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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 ...
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Eating Disorders Among Female Baby Boomers May be a Function of Food Pollution

Growing old is not easy in any culture, but it is particularly difficult for middle-aged women in the United States. Americans obsess about thinness and worship youthfulness. Joan Rivers’ tragic death  last month was was a good example of the extremes to which women in American society will go in order to maintain these unrealistic ideals. Ms. Rivers is not alone. Remaining young and fit is getting harder all the time because of the food we eat. U.S. food is polluted with ingredients that attack the immune system, accelerate the aging process and drive obesity. Aging is scary enough without a rapid decline in one’s health and an ever-expanding waistline. And that is exactly what Baby Boomers are experiencing today. ...
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Body Dysmorphia and Anorexia

Systems theory tells us that in order to solve a problem we have to use the right set of assumptions. Further, it tells us that if we use the wrong assumptions, the problem will continue to get worse. Suffice it to say, the underlying assumptions of those suffering with eating disorders are incorrect. One good example is the role that body dysmorphia plays in driving disordered eating – Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is not the same thing. I should point out that not all individuals that suffer from Anorexia suffer from body dysmorphia, but many do. The underlying assumptions of those Anorexics suffering from body dysmorphia include: Imagined defects in appearance. “My thighs are fat.” Or  “My belly sticks out ...
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Eating Disorder Treatment: Tips to Reduce Stress During the Holiday Season

The holiday season is a particularly stressful time for many of my patients that are in treatment for obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, or binge eating disorder. Holiday gatherings are typically highly food-centered, which results in a lot of anxiety for those recovering from an eating disorder. I’ve created a list of useful tips on reducing holiday stress. I know this will help a lot of my patients! Eat regularly throughout the day. Don’t skip meals in anticipation of a large dinner. Be prepared. Try to find out what is being served ahead of time and work some of the foods you feel comfortable with into the meal. Bring one of your favorite dishes to share ...

The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity – Eating Disorder Treatment Testimony

There is nothing more rewarding than to travel with a patient down the road to recovery from an eating disorder such as anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, or bulimarexia. The road to recovery can be a bumpy road, but the results are well worth the hard work. Today we received a heart-warming testimony from one individual that received outpatient treatment at my treatment center in Cincinnati. Check this out…. “If you had told me how much my life would change over the past year and a half, I would not have believed you. A year and a half ago I was trapped; wedged between the controlling anorexic voice and a longing to be myself. I was falling, drowning, diminishing into ...
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Clean Eating in Treatment for Obesity

The average American is clueless when it comes to eating healthy foods, even those of us who would be considered healthy eaters.  What most people do not know is that the majority of the American diet is loaded with addictants that drive obesity and its life threatening complications. The lack of information, along with the misinformation put out by the industry giants that profit from the sale of polluted foods and diet products have created a health care crisis in this country that is unprecedented in the world. The U.S. is the second most obese country in the world (Mexico just passed us by) with the highest rate of mortality (compared to all other wealthy nations) and the highest health ...
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Eating Clean in Treatment For Anorexia or Bulimarexia

Eating clean as opposed to eating all things in moderation works because it recognizes the role that food addiction plays in recovery. The reality is that the individual suffering from Anorexia Nervosa or Bulimarexia is often as addicted to processed foods as her over-eating counterparts. In other words it isn’t unusual for an Anorexic or Bulimarexic patient to live on gummy bears, chewing gum and diet foods/drinks, which are mostly made of chemicals and lots of sugar, or sugar substitutes, that are highly addicting.  The rationale for the individual suffering from Anorexia or Bulimarexia is that she is okay as long as she avoids fats. Many individuals suffering from Anorexia or Bulimarexia go into residential treatment under duress and make ...

Food for Thought – August 2013

August 2013 Food for Thought Connect with me!  Twitter  Facebook Hello and Welcome. Thank you for taking the time to check out the newsletter! This information is meant to provide you with up to the minute news you can use on your journey to becoming a more mindful consumer and a healthier version of yourself! To that end, I invite you to submit requests and/or give your input. Maybe you have a recipe that you think others would enjoy. Or perhaps you have a question about food, exercise, or how to develop good habits. Please use this form to submit your question and I will make every effort to get back to you in the next issue. Eat Clean, Commit ...
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Eating Disorders, Obesity, and Gastrointestinal Infections

“In recent medical studies it has been estimated that 85% of the North American adult population has at least one form of parasite living in their bodies. Some authorities feel this figure may be as high as 95%.” As we discussed in the article “Why Am I Hungry When I am Morbidly Obese?“, infections are huge source of internal stress. Some infections can remain undetected for years, keeping the body in a chronic state of stress. Chronic stress can have numerous effects on the body including, adrenal fatigue, hormone imbalances, leaky gut, liver issues, premature aging, and increased food sensitivities.Additionally, it can lead to an impaired ability to break down food, maldigestion, and malabsorption of nutrients. This is an issue ...
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Why Am I So Hungry When I am Morbidly Obese?

“Why am I so hungry when I am morbidly obese?”. This is one of the most commonly asked questions from my obese patients. They often come to me feeling like a failure because they can’t follow the weight loss advice of their physician to “just eat less food”. This is extremely difficult to do when you are always hungry. What could possibly be creating these feelings of hunger? There are primarily two hormones that tell us when we are hungry and when we are full; ghrelin and leptin. Leptin is produced by fat cells; it turns on the signal that tells us we are full and turns off the signal that tells us we are hungry. Ghrelin is produced by ...
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