   If you can understand when loved ones are too busy to give you any time;   If you can take criticism and blame without resentment;   If you can ignore friends' limited educations and never correct them;   If you can treat the rich…

Read More How Enlightened Are You?

I want to share a radio show with you that I did last week. The show is Communication360 with Philip and Lisa Mulford. Unlike some folks out there, Philip and Lisa really "get" eating disorders. I think they bring to light some really important information in our show. You might want to share this link with friends and family members. As always, if you have any comments, please post them! Love,Jenni

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Dear Readers,   Those of us who are in the profession of treating eating disorders know how deadly they can be, especially anorexia. Yet when a young person dies of starvation, the truth is sometimes bent to hide the cause of death, whether out of shame or a desire for privacy.    I recall an incident several years ago when a number of my patients were devastated by the death of a mutual friend from…

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Thanks for all of the comments. Keep them coming. You guys are great! I know from experience that we can learn a lot from each another. Many of the women in my eating disorder therapy group years ago were good role models for how to have fun. While I never quite jumped in back then, I did hold onto the inspiration they gave me. And now, I can truly say that fun is a regular…

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There’s always new information coming out on eating and weight. Here’s recent evidence which indicates that sugar might very well might be addictive. Study Suggests Sugar May be Addictive, by Amanda Gardner. Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008 (Health Day News) — Science is verifying what many overeaters have suspected for a long time: sugar can be addictive. In fact, the sweetener seems to prompt the same chemical changes in the brain seen in people who abuse drugs such as cocaine and heroin. The findings were to be presented Wednesday at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology's annual meeting, in Nashville.
 


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Happy Friday! I hope you have a fun weekend. I have lots of fun things planned, which is still somewhat strange for me. When Ed and I were still together, fun was not allowed. In my life today, fun is required. Everything in my life is changed for the better, not just food and weight stuff. That is what I mean when I say “fully recovered” — leaving Ed behind AND finding joy and peace…

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