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Anti-Dieting Coming of Age

Anti-Dieting in New York Times

Anti-Dieting Article in New York Times

Have you read this past Sunday’s article in the New York Times Magazine Section about dieting, Losing It in the Anti-Dieting Age ?

Writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner beautifully and honestly captures the angst and futility felt by so many of us who have held out for happiness in the form of weight loss.

So familiar is her experience of sitting in a Weight Watcher’s lecture and witnessing the congratulations when someone had “a good week”…like they’d won a Nobel Prize or something. All sorts of wonderful things were now possible for someone who made goal weight and could now be a lifetime member. Really?

I can only hope that this article is the first of many to come that challenges our cultural obsession with dieting and weight loss.

Please let us know what you think…

 

 

Love Has No Labels

Love Has No Labels. OK, this one made me cry!

 

How about you?

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day! We know the role has its unique challenges these days 🙂 !

Happy Mother's Day

Weight and Health Myths

Myths about Weight and healthI’m always looking for new ways to bust the many myths about weight and health that are so regularly and erroneously repeated in our world. That’s why I’m so excited to share Dr. Linda Bacon’s new 4-part video series that busts weight and health myths, explains why diets don’t work, how the war on obesity, stigmatizing larger bodies, is harmful vs helpful, and what we can all do differently to improve health.

Below is her video on myths about weight and health. For others in the series, visit Linda’s website.

To listen to interviews I’ve done with Linda about her books, Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight, and Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, and Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight, by Linda Bacon & Lucy Aphramor, check out my TeleSeminar page.  (FYI, you can listen to all 40+ Seminars with Membership–Free for 21 days).

 

 

Love in the 21st Century

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!!!

Valentine's Day

Do You Waste Time Feeling Criticized!

How much of our time, talent, and gifts have we each wasted feeling criticized about our body shape, or size, or configuration…or even just worrying that others might possibly criticize us?

How much time would you say you waste each week feeling criticized?

Have you spent time desperately wishing we could look different; thinner, taller, longer legs, bigger or smaller breasts, straighter nose, older, younger, less hairy…you name a body part and we can be unhappy about it.

That’s why I loved this video and its message!

“The world needs more women who are willing to rock their bodies exactly the way God made them. Be that person…”  ~ Rachel Farnsworth

Listen as Rachel Farnsworth, the Stay at Home Chef and food blogger, responds to critical comments posted on her YouTube Channel.

Done feeling criticized for the body you have? Then, BE THAT PERSON!

What do you think? What, if anything, keeps you from embracing the body you have?

Embrace; A New Documentary About Body Diversity

I’m hearing really good things about this new documentary, EMBRACE. Have you seen it? God knows we need more opportunities to spark discussion about body image; embracing body diversity !

In her own words, here’s what creator Taryn Brumfitt says about her film.

“EMBRACE is a social impact documentary that explores the issue of body image. The project has been supported by nearly 9000 Kickstarter pledgers who responded to a fundraising trailer I released in 2014, which has now had over 25 million internet views.

The inspiration for EMBRACE came about after I posted an unconventional before-and-after image on the internet in 2013 that sparked an international media frenzy. The image, which embraces body diversity, was seen by over 100 million people worldwide and led to hundreds of interviews and articles. But I soon realized how restrictive 4-minute TV interviews, 800 word articles and 140 characters on Twitter can be. This issue needed a louder voice on a bigger platform, so the idea of creating the documentary EMBRACE was born.” – Embrace Director Taryn Brumfitt

 

To find out where to see the documentary, or how to host a screening, click here.

I Eat as a Reward; My Brain Tells Me I Have To…

Brownies I eat as a reward“I eat to zone out. I eat for the pleasure it gives. I eat as a reward for working so hard.”

Sound familiar? That’s what one of our newest Members just wrote about in our Support Circle. I so understand. I used to eat for the same reasons!

I used to think I lacked “willpower”. But how could I be so hyper vigilant in other areas of my life and still fail at every single attempt to fix my emotional eating? I ended up thinking I must be self sabotaging. Why else would I keep doing this; eat as a reward, eat to disconnect, eat to self-soothe…and hate myself for continuing to do so?

Something just didn’t feel right. Something was missing from my understanding of this!

No one yet knew what neuroscience was about to tell us. The brain held the secrets to why I felt out-of-control with food.

My life experiences, to date, had programmed my brain to FEEL I had no choice BUT to turn to food when the emotional intensity went up. Some situation, or exchange, or time of day would trigger me, often out of my conscious awareness, and I’d get this automatic FIGHT – FLIGHT – FREEZE feeling. The EMOTIONAL – ACTION SYSTEM that resides in my BOTTOM – PRIMITIVE BRAIN suddenly was telling me I had absolutely NO CHOICE BUT TO EAT and I believed it.

Over the years, the bottom part of my brain had become programmed; those programmed, well-traveled neural pathways in my bottom brain told me “I MUST EAT NOW or I WON’T SURVIVE”. My bottom brain was running the show. But it doesn’t have to…

Today, I know how to stop those old programs from running my life. I know… and more importantly no longer FEEL I have to turn to food to survive the uncomfortable moments of my life. I don’t have to eat as a reward. I have learned how to stop those false feelings. I have learned how to step back and get my TOP BRAIN – EXECUTIVE FUNCTION – PREFRONTAL CORTEX to run the show.

I am no longer driven by bottom brain, by that fight- flight- freeze feeling.

Now that we know how to change brain programming; how to make new neural pathways in the brain (that’s called neuroplasticity), we understand how to use our brains to reduce the habit of emotional eating…it’s very exciting!

Our brains are amazing…I’ll be talking more and more about this in future posts…

Want to learn more?  Join me for one of my live Sunday classes…

 

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I am Ellen Shuman, a pioneer in the field of binge eating disorder treatment; a brain-based coach who specializes in helping people overcome binge eating, binge eating disorder, emotional eating, compulsive eating, and food addiction. I am the founder of A Weigh Out  Life Coaching & Members’ Circle, Acoria Binge Eating Disorder Treatment (1993-present). I was also a founding board member and a Past President of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (2011/2012), Contact me, ellen@aweighout.com, 513-321-4242.

Love Food But Had It with Being an Emotional Eater?

Love Food PodcastWho doesn’t love food?  But have you ever had food talk or write back to you?

That’s the premise behind Julie Duffy Dillon’s Podcast, “Love, Food” ! A mutual colleague recently introduced me to Julie. It’s so exciting when you find someone else who truly “gets it”! That’s why I said yes, immediately, when Julie asked me to respond to one of her listener’s letters.

This listener, like so many of us, has had a long history of struggling with binge eating and emotional eating. Sure, most people enjoy eating and love food but, as any compulsive overeater knows, this problem goes way beyond what we do when we merely love food.

If you’d like to listen to the full recording of Julie’s and my advice to this person, CLICK HERE. Once on the page, scroll down past the Key Points and Show Notes and you’ll see the audio player.

I’m also pleased to announce that Julie will be my guest in the A Weigh Out Members’ Circle. A brand new TeleSeminar with Julie and I will be posted on December 15th, 2016, on my TeleSeminar Page . Wearing her hat as a “Food Peace Promoter”, Julie will help us define, “What is Normal Eating?”, and we’ll touch on many topics relatable to anyone who struggles with emotional overeating, including some great new information about managing PCOS and Binge Eating.

After listening, let us know if you have any other questions! Julie has agreed to do more with us…so, stay tuned. Much more to come…

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I am Ellen Shuman, a pioneer in the field of binge eating disorder treatment; a Coach who specializes in helping people overcome binge eating, binge eating disorder, emotional eating, compulsive eating, and food addiction. I am the founder of A Weigh Out  Life Coaching & Members’ Circle, Acoria Binge Eating Disorder Treatment (1993-present). I was also a founding board member and a Past President of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (2011/2012), and Co-Founder of the Academy for Eating Disorders Special Interest Group on “Health at Every Size”, ellen@aweighout.com, 513-321-4242.

Happy Halloween Laughs

I love Halloween and I love dogs! Put the two together and I’m giddy. So forgive the deviation from topic but this just made me smile from ear to ear. Oh, what our dogs tolerate!

Happy Halloween everyone!

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