The Cast of Characters in Your Head

We must be aware of the parts our psyche that may or may not serve us positively but developed as ways to cope. These can be thought of as sub-personalities. For simplicity’s sake, here we will only focus on ED’s usual suspects, the binger, restrictor, and critic. Though not “sub-personalities” we also have to consider the body and the Real Self.

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Spirited Woman!

I am honored to be featured on this April’s “Spirited Woman Top 12 Pick List.” The purpose of the Spirited Woman foundation is “to help heal and support women through actions of empowerment”.

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Weight Restored and Still Struggling

How do you manage the strong critical voice that tells you to return to behaviors in order to feel better? How do you tolerate that level of distress? These are hard questions. They are the questions I promise to devote more of my time, insight, exploration, and experience to. I want to offer you better answers.

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Popular Diets for 2019

Many feel the need to cleanse themselves of the sweets and the more indulgent food they consumed since Halloween. We turn to the internet for ideas and inspiration. What will work for you? Paleo? Veganism? The Whole 30? Or perhaps the very trendy Keto diet?

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Intuitive Exercise

Thanksgiving is over, and the next holiday wave is about to hit. “How do I break my exercise rules?” “How do I stop using exercise to compensate for food I have eaten or use exercise as permission to eat?”  Intuitive exercise is the answer to compulsive exercise and exercise resistance.

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Thanksgiving Survival Guide

Holidays can be both a time of joy and a time of stress. My clients often begin to worry about the holidays for the food that they will be faced with. Here I will share what has helped me and my clients over the years to have successful Thanksgivings.

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Why Recover?

From the mouths of recovered clients: “Asking "why recover?" is kind of like asking "why would you want someone to stop beating you with a baseball bat?"  The suffering involved, and the desire to end it, should be pretty self-explanatory.  And yet, the delusion of desirability can be profound.”  

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Another Piece to My Story

In many ways I have had at least two lives within this one lifetime. Pre-recovery and recovery. New York and California, where I moved exactly one year after 9-11. For a number of years I lost myself. I veered down an entirely different road, on which I was not myself. I was an alcoholic and I was struggling with an eating disorder.

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For My Restrictors

With meal plan in hand, the question remains how in the world you are going to follow this, day after day? It can often feel like you are going against every grain in your body in doing so. Here I share some of the many reminders I have given my clients over the years. Perhaps one will resonate with you and give you that added push to eat adequately today.

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A Day of Eating in the Life of This CEDRD

My clients sometimes ask me tentatively what I eat in a day. I’ve found it useful at times to share this, not because I’m in any way superior in my eating, but because it can be reassuring and freeing. I don’t eat “perfectly.” I eat everything I like and follow my body’s cues to the best of my ability. How I eat is not how you need to eat. This is simply what works for me and I’ll tell you why.

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Beating the Binge

I used to binge. And then I ate compulsively. I hid food. I hoarded it. I threw food out the window of my car. It felt like the compulsion to “keep eating” would never be lifted.  Boy, was I wrong. Here’s what I’ve learned over the years.

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