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05/05/2010

Feature Article: First acceptance, then personal change

There is a lot of hype in the United States right now about fighting obesity, from Michelle Obama's Let's Move Initiative to Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, and these are certainly commendable efforts. But an unintended impact of this focus on weight is that it can lead some people to develop an unhealthy relationship with weight and food, resulting in eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia or compulsive overeating.
 
Though these campaigns are focused on weight loss and healthy eating habits for health's sake, there is still so much focus in our culture on the appearance of thinness as the only ideal. And it may even go beyond appearance. An article in New York Times exploring The Anatomy of Desire described how in one Dutch study, men who have been blind since birth still expressed a preference for the feeling of a thin mannequin woman over a mannequin who was closer to the size of the average woman.
 
If these attitudes are truly imprinted on us from birth, no amount of size acceptance will help. It becomes less about how accepted we feel by others and more about how we feel about ourselves. Only when we feel healthy and strong ourselves can we ever hope to change the broader culture.
 
The truth is that every one of us has our own ideal level of health—that includes our physical health and body size, but it also includes our emotional health, our mental health, our spiritual health and our overall wellness and enjoyment of life.
 
To be the best you that you can be, forget about any pressure and just keep these five tips in mind:
 
1. Go in for regular maintenance—Sadly, some people take better care of their cars than their bodies. Keep up with your check-ups, blood work, eye exams, dental cleanings, etc.

2. Be good to the planet—Increase your environmental awareness and social responsibility. It feels good when you know you're doing your part.

3. Feed your mind—Pay attention to what you're paying attention to. Change the channel, turn off the noise and choose to nourish your mind and soul with enriching and beautiful sensory information.

4. Keep your body happy—Here at the White Picket Fence Counseling Center, all of our clients have individualized self-care plans. That's because every person has unique needs for nutrition, movement and other lifestyle habits.

5. Find your passion—Have something other than food or eating behaviors that fills up your soul and eases the emptiness you may be feeling. If there is something in your life you feel passionate about, it is an incredible motivator to keep up with the rest of your self-care plan. The excitement of a new diet or workout routine will fade pretty quickly, but once you've lit the fire of a passion, that stays with you. It gives you something to wake up for every day.
 
If you could quiet the voices of society and all of the outside talk about food and weight, what do you think your body would tell you about what is healthy?
 
Recommended Resource: spirit of change, 21-day spiritual journaling experience—watch soon for the launch of this e-coaching course that will get you started on the life-long practice of journaling. Journaling is one of the most effective ways of getting to the heart of your thoughts, feelings and passions, as well as being a place to keep track of your self-care goals.

Personal Note from Sandee Nebel:

 
 
Here at the White Picket Fence Counseling Center we are constantly looking to improve our work, learn from leaders in our field and keep up on the latest developments in therapeutic treatments. I've just returned from the Eating Recovery Center in Denver, while Liz, Tara and I went to Hyde Park Counseling Center in the Tampa area a few months ago. Last month was the conference of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP), where we heard presentations by leading professionals from all over the country.
 
While I was in Denver, I explored the area by staying a couple of extra days and doing some hiking with my nephew and his family. Though I hike only now and then, I managed to keep up with him fairly well (of course he did have a child strapped to his back so that levelled the playing field a bit)! It was a wonderful way to enjoy some self-care and nourish my spirit. Today's feature article explores how to navigate the hype and pressure and determine your own definition of health.

Upcoming Events

 
 
  • Eating Disorder Recovery Group: Emphasis on Relapse Prevention from Anorexia and Bulimia:  Focusing on the following topics of discussion: Family relationships, body image, moods and anger, transitions and processing of current issues. Tuesdays 5:00pm to 6:30pm beginning May 4th for six (6) consecutive weeks. Facilitators:  Sandee Nebel, MS, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Liz Strong, MA, NCC, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern.  **Fee: $150. for 6 week session ($25. weekly)  (College and Grad student rate $120.)
  • Monthly Dining Out GroupThis group will give clients an opportunity to practice the skills they have been working on in individual and group therapy. Meets once a month for lunch -- Call for upcoming dates...Facilitated by Liz Strong, Registered Mental Health counselor Intern and Meghan Moran, Registered Dietician at Nutritional Guidance.  Cost:  $25 (Lunch to be included) Register for this by calling Nutritional Guidance directly at 407-629-5504 
  • Emotional (Over) Eating Recovery Group: Thursdays from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm- May 13th for 6 weeks.  Facilitated by Tara Harvill, MA, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern.  **Cost:  $180. for series of six 1.5 hour groups.  
  •  Moving Through Recovery From Anorexia and Bulimia:  Join others who are in the action or maintenance stage of the recovery process.  Topics of discussion:  Maintaining recovery focus, sharing individual strength and experiences, adjusting to the “new you” and how to handle triggers.  Wednesdays, once every month.  Next group is May 26th from 5:00pm to 6:30pm.  Facilitated by Liz Strong, Registered Mental Health counselor Intern and Meghan Moran, Registered Dietician at Nutritional Guidance.  **Cost:  $35  
  • Relapse Prevention – Maintainers Group for Overeaters and Food Addicts:  Group meets monthly for support through “living life” without using or abusing food any longer.  Prior individual and group experience is required to join this ongoing group. Facilitated by Sandee Nebel,MS, Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Next meetings are Tuesday, May 4th and Tuesday, June 1st from 7-9 pm.  Cost is $40.
  • Family and Friends Information and Support Workshop:  This workshop is led by a therapist and dietician for family members, spouses, friends to provide information on how and when to be helpful to the individual in their life with anorexia or bulimia.  Space is limited to facilitate discussion. Facilitated by: Sandee Nebel, MS, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Alice Baker, Registered and Licensed Dietician. Next workshop is Tuesday, June 15th 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  Fee: $50. per person. 
  • New!! Group for Young Adults - Overeating-Binge Eating-Overweight Group: will meet for four weeks beginning Tuesday, June 15th (3:00pm to 4:30pm). Ages 18-30ish. Facilitated by Sandee Nebel, MS, LMHC and Alice Baker, Registered and Licenced Dietician.  Cost for four week group session is $140.
  •  Uncover Your Inner Artist- To Enhance Recovery from Anorexia and Bulimia:  We  explore creative self- expression through modalities such as music, drawing and more!  Saturday, May 8th from 11:00am to 1:00pm.  Facilitated by Liz Strong, MA, NCC, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern and Tara Harvill, MA, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern and Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern.  Cost: $40. Includes supplies.
  • Expressive Arts Workshop- To Enhance Recovery from Compulsive and Emotional Overeating: We will explore creative self- expression through modalities such as music, drawing and more!  Saturday, May 8th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.  Facilitated by Liz Strong, MA, NCC, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern and Tara Harvill, MA, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern and Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern.  Cost: $40. Includes supplies. (this group may be full - please inquire)
 
Please note:  Seating is limited for all groups and workshops… Pre-registration required...Please call 407.622.0202 or email wtpicketfence@aol.com to register. An intake ($40) is required for any new participants to groups (not required for workshops).