A while ago, a client mentioned finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel of her food and emotional problems. It dawned on me then that rarely are we in tunnels that are pitch black, totally devoid of light. In fact, most tunnels we find our way through have intermittent light that provides enough illumination to help us emerge from them. Where have the lights come from in your “tunnels” of overcoming eating…

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Generally we think of weight stigma as a result of being overweight, but what if it is also a trigger to putting on pounds? We already know that stigma stresses the body and produces more of the chemicals that harm optimal well being. Now we are discovering how this process takes a psychological toll as well. In “Stigma and the perpetuation of obesity, Alexandra A. Brewis (Social Science and Medicine, vol. 118, pages 152-128) tells…

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Award-winning author Marya Hornbacher visited Monte Nido EDTNY to speak to clients and staff about recovery and her new afterword to Wasted.   Special thanks to Marya Hornbacher, Tabitha Limotte, and Rob Kolodny.

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We win when we don't give up. Period the end. There really isn't too much to say on this subject. Ed will argue to the contrary – Ed thinks there is lots to say. But that is because Ed is blowing smoke. Ed knows there is nothing to say but the truth – which is that, in each moment you fight, you prove to yourself AND Ed that you are NOT GIVING UP. If you…

Read More How to Make Sure You Win at Recovery

It’s Weight Stigma Awareness Week! Because size stigma is a cultural problem, that is, large people have difficulty due to the negative meanings society ascribes to fat, they fare better when they understand the physical effects that stigma has on their nervous systems and can resist internalizing such arbitrary prejudices. ***STUDY: “Associations of weight stigma with cortisol and oxidative stress independent of adiposity, “Tomiyama, A. Janet; Epel, Elissa S.; McClatchey, Trissa M.; Poelke, Gina; Kemeny,…

Read More Science Weighs In on Body Size Stigma

Everyone wants what is going to result in the best health for the most people. The argument is over what sorts of approaches improve health and result in sustainable, lifelong practices, what sort of environments and policies allow access to such practices, and conversely, what does not work, which is what we have been doing and can’t seem to stop doing. The truth is, unless we think that the current environment is somehow good for…

Read More The Weight-Inclusive versus Weight-Normative Approach to Health

If you’re being emotionally, verbally, physically or sexually abused by your partner, you’ll likely have difficulty becoming a “normal” eater because of what you accept as “normal” in your domestic life. Several points about such misperceived normalcy were made in Time magazine (9/22/14) after the release of the video of NFL player Ray Rice beating up his then fiancé Janay Palmer and speak to the plight of the victims of abuse. One of the take…

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Before we can locate and experience even the minutest portion of what is wonderful about life, we have to actually locate ours  We have to live IN our lives…not somewhere else, as someone else, wishing for the day that life as we know it would disappear and we would get a new and improved life that we think is more suitable to our personality, needs, and circumstances. Ed reinforces this belief in, this desire for,…

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“It was the first time I realized this wasn’t all about me. I didn’t care if I died, but my family did. That’s the thing about these kinds of disorders: They’re consuming; they make you egocentric; they’re all you can see.”  Zosia Mamet (Glamour, Health & Fitness, September, 2014) I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that, prior to last Monday, I’d never heard of David Mamet, despite the fact that he is nearly a contemporary…

Read More “You’re Not Allowed To Die”