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Body Image: Overcoming The Fixation To Change

Body Image: Overcoming The Fixation To Change

   Poor body image, and the constant desire to change our bodies, is a common problem among so many people in our culture.  With that in mind, I thought I’d share some helpful body image-related mental exercises in this latest blog.  Whether you’ve been battling with poor self-esteem and negative body image over a long period of time, or just having one of those “I feel gross” days, there are things we can all do to help adjust our mental state, put things in perspective, and, hopefully, give less power to the cycle of poor body image (and the various ways that often manifests – shame, eating disorders, chronic dieting, compulsive exercise, mood swings, avoiding social interactions).

Trick or Treat! What is Intuitive Eating?

Trick or Treat! What is Intuitive Eating?

Hello and happy Halloween!  Halloween can be a spooky time not only kids, but also for adults who fear the temptation and guilt that goes along with “giving in” and having a few pieces of their favorite Halloween candy.  Of course, the “holiday season” (starting at Thanksgiving) always gets all the diet hype, but Halloween is no slouch either.  For many people, it’s a trigger to unhealthy thoughts and actions when it comes to food

Orthorexia: When "clean eating" & "food rules" start to RULE your life!

Orthorexia: When "clean eating" & "food rules" start to RULE your life!

At what point does being health conscious or a fitness enthusiast morph from something positive and fulfilling into something problematic, or even physically dangerous?  Or, more simply put, when does your focus on health become unhealthy?