A Full Spectrum Approach to Weight
The role of a healer in traditional and indigenous healing systems is to look at a problem or symptom as it relates to the whole person and community.
This is very different than the more modern approach of reducing things down to their component parts without any understanding (or care for that matter) of the connection and communication between the body, mind, soul, heart, spirit, community, environment, or the collective experiences of those who have come before us. (more…)
Still holding onto dieting? Here’s 8 reasons why…
Intellectually you probably feel like you understand that dieting and the sort of stress and pressure involved doesn’t really work.
You know…the planning, the rules, even the narrowly contained “cheat days” or “cheat meals.” The inner pang when one of your girlfriends starts sharing with heroic verve about how amazing she feels now that she’s started this new thing with her diet. (more…)
Want better results with your weight? Ask better questions.
There was a time in my life that I was gripped so tightly by fear around weight gain.
Because I cycled through periods of binge eating and eating very clean, I felt I had evidence that I simply could not trust myself.
So in an effort to manage my out-of-control cycles of eating, I did what almost every western woman has been taught: control, mange, use willpower, count, and track. (more…)
A PSA about Body Weight
Here you go my friends. A PSA about weight during a very popular time many think about losing it. I’m seeing this thing happen where weight and health are getting confused and it’s causing people all sorts of angst….This has been sitting on my desktop as a Word doc for the last two weeks and I have been hesitant to post but it’s time to set it free… (more…)
4 Questions your Should be Asking about Your Workouts
My own relationship with exercise has changed a lot over the past decade. When I was younger I used to exercise compulsively. On top of teaching group fitness classes regularly, I’d spend added time in the gym out of fear that I wasn’t doing enough. As I learned to soften around this, the pendulum swung in the other direction, and I found it difficult to feel inspired to workout or take “hard” classes. (more…)
Why Healthy Eating can still lead to Weight Gain
“Despite my healthy diet, I am actually GAINING weight.”
“I eat well, my but body doesn’t seem to get the hint.” (more…)
Avoid these 3 Appetite-Suppressing Pitfalls
Although I was only gone for less than 5 full days during a personal retreat in northern Michigan, I was amazed by the fluctuations in my own appetite. I had a couple days where I was fully nourished by my surroundings and didn’t seem to need much in terms of meal size. And then there was another day where my metabolism was burning intensely and I couldn’t seem to get enough physical nourishment. (more…)
Rx for Stubborn Weight
Human beings are interesting creatures. We are the only breathing beings on this planet that are so fixated on the manipulation of body weight. Rather than taking the approach of transcending this fascination, I say we dive right in. (more…)
6 Quick Reminders (when everyone around you is dieting)
On the journey to a healthy relationship with food, a lot of inner conflict can come up around diet. I notice this comes up for women frequently around the New Year. Have you ever noticed any of these thoughts crossing your mind: (more…)
Is it time for a grain-free diet?
I often raise an eyebrow when a new dietary theory makes one swift blanket statement about “devil-like” foods, using scare tactics. Maybe it’s just me, but this can cause food anxiety to slowly creep in. Don’t get me wrong, there are some foods that every person would do well without (transfats, white sugar, etc) but even then, most of the time it is the dose that makes the poison. Sometimes we just need to relax.
There are nuggets of wisdom in all dietary protocols.
Every theory has its take away point. Take a no-fat diet or the no carb-diet, for example. These are examples of interesting and potentially healing theories gone a bit extreme. For most health-conscious people, being so strict is unnecessary. There are of course, special exceptions…