With the holiday season now in full swing, weight-loss plans are often the first thing to be abandoned. The combination of schedule changes, added responsibilities and an abundance of available food can be potent. Are you worried you’ll overeat to cope with increased demands on your time? Do you dread visiting that one relative who grates on your nerves sending you for extra helpings to calm your anger? If you eat for emotional reasons, this added stress may feel especially challenging.Continue reading...
If you’re like most people struggling with their weight, you probably don’t like your body so much. You hate looking in the mirror. Getting dressed makes you frustrated and angry. And your thoughts toward your body are anything but loving. You know how lousy those thoughts make you feel, but do you realize that criticizing yourself actually undermines your weight loss efforts, too? Try replacing even a bit of that self-criticism with an attitude of gratitude and start losing the weight with ease.Continue reading...
Do cakes, ice cream, or chips hold power over you? Once you start eating them, is it hard to stop? Do attempts to enjoy just a single bite result in guilt-ridden overeating episodes? If so, it may be time to say good-bye to this love-hate relationship.Continue reading...
Weight stigma awareness involves recognizing, combating, and supporting those affected by weight stigma. You may see it as an outward campaign to help others, but it’s also important to examine if you hold a weight stigma toward yourself.Continue reading...
If you’ve ever been overweight, felt badly about your body, or felt as though carrying around excess weight (and body fat) was your fate, you’re likely to relate to—and be inspired by—the new book, The Shift: How I Finally Lost Weight and Discovered a Happier Life. Written by the popular “Deals & Steals” Good Morning America contributor, successful entrepreneur, and bestselling author Tory Johnson, The Shift takes readers on the author’s yearlong journey during which she lost more than 60 pounds and gained a new sense of confidence and self-respect.Continue reading...
The goal of Weight Stigma Awareness Week, September 23-27th, is to increase awareness of the pervasiveness and destructive nature of weight stigma, and provide effective strategies for combating it. The goal of this article is to inspire you to address weight stigma that you may direct toward yourself.Continue reading...
Early in our lives we’re “programmed” with certain beliefs that shape us. For example, if you were praised and supported as a child, you most likely developed a sense of confidence. But if you were repeatedly ridiculed, especially about your weight, deep down you may feel unworthy. This belief may erode your confidence even as you strive to do all the right things to lose weight.Continue reading...
A bright and energetic morning can quickly turn into a midday drag if you don’t have enough to eat. You might think that a second lunch is what you need, but a small, light snack is enough to do the trick. Planning ahead and packing your own will help steer you away from the calorie-dense vending machine. These 10 snacks are no fuss, easy-to-pack options that can be stored in your cabinet, drawer or bag so that you always have something available.Continue reading...
Quality nutrition and exercise information is essential for permanent weight loss. If you're motivated to release weight, you're probably reading books, surfing websites and listening to the experts. That's important, but you already have all the guidance you need to help you release weight.Continue reading...
Perfection is impossible by sheer definition. It’s okay to have high standards and want success; it’s when perfection starts to affect your relationships or becomes a phobia of making mistakes that it becomes a problem. Here are some tips for overcoming perfectionism.Continue reading...
Stress is a common trigger for overeating. When I asked, "What are your top three triggers for overeating?," stress and boredom tied for first place. Since a stress-free life is not possible, it's important to learn to manage it, before it manages you.Continue reading...
Although a lot of things shape kids’ food and fitness habits and attitudes—pervasive food advertisements, unlimited access to high calorie, nutrient-poor foods, and media images that idealize only the slim and fit—parents’ actions and attitudes can also have an impact. Here are three simple steps all parents—even those like me who have some baggage from their childhood—can take to raise healthier, happier kids.Continue reading...
On this 4th of July, as you think about the declaration of independence our forefathers made that created this great country, think about the freedom that you have in making your own food choices.Continue reading...
Over the past few months you’ve probably seen articles urging you to scramble and get your "beach body" ready. While this may appeal to the desire to comfortably wear bathing suits, shorts, and sleeveless clothes, it misses the mark.
Many people are going gluten-free with their diet, in absence of a diagnosed gluten allergy or sensitivity. Traditional foods that contain gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, and sometimes oats, are getting a gluten-free makeover to keep up with demand. While this is a major plus to offer variety for those with Celiac disease, gluten-free foods have adopted a health halo. The truth is that gluten-free foods are typically not healthier than their traditional counterparts.Continue reading...
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