Do You Use Food as a Substitute for Intimacy?

Do you ever find yourself eating when the hunger you feel isn’t in your stomach but rather in your heart? Feeling sad, brokenhearted, anxious, angry, or lonely can be so uncomfortable, we feel it in our mind and body. Sometimes we’ll do anything to shake those difficult emotions even if only for a few moments. […]

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Can We Get Real About Booze?

Full disclosure: I don’t drink anymore. More than 6 years ago, on my 33rd birthday, I drank my last glass of wine. It wasn’t particularly memorable except for the fact that it marked what I sometimes think of as the beginning of my new life. More on that later. For many years before that last […]

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An anti-resolution for 2014

January can be a virtual minefield for those of us trying to have a healthy relationship with our bodies and minds. You can’t swing a yoga mat without hitting an article or advertisement for weight loss, undoing the effects of the holidays on our waistlines, or getting minutely closer to that ill-defined and literally impossible […]

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How Meditation Can Help Heal Our Relationship with Food

I began to practice meditation several years ago after quitting drinking and as I was (re)starting a relationship. Since then, the effects of meditation have extended into nearly every aspect of my life: becoming more compassionate toward myself and others, becoming more patient, less reactive, and being more willing to tolerate the discomfort inherent in […]

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Everyone Poops (Except ME!)

Ever find yourself reading the classic children’s book Everyone Poops to your nieces, nephews, or kids and think, “I wish!” Or looking longingly at the Doberman effortlessly relieving himself on the sidewalk and wish it could be that easy? Yeah, me neither. But, whether we are willing to admit it publicly, pooping is a problem […]

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Comfort Foods Gone Awry

Macaroni and cheese. Creamy mashed potatoes. Salty, crunchy chips. Haagen-Dazs ice cream. Halloween candy. For many people, these foods convey a sense of comfort and security. Knowing what foods you love and allowing yourself to have them is an important part of self love and care. But eating comfort foods can sometimes backfire. Many of […]

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