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.

Goober Cookies!!!! (and other holiday food traditions)

This tradition started out innocently enough.  For years I made cutout Christmas shortbread cookies in the shapes of stars, candy canes, and Gingerbread men, all decorated with the greatest of care with icing, sprinkles, and shiny silver sugar pellets.  In short, they were beautiful little works of art – almost too pretty to eat, but that[…]

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Comfortable Side of Uncomfortable Eating

As we enter the season of overindulgence and achingly full bellies, I am reminded of days gone by, when I thought that eating healthy meant cutting out “unhealthy foods” altogether.  No foods with added sugar (too unhealthy), no tasty sauces (SO unnecessary), and on and on.  At least that was the plan.  While it makes[…]

Cravings and Emotional Eating: What Does Improvement Look Like?

‘Tis the season . . . for excess. Cravings and emotional eating are probably the most distressing of all eating behaviors.  Losing control simply feels bad.  On top of that, it can be very difficult for people to give themselves the credit they deserve when they start working on strategies to change these habits.  A[…]

This Year’s Holiday Food Pleasures and Disappointments

It’s two days after Christmas, the kids are gone, the house is quiet, and I am looking back at the eating pleasures and disappointments of this year’s eating experience.  This is my food version of Siskel and Ebert’s classic “thumbs up/thumbs down” movie reviews.  Keep in mind that these are MY pleasures and MY disappointments.  Yours[…]

“Coffee is far more than a beverage” and food is almost never simply fuel.

I had coffee with a friend recently.   Retreating from the cold Wisconsin weather, we settled in, warmed up, and savored the wonders of our steamy beverages:  the taste and warmth of the drinks, to be sure, but also the experience of connection in a cozy setting. Later she sent this: Yes!  We eat –[…]

Is holiday time a bad time to start making lifestyle changes?

What do you think? I hear a lot of people making statements like “I know the holidays are a bad time to start anything . . . .”, “I might as well wait until January . . . .” . . . . . etc., etc. Is this a bad time to try making any[…]

Daily Exercise Offsets Unhealthy Changes from Short-Term Overeating

A recent study of 26 healthy men highlights the amazing benefits – even in a brief time period – of regular exercise.  Several previous studies have shown unhealthy changes in blood sugar control as well as genetic changes to fat cells in response to overfeeding. This study compared two groups, both of which were significantly overfed[…]