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The Most Important Holiday Eating Tip

A recent article points out what I think is the single most important tip for avoiding holiday eating disappointment and weight gain.  Bonus:  It is just as important any month of the year. Enjoy a small portion of a favorite food regularly – possibly even every day. Viewing treat food as “bad” or off limits creates a[…]

“But I just want to lose ___ pounds . . . and then I will start eating more intuitively.”

What is wrong with wanting to “just get the pounds off” first and then start eating “normally” or “more intuitively”? For one thing, the process of doing another unrealistic eating plan just takes you farther away from eating in tune with your body and soul.  It is just one more opportunity to strengthen the neural[…]

Emotional Eating Is Fine?

Can emotional eating be a part of a healthy eating plan?  My answer would be, “It has to be.”  Why?  Because we are emotional beings, and acknowledging that can be helpful when setting expectations about our overall eating patterns. An opinion on this appeared in US News and World Report, expressing this very point.  The[…]

Want to GAIN weight? Try dieting!

Yes, dieting . . .  a great way for many people to gain weight over time.  It has everything to do with your outlook. Focus on the scale and obsess about food choices, restrict calories to the point of discomfort, and remove pleasure from your eating; you will most likely find yourself buried in a[…]

Healthy, Manageable Weight Loss Tips (from people who have done it!)

The best weight loss tips (as reported by TIME Magazine) come from people who have lost and kept it off.  In short: Be OK with slow and steady.  (Remember:  The tortoise won the race!) Pay attention to emotions and triggers and how they affect eating.  This type of journaling can be more effective than simply counting calories.[…]

Why WOULDN’T you want to eat more ice cream (or cake, or cookies, or . . . )?

People get into trouble when expectations are different than what is realistically probable.  A recent conversation reminded me of this very basic – and very important – fact.  A previous client has been practicing more mindful methods of choosing and enjoying food for about a year now, and it is clear that the effort is[…]

Think This, Not That: At least as important as “Eat This, Not That”

I was asked to do a talk on the theme of “Eat This, Not That,” and my planning could not help but take me to the concept of “Think this, Not That.”  After all, a one-dimensional look at what to eat for health, irrespective of the human side of eating, is ill-fated.  Sometimes people will[…]

Is a sleeve of Girl Scout cookies a serving?

It’s that time again! Yes! Girl Scout cookies are here, and I start hearing the word “sleeve” used to refer to something other than that thing on a shirt that covers an arm. Two different camps of cookie eaters become apparent to me, and the group a person falls into is a good indicator of[…]

What are you teaching your children about eating?

Yes, we all know how to eat when we are born!  It is instinctive.  So where does the confusion enter?  Why do so many people come to me seeking advice about how much they should eat, when they should eat, why they should eat, . . . ?  “Should” is not my favorite word.  In[…]

A Better Way to Start Healthy in the New Year

I had a recent radio appearance on local public radio (WUWM) on the topic of New Year’s resolutions and dieting.  How can you have a healthier start?  Listen to my thoughts.