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4 posts from November 2010

11/29/2010

Relapse Prevention during the Holiday Season

If you're concerned about how to deal with your eating issues during the holidays, please join our Moving Through Recovery from Anorexia and Bulimia group for a special session on December 1st, 2010.

Relapse Prevention during the Holiday Season

We will discuss:
  • How to maintain your focus on recovery during the holiday season
  • The strategies and ideas that have worked well for you in the past
  • How to adjust to recovery: being the “new you” with family, friends, co-workers
  • How to handle triggers at parties, holiday meals and events
This is a monthly drop-in group that you can join anytime. It costs $35 per session (1.5 hours), and if you are new to the Center you must also attend an intake session for $40.
 

Please click to view our flyer for more information, or contact us today to reserve your space.

11/22/2010

Resources for emotional eating and food addiction

Following up our recent feature article about emotional eating and food addiction, here are some resources for dealing with both:

Recommended resources for emotional eating

Women, Food and God and Breaking Free from Emotional Eating by Geneen Roth, as well as her other books
Dieticians who specialize in eating disorders (our therapist team can provide personalized referrals for you)

Recommended resources for food addiction

Books by Debbie Danowski, including a journal
Fat Boy, Thin Man by Michael Prager
Books by Kay Sheppard, including her daily meditation book
Writings and research by Dr. Mark Gold from the University of Florida
 
At the White Picket Fence Counseling Center, we offer individual counseling as well as group therapy for treating emotional eating and food addiction. Group therapy can be a powerful experience, providing a comfortable environment to work on healing your relationship with food and body. Please contact us if you are interested. Some groups have immediate openings, and for others you will be placed on a waiting list.
 
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11/12/2010

Don't wait to live your life

Personal Note from Sandee Nebel
 
As we mentioned last week in the feature article about emotional eating, emotional eaters and food addicts sometimes put life on hold. They promise themselves, and sometimes others,  that they'll pick things up again as soon as they lose that 5, 10 or 50 pounds.
 
What are you waiting for? 
 
To me this is a reminder of my own personal philosophy of the "bucket list." You may remember that 2007 movie starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman as two terminally ill men who were working through their list of the things they wanted to do before they "kicked the bucket." They finally had their realization that there was little time left to do those things they put off for reasons of their own.
 
Well, my take on this is that I'm just not going to wait. I am checking things off my list right now, staying mindful in the moment and fully present for my clients, family and communities. I daily express my gratitude for everything I have and everything I get to do to fulfill my passions—things such as taking courses, going on a big family vacation, and of course, doing my life's work helping people recover from disordered eating.
 
Thank you for reading this, and for being part of my "bucket list."
 
Now, what are YOU waiting for?
 
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11/09/2010

Are you an emotional eater?

Everyone deals with emotions differently, whether or not they have a problem with food. According to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, some people prefer to ground themselves in their feelings in order to make their perceptions and decisions in the world. Others are "thinking" types, who prefer to detach from their emotions and approach life on a more intellectual basis.
 
People who struggle with food and body/weight issues don't just detach from emotions, they run from them. Yet they don't particularly want to approach their problems from a thinking place, either. They simply cannot cope with emotional situations.
 
Whether it's a high stress situation such as dealing with trauma or abuse (anger, fear, etc.) a seemingly harmless experience such as a day off (boredom, indecision, etc.), or "positive" stress such as going to a party or winning a contest (excitement, adrenalin, etc.), they do not or cannot tolerate their feelings.
 
This repeated cycle leaves them cut off from a full living experience. They're usually well aware of this, promising themselves (and sometimes others) that as soon as they're thin (or thinner), they'll start to live.
 
All of this is why we sometimes say that emotional eating is not about the food. Yet, when it comes to food addiction, it IS about the food. For food addicts—who also may be emotional eaters—there is a chemical reaction to specific foods and/or an extreme physical craving for those foods.
 
These are complex issues and that's why here at the White Picket Fence Counseling Center we are each specially trained to deliver highly individualized treatment geared to your specific problem. And one that takes into account your emotional style.
 
People struggling with eating disorders need more than just the trite answers of "just eat less," "push yourself away from the table" or "just say no!"
 
Recovery from emotional eating requires both structure and support. Now by structure, we do not mean rigidity. Food plans, daily schedules and group meetings are all used as tools, but what's most important is that those tools are meeting your needs and fit with where you're at today.
 
And by support, we do not mean instructions. In fact, a recent article in the NY Times points out that doctors who just hand out instructions (sometimes paired with stern judgment) have little impact on their patients' success. However, doctors who work to motivate their patient to take charge of their own recovery make a real difference.
 
For emotional eaters who are considering bariatric surgery, take note. While this might seem like a quick and viable solution, surgery cannot remove emotional eating. Maintaining the weight loss will be very challenging, if not impossible, if you have not addressed that. Whatever got you to that weight is still with you.
 
Recovery from emotional overeating is not easy, and there truly is no quick fix. But if you start where you are, stay gentle with yourself, and enlist the right kind of support, you can experience the freedom of recovery.
 
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