Additional Health Articles
Do You Really Need to Weigh Yourself? 4 Great Tips for Saying Goodbye to the Scale
Posted on February 26, 2015
On any given day, people’s weight can fluctuate up or down a few pounds due to fluid shifts, activity levels, sleep efficiency, stress, and hormonal variations. But our bodies are designed to maintain a fairly dynamic homeostatic equilibrium and they’ll even out around a set point. Yet if we weigh ourselves fairly regularly, we may use the number on the scale to dictate how we treat ourselves and how much worth we feel we have. Does the scale really have that much weight? Do we really need to weigh ourselves to feel okay about who we are? Here are 4 great tips to help you say “good-bye” to the scale:
Post Traumatic Stress and Digestion: What’s the Connection?
Posted on February 25, 2015
Is there a connection between post traumatic stress and digestion? In order to answer this question, let’s look at the nervous system and how it operates, the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and how digestion works. Read on to learn more, and to find out how the healing process takes place.
Posted on February 24, 2015
There can be a lot of confusion out there about food plans, with as many diets as there are days in the year. It’s great to have knowledge of nutrition, digestion, and healthy lifestyles, but all that knowledge can sometimes say opposing things. How do you know what’s right for you?
4 Body Image Tips for Teenagers
Posted on February 23, 2015
Young people today are faced with social pressures that the generation before didn’t have to deal with. There’s certainly good to come from online classes, a social climate that is becoming more accepting of marginalized people, and more entrepreneurial opportunities than any prior generation has seen. [...]
What is Orthorexia?
Posted on February 20, 2015
Orthorexia actually means “fixation on righteous eating.” People who have orthorexia don’t necessarily count calories, nor are they driven by thinness, although they can have those elements. But they do channel perfectionism into eating according to a health standard that is rigid and pure, such as a perfect paleo diet, or only organic and unprocessed foods, etc. It’s about food quality and adherence to “clean” eating. There’s nothing wrong with healthy eating or wanting to give oneself good quality food, and many people who like to eat healthy may identify with the above habits. However, for those who suffer from orthorexia, the disorder begins to affect their social and psychological functioning.
Resourcing – The Antidote for Traumatic Activation
Posted on February 18, 2015
Sometimes people struggle with excessive or restrictive eating and body image concerns due to traumatic activation in the body. Overeating or starving oneself becomes a way to try to manage distress. But there’s a way to work more directly with traumatic activation, and it’s called resourcing. Resourcing is the ability to use internal and external resources to constructively achieve a relaxed but alert state of being.
Men, Body Image and Food
Posted on February 18, 2015
When most people talk about eating issues, especially eating disorders, they think of women. It’s not without reason. 85-90% of people diagnosed with eating disorders are female, yet might those statistics be skewed by other factors? 40% of binge eaters are men, but binge eating is only one form of an eating disorder. Do men silently struggle with body image and food because it’s perceived a woman’s issue?
Keeping a Cravings Journal
Posted on February 16, 2015
So many of us can struggle with compulsive eating and don’t understand why or what to do to get out of the cycle. For most of us, we’ve learned to substitute food we can eat for all the other primary foods that nourish us, such as love, affection, intellectual stimulation, vocation, purpose and meaning. The cycle becomes so habitual that we may not even recognize the steps between the impulse for those primary foods and the action to eat compulsively. But we can start to crack our cravings codes by slowing down and becoming more aware of what’s going on in our process.
The Satisfaction Cycle
Posted on February 12, 2015
Sigmund Freud, in his early works, said that we are “first and foremost a body ego.” What he meant by that is, long before we ever have a conscious sense of self, we know ourselves through our bodily existence. Everything we know about the rhythm of relationship, and who we are as humans, happens first through our bodies. One way this happens is through what body psychotherapists call the Satisfaction Cycle.
Weight Gain and Trauma: Is There a Connection?
Posted on February 9, 2015
The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study was one of the largest studies on the long-term effects of childhood trauma. They found that there was a strong and direct link between early childhood traumatic experiences and addiction, mood disorders, health issues of all kinds, and high-risk behavior. The more traumatic experiences someone had, the greater correlation to health problems and addictions. This may come as no surprise to many. But is there a link between weight gain and trauma?
6 Things to Know if You Binge and Purge
Posted on February 6, 2015
Binging and purging is an unhealthy behavior cycle that can be associated with very serious emotional and physical problems. In this blog, you will learn about why this behavior happens, and some steps you can take to break the cycle.
5 Tips for A Better Body Image
Posted on February 3, 2015
Do you want to love your body? Stop trying to squeeze and mold your body into some ideal that’s based on current trends or judgmental edicts. Positive body image is an inside job. Try these 5 tips to help you nurture a better body image!
What Exactly is Bulimia?
Posted on February 2, 2015
In our high-pressure, image-focused society, some people turn to drastic, unhealthy measures to try to change their bodies. No one wants to develop an eating disorder, but what may start out as experimentation with a disordered eating behavior can escalate into a habit, and then a consuming lifestyle. In this blog, we will investigate bulimia -- it’s causes, signs, risks and what you can do to help.
Here’s Why There’s Hope if You Have an Eating Disorder
Posted on January 30, 2015
If you have an eating disorder, you’re not alone. Many people struggle with their relationships with food and their bodies. But for those struggling beyond disordered thinking or eating into full-blown eating disorders, don’t give up! There is hope.
5 Great Tips for Overeaters
Posted on January 29, 2015
There are so many reasons that we may overeat. Some of us overeat when we’re happy, some of us when we’re bored, some of us overeat when we’re feeling sad or lonely, and for others, we just have a hard time recognizing when we’re full. Whatever the reason for your overeating, you can learn to deepen your awareness of the thought and behavioral patterns that lead to overeating, and then use that information to make choices that serve you. Read on to explore five great tips for overeaters!
The Science of Appetite
Posted on January 28, 2015
Appetite, as distinct from hunger, encompasses so much more than a biological urge to correct low blood sugar. It is the desire to eat. Our relationship with food, pleasure, and nourishment exists in this gap between biological hunger and our desire to eat. It is a complex, dynamic interplay between our hormones, senses, habits, past experiences, future expectations, and available food. Let’s take a look at the science of appetite to discover more about this gap.