Nutrition meets soul (does this speak to you?)
For women, learning how to care for the body is not just practical work.
It’s soul work.
Our challenges with eating, weight, and health are also realms of the soul.
If there were no deeper dimensions to health, eating, and weight, don’t you think all the practical strategies out there would have solved the chronic GI symptoms, the chronic dieting, the painful eating habits, and the ongoing pursuit for the ideal diet? (more…)
On vulnerable eating moments
Have we not all experienced things in life that prompted us to say, “That was not my proudest moment” …or something similar?
Here, I’ll go first.
Nineteen years old, walking the campus of my university with a double eye infection (I wore contacts at the time) holding a single lens from my glasses up to one of my eyes (my glasses were broken to literal pieces) just to try and see where I was going. (more…)
On Healing the Split
The eating psychology context is this:
There you are eating “clean” by day, and stuffing the body with food by night. Or perhaps you live out the “clean” side for weeks or months, then you flip to the other side for a while. Or you’ve got it together most of the day, then at 4pm you’re a different person. You’re off the plan. The assumption is that severing off the bad habits via a new diet, a new gym, a new resolution, etc will finally rid you of your troubles. The problem is, in many cases, it doesn’t work. (more…)
Disordered to Optimal Eating
Over the years I’ve witnessed a wiiiiiide spectrum of health and eating habits. Just think about your own eating over the years and you might have your own glimpse of some variations.
Now imagine working with people for 11 years! I’ve noticed a lot. Below you’ll find the two sides of the spectrum of eating habits and the workable places in between. See where you land these days (and where you’re headed…yes even now). (more…)
How your eating affects your loved ones
Caring about nutrition and eating can easily get dismissed as self-absorbed, not important, or something similar when there are people like your partner, family, children or social causes that may need you in some way.
Though overly focusing on perfecting the diet can point to a life that lacks some dimension, writing off any self-care as overly indulgent is in no way the solution. (more…)
The Ketogenic Diet & Personal Power
One of my clients was sharing an experience she had at a wedding she went to. During the cocktail hour a friend of hers refused to eat the baby carrots and cucumbers set out as hors d’oeuvres and instead pulled a small baggy filled with meat slices out of her purse.
Why this “inconspicuous” baggy of meat do you ask?
No, she wasn’t faithfully supplementing a major iron deficiency.
She brought the bag of meat because she was pre-occupied with her body weight (reported by my client) and was following a ketogenic diet, diligently tracking her 20 net carbs or less. (more…)
How to tell if your eating is supportive
On the path to a healthy relationship with diet and food, it’s common to fanaticize about what eating will finally be like…
“…when I never overeat, have too much sugar, eat out of boredom, or eat any of the “bad stuff.”
But the fantasy of “never again” often falls flat. (Ask anyone who swears off a bunch of things related to eating).
Here’s a more indicative marker of a strong and healthy relationship with diet and food: (more…)
3 Core Concepts that will change your eating
As you know, I practice a holistic approach to health and wellness, which means that I look at how all areas of your life are connected. This simple concept alone helps my clients work through their health concerns in a multi-layered and compassionate way.
Though each of my clients are different, there are core concepts that I’ve trusted over the years to guide our work sanely and wisely.
I’d like to share those with you today in a clear, concise way: (more…)
What gets in the way of progress
A key to making some wonderful progress with your health and eating has much to do with choosing the right thing at the right time.
Yes, it’s that simple.
Would you take off for a cross-country road trip right before your most important week at work of the year? Would you cook a huge meal for yourself when you know your love will soon be home with your favorite take-out?
But people do this all the time with their eating. (more…)
Reflections at 35
Last month I celebrated my 35th birthday. (more…)