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[…]

5 Tips for Healthier Holiday Eating

Here’s a segment I recorded on WUWM with tips to combat holiday stress eating and build more willpower all year round.  For practice with more mindful eating, try the In the Moment – Mindful Eating app! Happy Holidays!  Enjoy the food, the family, and the fun.

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.[…]

“Look . . . she eats like a normal person!”

I got into a discussion recently with a very fit, fabulously toned exercise instructor.  I would like to share it, because it brings to light a couple of interesting assumptions that some people hold: That people who look fit and healthy – those people so many of us admire (or idolize or envy) – practice[…]

Deli Case

Are You a FOOD ADDICT?

The term “food addict” is tossed around loosely.  Many people claim to be addicted to sugar, or potato chips, or chocolate or . . . . The term “addiction” sounds serious, and it is, so we should be careful how we use it in relation to food, or we may end up contributing to our own[…]

Danger: Beware of Food Advertisements!

Would you be outraged if you saw an ice cream ad that looked like this?  (I’m referring to the message it sends, not my admittedly horrible graphic design skills.) Actually it’s not much of a stretch from the real ads I have seen lately.  Driving on the freeway for 30 minutes yesterday, I saw two separate[…]

How to Avoid an Eating “Wipe-Out”

This is a magnet I have on my refrigerator – always makes me laugh. My daughter bought it for me after I mentioned how much I loved it. It just brings to mind how people can appear to have everything under control, while in reality they are on high alert, constantly readjusting to keep from[…]

A Man’s Body Image Question

I started a new session of my 7-week “Get Real” program last night.  Week 1 focuses on attitudes and beliefs about eating and body image.  We talked about weight loss beliefs (often confusing) as well as how important it is to notice judgmental thoughts many of us hold about our bodies and why this makes progress difficult. I explained how[…]

One of My Recent Creations

Knit Your Way into a Smaller Size

I have been considering bringing knitting into my weight loss groups.  An article about the benefits of knitting has me even more convinced that this would be a great idea! It seems obvious that knitting and other hand crafts reduce stress and keep one’s hands occupied, making it easier to avoid mindless eating and stress-related overeating, but did[…]