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Published: Mon, 19 Feb 2018 20:17:06 -0600


Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Treatments

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:04:07 -0600

Approximately one in four Americans suffer from functional gastrointestinal and motility disorders. These diagnoses were responsible for more than 32.2 million physician office visits in 2015, as sufferers look for help in diagnosing and treating gastrointestinal disorders.

Stop Eating for Comfort by Recognizing Your Triggers and Habits

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 07:20:16 -0600

The only time our body actually wants food is when it is physically hungry. So when we eat for emotional reasons, it doesn't work, because our body doesn't want food, it wants comfort in some other way. So we keep eating waiting for that magic fix that never comes.

Learn to Reconnect to Your Body's Natural Instincts in All Situations

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 21:35:10 -0500

So why don't we listen to our body when it is well? It is because we have the energy and ability to override it and often we have actually disconnected to our body's natural instincts so we can no longer hear or feel what it is telling us. Imagine how well our body would work for us if we did exactly what it told us all of the time?

The Only Reason We Are Over Weight Is Because We Overeat

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:08:57 -0500

In my opinion the only reason we are overweight is because we overeat. We overeat because we are eating for the wrong reasons. The only time our body actually wants food is when it is hungry. Most people have lost the ability to know whether they are physically hungry or emotionally.

What Do Binge Eating Episodes Have In Common?

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 06:51:25 -0500

DSM-5 criteria for binge eating disorder miss a couple of variations. This article covers other types of binge eating -- and what research shows can trigger binges.

Eating Habits - Do You Seek Comfort in Food?

Wed, 31 May 2017 12:59:01 -0500

At times we eat for the right reasons. When we are hungry is the first example that comes to mind. As simple as it sounds, you may be surprised by how often people eat when they think they are hungry when it is a craving instead. Since we are naturally inclined to make mistakes, there are also times where we eat for the wrong reasons. An extreme craving is worth noting. More importantly, the most anxious moments are when we eat out of boredom or worse; when we seek comfort in food. We have all been there, so you are not alone. But if you are still guilty of doing this from time to time, it is time to make some changes.

How To Recognize Emotional Eating And What To Do About It

Fri, 12 May 2017 08:41:29 -0500

Emotional eating affects many people and most don't even know that it's a problem. In this article, learn about emotional eating and what to do about it.

Too Much on Your Plate?

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:46:00 -0500

Often we find that there is too much on our dinner plate because there is too much on our plate in real life. The trick is how we deal with the unavoidable problems of life. Do we let emotional eating derail our healthy eating and weight loss attempts or do we learn a new, more helpful way of solving life's problems?

How to Overcome Emotional or Compulsive Eating

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 10:12:15 -0600

Everyone knows that we eat to get nourishment and to stay healthy. But too much eating can put on excess body weight, which could lead to being unhealthy. Becoming overweight can be stressful. I know, I've been there.

Don't Settle for Negative Results With Food, Change Your Mind About It

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 08:50:30 -0600

This month I have had interactions with two people who were settling for their current situation regarding food and their bodies. The first person told me that, "She knew she would always be overweight". The second one informed me that "She will always be bulimic and she would just have to find ways to control it".

Diet Pills - Yes or No?

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 11:18:42 -0600

Obesity is the most significant factor behind many diseases including metabolic disorders and cardiovascular diseases. Obesity is nothing short of a curse because once you start gaining weight, it becomes so difficult to get back in shape. Rigorous work out sessions, umpteen diet plans, special trainers and so much more but still you won't find yourself in perfect, healthy shape.

How to Cope With Relapses in Anorexia Recovery

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:49:47 -0500

Eating disorder relapses are very common, particularly during the early stages of anorexia recovery. Learn how to cope with anorexia relapses.

Parenting Ideas to Deal With Picky Eaters

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 10:17:18 -0500

One of the most common issues parents face with their children is that the children end up being picky eaters. Many parents are clueless as to how to deal with this situation and end up getting frustrated which is usually not good for the parents as well as the child. Yes, dealing with children who are picky eaters can be extremely difficult but it is an issue that can be overcome easily if dealt with the right methods.

3 Common Types of Eating Disorders And Their Possible Causes

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 07:10:59 -0500

There are several types of eating disorders that may have symptoms of insufficient or excessive eating. Bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa and binge eating are some of the most common types of eating disorders. Both males and females can become victims of these conditions.

Stop Trying to Control How You Eat and Take Charge Instead

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 07:08:45 -0500

Taking charge of how you eat allows you to make the choices that are right for you. Being in control has negative connotations and sometimes may mean forcing yourself to do something you don't necessarily want to do. Being in control means using willpower and determination even if that choice isn't right for you. Being in charge means being mindful of what your body needs in any given situation and making the choice based on what is right for you at the time.

Is There an "All You Can Eat Bar" in Heaven?

Fri, 01 Jul 2016 13:26:00 -0500

There is real medical help for eating disorders! Eating disorders are not a matter of will! Find educated and knowledgeable doctors!

Mindfulness Is the Key to Tuning Into Our Body

Fri, 27 May 2016 06:30:00 -0500

To eat naturally we need to be able to tune into our body's natural instincts. That means really listening to our body so we can hear what it is telling us. This then enables us to eat only for the physical need when we are actually hungry. However, what I have found is that a number of my clients struggle to listen to their body because there is too much negativity or "chatter" going on in their heads.

All You Need to Know About Eating Disorders

Tue, 10 May 2016 10:14:26 -0500

We live in a strange world. It seems that everyone has to be skinny to be beautiful. And the constant popping up of new trendy diets (usually bad diets) almost every week that promises you'll lose weight fast, it might seem anyone can lose weight quickly and without much efforts. The problem with these diets is that they tend to be ineffective and they might even be dangerous for your health, both on short and long term...

Noticing and Acknowledging Your Emotions Empowers Change

Thu, 17 Mar 2016 06:42:50 -0500

After eating naturally for 20 years I now know that I used to use food to control my emotions. I was completely unable to cope with a lot of things that had happened in my life. So instead of acknowledging them and allowing myself to feel loss, sadness, and grief I ate instead.

Let's Beat Bulimia

Fri, 04 Mar 2016 14:27:18 -0600

Removing the Bulimia Blinkers... A horse wears blinkers to stop them seeing either behind them, or from being distracted by what's going on beside them; their vision is restricted to see only what's ahead... in front of their eyes... Recently new psychological approaches developed around the well-documented and researched Time Perspective Theories (TPT), as developed by Professor Philip Zimbardo and his team at Stanford University in San Francisco USA, coupled with the new scientific research and understanding in the field of Neuroplasticity (NP), may together offer a radical new approach in the treatment of Bulimia.

Caring For A Daughter With Anorexia

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 09:18:53 -0600

When an apparently happy teenage girl, doing well at a good school, is diagnosed with anorexia, it comes as a great shock to the parents. The immediate reaction is to wonder what one has done wrong to bring about this situation but there is little time to ponder. A team of experts takes over the life of the family and dictates the terms and conditions under which life will go on. The treatment has two main aspects: dietary control and psychological counselling. On these twin tracks victim and helpers enter a dark tunnel in which it is impossible to see any light from the other end.

The Hardest Thousand Words I Have Ever Written

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 14:02:57 -0600

This is really hard for me to write. It is a complete departure from what I usually write, and it's bearing my true self more than I have ever before, so please be kind and bear with me as I write these really hard 1000 words. A little over a year ago I was on the road in Dallas working with The Marvel Experience.

Male Eating Disorders and Body Dysmorphia

Thu, 28 Jan 2016 11:14:10 -0600

The game was going on the scales. John (a fictional character), was due to weigh himself. Another morning "normal" ritual. And evening ritual, all normal, of course.

How You Can Increase Metabolism After Bulimia

Thu, 03 Dec 2015 08:02:45 -0600

Before I was able to whip bulimia, I had been afraid that many years of binging and making myself sick already had destroyed my metabolism permanently! I believed that a bulimia free existence ensured I would need to live on lettuce to stop my body weight from ballooning uncontrollably.

5 Tips to End Emotional Eating

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:17:24 -0600

Are you struggling with emotional eating? Here are 5 tips that can help.

Overcoming Emotional Eating: Getting to the Bottom of Your Feelings So You Don't Eat Them

Tue, 17 Nov 2015 09:11:50 -0600

Most of us have a very strong emotional bond with food. Enjoying food is completely healthy, but turning to food to fix emotional problems is not the answer. There is a way to prevent this from happening so that you get to the root of the real issue instead of looking to food for the answer. Not only will food not fix the problem, but it will make it even worse.

Vulnerability Can Be Scary, But It Can Also Bring Your Greatest Joy

Tue, 17 Nov 2015 06:18:03 -0600

This is a very interesting topic which funnily enough keeps coming up for me. I spent 20 years of my life ensuring I didn't show my vulnerability. I was extremely uncomfortable sharing my emotions or letting anyone get too close to me. In my eyes I actually had good reason to be as I had experienced a great deal of loss as a child. I now know that I thought, "Well if I don't get close to people then there is no chance of the people I love leaving me or dying"

How to Stop Eating by Experiencing Enough

Wed, 28 Oct 2015 12:24:43 -0500

Do you ever have the sense that you just can't quit eating? That there is never enough? That you are a bottomless pit? These experiences are an opportunity to look deeper, to find out what may be going on behind it.

How to Break Free From Compulsive Overeating

Wed, 02 Sep 2015 13:02:23 -0500

Compulsive overeaters often use food to distract themselves from being present to distressing emotions. This article will explore 5 key strategies to help compulsive overeaters notice their patterns and get naked with their pain.

Binge Eating Disorder (BED): Which Cure Is Best?

Thu, 13 Aug 2015 14:08:06 -0500

The cure for Binge Eating Disorder or BED is highly controversial. Is it best to treat binge eating as a food addiction and abstain from certain foods? Is it more effective to treat binge eating as an emotional disorder and rely on talk therapies to cure underlying problems and/or to change behaviors? Or what about Vyvanse, the newest drug therapy? How does that fit into the treatment equation? Find out more in this article.

Stop Controlling the Food You Eat So You Can Be Free to Choose What You Really Need

Tue, 11 Aug 2015 06:33:39 -0500

Restriction and deprivation around food is such a catch 22. We think we are doing the right thing by giving our body healthy food in limited amounts. However what it actually does is make us feel hungry and deprived, which leads to craving, which ultimately leads to bingeing.

Understanding One's Worth

Fri, 07 Aug 2015 10:08:26 -0500

There are few things more painful than feeling worthless or "not good enough," minute by minute, day by day, and year by year. I know because I have felt that way myself, much of the time during the first half of my 60 years. Additionally, I have provided counsel and treatment to many hundreds of individuals who have felt similar feelings over the past 30 years as a clinician.

Courageous Breath

Thu, 06 Aug 2015 07:58:13 -0500

I listened to a Ted Talk this week called Breathing into Life by Brad Lichtenstein, ND. He asked a question of the audience that drives his medical practice and his work with people seeking healing from physical ailments: How do you want to live?

Using Summer for Recovery: How to Help Someone Struggling With an Eating Disorder During The Summer

Thu, 06 Aug 2015 07:53:47 -0500

For individuals struggling with an eating disorder or body image issues, summer vacation may be a very different experience. It can be an extraordinarily stressful time. Instead of freedom, rest, and play they feel increased pressure and distress. The consistent schedule of school and work is no longer available in the same ways and the less structured days of summer and the standing still metaphor of the solstice creates anxiety and fear about food and body.

How To Curb Stress That Leads To Emotional Eating

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 10:50:58 -0500

Emotional eating can lead to serious medical and mental health problems such as obesity, overweight and depression. Here are five relaxation techniques to help reduce stresses that leads to overeating...

Ignoring Your Emotions Can Cause You to Eat for Comfort

Tue, 07 Jul 2015 08:05:16 -0500

I spent 20 years avoiding my feelings and emotions by eating. I didn't acknowledge how I was feeling, or allow myself to grieve or cry. I simply kept myself numb by bingeing and exercising excessively. This just ensured I remained stuck and couldn't heal and move forward with my life.

Are You a Binge Eater?

Mon, 08 Jun 2015 08:05:45 -0500

Binge Eating has become the number one eating disorder affecting adults today - surpassing both Anorexia and Bulimia. How can you tell if you're a binge eater?

Grow Your Confidence by Listening to Your Body

Wed, 03 Jun 2015 06:11:06 -0500

When I first discovered Natural Eating in 1996 I had completely lost confidence, not only in my relationship with food but in all aspects of my life. I was suffering from depression and had a very low self-esteem. The first thing that enabled me to build up my confidence was to learn how to eat normally from a group of women who had been through exactly what I had been through. They had all suffered from Bulimia or over-eating and recovered by learning to eat naturally. If they could do it, then so could I.

Emotional Hunger Versus Physical Hunger

Thu, 07 May 2015 07:33:37 -0500

Many suffer from what is known as emotional eating. In this condition food is eaten for pleasure instead of for sustenance as it is intended. It is used as a coping mechanism to alleviate distressful feelings, such as, sadness, pain, depression, anger, boredom and other related emotions. Emotional eating is much different than eating to satisfy real hunger, and it can be a culprit in weight gain, obesity, and emotional and psychological distress due to the guilt and shame that it can induce in those who engage in it. Many suffer from what is known as emotional eating. In this condition food is eaten for pleasure instead of for sustenance as it is intended. It is used as a coping mechanism to alleviate distressful feelings, such as, sadness, pain, depression, anger, boredom and other related emotions. Emotional eating is much different than eating to satisfy real hunger, and it can be a culprit in weight gain, obesity, and emotional and psychological distress due to the guilt and shame that it can induce in those who engage in it.

Healthy Ways To Deal With Emotions To Avoid Overeating

Thu, 07 May 2015 07:31:00 -0500

It is common for people of all ages to turn to food when they feel stressed and emotionally out of balance. When eating, people often experience a feeling of comfort and tranquility as they nourish their bodies and consume "comforting" foods that can relieve stress and tension. While this type of eating seems effective for soothing emotions in the moment, it can cause serious damage to the body if left untreated. Those who are emotional eaters usually find themselves overweight, unhealthy, and even depressed over time from all the empty calorie eating binges.

How Emotional Eating Sabotages Weight Loss Efforts

Thu, 07 May 2015 07:30:25 -0500

It has been a long and stressful day at the office, your children are misbehaving and you have to prepare dinner, when all you really want is to escape. You are stressed, anxious, tired, and obviously, irritated. How do you deal with these flaring emotions? Can a bag of salty and crunchy chips do the trick? Are a few scoops of ice cream enough to enhance your mood? Well, apparently, and unfortunately for a lot of people they are. The use of food as a solution to fix feelings of frustration, pain, sadness, anger, boredom, and anxiety is all too common. Unfortunately, emotional eating can also be a serious hindrance to your weight loss goals, and this is just one of the side effects of this type of eating disorder.

How Keeping An Eating Diary Helps Emotional Eaters

Wed, 06 May 2015 07:10:48 -0500

Emotional eaters understand the struggle behind feeling stressed, turning to food for comfort, and then beating themselves up for consuming lots of empty calories. It's a vicious cycle, and many feel as if they don't know how to get it under control. Stress eating is a common condition amongst people of all ages and is done to assuage emotional needs and problems rather than actual hunger. Those who identify themselves as emotional eaters may view food as a type of comforting friend they can turn to when life becomes too overwhelming.

Why Food Never Really Helps To Heal Feelings

Wed, 06 May 2015 06:53:21 -0500

Back in the day when people had to grow their food before they could eat it, they did not really use food for any other purpose than for eating for when they were hungry. However, as civilization moved away from purely agricultural societies to industrialized societies, it became easier to purchase food, and unhealthy food selections became much more readily available. Commercialization of food production has allowed us to buy any amount of food we fancy and store them in our house. We no longer consumed food merely because we were hungry, we ate because there was food stored in the house. We ate when we were bored, we ate when people came over, we ate when we watched TV, we ate when we entertained visitors and we ate whenever we felt like it.

How Positive Affirmations Help Emotional Eating Plus 30 Affirmations For You To Use

Wed, 06 May 2015 06:51:44 -0500

Emotional eating is a problem that plagues many and it is an all too common way to dealing with life's problems. The modern world offers so much variety of addictive foods, such as, sweets, chips, ice cream and others that bring euphoria, calm, peace and comfort that many fall into the trap of mindless eating whenever they feel sad, depressed, bored, lonely or stressed. This habitual reaction to particular trigger feelings results in a vicious cycle that never really solves the original problem, but, actually piles more on top of it. Many who eat behind emotions report feeling guilt and shame for binging on unhealthy foods and eating to the point of being nauseated. Weight gain is another side effect of this unhealthy coping skill, and brings with it its own variety of emotional and physical problems.

Great Tips That Will Positively Improve Your Digestive Health

Fri, 01 May 2015 08:06:26 -0500

The health of your digestive system is of utmost importance, as your entire body is affected directly by it. There are many things you can do to improve your digestive health. Here are some important steps you can take to change yours for the better today. Drink warm water with a freshly squeezed lemon each morning when you wake up. Drink it as soon as you rise, and before you have eaten anything. This will stimulate and cleanse your liver, as well as support digestive hydrochloric acid in your stomach.

Eating Appropriately To Grow Taller And Fit In Nicer Looking Clothes

Wed, 18 Mar 2015 09:22:32 -0500

Eat Enough to Grow Taller; Since you feed your goldfish and your hamster and your Great Dane enough food for a goldfish, a hamster, and a Great Dane, you need to feed your precious human self enough for you. Who thinks about money all the time? People who are broke. And who thinks about food all the time? People who are hungry.

Are Celebrities Using Social Media to Promote Eating Disorders in Teenage Girls?

Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:23:11 -0600

It's that time of year again. January 2015; New Year, new me and "celebrities" seem determined to make their money from diet supplements and 'belly-blasting DVDs' but are they fuelling eating disorders in adolescents?

I Used to Scoff at People Who "Forgot To Eat"

Fri, 16 Jan 2015 05:48:52 -0600

I used to scoff at people who would say they were so busy they "forgot to eat." When I was in college, I was an art major and spent many, many hours in the art department building working on projects. I remember being there late at night or working the weekends away, and other students would lament that they hadn't eaten all day because they were so focused they "forgot."

Self-Diagnosis: Our Generation's Newest Mental Illness

Wed, 14 Jan 2015 10:50:30 -0600

While our increasingly sophisticated technology deserves respect, there has been a dramatic influx of self-diagnosis as a direct result of everything receiving a name. We as a generation have become obsessed with mental illness and with that, we are associating the word "disorder" with "habit". This is not only desensitizing us to the idea of mental illness, it is creating a dangerous mindset.

Controlling Pregnancy Weight Gain

Wed, 31 Dec 2014 12:45:29 -0600

A pregnant woman naturally produces a pregnancy hormone called HCG. It is is a hormone that pregnancy hormone that is natures way of assisting new moms in providing for their baby in utero, retaining their pre-pregnancy weight while pregnant minus baby weight, tightening mom's skin after delivery and assists moms lose any unwanted weight post delivery while shrinking skin. This hormone can be a mom's best friend or worst enemy depending on what she eats during and after pregnancy.

Why You Can't Stop The Diet-Binge Cycle

Tue, 11 Nov 2014 14:54:27 -0600

When you let yourself be controlled by your fear of gaining weight because you believe the walls will crumble around you when you do, that's when binges happen. That's when you cannot help but obsess over food. That's when you feel you have no choice but to restrict. The key to ending the fight against your body is to reclaim your power and release your fear of food.

What a Runner in 1954 Can Teach You About Binge Eating

Thu, 06 Nov 2014 14:08:06 -0600

In 1954, one man challenged beliefs around the world when he broke the record for running a mile in under 4 minutes. Roger Bannister, a junior doctor, believed he could beat the record that experts swore was humanly impossible... and he did. While that's definitely impressive, what's more remarkable is that in only 46 days, someone else beat Roger's record. What had been accepted for hundreds of years now had been surpassed twice in a month and a half. Once people saw an example of what was possible, beliefs shifted. When their beliefs shifted, more people were able to do what they'd once dismissed. What's this have to do with your relationship with food? What you believe shapes what you achieve.

How To Stop Eating Sugar

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 07:35:17 -0500

Sugar is one of the most addictive foods we can put into our bodies. Sugar is the ingredient that I believe kept my animal brain caught in a repetitive cycle of binge eating. Sugar addiction goes beyond candy and cakes... it's the simple, refined carbohydrates that cause an insulin spike in our blood sugar. This also triggers parts of our brains which can become addicted, just like someone becomes addicted to heroin. I've gotten many emails from readers asking questions about how to deal with their addiction to sugar, which is usually the triggering food for a binge. There are common themes in the questions, and I can relate to many people who are disgusted with their failed attempts to break the habit.

Love Yourself - You Are Worth It

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 06:31:07 -0500

The key element of eating naturally is to be "mindful" of what your body wants and needs. To do this we simply need to listen to it. Often however we have lost our ability to listen as we stumble along by habit, which becomes very difficult to change. Once we decide however that we are worth it, then we can listen because we want to make positive changes.

Therapy Insights in Treating Binge Eating Disorder

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:31:47 -0500

One patient dealing with abuse and trauma issues in therapy used binge eating to relieve the symptoms of depression and anxiety. As work in therapy continued, it was discovered that this patient began emotionally eating at the same time the abuse occurred. As a child certain foods were monitored by her parents, such as cereals with sugar. She was only allowed such cereals one day out of the week. Therefore, the intake of cereal on days other than the one already designated and/or if she ate more than a certain amount was monitored. As this patient got older, she learned that much focus and attention was given to what kind of food she ate or did not eat.

For the Loved Ones of Those Suffering With an Eating Disorder

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:26:41 -0500

One of the most difficult tasks any of us face is watching the struggle and suffering of those we love. It is especially difficult and heart wrenching to watch a loved one suffer with an eating disorder. What makes it so difficult are its far reaching effects: physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual damage, confusion, and chaos. With anorexia that chaos and confusion can be hidden under rigid perfectionism and an illusion of control. With bulimia and binge eating disorder, the confusion and chaos may be more obvious to us on the outside.

Assessment for Eating Disorders

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:25:53 -0500

Initial Intake Assessment - Presenting Problem: Why are you seeking help at this time? What are you struggling with the most?

Different Types of Food Allergies

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:34:01 -0500

A food allergy is an adverse effect that occurs when the human body believes that a particular type of food is harmful. It is an immune reaction to food antigens. There are three major types of food allergies. It is important to differentiate between these as they are all different types of immune reactions to food antibodies.

Treatment of Food Allergy

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:55:48 -0500

The treatment of food allergies can seem complex, just like the diagnosis. Some allergies need to be treated immediately as they can prove fatal if neglected for long. Food allergies can be treated from different dimensions at the same time, such as eliminating the problem causing food or allergens from the diet completely, strengthening the patient nutritionally and modifying the patient's immune response.

Gluttony (Part 3): How to Overcome

Mon, 25 Aug 2014 06:43:06 -0500

Overcoming gluttony is hard. Many do not know how to start. The solution, although hard to implement, is actually easy. Step by step, slowly improving, you can do it!

Gluttony (Part 2): Am I a Glutton?

Mon, 25 Aug 2014 06:42:18 -0500

Knowing what gluttony is and identifying whether you are a glutton are two completely different things. How do you know when you have crossed the line into gluttony? Do some self examination and see where you are at.

Gluttony: What Is It?

Mon, 25 Aug 2014 06:41:15 -0500

Many of us associate gluttony with being overweight. However, that is not necessarily the case. Being overweight does not constitute gluttony. Also, being thin does not mean you do not struggle with gluttony. Are you a glutton? Read to find out.

Living With Anorexia - Like a Mouse on a Wheel

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:31:28 -0500

This article is about how to spot the signs of anorexia and tips on how to deal with it. It also advises readers what they should do. It's from my own personal perspective.

In Her Footsteps

Thu, 07 Aug 2014 06:22:35 -0500

Why is the measure of love always loss? That was the first line in Jeanette Winterson's Written on the Body. It has stayed with me for fifteen years, long after I discovered that book in a bookshop in Swaziland. In our 'working' relationships (and when I say working I mean with respect to the work that all relationships engender, all the energy, all of humanity's imperfections, we're not flawless, and certainly not made out of glass) with the opposite sex we often experience our moments of pleasure, or acute pain of the mind. We're either accepted, loved, appreciated, or taken for granted, hurt, or wounded. We wonder is this it? Is this as good as it gets? Am I happy? Does this relationship make me happy, fulfilled, and satisfied? There's a saying that says we give people permission to treat us the way they do. That statement says a lot about the society we live in. We are modern people. Modern people don't fall in love immediately these days. We want to live together before we take those vows in church with our beloved, in front of family, and friends. I've learned from relationships. Empathy earns respect, understanding and sensitivity.

Binge Eating and Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

Mon, 04 Aug 2014 10:52:58 -0500

Beyond a physical drive for food or water, shelter and safety, what motivates our behavior? According to humanist psychologist Abraham Maslow, our actions are motivated in order achieve certain needs. His hierarchy suggests that people are motivated to fulfill basic needs before moving on to other, more advanced needs.maslow hierarchy of needs His hierarchy of needs model is often displayed as a pyramid, with the lowest or base levels of the pyramid being our most basic human needs. Our more complex needs are at the top of the pyramid. This article looks at how understanding this model can help with overcoming binge eating.

Obsession With Food

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 15:37:43 -0500

Obsession with food is a new recognised type of over-attachment to something. The physiology of the thing is similar to obsession with drugs as the brain reacts in the same way to their intake. The cures can be similar too, that is the good news.

Obsession With Food Disorder - The Whys And Wherefores

Thu, 03 Jul 2014 07:42:45 -0500

The obsession with food disorder may be an expression of unexpressed trouble existing in a person's life. Repression can do that and this shows the need for sharing things with others and speaking up to the right people at the right time.

Overcoming Overeating: Managing That Voice In Your Head

Thu, 15 May 2014 15:27:42 -0500

In case you haven't noticed already, you have a voice inside your head that never stops. It goes on and on. No matter what the situation, it has something to say. Have you ever wondered how it decides what to say and when to say it? Have you ever wondered if what it's saying is important? Or if its even true? And if right now you are hearing, "I don't know what you're talking about. I don't have a voice in my head."... THAT'S the voice I'm referring to.

The Paths We Travel

Fri, 09 May 2014 10:49:01 -0500

The paths we go down in life are only worth what we learn along the way. Good and bad they make up our life experience and the experience is fueled and directed by what we pick up along the way. My journey has had its fair share of dark roads, but none as encompassing and influential as the battle I have had with my eating disorder.

How To Handle Your Nasty Self-Criticism

Mon, 05 May 2014 10:50:57 -0500

I've received multiple emails from readers sharing what triggers their self-criticism. Self-criticism can be one of the most MASSIVE obstacles to tackle, because it underlies everything. What you're telling yourself will determine the way you feel, the behaviors and actions you take and the words you say to others. Your "invisible scripts" shape your experience of your world. They are the paintbrushes on your life canvas (ok, that was slightly cheesy, but you get the point).

Stress And IBS: How To Deal With It?

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:56:43 -0500

Stress is defiantly emotional and psychological, since it affects systems in our body. It is for this reason that it affects the bowel movement. In most cases, it results in irritable bowel syndrome. Doctors have confirmed that most patients suffering from this disorder are victims of stress. Therefore, to treat this disorder, they have to treat and manage stress then all the other body systems will be in line.

Withdrawal and Sugar Cravings

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:14:56 -0500

Many reasons exist for sugar cravings. Withdrawal can be an important cause of cravings -- whether the withdrawal is from alcohol, drugs, or sugar itself.

11 Ways To Enjoy Your Food More

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:30:44 -0500

Some people call it mindful eating. While that's a good term, I like to think of it as "getting the most pleasure possible" out of what I'm eating. That makes me feel like I'm getting a real treat, and taking steps to squeeze out the most pleasure that I can is more motivating than creating rules for myself about what I can or cannot do when I eat. By far, staying present while I eat, or mindful eating, is the eating habit that I have to work on, especially when I'm extra busy, stressed, excited, or with other people. These strategies are simple and subtle. They always help me remember to focus on my food and take the most pleasure that I can.

Vegetarian Is Beautiful

Wed, 02 Apr 2014 07:03:03 -0500

I keep my first body, the physical one, in good health and shape feeding it with the proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals that the vegetable kingdom provides me with abundance and joy. I combine them with know-how and fantasy, because I know what I need and where to find it, and I get light, tasty, and balanced recipes that satisfy all my seven bodies, the dense, emotional, mental, sentimental, cosmic, and consciousness ones.

Labeling Yourself With "Binge Eating Disorder", "Compulsive Overeating Disorder" or "Food Addiction"

Mon, 24 Mar 2014 07:13:55 -0500

Nearly every self-help book or article I've read on binge eating disorder or food addiction has a section to help the reader decide if he or she really has binge eating disorder, compulsive overeating disorder or is a "food addict". Often there's a checklist with questions like, "Do you eat more than you intended more than 3 times per week?" Or "Do you hide how much you eat?" These books or articles are often written by someone that has no personal experience with binge eating, or by people who believe in addictive disease. By asking questions like this, in their opinion, they're setting you up to conclude you have a problem.

Why Anorexia Targets Women

Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:17:10 -0500

Usually associated with women - anorexia is an eating disorder that seems to be on the increase. And, although it can affect a small percentage of men too, there are reasons why it usually affects mainly women.

How To Stop Overeating: 7 Ways To Put Down Your Fork

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:21:53 -0500

These tips are ways to "jolt" yourself awake to become conscious of what you're doing so you can make a choice about whether you honestly want to keep eating or if you're ready to stop. You can remind yourself you can always come back to it later. "Waking up" to what you're doing and making a choice to continue or not puts you in power.

Find Out If You Have Food Sensitivities

Tue, 04 Mar 2014 10:19:50 -0600

Food sensitivities can cause headaches, skin problems including acne, and of course digestive problems including gas, bloating, constipation and diarrhea. So how do you know if you have a food sensitivity and what the offending food might be? There are actually a few methods you can use.

4 Simple Things You Can Do Today to Stop Digestive Imbalances

Tue, 04 Mar 2014 07:10:46 -0600

Do you suffer from gastrointestinal challenges? Digestive Imbalance? Indigestion? Heartburn? What about gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation and sometimes even nausea. Maybe you've even imagined you might have an inflammatory bowel disease or a digestive disorder.

Food + Relationships

Fri, 28 Feb 2014 09:29:47 -0600

Food can undo our relationships. We use food in the way others connect to people. Explore the how relationships are undone by using food for more then what it is intended, to nourish the body.

Differentiate Between Emotional Hunger and Physical Hunger

Tue, 25 Feb 2014 10:46:51 -0600

People don't always eat because they are hungry. Some people tend to turn to food for emotional reasons like, stress, loneliness, anxiety or excitement. Unluckily for them, eating does not fix the emotional problems-- in fact it makes them worse. The emotional problem that caused them to eat bad foods or overeat will still be unsolved and they will be feeling guilty because of overeating. Being able to differentiate emotional hunger from physical hunger is the first step to overcome cravings and compulsive overeating.

Tips On How To Stop Emotional Eating

Tue, 25 Feb 2014 07:55:29 -0600

People eat for various reasons. For you to stop emotional eating you need to know what triggers it. Know what situations, emotions or places that trigger the emotional hunger. Emotional eating is mostly triggered by negative feelings and at times by positive emotions, like rewarding yourself for an achievement.

Are Veganism and Vegetarianism Symptomatic of Eating Disorders?

Thu, 20 Feb 2014 09:59:14 -0600

Over the last year, a large number of clients have told that medical professionals advise them that that their lifestyles and eating choices are tantamount to mental illness and should be categorised as eating disorders. Their choice to not eat any animal products or limit their consumption to non-flesh based content is viewed as extreme and a response to disturbances in their psychological wellbeing. As a psychologist, I wish to address these concerns both to the clients and medical professionals.

Your Brain on Ice Cream (or Heroin)

Fri, 07 Feb 2014 10:46:37 -0600

Addictions are complex and hard to treat because there's several components at play: not only are there variations in levels of desire, but also in levels of ability to control the desire. These factors can also change in certain social situations or under stress. So it may be the relationship people have with the substance and the settings in which they are consumed rather than the substance itself.

Causes of Painful Bloating And How to Get Rid of Bloating Fast

Thu, 06 Feb 2014 13:51:59 -0600

There are many things that can cause bloating, especially bloating after eating. Overeating is often a cause of gassy bloating and can be easily fixed. Irritable bowel syndrome is a severe condition that often causes abdominal pain and bloating, and there are natural remedies for irritable bowel syndrome as well.

How To Successfully Keep Up With Your Diet

Wed, 05 Feb 2014 14:30:29 -0600

Has your New Years' resolution been losing weight and doing regular exercise? Have you maybe already given up because you have a hectic family life and stress at work? Then please read on. The good news here is that you can get your health goals under control.

Do Bulimia and Anorexia Tend to Be Hereditary Disorders?

Wed, 29 Jan 2014 16:40:06 -0600

Eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia tend to be difficult to understand, with many people wondering if there is a hereditary connection to the illnesses. Although they do have certain distinct differences between them, they may also have more in common than was previously thought.

My Battle With Emotional Eating on a Weight Loss Journey

Fri, 24 Jan 2014 10:17:28 -0600

I have more than one reason for sharing this today. First, I want it to be known that just because I am Beachbody Coach and a huge advocate for health and fitness, and practice the lifestyle I teach, I struggle too and want to be an open book.

Don't Starve, Eat!

Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:58:53 -0600

Fad diets and restrictive dieting can have physical and emotional effects. In the short term you may achieve the results you want, but in the long term you are paving the way for eventual weight regain and a number of negative metabolic effects.

Simple Hypnosis For Weight Loss And Eating Disorders - Fast And Permanent Results

Fri, 17 Jan 2014 08:55:14 -0600

I became interested in hypnosis, because I had a compulsive craving for sweets and unhealthy food. I struggled with this problem for years. I tried a few methods: different types of diets, changing eating habits, different nutrition type routines, powerful exercise regimes.

3 Ways to Change Your Perception to Shift Your Binge Eating Behaviors

Sun, 12 Jan 2014 12:33:39 -0600

My biggest breakthroughs with binge eating have happened when I really got that I had to shift my internal perceptions, not the external behaviors. Because the perceptions drive the behaviors, it's like a ninja move. So the next question becomes, how do you shift your perception? There are 3 main things I've found to work for me to change my perceptions.

5 Tips to Stay Grounded During the Kick-Off to the First of the Year Dieting Season

Fri, 10 Jan 2014 10:40:31 -0600

If you are in recovery from an eating disorder or sick of dieting, this article gives suggestions on how to ignore the diet industries mythical claims of health and happiness with their program. You can be your own food expert!

Differences Between Bulimia and Anorexia

Fri, 27 Dec 2013 08:24:42 -0600

When most people speak of eating disorders, they tend to use the words bulimia and anorexia within the same context. However, both are actually different illnesses, although they share many similarities, they also have some differences too.

The Four Stages of Breaking a Food Addiction

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:02:35 -0600

Nowhere does the Four Stages of Addiction come into play more powerfully than when you resist changing a habit relating to the foods in which you self-medicate. For most of us those foods are the instant, and easily available - Bread, Beverage, Dessert, or Alcohol. For others they are the fatty foods, and plenty of them. You might choose huge portions of steak, hamburger, and french fries, enormous bowls of salad with globs of dressing. Perhaps chunks of cheese appear as a part of your daily food consumption.

It's Not a Diet - It's an Eating Disorder!

Mon, 02 Dec 2013 13:38:33 -0600

Anorexia and bulimia are both eating disorders and are often mentioned together, yet each is the opposite of the other. In simple terms, bulimia is over eating and anorexia is under-eating to the point of starvation.

Fasting for Weight Loss, a Good or a Bad Thing?

Wed, 20 Nov 2013 10:50:13 -0600

Fasting has been practiced many years for various reasons, mostly for religious causes and others for weight loss issues. You will find many articles and sites promising you that fasting is something beneficial to your body when it comes to weight loss and it's true. Fasting makes you lose weight within a short amount of time but the consequences of fasting can be harmful and in some cases devastating if it is practiced for too long.

How Do Anorexics Put on Healthy Weight?

Tue, 19 Nov 2013 14:43:33 -0600

Ideas for getting the nutrition you need while battling an eating disorder, and how proper nutrition may improve your health. Nutrition secrets that may also help you defeat your disorder by naturally improving your psychological health and your body's ability to combat stress.

Different Types of Eating Disorders and Their Causes

Wed, 06 Nov 2013 09:08:39 -0600

Eating disorder can be caused by either excessive or insufficient eating. People eat for different reasons which could be healthy or unhealthy. Without them knowing; this can end up into eating disorders

The Three Most Common Reasons For Overeating

Thu, 31 Oct 2013 08:15:51 -0500

For overeaters, food is both the cure and the curse. The cure in that overeating helps temporarily quiet negative emotions; and the curse in that a considerable amount of negative emotions stem from being overweight in the first place. We can think of food and overeating, then, as both a cure for the symptom, and a symptom of the problem.

Do You Over-Eat? Speak Your Mind And Eat Less!

Tue, 08 Oct 2013 16:12:20 -0500

When you hold your tongue, you open your mouth! There are several reasons we "eat to feel better" & the lack of speaking your mind and heart is a major one. Ultimately, we "eat more because we feel less". We literally "feed" the sadness, heartache, anger, loneliness, anxiety, or resentment. Instead, learning to speak your mind will free you from emotional eating.