While reading an article about
managing life effectively, I was struck by an idea it presented: the confusion people have
recognizing the difference between threats and challenges. This is exactly
where disregulated eaters (and others, as well) often get themselves into
trouble, so I thought a blog would be in order.

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The debate about whether or not sugar
and fat are addictive has gone on for decades. When it began and for long
after, the evidence, though inconclusive, leaned toward the negative. Now, according
to Laura Beil in “The snack-food trap” (Newsweek,
11/5/12),
consensus may be tipping toward the affirmative. Although there
are strong, credible challenges to the concept of food as addictive, it seems
that “especially in studies of rodents, the brain appears to uniquely draw us
to high-calorie, low-nutrient foods…”

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We often have clients create their own recipe for recovery. Below is an example of this assignment.    Preheat over to 400 degrees. In a Large Bowl mix together these ingredients from myself that I must contribute to my recovery: 3 cups Truth 2 cups Honesty 1/2 cup Willingness 1/3 cup Openness 1/4 cup Courage 2 Tbs. Determination 3 Tbs. Self Confidence 1 Tsp. Self Worth In a second Large Bowl mix the following ingredients…

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Many disregulated eaters recognize
that they’re set off by stress and distress more than other people seem to be. A
major reason for hyper-sensitivity is disregulation of brain chemistry due to
childhood abuse or neglect. For those of you who’ve suffered this way, understanding
the cause of your hyper-sensitivity will help you be more compassionate toward
yourself for not always managing your food urges as well as you'd like to.

Read More Childhood Abuse, Stress, Depression and Anxiety

I had an interesting discussion a
while back with a client about what self-reflection is and isn’t. It makes
sense that if she had questions about it, disregulated eaters in general might
have them too and that the subject would be blog-worthy. Self-reflection is a
critical skill for recovery and emotional growth—but only if you do it correctly.

Read More Self-reflection versus Self-critique