Additional Health Articles

  • 4 Secrets Everyone Trying to Lose Weight Should Know

    If you’ve tried to force your body into a smaller size through quick fix methods, starvation, dieting, or shaming, you’ve probably discovered that these methods are not long-term, sustainable solutions. Instead of allowing our body to be its natural size and shape based on our values and lifestyle, we convince ourselves that life will somehow be better with a different size and shape. And so we shame ourselves into some ideal that , ultimately, feels unsustainable. This method doesn’t work long-term -- eventually we give up because it’s too difficult, or too destructive. Here are four secrets everyone trying to lose weight should know:

  • 4 Tips to Heal Your Relationship with Food

    Sometimes we can battle ourselves when it comes to food. We can become so removed from health in this part of our lives that it feels like an abusive relationship. But our relationship with food doesn’t have to be bad, and it can even be harmonious and reciprocal! Read on for four tips to help you heal your relationship with food:

  • 4 Great Tips From Spiritual Psychology for Food and Body

    Spiritual psychology, also referred to as transpersonal psychology, involves integrating spiritual or transcendent elements of human experience into the therapeutic process as essential to psychological functioning. It recognizes the potential for growth inherent in "peak" experiences and other shifts in consciousness that can change, in an instant, how much of our true nature we can recognize. It seeks to see symptoms as a part of the higher self, trying to self-actualize. It goes beyond what’s right with people, and asks, “What makes people extremely well, or optimal beings?”

  • 5 Great Tips From Positive Psychology for Food and Body

    Positive psychology is a field of psychology that steers away from analyzing what’s wrong with someone and toward what makes a particular person’s life worth living. This will be unique for each individual, but there are some universal themes. One way to discover what makes a life worth living is to look at what someone values, such as passions, strengths of character, teamwork, humor, kindness, community, or spirituality. When people know their values, they can use them to guide their behaviors. From this place, people can build upon what’s already working and honor the innate wisdom of a behavior, even if it seems dysfunctional at the surface. Here are 5 great tips from positive psychology for food and body:

  • Do You Really Need to Weigh Yourself? 4 Great Tips for Saying Goodbye to the Scale

    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?

    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.

  • Intuitive Eating

    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

    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. But there’s also enormous pressure for school or employment at the expense of social life, cyber-bullying, multiple social media accounts, phones at fingertips, and pressures to explore their bodies and sexuality in ways for which their brains may not yet be ready. At the

  • What is Orthorexia?

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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?

    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

    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

    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!

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