Everyone needs time off, and I’ll be taking some the week of July 1, 2012. My blogs will resume on Monday, July 9. Readers might want to use this time to check out my blog archives. You’ll find over 500 blogs on numerous eating-related subjects. Best, Karen http://www.eatingnormal.com/ http://nicegirlsfinishfat.com/ http://www.squidoo.com/eatnormalnow http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nice-Girls-Finish-Fat/114097795301428 http://www.youtube.com/user/KarenRKoenig http://twitter.com/KarenRKoenig Visit my message boards—http://groups.yahoo.com/group/foodandfeelings

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If you’re a fan of 12-step programs, STOP EATING YOUR HEART OUT: THE 21-DAY PROGRAM TO FREE YOURSELF FROM EMOTIONAL EATING by Meryl Hershey Beck, MA, MEd, LPCC will be right up your alley. Let me say at the outset that I don’t personally or professionally subscribe to or endorse 12-step or higher power programs for any kind of recovery, and that energy methods lack sufficient scientific evidence beyond the placebo effect for me to believe in their efficacy. That said, many of you who do believe in these approaches might find this book helpful.

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Most of the disregulated eaters I’ve treated over the years have felt seriously defective. This perception of being deeply and permanently flawed often drives dysfunctional eating, weight obsession, anorexia, bulimia—and perfectionism. Truth is, until you recognize and eliminate your erroneous sense of defectiveness, you won’t be able to resolve your eating problems. Letting it go is a major part of healing and recovery.

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I’m all for not wallowing in misery, looking on the bright side, and being positive and can do—when appropriate. But there’s a downside to being relentlessly upbeat that can cause emotional disconnection. Remember, emotional health means being able to go to anywhere your emotions and those of others take you.

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Mindfulness is no longer the “fluffy" stuff of treatment. Research has shown that mindfulness can enhance affect regulation, increase response flexibility and improve tension tolerance among other things. We teach mindfulness at Monte Nido and Affiliates. Below a couple of Mindfulness Agreements from some of our clients:  Mindfulness Agreement I now realize I always have a choice – a choice of how I will respond to my circumstances in any moment, if I can stay…

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