A New New Years Tradition

A New New Years Tradition

I don’t remember when my former New Years tradition began but I am guessing it lasted for at least 20 years. Gearing up to the big day I would get intoxicated with excitement about my resolve to be perfect in my eating and exercise habits. I would completely convince myself that this was THE YEAR, … Continue reading

From Weight Watchers to Weight Wisdom

From Weight Watchers to Weight Wisdom

I had a big reaction initially when I heard the news that my beloved teacher Oprah is not only on the Weight Watchers diet herself but she has also decided to become a major shareholder in the company. Following my first response of gutted disappointment I was able to temper my response to one of … Continue reading

3 Tricks for Handling the Treats

3 Tricks for Handling the Treats

This time of year can induce feelings of dread; the taunting of the treats in the cupboard, the overage at the end of the night when not enough kids came by, the guilt about the carnage of shiny wrappers in the trash bin. Halloween doesn’t need to be so frightful. There are ways we can approach … Continue reading

The Comparison Trap

The Comparison Trap

 “She is so amazing, articulate, beautiful, thin, accomplished, confident” with every recognition of beauty in that person, that object of our envy, we sink further and further in to self doubt and inner criticism. I call these experiences our toxic comparisons. In my body loathing days I was filled with them – daily. All around … Continue reading

Baring it all in the Bedroom

Baring it all in the Bedroom

Ever wrap a bed sheet around your behind so your lover wouldn’t see you as you got up to go to the bathroom? I talk a lot about the impact of negative body image on one’s relationship with oneself but I don’t often discuss how it impacts our relationships with others. Loathing our bodies has many detrimental repercussions on … Continue reading

A Profound Courtesy

A Profound Courtesy

There are times when I look at my children and become so overcome with gratitude it actually momentarily takes my breath away. In our family we call these ‘love attacks’. “Oh honey” I say through teary eyes while having held a stare a little too long, “I’m having a love attack” and my kids ready themselves for a relentless round of … Continue reading

Mindful Eating Meditation (audio)

Mindful Eating Meditation (audio)

Have you heard the buzz about mindful eating? The research supports that mindful eating leads to regularly choosing smaller portions, healthier food selections and more satisfaction with every bite. What I have discovered is the incredible beauty and abundance in every bite when approached with the total attention offered through mindfulness. Mindful Eating can completely shift … Continue reading

Divine Spark of Light

Divine Spark of Light

When I was 17 yrs old I had an experience that I will be eternally grateful for. I was selected to be a part of a team of youth in a summer camp environment where we presented ‘talks’ to kids and other youth on a variety of topics. There was an incredible amount of creative … Continue reading

Befriending Hunger

Befriending Hunger

Sitting in the restaurant the other day with my daughter I became aware that I was experiencing a familiar dynamic of dis-ease as I repeatedly looked at the waiter and toward the kitchen doors, as if my very impatient stare could result in a quicker delivery of my lunch. I had been so wrapped up in … Continue reading

More Than a Mind

More Than a Mind

I was participating in a meditation recently where the meditation teacher stated: “Everyone’s source is their mind”. While I greatly respect this teacher and align with most of his teachings I have difficulty with this one idea. It is commonly held in our culture that our mind is the sum of who we are. Our … Continue reading