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Health, Weight, and Anxiety Q’s answered

Mar 22, 2020 | Tags: Exercise, nutrition, self sabotage, weight, | No Comments

Greetings friends!  Below you’ll find some questions that have been arising regarding heath & eating psychology related concerns and remote sessions. Feel free to read them all or skip ahead to what interests you most. (more…)



3 Nutritional “Red Flags”

Mar 14, 2020 | Tags: Education, self sabotage, | No Comments

I’ve been sitting with notes, powerpoint slides, and my many binders getting ready to facilitate an eating psychology retreat/workshop next weekend (now postponed to a later date in an effort care for our larger community)

One thing I’ve been taking a look at, as sort of a social study in preparation for the event, is current diet/fitness/nutrition “influencers” and products on Instagram.

I think I lasted about 20 minutes before I was ready to throw my phone at the wall :)

Let’s get to it. I’m sharing 3 red flags that you are looking at a “wellness” strategy with a major blind spot.

 

3 Red Flags

1.) A single magic solution for a systemic issue: For example, a weight loss supplement with a special cure-all “exotic ingredient”

2.)  Promises for major change in little time: For example, a strict 3-week diet plan that promises sustainable and maintainable change for the rest of your life

3.) Misleading use of the word “lifestyle” that triggers a backlash or feelings of failure: For example, a carb-free “lifestyle” that often results in a carb binge or painful feelings or fears about eating carbohydrates

Be on the look-out for these strategies out there (and be aware of the tricks you might try to play on yourself with these).

 

If you’d prefer to do things differently, here’s where you can start:

Begin to consider your whole being (mind/body/spirit) as a system that continually processes and assimilates feelings, emotions, stressors, relationships, and eating habits and begin to notice how these often are influencing each other at any given time.

If you’re looking for a transformative process over the long haul, consider a step-wise approach that gradually helps you transform your habits and approach to eating and health in a way that is uplifting and not overwhelming

Know what triggers a back-lash and firmly commit to not doing it that way.

 

We need a lot of grounded wisdom in the wild world of the health industry.  Moving away from the three red flags does not mean you are doomed to health, body, weight, or eating related challenges.  On the contrary, approaches that take your whole life situation into account will get you farther much faster than the years invested in on-and-off quick-fixes.

That’s it for now, friends.  Take wonderful care!

Warmly,

Laura


Exciting News

Sep 15, 2017 | Tags: eating psychology, self sabotage, | No Comments

A couple weeks ago you read my light-hearted story about cupcakes, weight loss, and the crazy contradictions many a women find themselves in and upcoming news that I continue to deepen this work in supporting the healing process of clients.

I am delighted to share that I’m nearing the final stretch towards my professional certification training in the, now evidence-based, Internal Family Systems therapy model. (more…)



Suffer from Last Supper Syndrome? Find out in this short quiz.

Aug 31, 2016 | Tags: quiz, self sabotage, | No Comments

Been working on your relationship with food? Here’s a quick quiz to monitor one aspect of it: (more…)



DO NOT do this when your pants are tight


Imagine this scenario: You wake up in the morning, moving through your usual routine, having a hot tea or coffee, maybe doing a morning centering practice, getting in the shower, and move on to getting dressed for the day.

You shimmy your pants in up a see-saw fashion, and you pause in that dreaded moment…the pants are too tight. (more…)



The Shadow Side of Healthy Eating

Dec 1, 2015 | Tags: eating psychology, self sabotage, | 2 Comments

When it comes to your health or eating habits, what do you pride yourself on? Your dedication to eating locally-sourced foods? Opening your refrigerator and finding gorgeous, organic produce? Your decision to cut down on sugar in your diet?

It feels good to make educated, pro-active decisions around food, especially when we’re up against an industry that is far more invested in financial gain than our collective health. (more…)



Food for Thought for “Emotional Eaters”


Here’s some quick food for thought if you dub yourself as an “emotional eater”:

Consider that overeating or binge eating can sometimes act as a placeholder for self-care boundaries. (more…)



Skip the wine and drink one of these to calm your nervous system

May 15, 2015 | Tags: self sabotage, simple strategies, | No Comments

When not made conscious, emotional triggers can sabotage the best of us.

We might be going about our day feeling relatively well, then a co-worker, friend, loved one, or even stranger says a particular something in a particular way, and BAM, we find ourselves experiencing a surprisingly overwhelming emotional state. (more…)



8 signs you might be ignoring an important truth


As highly adaptable beings, we’ve learned how to get by in all sorts of different circumstances.

For example, in an effort to feel safe and diminish the perceived threat of isolation, we’ve learned to be sensitive and take heed to the social norms that help us look good, feel accepted, and fit in. (more…)



Read this if you’ve fallen off the bandwagon too many times

Apr 9, 2015 | Tags: eating psychology, self sabotage, | No Comments

Remember, if you get caught in a painful cycle, it’s probably not the real issue. You will BELIEVE it’s the real issue.

I know you will. (more…)



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