I’m all about encouraging troubled eaters to take baby steps to grow healthier, but there are some life-altering decisions which can catapult you forward and help you reach your goals more quickly. These are decisions that have high-impact consequences. Make a poor choice and you reinforce behaviors that keep you stuck in dysfunctional patterns. But make one in your long-term best interest and you alter you brain map by reinforcing neural pathways that lead you…

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It occurred to me last night that truly “Sharing Your Loved One’s Journey” requires a deep understanding of what that journey looks and feels like to the one who’s loved – and living it. And so, I reached out to a courageous young woman whose writings on the subject are among the most beautiful, insightful, honest and powerful I’ve come across in the past ten years and secured her permission to share this: Surrendering the…

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I heard someone in her 40s say that, being middle-age, she was worried about her aging body. For some people, aging automatically brings about a shedding of body image concerns, while for others, it amplifies them. Did you know that there’s an increase in eating disorders among aging women? Forget culture and the media, we have it in our power to decide how we want to view the inevitable changes in our bodies, so, for…

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Two great articles from Eating Disorder Hope (Eating Disorder Hope newsletter, vol. 25) give just that, hope for troubled eaters learning to manage anxiety and decrease their emotional, compulsive, and mindless eating. In “Anxiety and overeating—what’s the overlap?” Jennifer Pells, PhD, tells us that “anxiety symptoms and disorders frequently co-occur with overeating and that studies have shown those with Binge Eating Disorder (BED) have a greater likelihood of experiencing significant symptoms of anxiety compared with…

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Thinking about and focusing on Ed is not the same as thinking about and focusing on your recovery. You may already know this – it sure sounds simple enough, doesn't it! But are you practicing what you know? Ed is very tricky. Ed has plenty of practice in getting us to think we are focusing on recovery, when in reality we are focusing on Ed. If you are unsure about whether you are focusing on…

Read More How Changing Your Focus Changes Everything

Over the past several weeks, I have had conversations with four very different women, from four entirely different backgrounds, at four very different stages in their life journeys. All of whom, for very different reasons, regrettably found themselves confronted with virtually the same unfortunate predicament: someone in their lives who professes (or once professed) to care about them either already is disparaging (or is threatening to disparage) them to others in their respective circle of…

Read More A Coincidence or An Epidemic?

Do you cringe at the word “fitness”? Do your eyes glaze over and does your mind slam shut because the subject seems so overwhelming? Does the word sound like a chore, drag, or even punishment? Quick: In a sentence, what’s your purpose for fitness? In How to Think About Exercise, Damon Young (“Your thinking about fitness is all wrong” by Mike Plunkett, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 2/3/15, page 20E) helps us clarify our thoughts on fitness. According…

Read More Succeeding at Fitness

Why should you care what color your fat is? You might be sick of thinking about your fat, period. But it’s important to understand fat composition, especially that brown fat has a positive roll in determining your metabolism and keeping you at a comfortable weight. Understanding the process of fat-cell making may help you think more about food choices and actually play a part in determining your brown/white cell make-up. “When good fat goes bad’…

Read More Understanding White and Brown Fat Cells

Whether or not you feel drawn towards mentoring in the specific form of matching a recovered person with a recovering person for extra support, the fact remains that the more support you have on your "Pro Recovery Team", the fewer folks there are to join "Team Ed". And when it comes to saving your own life, you want the All Stars on your team. You want the best of the best – and the most…

Read More Attracting the All Stars