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4 Wishes for You This Year (+ personal news)

Happy 2017! If I could grant you 4 wishes this year, here's what they would be: 1.  May you take in the good. You can thank our ancestors for your brain’s negativity bias. After all, their primary goal was to eat lunch, not be lunch. According to neuropsychologist...

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Getting back on track with Intuitive Eating

“I haven’t been eating very intuitively or mindfully lately.” I hear this confession from clients all the time, usually made with a twinge of guilt. You might also have the common expectation that once you start practicing Intuitive Eating, you’ll just start eating...

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Can you love food too much?

I’ve never been someone who ever gets so busy or focused that I forget to eat lunch. That’s happened exactly once in my life – during childbirth. And I recently traveled 5,486 miles for this slice of lasagna Bolognese: My husband and I chose Bologna for the second leg...

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What I’ve learned about courage

My mom’s a badass. She dodged booby traps and snipers during the Vietnam War to visit my dad when he was a prisoner of war for over three years. She risked imprisonment for illegal travel to bribe a prison guard to free him.  She then fled her country, leaving behind...

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Judging yourself for being an “emotional eater”?

Emotional eating has gotten a bad rap. It’s as if we’re expected to leave our emotions behind at the dinner table. “Emotionless eating” anyone? Before my son came along, I often used the example of how babies are born knowing when they’re hungry (and boy do they...

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Thinking of trying that “one last diet”?

Can you relate to this line of thinking? I know dieting doesn’t work long-term, and eventually I really want to try mindful and Intuitive Eating. But I’m at my highest weight now, so I’m going to try just this one last diet to get the weight off. And THEN I’ll work on...

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Intuitive Exercise

You might know I’m an advocate of Intuitive Eating for promoting a healthy relationship with food, but today, I want to discuss Intuitive Exercise. First, consider the commonalities between Intuitive Eating and Intuitive Exercise – and also between Diet Mentality and...

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Want to be exercising more than you are?

Quick: when I mention the word “exercise” what thoughts and emotions come up for you? For many, what comes up is dread, anxiety, guilt, and fear. Not exactly things that inspire a get-up-and-go attitude. At least not for long. The non-diet and Health at Every Size...

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Take a Break, Improve Your Nutrition

I’m not above putting a task on my to-do list after I’ve completed it just so I can have the satisfaction of checking it off. Or listing things I’m unlikely to forget like “shower” and “make breakfast” so I can check them off and get that little dopamine reward in my...

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On Body Trust

Trusting your body allows you to enjoy a more peaceful relationship with your body and better meet its needs, rather than constantly being at war with your body and second-guessing its needs. But how do you build body trust? To answer that question, I think we must...

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