To Live or Diet During the Holidays

Hello Friends, The Five-Week Food Orgy, also known as Thanksgiving to New Year, is upon us in the United States.  We DO enjoy our food as we celebrate, and it is possible to celebrate and maintain your weight loss progress if you so choose.I know — it’s all about the feasting food!  Holiday favorites are memories … Read more

It Goes Beyond Food

During a follow-up session, and I asked my client what she had learned that she could take with her.  She was learning to listen to her body, to differentiate feelings that were asking for soothing from actual physical hunger, and to recognize her value.  She said, “It goes beyond food.” We often make the mistake … Read more

Break That Blinkin’ Yo-Yo

After 40 years of yo-yo dieting, on October 8, 2012, I reached my “program-approved” goal weight. I’d only reached that weight twice before: on the way up, and for my wedding. I had high hopes of staying in that vicinity, but I did question whether or not I had actually broken that blinkin’ yo-yo. Would … Read more

How Do You Like Being A Guinea Pig?

That news has been plastered across newspapers, television news, and the Internet this week:  In the 1960s, sugar industry lobbyists funded research to link fat and cholesterol to heart disease and skip the connection of sugar to disease.  In the 1970s, a Senate Select Committee sided with Ancel Keys’s low-fat, high carbohydrate theory of weight … Read more

How Did I Just Gain 5 Pounds?

I know.  It happens.  We think we’re doing well, and all of a sudden — BAM!  I just gained! If we’re honest with ourselves, sometimes we can feel it, or we know that extra serving of whatever will lead to another extra of something else later. Or we just get “creep” in our portion sizes … Read more

Summer Holiday Food Fests Wrecking My Diet

Summer Parties, Vacations, and Managing Weight The Summer cookouts, parties, and vacations play havoc with willpower. It seems like just when I’m hitting my stride on a nutrition plan, a national or personal holiday comes along. We have to celebrate! Yes, we can still have fun–and eat well–without overindulging and therefore the feeling that wrap-around … Read more

Creating Habitual Weight Management

Weight Management Habits that work Creating new habits is essential to behavioral change. You know the usual drill for weight loss—improve your nutrition and add some exercise—which is true but uninspiring. Sometimes I need more specifics to keep me on track. Specific habits, reinforced over time, supports my intentions and gives me daily structure to … Read more

Replace that Negative Voice in Your Head

That one.  The one that keeps repeating all the things they’ve always said.     What are yours?  I’m (too) ____________.  Fill in with your particulars:  Fat, stupid, lazy, too much trouble, or whatever you know all too well.  Those closest to us often said things that may or may not have been meant to … Read more

Celebrating Progress Leads to Self Sabotage

Hello Friends, Focusing on your progress leads to self sabotage. Huh? Think about it: How many times have you reached a milestone toward your goal, decided to celebrate, and then before you know it, you’ve had too much of a good thing — and the scale tells the tale. Or perhaps you share your milestone … Read more

Training or Prescription?

Training or Prescription? Hello Friends, Pick your diet, follow it, reach a number or size or feeling somewhere near your goal, and _________. Then what? For years, I might maintain that weight or size for maybe week and a half, and then I’d start eating like I always had . . . which got me … Read more

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