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#MotivationMonday Stage 2- Contemplation

Today we are continuing my seven week #MotivationMonday series on Change. Last week we talked about precontemplation and the role that denial plays. If you recognized the role that denial played in your attempt to change, then you may already be at the second stage of change, Contemplation. When you are contemplating change, it means that you have acknowledged a problem. It means that you consciously recognize that a behavior or situation is not serving you. It is working against you, creating psychological and/or emotional problems. Perhaps you find yourself thinking about why you have this problem, its roots. You may find yourself thinking that if you can just understand why you are doing something then you can change your ...

#MondayMotivation series on Change- Precontemplation

Today I am continuing my seven week #MondayMotivation series exploring Change. The first stage in making a change in your life is Precontemplation. Now, if you read my post last week, and you said to yourself, “I don’t have anything I need to change.” Or you thought of someone close to you asking you to change a certain behavior and then you defensively thought “but I don’t have that problem,” you are probably in the first stage of change. You have no intention of changing your behavior, and typically, you would deny you even have a problem. Often, this is where a person will show up in therapy because of outside pressures from family or friends. In anorexic, bulimic and ...
If it doesn't challenge you

Change- A Seven Week #MotivationMonday series

This week I’m starting a seven week #MotivationMonday series on Change. If you’ve ever tried to change a behavior, then you will understand just how difficult change can be. But I’d also guess that you would say that change was the best thing you ever did for yourself. Change can be the ultimate act of self love. There are six stages in the process of change. Does that surprise you? My patients find it reassuring to discover that change does not happen overnight. I don’t expect them to wake up the following day and be onboard with everything I ask of them. Often, my first contact with a patient is when they have really hit rock bottom. But that’s when the seeds of ...

“Wanna a Coke with That?”

Coca-Cola has been in the news a lot this week. They know their days are numbered and that the end of Coke is near. Now Coca-Cola is funding scientists to spend their time performing studies that confuse consumers into thinking that soda is not a primary contributor for the epidemic rise of obesity and metabolic disorders in our country. I think that we can agree that there is more pressure than ever before, for parents to participate in the processed food insanity in the grocery store. Between the sugar laden processed foods that we know are not good for us, and the organic processed foods that are masquerading as “healthy,” the right choice isn’t always obvious. A huge misconception in my line of ...
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Want to Lose Weight? Eat Clean and Get Some Sun!

The problem is polluted food. The solution is to avoid the polluted food. But that isn’t enough. You must also get out into the sun and find  foods rich in sulfur. Let’s start with the clean eating. Monsanto has changed the DNA of soybeans, corn, cotton, canola, and alfalfa by putting the insecticide DDT into it.  Bugs bite into the plant and the DDT splits their abdomens open.  It should go without saying then that DDT is not safe for human consumption.  Unfortunately though, we unknowingly consume a lot of it in this country,  through this type of DDT infused crop. You can be sure, that if you are eating a processed food, it goes without saying that it is ...

News You Can Use Week of August 3rd-9th

“As an Eating Disorder Professional, I know that many of my clients that are in treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder or Obesity are overwhelmed by all the information in the news about our health. In hopes of relieving some of the stress this can inflict on both my patients and readers, I’ve highlighted some of the weekly health news that was of particular interest to all of us at The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity. From my eating disorder and obesity treatment center in Cincinnati, here is your weekly news update for the week of August 3rd-August 9th, 2015. NEWS: Why Coconut Oil Trumps Vegetable Oil Every time we cover research indicating that fat hurts your body, the ...

Xylitol-A True Natural Sweetener

What Is Xylitol? Xylitol is a substance that is categorized as a sugar alcohol Has nothing to do with alcohol and is safe if you need to avoid alcohol Natural sweetener Small amounts found in many fruits and vegetables Humans even produce small amounts of it via normal metabolism Common ingredient in sugar free chewing gums, candies, mints, diabetes friendly foods and oral care products Xylitol has a similar sweetness as regular sugar, but contains 40% fewer calories: Table Sugar: 4 calories per gram. Xylitol:4 calories per gram. Glycemic load of xylitol is significantly less than that of sugar Will not cause weight gain Most of them do not raise blood sugar levels and therefore don’t count as “net” carbs, ...

Clean Ranch Dressing

For the Clean Eating Ranch Dressing Recipe, use all organic ingredients unless otherwise instructed ½ cup Kalona Cottage Cheese (or any grass-fed) 2/3 cup Kalona Sour Cream (or any grass-fed) 1 teaspoon onion powder (or 2 tbsp diced onion) 1 teaspoon dried dill 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley (or 1 sprig fresh chopped) 1/2 teaspoon dried chives (or 1 tbsp fresh chopped) 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt 4 capfuls garlic juice 2 tbsp olive oil 1/4 cup coconut crystals vinegar or any organic white vinegar 1/4 tsp white pepper to taste Directions: Put all ingredients into blender and blend until creamy. Adjust spices. Dilute with water from the cottage cheese of sour cream cartons or use milk. Makes  1 ¾ cups. ...

News You Can Use Week of July 27th-August 2nd

“As an Eating Disorder Professional, I know that many of my clients that are in treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder or Obesity are overwhelmed by all the information in the news about our health. In hopes of relieving some of the stress this can inflict on both my patients and readers, I’ve highlighted some of the weekly health news that was of particular interest to all of us at The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity. From my eating disorder and obesity treatment center in Cincinnati, here is your weekly news update for the week of July 27th-August 2nd, 2015. NEWS: Heal Your Relationship with Food and Your Body I am sitting here at my highest weight in a ...
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The Art of Getting Sun

Listen to the full podcast HERE. Reasons People Get Less Sun Air conditioning – to avoid the hot sun Air conditioning disease is the result of less vitamin D – China (March, 2011). Increased use of multi-media indoors – TV, DVD, video games, and internet access Teens increasingly indoors – especially dark skinned children Problems of increased TV watching by toddlers (May, 2010). Analysis of the time people spend outdoors (December, 2010). More indoor jobs – more office workers, fewer farmers Indoor jobs cities around the world: 30% in 1950, 70% in 2050 Urban residents had 2X less vitamin D – 2008 More people living in cities – where there is less Ultra Violet light (UV) Air pollution reduces UV ...
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