True confession: I’ve been feeling a little like Debbie Downer lately, talking about the dark side of emotional eating all month. This is tough stuff that requires serious examination to unravel. But all this introspection can feel overwhelming, so we’re gonna take a break from it in March and move on. Before we do, here’s […]
Denial and fear and futility … oh my! (It’s most effective when you say it like “lions and tigers and bears … oh my!” from “The Wizard of Oz”). Emotional eating can leave you feeling like you’re nervously walking through an eerie forest, anxiously clinging to your coping mechanism, all the while terrified of what […]
The reason emotional eating is very difficult to overcome is because, not only do you have to develop new habits to replace the behavior, you must figure out what’s triggering the negative emotion (denial, fear, hopelessness, shame) AND THEN CHANGE THAT! Sheesh, no wonder many of us get trapped in this cycle for so long. […]
I’m already steeling myself for the month of February. Talking about emotional eating all month in the series I call “Emotional Eating 101” is going to be tough. Frankly, sometimes I wish I could just sit down and shut up about this stuff! Even for someone who’s figured out how to manage the emotional snags […]
January is a time for fresh beginnings and “Ready, Set … Goals!” has been about how to kick-start your commitment to permanent weight loss. Remember, we’re not doing some “3-Day Cleanse” or “4-Hour Diet.’ Instead this is how you get real about healthy living when you’re done messing around with all of that nonsense. “Ready, […]
The theme for January’s blogs and videos has been “Ready, Set … Goals!” Because you cannot be successful at permanent weight loss without setting specific, achievable goals. The other fundamental components of weight loss we’ve explored are: Having a realistic and workable eating plan Defining and harnessing your motivation Committing to consistency Prioritizing healthy living […]
Maybe starting the new year with a new diet was your New Year’s resolution. How’s that going? Yeah, I did that a couple dozen times too. Didn’t work for me either. Even if you agree with the popular mantra “Diets Don’t Work!” you must still have a plan in order to be successful at permanent […]
Whew! What a week! My in-box is as busy as the gym parking lot in January! It’s an excellent reminder to put to practice what I always say: there’s no better time to focus on what’s important than when you’re really busy. That time is now!
Goals are a way of defining where you’re going. “I want to lose 100 lbs.” “I want to get off my high-cholesterol medication.” “I want to run a 5K.” But they’re also a way of defining how you’re going to get there. “I’m going to do Weight Watchers.” “I’m going to exercise six days a […]
There is almost no part of our lives that is not impacted by the end-of-the-year holidays. Between Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukah, Christmas and New Year’s there are eating and exercise challenges everywhere we look. There is no better time than when you’re really busy to concentrate on your priorities. Ah well, things will settle down again and […]
I’m well aware that we’re one week out from Christmas. Like you, I’m knee-deep in shopping, wrapping packages, holiday parties, out-of-town guests and last-minute details I forgot about until 20 seconds ago. Yikes! This week’s blogs ask you to take a few quiet moments amidst the hullabaloo to visualize something with me. The image is […]
I’m gonna say this so many times between now and Christmas that you’re going to be repeating it in your sleep: it’s not a gift to give people you care about things that are bad for them. For me, this means I don’t give unhealthy food gifts to people. I don’t take them as hostess […]
In the 2008 Disney-Pixar movie “WALL-E” a loveable little trash-collecting robot has been tasked with cleaning up Earth after humans left it in ruin. In pursuit of a cute girl-robot (it’s always because they’re chasing a girl, right?) he is transported from Earth’s surface to the space station inhabited by the humans who sought refuge.
If Thanksgiving were just about putting on an amazing meal for your family and friends it wouldn’t be terribly complicated. Oh sure, the logistics of executing all the dishes at the same time – while still hot! –is a challenge, but that’s small potatoes (ahem) compared to the emotional landmines that surround the holiday for […]
“Health for the Holidays!” is more than just a catchy title for our 13-week series. It’s a new way of thinking about the holiday season, when we’ve got more demands on our time and more opportunity to slip up on our healthy eating plan. Making the most of these last three months of the year […]
Welcome to the 13-week series I’m calling “Health for the Holidays!” This week’s blog, “Health for the Holidays – Start Strong!” is an introduction to the series.
The “Unhealthy Food Does Not Cross My Threshold” concept has three parts to it. First, we talked about cleaning out your cupboards, pantry and fridge to create a “safe haven” of healthy food choices at home. Last week we looked at those ubiquitous “treats” that are everywhere in our toxic food culture. I know, I […]
Unhealthy food is everywhere you look. There are treats on every street corner and in every office break room. They’re also in our grocery carts and pantries. Refrigerators and cupboards, too. It’s those items – the ones that we voluntarily bring into our homes – that I look at in this week’s blog, “Unhealthy Food […]
One of the most loaded issues in family life is, does everyone sit down together at the table and eat the same thing or not? Are you a failure as a parent if you don’t? Seems everybody has an opinion on this, including the so-called “experts,” both in terms of child development and healthy eating.
In the inaugural edition of this newsletter I said that my approach to weight loss and healthy living is “life-long and holistic.” While that’s true and noble and all of that, it doesn’t really speak to the nitty-gritty daily grind of those of us who struggle with our weight. What does any of that mean […]
Welcome! Eat Like It Matters is an approach to weight loss, fitness and healthy living that is life-long and holistic. My own journey has taken me from decades of morbid obesity (I had a BMI of 41) to fit and healthy at age 50. The life that I get to live now is so rewarding that I […]