EMOTIONAL EATING

TRIGGERS Last night I emotionally ate—I binged on Golden Grams, Reese’s Cups (which I don’t even like), and chocolate milk.  It had been a long weekend out-of-town, my husband was leaving for a business trip to Russia for 12 days the next morning (it will be just me and my three girls), and I received […]

FOOD REVELATIONS

The following are things I have learned about food as I have walked this Intuitive Eating journey. 1.    I really don’t like Poptarts, or brownies, or celery sticks, or watermelon, or chicken nuggets, or a host of other things I thought I liked.  I had forbidden brownies and Poptarts and chicken nuggets so when I […]

HUGE EXERCISE BREAKTHROUGH

THE SLIPPERY SLOPE  Another huge part of my recovery has been the battle with exercise.  Growing up, exercise was always connected with team sports—swim team, cross-country, soccer, lacrosse.  I wasn’t a sports superstar, but I was a contributing member of several sports teams.  However, I stopped participating on sports teams for a few years, and […]

A RESPONSE TO PREVENTION

THE BACKGROUND When I was deep into the dieting world, I subscribed to Prevention magazine’s daily emails.  For those of you who don’t know, Prevention is a woman’s magazine that focuses on preventing aging, weight gain, illness (essentially the natural process of life), etc. from happening.  It is a monthly magazine chock full of editorials, […]

LETTER TO THE WEIGHT LOSS INDUSTRY: I SAY ENOUGH!

Dear Weight Loss Industry (diets, exercise programs, supplements, plastic surgery, hollywood, you-know-who-you-are, etc.): When I follow your lead, I feel like a monkey on a leash, grasping at the newest and best banana that gets thrown in my direction.  Nothing is satisfying, everything is depriving.  When I listen to your sweet whispers, I think not […]

VICTORY–CHOCOLATE BECOMES PEACH

In the book “Intuitive Eating,” the authors comment on several occasions that if the principle of Unconditional Permission to Eat is embraced, then soon enough chocolate will have the same connotation and satisfaction as a peach.  I kept reading that idea thinking that it was never going to be that way for me because I […]