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Protecting Eating Disorders Recovery During the Holiday Season

The holiday season can be a particularly challenging time of year for individuals struggling with eating disorders. The food-centric festivities surrounding most holidays can feel overwhelming to patients, regardless of their stage in the recovery process. In response to the anxiety that can accompany heightened exposure to food and gatherings of friends, family and colleagues, treatment professionals often observe an escalation of eating-disordered thoughts and behaviors and lapses in recovery during this time of year.

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How do I learn to eat mindfully?

We’ve all heard it said: “It’s easier said than done”. Is this true for you when it comes to eating mindfully? Are waiting for more clarity, more knowledge or simply some advice on getting unstuck? If so, I recommend taking a look at the following articles for inspiration, motivation, learning and, well, success. The authors share their views on overcoming fear of hunger, looking at weight gain and weight loss patterns as helpful information, becoming clear and committing to begin…now.

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Weighing in on Georgia’s Anti-Obesity Campaign

Having worked with obesity for over 25 years in my consulting and coaching practice, I know one thing for sure: no one who is obese wants to be that way. The extra pounds are not the issue – though health and wellness are certainly a large part of the situation. The true issue is why do individuals, young or older, turn to food for emotional support, distraction or other reasons rather than true hunger?

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Weight Bias and FAT TALK

“FAT TALK” is talk that implicitly or explicitly reinforces the thin ideal standard of female beauty. According to Carolyn Costin, Medical Director of Monte Nido Treatment Center, research by Stice et al, 2003, shows that 3 – 5 minutes of FAT TALK significantly increases body dissatisfaction, a key risk factor for the development of eating disorders.

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Sweet Poison

Obesity—along with the associated chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease—has become a national epidemic. And you may be a prime target. Dr. Robert H. Lustig, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at UCSF, explores the damage caused by sugary foods. Recently, a talk he gave called “The Bitter Truth”, was made available on the Internet. Though the date of his presentation is 2009, this information remains timely and important.

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Beware the Magic Button

The media has been abuzz with news that the requirements for qualifying for LAP-BAND®surgery, the original FDA approved adjustable gastric banding device, have been “lowered” – which is truly frightening. A surgical procedure that promises weight loss is often viewed as the magic button or, literally, an overnight solution. Seeking an overnight solution to healthy living is not the answer and it never has been. Too often, there is danger, disappointment and weight regained.

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Freeze, Zap ~ and Losing More Than Fat Cells

“…don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth, without complicated explanation, so everyone will understand the passage: we have opened you.”


Having been obese during a phase of my life, I know the emotional pain of feeling large and unacceptable. Our culture has indoctrinated most of us, particularly women, to believe thinness

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Brain Boost

Since research has proven that exercise boosts the health of the brain, we can trust the experts and take action in our lives.

Exercising three hours a week will keep the brain healthy, according to a study recently published by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The researchers compared two groups of people over a ten year period. One group, aged

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