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Month: July 2017

Forbidden Foods Are In My House…EEK!

Forbidden Foods Are In My House…EEK!

Does this sound familiar to you? You love cookies1 and feel you have no restraint around them. You tell yourself that if you have them in the house, you’ll eat them until they’re all gone. You know that you will end up feeling stuffed, physically uncomfortable, guilty, and ashamed. So, what do you do? You vow to never have that food in the house again!! That should be the end of it, right? Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. Your body and mind will know that it’s being deprived of a certain food and want it that much more. You’ll cave, buy a bag of cookies, and end up overeating them. It seems like a cruel joke, but your body really is smarter than you and is simply reacting to deprivation.

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The Emotional Effects of Self-Bullying

The Emotional Effects of Self-Bullying

As an educator, I had to constantly be on the lookout for bullying. Whether I saw it with my own eyes or if it was reported to me by my students, I had to make sure it was brought to the attention of the administration. Not that bullying didn’t happen when I was younger, but everyone is more aware of it now and schools are diligent in addressing it. There are anti-bullying assemblies and follow-up mini-lessons in the classrooms. Bullying is even considered a suspendable offense if it happens after school hours if it’s between two students. This makes me wonder something. If bullying is such a big deal when it occurs between people, then why is it okay for us to self-bully?

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Freedom of Mind

Freedom of Mind

To some, dieting may seem overwhelming at first. You have to keep all of these dieting rules straight in your head. Is this a “bad” food or a “good” food? And that can change depending on the diet you’ve adopted this time around. If you’re on a low-fat diet, bacon is a no-no, but if you’re in the Atkins camp, bacon is on the “good” list! Then if you try the South Beach Diet, the “good” and “bad” lists keep changing depending on what phase you’re in. One minute all fruits are “bad” and the next, some fruits are “good”. Honestly, this makes my head hurt!

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Intuitive Eating Challenge: Dog vs. Cat

Intuitive Eating Challenge: Dog vs. Cat

I am a cat person. I am not not a dog person, but I just prefer cats. My most recent dogs have been pugs and I actually have a rescue pug right now.1 Over the years I have noticed something interesting while observing my pets around food. I would like to take a moment to compare my pugs to my cats in terms of their approach to food. So, without further ado, I would like to announce my pet-inspired Intuitive Eating Challenge!

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Refusing the Scale at the Doctor’s Office

Refusing the Scale at the Doctor’s Office

When I finally gave up the scale and put it in a dark corner of my closet, I thought that that would be the end the scale’s power over me. I had not anticipated being asked to step on a scale at a doctor’s office and the dilemma that ensued between wanting to do what my doctor asked and my personal decision to not be guided by the number on the scale.

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