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Silencing the Bully Within

Silencing the Bully Within

Yesterday I received 2 disturbing e-mails about bullying. One was from a sweet and wonderful woman I know who shared a story about standing at a street corner while a passerby hurled a violent insult towards her about the size of her body propelling her from enjoying a normal sunny autumn day into a moment … Continue reading

Beneath the Marble Coat

Beneath the Marble Coat

The beautiful thing about the practice of presence is that it instantly returns us to who we actually are. As very young children we are completely awake and  whole,  but over time our truth becomes obscured  by layers of life experience that teach us that we are something other than what we actually are. In Return … Continue reading

Pass the Peace Please

Pass the Peace Please

For many of us overeating can be an effective, albeit harmful, strategy to fight time. I have often used food to prolong an experience: such as stretching out an enjoyable dinner with my husband by taking an extra helping, or to procrastinate another less enjoyable kind of experience: such when I stop by the kitchen … Continue reading

The Avocado Go-Ahead

The Avocado Go-Ahead

When I listen to my body I realize that, despite what hundreds of diet experts say, I am not actually hungry for food first thing in the morning. I don’t usually get hungry until about three or four hours after I awaken. How many times have I forced myself to cram in a bagel on … Continue reading

Still Water

Still Water

Thich Nhat Hahn compares the Mindfulness Meditator to still water; able to reflect things clearly, exactly as they are. So often our view of life is laden with our interpretations and our judgments. We may be having a conversation with someone who seems distant and distracted for example.  Rather than simply observe their state; we … Continue reading

Food as a Doorway

Food as a Doorway

In my history of dieting it felt like every time I would go off plan it was an excuse to count my whole day, sometimes my whole week, as a write off. I would tell myself that I could start again tomorrow next week. I would then be free and engage in an overeating ritual that was … Continue reading

Decision Mid-Bite

Decision Mid-Bite

There is power in realizing that once you deeply know something that knowledge cannot be undone. Once we are even just a little practiced in mindful eating, once we experience how different our relationship with food can be, we are then equipped with the power of that knowledge. Even when we unconsciously (or consciously) decide … Continue reading

Wisdom from the High Chair

Wisdom from the High Chair

If you watch how a toddler naturally eats you will see that they are all little mindful eaters. When my three year old son is left to his own devices he naturally eats when he is hungry, has no interest in food when he is not and seems to be listening to his body in … Continue reading

Gratitude for the Gift

Gratitude for the Gift

Name a diet and I have tried it. I have belonged to Weight Watchers in 3 different countries over 3 different decades,  I have tried the Zone, Atkins, Slimfast, NutriSystem, Herbalife and many, many others. All of them worked…for a while. Then that inevitable day would come when I would find myself on my second … Continue reading

A Deeper Kind of Craving

A Deeper Kind of Craving

Deeper Cravings is a very unique program aimed at addressing food and body issues. The program utilizes the practice of presence to help us form a deeper connection with our body so that we begin to lose the body shame, the obsession with dieting, and chaotic eating patterns…and as a result we gain freedom and peace in … Continue reading