Eating in secret and other embarrassing side effects of dieting.

I consulted with a client the other day who wanted to admit something embarrassing. The admission started out like so many others that I’ve heard: “I’ve never told anyone this but… when everyone is in bed, sometimes I sneak into the kitchen and eat foods I am not supposed to. I feel out of control, like I cannot stop myself, eat more than I want to and end up feeling panicked and guilty. What is WRONG with me?!” While I am thrilled that my clients feel comfortable enough to share these intimate details, I am sad that they feel so embarrassed. I am also angry that, […]

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How to make eating healthier easy!

Healthy eating is a challenge for many reasons. For a start, we make over 200 food choices a day which gives us many opportunities to make unwise or unintended decisions. Having a treat once in a while is fine (and recommended!) but when we start feeling guilty about the less healthy choices we’ve made, the thought that “I’ve blown it, I might as well go nuts” can arise. Rather than making healthier choices at the next meal or snack, people who think this way may feel that getting “back on track” that day is pointless. Another reason that it can be […]

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How to avoid dieting in 5 steps

Diets don’t work. They are especially toxic for your relationship with food and your body. So what is left to do if you want to improve your eating or manage your weight? Try these tips to avoid falling back on dieting this spring: 1. Reconnect with your hunger levels: everyone already has a way to “regulate” their eating and it has nothing to do with other people’s diet advice. Listening to your very own hunger signals is the first step to reconnecting with your body’s needs. No diet book, diet guru or meal plan will ever know how much or […]

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What is mindful eating?

I talk a lot about mindful eating and how it can help you manage your health, reduce any disordered eating and help repair your relationship with food. Understanding what mindful eating is and how to practice it is the challenging part. Not because it is hard to do but because it takes time, inner reflection and lots of practice. Being a mindful eater means noticing the colors, smells, flavors, and textures of your food; chewing slowly; reducing of distractions like TV or reading; and reducing guilt and anxiety around food choices. Noticing these things means deliberately paying attention, being fully […]

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Learn how to feel in charge of your eating with this simple strategy

Having food rules, diet rules and food restrictions are sadly becoming the norm nowadays. So common, in fact, that it can be hard to even identify the ones you follow. This is especially true if you have been following them for a long time.Food rules can be about what or what not to eat. For example, “I am not allowed to eat chocolate because it is bad”. They can be about restricting the time you can eat. For example “I am not allowed to eat past 7pm”. They can be about how much to eat. For example “If I eat more than […]

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How can binge eating be related to dieting?!

As discussed in earlier posts, binge eating can be a difficult problem to identify, especially by people who are suffering from it.After understanding that further dieting does not help reduce binging, the next challenge is to find ways to improve your relationship with food (among other things like self worth and self esteem). One of the first steps to decrease binge eating is to start eating 3 meals per day along with a few snacks. By eating regularly, you will avoid feeling deprived and very hungry, which contribute to binges. Your body will start to expect nourishment on a regular basis (rather than sporadically) […]

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Everyday eating, even during the holidays

What is the magic, must have food that will guarantee to make us healthy? Is it the satiating power of fiber? the antioxidant rich colour rich berries? or perhaps its the uber exciting potentials of fish oils!? I believe that most people already have a good knowledge base of what to do to live healthier lives: eat more fruits and vegetables, eat less trans fat, move more, avoid too much alcohol, etc… It is not often a lack of knowledge, but more the need for help in developing an action plan to start implementing these changes. These action plans must […]

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Hungry for the truth?

Eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full. These guidelines may be easy to understand but are definitely harder to follow. The idea of “eating mindfully” is a new trend in the weight management world. The concept draws on our innate ability to listen to our body’s signals of hunger and fullness. However, many of us have stopped listening to these signals a long time ago and have a hard time unscrambling the messages. One step towards clearly hearing and understanding these signals is to first recognize what they are in their physical form. What exactly do […]

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