Emotional Eating

Binge or Healthy Indulgence?: Simple Two-Question Test

Is it a binge or a treat? A healthy indulgence or an emotional eating episode? Balance or chaos?   I, for one, do not want to live in a world where any foods are forbidden. I believe that we can have whatever we want to eat, we just need to consciously make choice and then…

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Stop Fighting with Your Body

By the time clients come to me, they’ve tried everything.  Low carb, carb-cycling, low fat, sugar-free, Paleo and vegan. They own all the Jillian Michaels DVDs, yoga gear, at least one dusty treadmill and have every milestone trinket that Weight Watchers gives out. But they’re still overweight, miserable and frustrated as hell. Part of them…

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What Overeating Is Really About

“I have no willpower around carbs.” “It’s sweets! I absolutely cannot have them in the house or I’ll eat the whole thing!” “I was good all week and then I just went crazy this weekend at a friend’s BBQ.” I can’t tell you how many times I hear one of these when talking to a…

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Everything is Progress (Even the Cookie Cravings)

Before I really did the work on mindful eating and rewriting my relationship with food, this was my typical pattern: Spend the weekend making great plans about how well I’m going to eat from now on. Grocery shop and prep soups and salads for the week ahead. Eat really well on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.…

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Try Eating Like a Girl

In Hinduism, Shakti is a term that refers to the dynamic forces that are thought to move through the entire universe. Shakti is associated with the divine feminine – “The Great Divine Mother” and is all about source energy, connection, creation, inspiration and transformation. Shakti is balanced by Shiva. Shiva represents the divine masculine. Shiva is…

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The “I Deserve It” Lie

As I stood in line at my favourite coffee shop this morning, I became transfixed by the slightly golden butter croissants lying on a white paper doily in the glass case by the cash register. I was hungry and croissants are one of my true weaknesses. The rich, buttery flavour and the way they almost…

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How your Brain is Tricking you Into Eating Sugar and Buying Shoes

You’ve probably heard about the neurotransmitter called dopamine. Many people make the mistake of thinking that dopamine is a “feel good chemical” and that the reason we crave things like ice cream, gambling, potato chips or shopping is because they light up the dopamine receptors in our brains and makes us feel great! Well, that’s…

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What the Reason Might be When the Scale Won't Budge

It seems like losing weight should just be about math, right? Calories in, calories out. If the calories in are greater than the calories out, we gain weight. If we shift the equation and make calories out greater than, poof, we drop the pounds. And sometimes it does work like that. But sometimes it doesn’t.…

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The Lesson of the Rose and the Garbage

To become truly free of negative eating habits and patterns, you need to learn to love all of you. Even the part that always wants potato chips the moment the kids are in bed. Even the part that is incapable of saying no to the donuts in the office lunchroom. Even the part that goes…

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"Skinny" is not a Vision

We spend a lot of time thinking about how we don’t want to feel. We don’t want to feel tired all the time. We don’t want to feel self-conscious in our clothes. We don’t want to feel out of shape. We don’t want to feel like we have no control over our food cravings. But…

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