I Just Ate My Feelings... Now What?

Uncategorized May 30, 2018

You wake up, only to realize you weren’t sleeping.

You were… off somewhere. Possibly you were caught up in replaying what happened that day. There was an argument, a stinging comment, a decision that didn’t go your way, or an unfair twist of fate.

And what the hell are these crumbs? Oh yes, now it’s coming back… while you were wading thigh-deep in unpleasant emotions, you decided to eat. And now the food is gone, and you barely remember it. And you’re still upset.

In this circumstance, a lot of our clients focus on undoing “the damage." They're concerned about the calories they took in, and how they’ll gain weight unless they do something. They plan a killer gym workout at 5 am. They chop up lettuce for the following days. Or they just head to bed, knowing in the morning things will seem new again, and they can forget the overeating and start fresh.

Heightened emotional states can trigger eating for a number of reasons: food is...

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New Podcast! Ending Stressful Eating

Uncategorized Apr 24, 2018

Maria of No Control Z and I recorded a podcast recently which might just be my favorite episode, ever! Maybe it's because she had prearranged such insightful questions, or because she's naturally amazing to make conversation with, or perhaps because she and I both have been down the road of troubled eating. Anyhow, I bet you'll like it and we got SO many great topics in there I can't believe it all fit in less than an hour?!

Click here to listen!

Here's what you can get in this free episode:

  • 3:01 — WHY YOU BINGE EAT, EVEN THOUGH YOU WANT TO STOP AND LOSE WEIGHT
  • 5:26 — THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EMOTIONAL EATING AND BINGE EATING
  • 7:20 — ARE BINGE EATING AND EMOTIONAL EATING SOLVED IN DIFFERENT WAYS?
  • 10:27 — WHY YOU FEEL LIKE 2 DIFFERENT PEOPLE
  • 12:10 — HOW TO GAIN CONTROL IN THE MOMENT OF A BINGE, IN 10 SECONDS
  • 17:22 — HOW MUCH DOES BODY IMAGE PLAY IN BINGE EATING AND OVEREATING?
  • 18:43 — YOU MAY HAVE BINGED IN THE PAST, BUT IT IS NOT...
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How to Stop Wrecking Your Diet Every Evening

Uncategorized Apr 23, 2018

For a lot of people, from the instant the alarm sounds in the morning, we’re on a schedule. We have to be in the shower by a certain time, out the door at a certain time, get to our desk at a certain time, and that’s just the beginning.

Opening our calendars we peer at the day ahead and it looks like…. more things on a schedule. Meetings, phone calls, picking up kids and even stuff we might want to do like get to a hairstylist all happen in their respective time slots.

Into the evening hours, tasks continue. You might be picking up or dropping off kids, figuring out the grocery situation, or seeing if you can get a workout in. The dog needs a walk, and that stack of mail that came today needs to be looked through.

While this organization of our day can go a long way to helping us be productive, many people look forward to the end of their day when there is nothing on the agenda. Usually, dinner is the last “event”, and after that, it’s just...

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From Binge Eating To Weight Loss

Uncategorized Apr 23, 2018

As nutrition coaches, people come to us when they are stuck and not making progress. One particularly challenging and recurring example of this is people who struggle with binge eating and excess weight, both of which they would like to lose for good. It's not hard to see that binge eating (consuming objectively large amounts of food in a single sitting while feeling out of control) is counterproductive to weight loss. What's harder to see is why someone in this situation actually shouldn't try to work on both goals at the same time.

Working on weight loss is counterproductive to binge eating recovery, however, binge eating recovery is the single best step toward attaining a healthy weight.

Is that a mind-bender or what? Let's explore.

Friends and families of our clients who fit this profile often know them as the Super Healthy Eaters, who never seem to eat any sweets, or maybe they are the strict Paleo dieter in their circle of friends. They may have "always been on a diet." But...

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10 Reasons Emotional Eating Happens, And 10 Ways to Stop

Uncategorized Apr 23, 2018

1. Wanting To Avoid A Task

I’ll get to that, right after a snack. Ok, now, time to get to that work I need to do…. Hmm, maybe just a bit more food first. Procrastineating is commonplace and isn’t necessarily a problem unless it’s getting in the way of your health or productivity goals. It’s easy to see how stalling by nibbling can contribute to extra pounds, in addition to not getting as much done as we could be.

2. Delaying A Confrontation

This is really similar to the above problem of procrastineating, but specifically, avoiding a confrontation with another person has a separate element of squashing down our feelings, not just buying us a few more minutes.

3. Needing A Break From Work, Responsibility, Or Pressure

Try to keep yourself in perpetual work mode 24/7 and you’ll find out that it’s an impossible task. If you don’t plan and allow yourself breaks and rests to balance out your daily exertion and toil, you’ll end up...

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The Difference Between Control And Responsibility

Uncategorized Apr 23, 2018

Control is limiting; responsibility is listening.

Control is about ratcheting down behavior; responsibility is about responding to situations in an appropriate way.

Say you have a puppy that is whining and barking. To control it, you could just put it in a crate and ignore it. To be responsible for it would be to go interact with it and see what it needed (to go outside to pee? Some play or training? A nap?), and then respond appropriately.

When it comes to our own lives and selves, the ideal situation to be responsible for our own needs isn't always available. Sometimes it does feel like it would be better/easier to put our needs aside and just get on with whatever it is we feel that we have to get done that day.

Here's the thing: this doesn't have to be black and white, one choice or the other.

Yes, it would be ideal if we could all have the time, space, and resources to meet all of our authentic needs in a timely and healthy way. However, sometimes we are hungry at work and it's...

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A Solution For "I Eat Well... Until I Don't"

Uncategorized Apr 23, 2018

Several times a day, I listen to someone describe what and how they eat. One of the benefits of having a coach is that someone outside of your head can, in many ways, have a clearer view of what’s actually going on.

Almost nobody says “I need to eat a bigger breakfast”. Or even “I need to eat a bigger lunch”.

What they do say is, “I eat well, but lose it on the weekends.” Or, “I do great all day, and damn it at night I snack, and can’t stop!” The words vary, but it’s a very common theme: “I eat well, until I don’t.”

What they see is a problem that starts at 7 pm, or starts on Saturday, or just before the kids get home from school...whatever time their particular hot button is. And that may well be the case. If we talk about that place and time and find there is an emotion, fatigue or stressor that happens at that time of day, we’re onto something and can work on changing behavior directly. We...

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4 Tricks To Eating Well On The Night Shift

Uncategorized Apr 23, 2018

A lot of things aren’t ideal about working the night shift, but you knew that already.

Noting being able sleep is obviously the big one.

But then there’s also the wacky nausea-hunger hybrid you get when you’re suuuuuper tired. There’s the fact that nothing but candy can sound good at 2 am, and you brought tuna salad for “lunch”.

There’s the crazy hunger the following day.

And the heartburn from too much coffee.

If you work some day shifts too, there’s a weird long day and a weird short day on either side of your night shift as you transition into and out of vampire schedule.

There certainly are a handful of challenges, but don’t make the mistake of confusing difficulty for impossibility. It’s not impossible to eat nutritiously or practice healthy habits with night shift work, you just need a system.

Trick 1: Don’t Think About “Eating 3-4 Meals a Day”; Think About Eating Every 4-6 Hours You are Awake.

This...

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How To Conquer Your Trigger Foods

Uncategorized Apr 23, 2018

How many of you have foods that you try to steer clear of because you know - you just know - that once you start, you can’t stop? Or perhaps you find yourself intentionally seeking that specific food out after a particularly trying day.

A trigger food is a food that you have a difficult time eating a reasonable portion of. Eating a little bit usually leads to cleaning off the rest of the plate. These are oftentimes highly palatable foods including chips, cookies, or chocolate. Usually, individuals have an ongoing, tumultuous relationship with said trigger food, and while they may love the taste of it at the moment, it usually doesn’t end well.

Fortunately, it’s entirely possible to conquer trigger foods. Follow this 4-step process below to break free.

1. Accept That You Are In Control

Forgive the bluntness of this next statement, but it’s crucial to establish as a fact. Your brain controls the movement of your voluntary muscles, so moving your limbs,...

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10 Things No One Told You About Food-Prep, Straight From A Dietitan

Uncategorized Apr 23, 2018

Millions of busy adults suffer from food prep problems, which we're going to call "FPP." Are you one of them? Symptoms of FPP include:

  • Possessing 3 or more items in your refrigerator which are furrier than your dog
  • Not having the right things on hand to assemble a meal, so your order Pizza or Chinese
  • Throwing out food on a weekly basis (that once would have been fine to eat)
  • Overeating because you skipped a meal earlier (may cause paradoxical weight gain brought on by grocery shortage)
  • Skipping meals during the workday because you’re too busy to go out and don’t have anything with you to eat
  • Two items in your crisper have achieved sentience, and are battling for dominion over the lower refrigerator
  • Your past google searches include “How many weeks past the ‘sell by’ date can I eat deli meat?”
  • Paleontologists have requested access to items in your freezer

Maybe these are all familiar to you (sounds like you’re afflicted)! Or maybe...

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