As a psychologist specializing in treating eating disorders, I get a lot of questions about food and eating. Mostly people want to know if they’re normal.
Never ask a psychologist if you’re normal as the answer is almost always no.
Just kidding. Well, mostly.
Is your body beach ready?
Did you get the memo? It’s time to get your body beach-ready. Social media feeds are full of recommendations, scare tactics, and images letting you know exactly what your body needs to look like in order to be “beach-ready” this summer. There are diets, fasts, cleanses, workouts, and procedures all guaranteed to make sure your body is ready for June. There are even handy countdown calendars to remind you just how many days you have to get that body ready. No pressure.
It seems these days we can’t go anywhere without hearing the term “clean eating.” Social media accounts are full of people touting clean eating while posing in workout gear, and big companies have jumped on the bandwagon in an attempt to cater to the clean eaters out there. (more…)
What do you know about eating disorders? Do you know what they are, do you know who they impact? Do you know there is a National Eating Disorder Week? Yep, February 26 to March 4, 2017 is National Eating Disorder Week. And the theme is “It’s Time to Talk about It.” So, let’s talk. (more…)
January seems to be the month the diet industry takes over the internet, radio, and television with promises to create a new you. It’s the perfect time to find willing customers ready to buy anything that will help them overcome the indulgences of the holiday season. The diet industry continues to be a multibillion-dollar industry even though the failure rate of diets is huge. Why do we still get hooked? (more…)
It has begun. With the ringing in of the New Year has come a cavalcade of propaganda, products, and peddlers all focused on convincing you to change your life. Starting with changing your body. Gym ads on billboards, two-for-one specials on personal trainers, the latest workout gear on sale, and diet books greeting you as you walk into the bookstore. (more…)
The holidays can be a stressful and challenging time for all of us. But, if you struggle with eating concerns, the holidays can be even more daunting. I often get asked by family and friends “How can I support my loved one during the holidays?” Well, this post is for you! In it I’ll outline some of the challenges of the holiday season for those who struggle with eating concerns, and specific ways you can provide extra love and support during this time. While I’ll be discussing eating concerns, know that these tips can be helpful for anyone to use this holiday season. (more…)
Holidays call up images and thoughts of celebrations with family and friends, shopping for the perfect gifts, twinkling lights, snow, and of course…FOOD. The holidays bring with them an abundance of delicious smells and tastes; smells and tastes that we don’t get to experience during other times of the year.