The thing that diet promoters don’t tell you is why you get so hooked on diets. But this is just the information you need to get yourself unhooked. The answer is found both in physiology and psychology. First, when you begin dieting you lose weight which is precisely what you want to happen. You think, “Hey, fab, this works!” which, of course, it does for a while, until it doesn’t. So, then you think that…

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Wee Wisdoms from Wheeler the Healer Second Firsts Something my mom said in therapy today got my attention. That doesn’t happen often unless there are treats involved, so I thought it was worth passing on! She was seeing a client who’d just returned from a lengthy and successful stay at a residential treatment center for her eating disorder. When “Jessie” entered the office, my mom’s face lit up and she said: “It’s so great to…

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Two of the things that I have always admired about Carolyn Costin as a person and as a professional are (1) her patient dedication to implementing her vision of high quality, multifaceted care of people suffering from eating disorders; and (2) her commitment to understanding and changing the cultural contexts that generate and reinforce eating disorders, while making recovery an ongoing challenge. One arena in which I’d like to think these two aspects of Carolyn’s…

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Although I’ve never been a great fan of Body Mass Index (BMI) to assess quality of life, I find it interesting that something so many people have relied on for evaluation of health and longevity is now being questioned. Perhaps BMI will go the way of the scale and we’ll be left determining how we’re doing taking care of our bodies by more valid health measurements. But don’t hold your breath for that to happen.…

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Every time I go to blog about why it’s important to stay active and the dangers of being sedentary, my biggest fear is that readers will hear my words as one more lecture, one more poke in the back to remind them of what they’re not doing to be healthy and fit. So, I’m telling you upfront, I’m not trying to make you feel badly about yourself. I’m giving you information in order to help…

Read More How Being A Couch Potato Can Hurt You

The day after I read an article on “busyness,” a client happened to share an epiphany she’d had: Tired of hearing herself say how busy she is as if it would earn her a gold star on her forehead, she decided that putting herself under the gun 24/7 wasn’t such a hot idea and that she’d have a better chance of relaxing, caring for herself, and eating “normally” if she slowed down the pace of…

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