Dear Readers, On this blog, Marcia and I have talked about the different ways one can interpret or understand eating disorders. Today, I have a few more for you. One of the hallmarks of a severe adolescent or adult eating disorder is a remarkable lack of joy, an inability to simply be in the moment. Instead, the anorexic or bulimic is always focused on a future outcome, such as “What will happen to me if I cave…

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If you want to listen to me being interviewed by Dr. Beth Erickson, tune in today at 6p/EST to "Relationships 101". If you miss the interview, you can watch the podcast at Podcasts. The show airs 3 times/week, then can be found in the archives for 3 months. Here's another link to a recent radio show. Watch the podcast of my interview with Cliff Roles on 6/21/09 at Cliff Roles. Best, Karen…

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The life skill of knowing when you’ve had enough and it’s
time to let go and move on from situations—eating, relationships, jobs, groups
and organizations, beliefs—is an essential one. In fact, the more you practice
sensing when to let go and move on in non-eating situations, the more you’ll
gain competence and confidence with eating just the right amount. Remember,
though, the process is more art than science.

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An interesting article on how colors affect the brain in the
May 2009 issue of Mind, Mood & Memory (published by Massachusetts
General Hospital) might help tweak your eating for the better. Scientists
concluded that certain colors stimulate creativity, focus, attention to detail,
problem-solving, and relaxation. This information is not earth-shattering, but
I offer it in the hope that you can use it to make your kitchen and dining area
the most supportive it can be for “normal” eating.

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I’ve blogged about reacting versus responding, but recently have
been reminded of another word that needs to be thrown into the mix:
reflecting. Many people have scant idea what the word means and rarely, if
ever, reflect upon their thoughts and actions. Other people confuse reflection
with dwelling on or obsessing about issues or emotions. Reflection is an
essential tool for living and recovering from food abuse.

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CNN has taken up the issue of "good hair" as part of their Black in America series.  I've included a link to their website below. The CNN special series Black in America will air July 22-23, 2009. The myth of "angry black people", pressures to assimilate, pressures to conform to black societal standards and evolving definitions of beauty can all be felt, seen and described in the black hair experience.  

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Part of being an emotionally healthy, mature adult means
achieving permanent self-love so that you don’t channel energy into looking to others for approval, validation and love. I blog away on this subject
because it’s essential to eradicating food abuse and establishing healthy body
attitudes and because self-love is difficult to come by if you’re a
disregulated eater who had a childhood in which you were emotionally mistreated.

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