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Self-care is the most important and most difficult part of my world, some days. It is so easy to get lost in all the debris and difficulties of running our lives and managing all the chaos and uncertainties of these days. Add maintaining abstinence and a solid recovery program, and there sometimes just doesn’t seem […]

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The Right Answer to the Wrong Question

I am often deeply moved by the client’s feelings about food “I cannot live without this food” and about the fear of other people’s opinion “What will they think of me? I can’t weigh and measure there!”  He said, “Ok, here we go again, back on another crazy diet” And she asked, “Can’t you have just […]

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Boundaries Four

Let’s pretend you have been struggling with your weight for a lot of your life. And let’s pretend you have tried many of the weight loss diets and programs out there. And let’s pretend you have lost weight lots of times, only, sadly, to regain it. And I hope that now, finally, you have come […]

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Boundaries Around Food and Other People

Relationships with other people can be the most comfortable and most deeply rewarding of the experiences of our lives. They can also be the most difficult, time-consuming, desperate struggles of our lives. Especially around food, eating, and body weight. Can you hear those people whispering? “Why do you think she eats like that?” “She could […]

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Boundaries with Food and Myself

A boundary is an invisible line between your choices, needs, and responsibilities and those of others. The boundaries we set around food and eating affect the way other people see us, and may inconvenience others at some times. If we change the boundaries irregularly and / or without warning, it may upset others who are […]

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Beginning With Boundaries

After all these weeks about label reading, I hope you are feeling much clearer and more confident about evaluating the label and making your food choices. As always, if you have questions, comments, or concerns, please respond here and I am happy to answer your questions. Today I want to talk about your own ingredient […]

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The Most Interesting Part of the Food Label

Last, we come to the most interesting part of the food label: the ingredient list. This can be the most confusing and enlightening part of the whole label. It is a difficult section to read accurately because the rules are not clear and specified. All the ingredients in a product must be listed on the […]

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The Ingredient List

After the nutrition facts listing comes the ingredient list. This is a very important part of your analysis of the food label. Food manufacturers use clever front-of-the-box claims, such as “heart healthy,” “whole grain” and “low-fat.” Many of those catch phrases come with a hitch: They don’t include the critical information detailed in the ingredient […]

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Protein is a component of every cell in the human body and is necessary for proper growth and development, especially during childhood, adolescence, and pregnancy. Protein is made up of hundreds or thousands of smaller units, called amino acids, which are linked to one another in long chains. The sequence of amino acids determines each molecule’s […]

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Since I was a little girl, I have been fascinated with the word Hamentaschen. This week, Jewish people around the world are preparing gift baskets and hamentaschen cookies to enjoy the celebration of Purim. Purim is a one-day holiday beginning Tuesday at sundown which tells the story of Esther, wife of a Persian king, who hid the […]

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