July 2017 - Page 2 of 2 - My Mind My Body

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Pushing Down My Feelings With Food

Pushing Down My Feelings With Food

When I told my therapist that I wasn’t an emotional eater, she pretty much laughed at me.1 I didn’t see how I could be an emotional eater when I barely ate. When I did eat what would be considered a “normal” amount of food, it was simply because I was so biologically hungry that physiology trumped dieting rules. I read in books that people with disordered eating and eating disorders use food to deal with their emotions. Some emotions are tough to deal with, so people use food as comfort, a distraction, to numb themselves, or as punishment. I didn’t doubt what I had read, but it didn’t really register in my mind as something that might apply to me.

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Meditation? Isn’t That For Hippies?

Meditation? Isn’t That For Hippies?

When I used to hear the word “meditation”, hippies and sequestered monks came to mind. Never did I imagine that I would be open to the idea of meditation let alone practice it on a regular basis. I have found that not only am I now calmer and more relaxed,1 I have been able to use what I’ve learned to become a more intuitive eater.

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Supporting a Younger Generation

Supporting a Younger Generation

I worked at a local high school as a school psychologist for five years, and one aspect of my job was to provide counseling to students. Though students were often referred to me for depression and anxiety, I knew from being a teenage girl way back when that body image could be a possible root cause. I decided to start a body image counseling group because I knew there was a need based on my own experience as a teenager and just by hearing things being said in the hallways and on social media. I requested names of possible candidates for my group, sent out permission slips, and planned out the group’s weekly topics.1 Shortly thereafter, I gathered my group of seven girls in my office for our first session.2

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Is My Vegetarianism a Form of Dieting?

Is My Vegetarianism a Form of Dieting?

I became a vegetarian in 2013 because I no longer wanted to be a hypocrite. I would wipe away tears after watching videos about factory farming and the horrible conditions in which the animals lived before they ended up on my plate…but I’d still order the bacon cheeseburger and enjoy it. When it finally occurred to me that my actions directly conflicted with my feelings and beliefs, I looked at what I ate and how I could change that to find mental peace with what I consumed. This was in my dieting heyday and, at the time, I felt like it was completely for ethical reasons.

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