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Month: June 2017

Did I Just Refuse a Donut?

Did I Just Refuse a Donut?

I have been in education for well over a decade, and one thing that I have noticed at every single school site I’ve been at is the amount of treats readily available. And this goes beyond the hooray-it’s-Friday treats. I could enter the teacher’s lounge area any day of the week and find something to eat the majority of the time. Because teachers have such a sweet tooth,1 it usually wasn’t a veggie platter. When I first started dieting, I made it a rule to avoid the teacher’s lounge at all costs, especially on Fridays.

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The “Rule” of Three: Retraining Your Brain

The “Rule” of Three: Retraining Your Brain

I attended middle school in the early ’90s, and this was a time when the word “like” was inserted into our conversations. Like, a lot. It wasn’t used as a comparison or as a statement of preference; it was a filler like “um” or “uh”. I didn’t know if it was rampant across the country or just isolated to my middle school, but it was part of my reality. I learned it was bigger than my little world when Clueless came out in 1995.1

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Is This What Acceptance Feels Like?

Is This What Acceptance Feels Like?

 

A wee, mythical creature of some sort apparently snuck into my bedroom last night and ruined my thighs.1 I didn’t discover this until I sat down on my bed this morning to put my socks on and glanced down at my thighs. What happened? I used to have smoother, thinner thighs! Granted, my outer thighs have always had a bit of cottage cheese appear when I sit down, but it had found its way to the tops of my thighs. In shock, I examined the dimpled markings on my upper quads before frantically checking the rest of my lower body. Everything else looked relatively normal. Nothing cottage cheese-like.2 After breathing a sigh of relief, my brain immediately began going through all of the reasons of how this could have happened. Though I’d like to blame some kind of make-believe creature, I know that there is a logical reason for this change in my body.

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Post-It Therapy

Post-It Therapy

Have you ever heard of dieters taping “encouraging” notes to the refrigerator door as motivation to not eat? Something like “Don’t eat that cake or you’ll ruin your diet and get fatter!” I always thought this was cruel and would only stir up a bunch of negative emotions. Although this whole activity is far from positive or beneficial, I feel that having a visual reminder of some kind can be a useful strategy. As a way to support my eating disorder recovery, I decided to combine the concept of this activity with a team-building task I recently had to do before the start of the new school year.

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To Journal or Not To Journal?

To Journal or Not To Journal?

Many people use journaling as a form of expressing and reflecting on their feelings. It can be used to explore ideas or clear your head of mindless clutter. Journaling can also be a written record of your life. But can journaling help you make progress with intuitive eating? Yes….and no.

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