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Kelly Clarkson

Check out this weekend’s New York Times article, Kelly Clarkson, a Pop Star Proud in Her Own Skin

I love it when a celebrity bucks the entertainment industry’s narrow norms about what is and isn’t required for success… and tells us, and more importantly, shows the world she is comfortable in her own skin. The main stream media and public are noticing and applauding!  Yea, Kelly!

 

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Ellen Shuman is a Life Coach who specializes in empowering people who are working on emotional and binge eating recovery. She is the founder of A Weigh Out & Acoria Eating Disorder Treatment, Vice President of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA), and Co-Chair of the Academy for Eating Disorders Special Interest Group on “Health at Every Size”, ellen@aweighout.com

Watch Free Educational Film About Eating Disorders

I wanted to tell everyone about a free film. It’s produced by NORMAL; a national non-profit that educates about eating disorders (including binge eating disorder). The Film is called “ED 101″.  (My Binge Eating Disorder Association colleague, BEDA Founder and CEO Chevese Turner, is one of the experts interviewed.)  For those of you who are in a position to educate others, it also comes with a full curriculum and support materials.

This 35-minute film illustrates the four types of eating disorders through expert interviews, personal family stories, and rock musical footage sung by Broadway and American Idol performers. 

Click here to watch “ED 101″.

The film is sponsored by Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, and distributed through a collaboration of 15 non-profits – All details are available at http://www.normal-life.org/ED_101.php%20

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Ellen Shuman is a Life Coach who specializes in empowering people who are working on emotional and binge eating recovery. She is the founder of A Weigh Out & Acoria Eating Disorder Treatment, Vice President of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA), and Co-Chair of the Academy for Eating Disorders Special Interest Group on “Health at Every Size”, ellen@aweighout.com

Dr. Linda Bacon Explains “Why Weight Doesn’t Matter”

Linda Bacon, PhD

Check out Dr. Linda Bacon’s new “Health at Every Size” article in More Magazine, Fat? Who Cares! Why Weight Doesn’t Matter.

I’m curious…what’s your gut reaction when you first read the title of this article? 

After reading the artcle, read the title again. Do you feel any differently? Let us know your thoughts…

 

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Ellen Shuman is a Life Coach who specializes in empowering people who are working on emotional and binge eating recovery. She is the founder of A Weigh Out & Acoria Eating Disorder Treatment, Vice President of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA), and Co-Chair of the Academy for Eating Disorders Special Interest Group on “Health at Every Size”, ellen@aweighout.com

Rita’s Homemade Applesause and Fruit Rollups. Yum!

I love making homemade applesauce and fruit rollups/leather…better than any you can buy!

I just got a peck of apples – some were really nice, some had imperfections, but that doesn’t bother me at all. What’s important to me is that the fruit is NATURAL w/o sprays. So here’s how I do it.

Wash, core and cut 3-5 pounds fruit into chunks (apples and pears work well). Leave skin on because there is pectin in the peel and that pulls cholesterol out of your body.

Cooking options

Crockpot: Spray pot with a nonstick spray. Put fruit in. If you want, add up to 1 cup of water or apple juice. Cook on low or high until fruit is soft enough to mash – this can take anywhere from 4-8 hrs depending upon apples and amount.

Stovetop: Place in heavy or nonstick large pot. Add up to 1 cup water, cider or apple juice (to keep fruit from sticking), and simmer until fruit is soft. You may have to add a bit more liquid. Be careful here because the mixture tends to sputter up.

In the oven: Spray pan (use one with sides – I use a roasting pan) and put apples in. I cook mine at 325, covered, until they are soft enough to puree.

Tip from Rita’s Kitchen
When I cook fruit in the crockpot or oven, I usually don’t add much liquid – start with 1/2 cup and go from there. If it starts to stick, add more liquid. The less liquid you add when making fruit leathers/rollups, the better off you are as the liquid has to evaporate.

After fruit is cooked:

Mash by hand, run through food mill or sieve, a blender, food processor. If making applesauce, you can leave it chunky or smooth. If making leather, you need to puree it (see how to below). If desired, sweeten to taste with sugar, Stevia or Splenda. Add cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice to taste. Do this while fruit is still warm. Now you have the best tasting homemade applesauce!

To Make Fruit Rollups/Leather

To turn the applesauce into fruit leather, you need to puree it and dry it to let all the moisture evaporate out, and here’s how you do it:

Drying to make fruit rollups/leather:

In the sun: Cover cookie sheets with foil, dark side facing up so that the fruit absorbs the sun more. Spray and spread mixture on foil, about 1/4” thick. Place outside in the sun and bring in at night or if it rains. It will take 2 days to a week.

Oven: Dry in warm oven. It will take anywhere from 4-8 hours or more depending upon the kind of apples, etc.

How to tell if the fruit leather is done:

It should pull up from the pan in one sheet.

Fruit Leather-Day Two

 

Fruit Leather-Day Three-DONE!

 

Storing: In refrigerator, up to 6 months, and up to l year in freezer.

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Rita Nader Heikenfeld, CCP, CMH, is a Certified Culinary Professional and Certfied Modern Herbalist, educator, author, founding editor of www.Abouteating.com
a popular website that showcases her many interests in healthy living.

It’s Fat Talk Free Week

Fat Talk Free Week, Delta Delta Delta’s annual campaign, is this week, Oct 16-22, 2011. Go to the website and Take the Pledge, declare yourself a “Champion for Change”.

 

The Pledge:
Today I promise to End Fat Talk in conversations with my friends, my family and myself. Starting now, I will strive not for a thin-ideal but for a healthy ideal, which I know looks different for every person, and focuses on health not weight or size. I will celebrate the things about myself and the people in my life that have nothing to do with how we look.

 

Fat Talk Free Week encourages the celebration the things about ourselves and the people in our lives that have nothing to do with how we look.

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Ellen Shuman is a Life Coach who specializes in empowering people who are working on emotional and binge eating recovery. She is the founder of A Weigh Out & Acoria Eating Disorder Treatment, Vice President of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA), and Co-Chair of the Academy for Eating Disorders Special Interest Group on “Health at Every Size”, ellen@aweighout.com

Dieting; A Recipe for Insanity

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Ellen Shuman is a Life Coach who specializes in empowering people who are working on emotional and binge eating recovery. She is the founder of A Weigh Out & Acoria Eating Disorder Treatment, Vice President of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA), and Co-Chair of the Academy for Eating Disorders Special Interest Group on “Health at Every Size”, ellen@aweighout.com

From Rita’s Kitchen; Pan Fried Flounder (or Trout) with Tomato Basil Saute

Seafood is a wonderful source of protein!

Here’s a recipe that has become a family favorite, shared with me by my daughter-in-law, Jessie. She used trout. I wasn’t able to find any trout but my grocer did have some frozen wild caught flounder, which worked very well. This recipe is a keeper. Here’s my adaptation.

Pan Fried Flounder (or Trout) with Tomato Basil Saute

3 ounces chopped pancetta

2 cups chopped tomatoes

1 teaspoon minced garlic

Salt and pepper to taste

Handful fresh basil leaves, chopped

2 sprigs thyme, about 3” each, leaves pulled from stems

Canola

Flounder or trout fillets, about 4 filets, 4-6 oz each

4 lemon wedges

(Pancetta is an Italian bacon that is cured but not smoked. To substitute, use your favorite bacon or turkey bacon, and you can use less if you like.)

Heat pancetta in a medium skillet over low heat. Cook 4 minutes or just until pancetta begins to brown. Add tomatoes, garlic, pepper and salt and cook for 3 minutes or until tomatoes begin to soften. Remove from heat, and stir in basil and thyme leaves. Meanwhile, film the bottom of a skillet with oil, about a tablespoon or so. Sprinkle fish with salt and pepper and cook filets, turning once, until fish flakes easily with a fork. This takes just a few minutes. Top fish with tomato mixture and serve with lemon wedges.

Tips from Rita’s Kitchen:

No fresh basil? Substitute a teaspoon of dried basil and a couple pinches dried thyme.

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Rita Nader Heikenfeld, CCP, CMH, is a Certified Culinary Professional and Certfied Modern Herbalist, educator, author, founding editor of www.Abouteating.com
a popular website that showcases her many interests in healthy living.

Shake, Rattle, and Roll; Moving Fitness

I find it fascinating when women lament the absence of exercise in their lives. They tell me they are not exercising, that they don’t or can’t get themselves to the gym, and almost always add some deprecating body comments or criticisms. (These same women describe feeling better about their bodies and toward their bodies and themselves when they “exercise” regardless of any actual discernible differences).

When I ask them to tell me about their lives and they describe the many ways in which they are active I wonder why they don’t view their activity as exercise. They are moving! Moving is exercise. Exercise is movement.

These are women who are cleaning

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Becoming a Diet Survivor: Relief and Grief

(Based on The Diet Survivor’s Handbook)

We define a diet survivor as a person who has been on more than one diet, lost and regained the weight, and are becoming aware that the failure is not their fault.  By identifying yourself as a diet survivor, you’re in the process of making a transformation.  Rather than remaining in a damaging downward spiral, you can embark on a journey toward physical and psychological well-being. You’re reaching the conclusion that you cannot tolerate one more diet.  You’re saying “no” to deprivation and “no” to the overeating that inevitably follows.  You’re no longer willing to sacrifice your health and happiness to lose weight.  You’re tired of feeling depleted by your preoccupation with food and weight and of waiting for a number on the scale to give you permission to start living.

But saying no isn’t enough.  In order to make significant changes, you must

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Birthdays Used to be Tough!

I used to hate my birthdays. My dread of those days was not about getting older or about being single. (I like being single, but on birthdays I do wish I had someone who would make birthday plans for me.)

In years past, birthdays were the days when I felt I had to take my inventory. I’d wake up that morning and focus on what I had NOT accomplished that year. And, typically, that had to do with weight loss. Even if I had accomplished all sorts of wonderful things between birthdays, if I was still fat on the anniversary of my birth, in my mind, nothing else seemed to count. Could I…would I… eat a piece of birthday cake that day? Would I “break my diet”? Would leftover birthday cake, left on my kitchen counter, precipitate a binge that would last for days, weeks…until my next birthday?  Worrying about birthday cake and “feeling fat” on my birthday was like opening Pandora’s Box. I’d feel scared and fat. Then, I’d feel unlovable, different, isolated and alone, even if I was with friends. As I write this, I remember who painful that was.

Truth be told, in years past, I spent much of my life feeling unlovable, undeserving, and “fat” (looking back at pictures, I realize I felt “fat” whether I was actually fat or not). Even though I was emotionally aware enough to know that “fat” was not a feeling, the judgments I placed on being fat (helped along by societal vilification of being anything but thin), sure ruled my days!

When I celebrated my birthday this past Sunday, I was struck by how different I felt. This year, I made it a point to make plans with friends I adore. We went to an outdoor antiques fair; more like a flea market with a lot of old junk. It was great fun!  Amazingly, my friend Randy spotted something I had been looking for for years;  an old brass watch part I needed to fix a broken bracelet that I hadn’t been able to wear for ages. I love that bracelet! And I sold a Victorian garnet pin to a jeweler for what I thought was a fortune! Happy Birthday to me!

But what really made this birthday so different was where I placed my focus. This year my birthday was all about connection; genuinely feeling connected to others. Sounds funny to say, but that’s all about ME…and my DECISION to feel connected.  

Facebook also helped. While I’m not a big user, I love that Facebook lets people know when it’s your birthday. I got a real kick out of receiving birthday wishes from people who would not normally have known or remembered to send me happy birthday wishes. That was lovely! I took it all in and felt great about the fact that people from my past; close and distant relatives, colleagues, coaching clients, all took the time to say “Happy Birthday”. I felt every single wish this year!

I enjoyed a 2 hour phone call from my oldest friend, Frannie. We’ve been in each other’s lives since we were 10 months old. I got a quick call and an email from my BFF, Mary Beth. We met when we were rookie street reporters in Charlotte, NC. On Sunday, she was about to board a plane in California after attending her niece’s baby shower and found a minute to call me. Her daughter, Tara (whom I adore), had just called her Mom to remind her it was my birthday (she saw it on Facebook.) My stepbrother Warren and his wife called from Washington State to say “Happy Birthday”. Warren said they wanted me to know that they loved me. What a gift! At the end of the day, I was so struck by how I felt. Happy and content and loved!  

What was different this birthday? Well, I wasn’t doing a critical review of my year, my business successes or failures, or my bank balance…and I wasn’t judging a single thing by what I weigh. Instead, I was just taking everything in; I was feeling how good it felt to feel connected. What changed?  Me!  I’ve learned to love myself…body and all..and to actually “receive” from people who have been in my life loving me all along.  Today, I can hear and accurately feel how others feel about me; whether that’s positive, negative, or indifferent. I am mindful of and I appreciate what I give and what I get in my relationships; with friends, family, co-workers, and clients (I received the most beautiful hand made card from one of my clients this year. It made me cry. Thanks, M.S!). 

Not one single moment that made me happy on my birthday this year had anything to do with my size.

It was a simple and sweet birthday!  I am looking forward to creating many, many more just like it!

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Ellen Shuman is a Life Coach who specializes in empowering people who are working on emotional and binge eating recovery. She is the founder of A Weigh Out & Acoria Eating Disorder Treatment, Vice President of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA), and Co-Chair of the Academy for Eating Disorders Special Interest Group on “Health at Every Size”, ellen@aweighout.com

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