My mother has lived in the same New York City apartment -- my childhood home -- for close to 60 years. Deciding to finally move south, we sifted through her apartment filled with as many memories as possessions. The process flooded my senses with remnants of diets and diet culture: a doctor’s scale in the master bedroom, Weight Watchers food scales, bowls and measuring cups in the kitchen, bookshelves lined with diet books a la Atkins, Stillman, South Beach, Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem, and finally to my former bedroom, which still displayed that full length mirror I’d spent hours standing in … [Read more...] about Diets and Diet Culture Have Been the Fabric of Our Lives
The pressure to look good is no secret; it’s bred into us from birth. Advertising especially targets prepubescent girls, hawking make-up and designer clothes. By the time they’re teens, more than half of all girls say their appearance is the prime concern of their lives. … [Read more...] about We are Stuck in the Thin Ideal! Say NO to Diets and YES to “Intuitive Eating”
We asked 25 men and women in New York City why they thought eating mindfully (we gave a basic description of what this means) was so challenging. Here’s what we heard: Eating mindfully is desired, but respondents cited a lack of time … [Read more...] about Why is Mindful Eating So Difficult?
This is a wonderful guest post written by my niece, Jenny Rose, who is also the designer of my beautiful website. I am fortunate to have family members who "get" the damaging and body-shaming messages the media dole out on a daily basis. I came across this sign outside Nutrishop, a vitamins and supplements retailer next door to Chipotle (where I’d just unapologetically eaten 3 tacos). The sign spoke to me: “ARE YOU TIRED OF BEING FAT AND UGLY?” it shouted, ringing caps lock in my head. “Who, me?” I answered. “JUST BE UGLY!” it concluded, its underline signifying that this was … [Read more...] about “Are You Tired of Being Fat And Ugly?” – A Response
Relaxing is easier said than done for most of us, but it might just be the key to a healthy heart and soul. When we are under stress, our natural alarm system is turned on and we pump out adrenaline, which results in quicker breathing, a fast heart rate, and a rise in blood pressure. This response, over a prolonged period of time, can result in serious health problems. Mindfulness decreases cortisol levels in the body; this hormone is associated with sugar cravings and overeating. Mindfulness has been defined as, “the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment – and … [Read more...] about Mindfulness and Your Health
Food for Thought: Diets Fuel Disordered Eating It's "National Diet Month." Media ads for the latest and greatest weight loss programs are everywhere. In our weight-obsessed society we lose our ability to enjoy the very foods being served at social events for fear of weight gain. We resolve to be "better" next time, and plan -- Our New Year's Resolution -- THE DIET! Resolve to Try a New Approach: Intuitive Eating We know from years of research that 95% of all diets "fail." Lost weight is generally regained (plus additional weight and body fat) within 3-5 years. It's difficult to … [Read more...] about New Year, Awesome You….FREE webinar…Ring in the New Year with Intuitive Eating!