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Cause of Diabetes; A Doctor Apologizes

An ER doctor’s own life experience leads him to step back and re-evaluate his behavior and how he treated patients with diabetes. Here is Dr. Peter Attia’s very candid, moving,  and enlightening TED Talk regarding a new look at the cause of diabetes.

Let us know what you think?

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Ellen Shuman is 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. She is the founder of A Weigh Out  Life Coaching & Members’ Circle, Acoria Binge Eating Disorder Treatment (1993-present). She is 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.

Weight Bias in the Doctor’s Office

Weight Bias in the Doctor's OfficeAttention All Health Professionals and Consumers; Do You See Weight Bias in the Doctor’s Office?

Intentionally (or unintentionally), is your doctor’s office sending the message to higher weight people that they are not welcome; that there’s weight bias in the doctor’s office?

Since December, I have had this pain in the left side of my back that’s radiating down my left arm. Numerous tests and thousands of dollars later, heart and lung issues have been ruled out. Good to know, I’m remarkably healthy, except for this nagging pain. Advised that there might be something muscular-skeletal going on, last month I started seeing a Chiropractor, Dr. Maureen Boylan, DC.

Always wearing my “Health at Every Size” advocate’s hat, I pay close attention to my first impression of a doctor’s office, starting with the waiting room experience. On new patient intake forms, when asked to list “Occupation”, I write “Health at Every Size, Emotional Eating Coach”, with the hope that the doc will ask me to say more. Even if not asked directly, I do my best to engage the doctor in a brief conversation about “health at every size”. To be frank, I am typically disappointed in their lack of interest and/or lack of time to discuss anything but the health issue that brought me to their office.

But this time it was different! Dr. Boylan jumped at the opportunity to learn everything I was willing to share about how to best approach and care for her patients of higher weights. She actually asked for feedback about her office and about what words are best to use with people of size.

Proof of No Weight Bias in Doctor's Office- See Bariatric Arm ChairFirst thing I shared was what I observed in her waiting room; no chairs that would fit a large person. Within a week, she had a new chair in her waiting room, just like the one pictured here. (If interested, search online for Bariatric Chairs.)

I emailed her all sorts of reading material. She asked for more and suggested we schedule “tea” or a walk, to discuss, in more detail, so the conversation would not interfere with the appointment time allotted for my health care. She’s like a sponge..and has already referred patients to me for Coaching.

I wish more health care professionals would take just a minute or two to imagine their office experience through the eyes of their plus-size patients, and consider the following:

• Do your waiting room and exam rooms have even one chair that would be comfortable for a person in a larger body?

• Does your office staff automatically weigh-in every patient, on a scale in a public hallway, even if the person is coming in for an issue totally unrelated to weight, i.e., a wart removal?

• How do nurses respond when a patient says “no thank you” to being weighed? What’s the office culture? As a staff, has weight bias ever been addressed, through continuing education, sensitivity training, an opportunity to discuss their own biases on how their feelings about higher weight people might be impacting patient care?

• Do you stock gowns that fit heavier patients or are these people left feeling exposed and shamed?

• Do you have medical equipment that fits larger bodies, i.e. a blood pressure cuff that fits a large arm?

Anyone can become a “health at every size” advocate. Whether you are a health care professional or a health care consumer, get the conversation started.

I so look forward to the day when ALL health professionals and patients, alike, are speaking about health and well-being, for EVERY BODY!

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Ellen Shuman is 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. She is the founder of A Weigh Out  Life Coaching & Members’ Circle, Acoria Binge Eating Disorder Treatment (1993-present). She is 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.

Employee Wellness–Incentives?

Employee Wellness

Body Language Can Change How You Feel in Your Body

Several decades ago, I participated in a therapy group for eating disorders.  The esteemed psychologist running the group, Ann Kearney-Cooke, asked us to do an experiment I’ll never forget.

First, she asked us each to try to take up as much space in the room with our bodies as we possible could…and then to take note of how that felt. Next, she asked us to do the exact opposite; take up as little space in the room as possible.

At the time, I found trying to make my body as open and big as possible very scary…and quite enlightening. I hated it! I felt conspicuous, full of shame, terribly vulnerable, like I did not deserve to take up that much space in the world. As  remember that exercise, the experience left me questioning whether I felt I deserved to take up any space at all.

In part two of the exercise, when I switched to trying to feel small, as small as I could, I looked for a corner and when I couldn’t find a corner, I found a wall I could lean against. I sucked in my guy, hunched my shoulders, crossed my arms over my chest, tightly, aware that that impacted how well I could breathe. I crossed my legs and pulled in my backside and thighs, as much as I possibly could.  I immediately felt safer like this. This posture felt more familiar to me. Suddenly, I was aware that that was how I had been living my life…trying to be as small and inconspicuous a possible; a tough thing to do when you live in  a large body.

Yet, when I thought about it, I knew many people both bigger than I and much smaller than I, who were bigger than life. These people were leaders, knew how to command a room and respect everywhere they went.  It was their body language, not how much space they occupied in the room, that made the difference.

That therapy group experience came to mind last week when one of my coaching clients sent me a link to this  TED Talk, by Harvard Business School social psychologist Amy Cuddy’s research on body language. Cuddy reveals that we can change other people’s perceptions — and even our own body chemistry — simply by changing body positions.  I thought this might be of great interest to anyone who still believes it their body shape or their weight that’s holding them back from being everything they’re capable of being; doing everything they’re meant to do in this world.

Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

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Ellen Shuman is 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. She is the founder of A Weigh Out  Life Coaching & Members’ Circle, Acoria Binge Eating Disorder Treatment (1993-present). She is 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.

Dieting Religion

Dieting as religion

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Ellen Shuman is 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. She is the founder of A Weigh Out  Life Coaching & Members’ Circle, Acoria Binge Eating Disorder Treatment (1993-present). She is 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.

Overcoming Binge Eating Creates Time to “Deliver”

Overcoming binge eating leaves time to deliver

Time to Deliver

“I did everything I intended to do :-) !

That’s what was written on a coaching client’s session prep sheet this past Wednesday. The previous Wednesday, my client had set very clear intentions and followed through on them all, including no binge eating this past week.

Overcoming binge eating, her accomplishment, didn’t happen overnight. My client, who is a physician, a wife and mother, is working through some tough old habits. She expected to feel relieved as her decades-old focus on food and weight lessened, but she shared that some of the other benefits she’s experiencing are a real surprise.

“I don’t know if it’s because I am truly less busy, if I have more time because I’m not bingeing, or if I’m just calmer in general, but I do seem to have so much more time right now. I have so enjoyed watching Netflix and reading a lot, but I think it’s time to review my ‘Want/Don’t Want List’ and see if it’s time to add something new. Increase my time commitment to volunteering? Go on a mission trip? Write a book? Learn real estate? I just feel like something else is ‘out there’ for me.”

During our session on Wednesday, she told me she had already planned to experience something new. She always thought it would be great fun to be the person who gets to deliver flowers to people on Valentine’s Day, see their faces when the flowers arrived. My client has a close friend who owns a small flower shop and is often scrambling to make all of her deliveries. So, my client called another friend. Together, they volunteered their day this past Friday (Valentine’s Day) to help out their friend with the flower shop on her busiest day of the year. The shop owner was thrilled!  My client was so excited!

When I tell people that recovery, overcoming binge eating, is all about opportunity to create, “deliver”, the life they say they want, this is what I had in mind! I can’t wait to hear how the day went!

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Ellen Shuman is an experienced Coach who specializes in helping people overcome emotional eating, compulsive eating, binge eating disorder, and food addiction. She is the founder of A Weigh Out & Acoria Binge Eating Disorder Treatment (1993-present), 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.

Why Diets Don’t Work

We’ve heard it before…why diets don’t work. But it’s empowering to hear someone explain the latest neuroscience behind WHY diets don’t work!

In her TED Talk, neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt uses her own lifelong challenges with body image and dieting to explain how our brains manage our bodies; she shares the actual science behind why diets don’t work…and why dieting is likely to cause more harm than good. And she suggests what to do instead.

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Ellen Shuman is an experienced Coach who specializes in helping people overcome emotional eating, compulsive eating, binge eating disorder, and food addiction. She is the founder of A Weigh Out & Acoria Binge Eating Disorder Treatment (1993-present), 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.

Health Risks, Eggs and Cholesterol — All They’re Cracked Up to Be?

Health Risks, Eggs and Cholesterol

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Ellen Shuman is an experienced Coach who specializes in helping people overcome emotional eating, compulsive eating, binge eating disorder, and food addiction. She is the founder of A Weigh Out & Acoria Binge Eating Disorder Treatment (1993-present), 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.

I Want to Lose Weight

I want to lose weight This is “Healthy Weight Week”!  Now sponsored by Green Mountain at Fox Run, “Healthy Weight Week is an educational event to help change public perception that weight determines health and that dieting is a viable health solution.”

Oh, if I had a dollar for every time in my life I’ve said, “ I want to lose weight. If I could just lose this weight, I’d be happy ”. Add another 50 cents for every time I felt pressured (Mom, you know who you are) and was told I “should” want to lose weight, I’d be rich!

We’re all bombarded with the messages daily; some overt, some covert….thin equals pretty. Diet commercials encourage me to “Say hello to my new beginning”. Why? Because my current life isn’t worth living if I happen to live at a higher weight than a Victoria’s Secret model? I’m to emulate some now bikini-worthy celebrity who was paid a million plus dollars to live on meal replacements? Or I’m to substitute Special K Cereal products for two of three meals a day, so I can “lose up to 6 lbs. in two weeks”?

A weight loss segment on Good Morning America ends with the two seemingly intelligent women anchors spontaneously saying, in unison, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”. Then, they high five each other and laugh, as if they have just chanted their battle cry, and they’re winning. My hair salon was promoting its hair products and these words were on the cover of the brochure, “Get the Skinny”. We’re talking hair products here! Really? No wonder we feel badly about ourselves. We’re told even our hair is too fat!

Alleged weight loss “experts” on the Biggest Loser (even our family physicians) say, “If you want to lose weight, try behavior modification”. But think about it. Weight is not a BEHAVIOR. What you weigh today is not a “behavior” to be modified. Not sure that’s so? Just talk to people who have tried to “modify weight”, who have spent a fair (sad) portion of their lives focused on their weight, and they’ll tell you they weigh more today than they did the day they accepted dieted as a religion or as a required and acceptable way to live.

So, if you’re ready to,

1) let go of dieting as your way to feel “in control”
2) reject the pursuit of weight loss as a national past time and moral imperative
3) stop believing that weight loss is THE route to health and happiness and, instead, begin to explore new ways to make a life that brings you your best health, energy, and joy…

what do you do next?

My recommendation…embrace SELF-CARE! Focus on healthy behavior, not on weight and weight bias. Develop new healthy habits you’re willing to practice, a step at a time, that will improve your emotional, physical, nutritional, social, and spiritual health…no matter what you happen to weight on any given day.

Begin to feel more at home in and be more loving to your body. Maybe start with gratitude. Notice the many pleasures your body provides; taste, sight, hearing, pleasure of touch, and smell. Your body takes you through each and every day and allows you to experience it all! It provides the pleasure of taking a walk with a friend, watching movies, dancing, making love, enjoying great music, eating great food. Gratitude and self-care can go a long way when it comes to feeling at home in your body.

“Feeling at home in your body,” also means taking ownership and responsibility for your body.Treat it well. Give it great fuel. Take it in for repair, when needed. (Would you treat your car any less well?) Please accept your body as it is now, with weight wherever it happens to be today, along with all of your aches and pains, and challenges. Its the only body you’ll ever have!

Think about it. If you respect your body vs. loathing it, will you be more willing to take good care of it? Will you be much more likely to make healthier choices if your focus is on being as healthy as possible, rather than on being as thin as possible? (Very little I did in my attempts to get thin would be considered healthy, by anyone’s standards.)

Here’s to self-care and to your best health possible! As you take wonderful care of your body, your body will do exactly what it’s naturally meant to do when you treat it well…

Note…my area of specialty is recovery from emotional and binge eating. If you need support in that arena, please join me for one of my free phone seminars or consider exploring our Members’ Circle, at no cost , join us for three weeks FREE.

 

Top Healthy Weight Blogger-A Weigh Out      A Weigh Out and I have been named among the Top Healthy Weight Bloggers of 2014! Click here for Green Mountain at Fox Run’s complete list. I’m very pleased to be so honored!

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Ellen Shuman is an experienced Coach who specializes in helping people overcome emotional eating, compulsive eating, binge eating disorder, and food addiction. She is the founder of A Weigh Out & Acoria Binge Eating Disorder Treatment (1993-present), 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.

Do Women Teach Women to “Shrink”; Are You Using Your Voice?

Growing up…even today…what messages did/do you get from the women in your life…about using your voice, about your body, about your place in this world?

What messages do you communicate to the women around you?

From one young woman, Lily Myers…wow!

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Ellen Shuman is an experienced Coach who specializes in helping people overcome emotional eating, compulsive eating, binge eating disorder, and food addiction. She is the founder of A Weigh Out & Acoria Binge Eating Disorder Treatment (1993-present), 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.

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