I used to have a thing for Skittles. It was more like a compulsion for Skittles. At one of my former jobs, there was a vending machine. If you work in an office, chances are there are one (or five) convenience portals to grab food. The first six months of working in this particular office, I didn’t know anything about that vending machine. Not a thing. I couldn’t have told you one item that was in that machine. You get it. One day I was informed that I had to take on a new, challenging and time-consuming task that would take up approximately three days at the end of each month. And then that one task turned into multiple responsibilities also expected of me each month. And needless to say, some of these tasks did not come easily to me and often frustrated me to tears. When I couldn’t balance out reports or my workload started to become completely overwhelming, I began to feel the stress. At first, I tried to incorporate stress relief tactics like mindful breathing and going for a walk out to get some fresh air. However, one of those days on my ‘time out,’ I decided… View Post
Crash dieting used to feel like my full-time job. Every time I tried to give notice, the insecurity over not trusting myself enough around food stopped me. It felt familiar. Crash dieting was second nature. And so was my self-doubt and dissatisfaction with my body. I tried every crash diet, pill, potion, cleanse whathaveyou over the nearly two decades of my toxic relationship with food and my body. So, I tried something radical (for me): I simply quit crash dieting. What do I consider ‘crash dieting’? Anything extreme – as in the polar opposite of whatever way a person may have been eating – and with strict parameters (i.e. cayenne pepper, maple syrup, and lemon ‘cleanses’; celebrity juice diets, ‘detox’ pills/shakes, etc.). I’ve worked with clients who would rage over not losing weight fast enough when they lived on celery juice Monday through Friday — and then drank bottomless glasses of merlot and the brunch buffet all weekend long. There is no need to do all of that black and white restrictive crap, and it is the one way I would say you will likely not keep the weight off if you continue your relationship with food in this way.… View Post
Ah, toxic relationships. Chances are you’ve had a few of those or maybe your suspect you might be in the grips of one right now. One relationship that many people struggle with is a toxic relationship with food, and it is easy to see why this happens. Everybody has to eat to survive. Most people, particularly women discuss food and weight at multiple points in any given conversation. Talking about weight, diet and bodies is a part of our culture. So, what makes a relationship with food toxic? Have you ever wondered if the way you think, view and discuss food is affecting how much and what you eat? Truthfully, many traits can help you determine if your relationship with food is toxic, but for this post, we will focus on four specific characteristics: Blaming Lack of autonomy Self-judgment Bad feelings 4 SIGNS YOU MAY BE IN A TOXIC RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD Blaming When we are young, it’s understandable that we would blame ourselves for the traumatic things that happen around us. Self-blame is a way to make sense of things that quite frankly are not for us to explain or figure out. You may be thinking; of course, you are… View Post
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