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[…]

“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[…]

Is my Thanksgiving dinner decadent enough?

I had a discussion this morning with one of the many people preparing for the upcoming day of indulgence. That day is, of course, Thanksgiving, day of sanctioned gluttony, over fullness, and lots and lots of regret. In planning the meal, which she cooks herself, an internal voice kept popping up to ask “Is that[…]

“My husband tells me he loves the way I look. I wish he wouldn’t.”

“My husband tells me he loves the way I look. I wish he wouldn’t.” Yes, in fact I hear this more often than you might think.  When a significant other is so comfortable with their partner’s weight, it is tempting to think, ‘I wish he/she were not so accepting of me at my current weight.[…]

“I can’t figure out why I’m not losing!!!” Sound familiar?

This is a familiar complaint.  It can be so frustrating, demoralizing, perplexing, . . . when people feel like they are following the rules and they JUST AREN’T LOSING WEIGHT.  I’m going to share a secret, the reason behind most of the situations like this I see. You may be seeing only a part of[…]

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[…]

“Kim, how can you understand my weight issues when you are thin and fit?”

This is a question that one of my group participants e-mailed recently, with the subject line “Nosey question.” Since I’m an open book, especially when it can help someone, I am answering the question not only for her, but for all of you as well. I believe the answer is important.  Thank you for asking Ms.[…]