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Disordered Eating

7 Tips To Help Kids Cope With Stress

Stress can spark disordered eating. While the relationship between the two is complex and varies by person, many people turn to food -- or away from food -- in times of stress. Controlling food intake becomes a way to cope.

In other words, "many people react to stress by under- or over-eating," according to Jamie Manwaring, PhD, a primary therapist at Eating Recovery Center’s Child and Adolescent Behavioral Hospital.

When stress strikes, kids may also seek comfort in bingeing or restricting how much they eat.

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Body Image

A Peek Into My Real Self-Care Routine

* I'm incredibly honored to be part of Mara and Tamarisk's blog hop, which features bloggers revealing what our self-care really looks like. Read the amazing and thought-provoking posts here. And be sure to check out Julie's post tomorrow since she's up next. 
I've had an interesting relationship with self-care. And by interesting I largely mean non-existent. Until I started writing Weightless, I'm not sure that I even knew of the words, let alone deeply understood them.

And, to be honest, I'm much better at recommending you take great care of yourself, then I am at practicing what I preach.

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Body Image

Coping With Failure Constructively

Even if our body image is in a good place, for some of us, the insecurities still linger. They simply morph.

So it's no longer fears over a bigger belly but concerns over the perfect prose. It's no longer wanting smaller thighs but worrying if you've said the wrong thing.

Either way, you end up in the same place: growing self-doubt, diminished self-confidence.

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Binge Eating

My Favorite Strategy To Stop Emotional Overeating

Our relationship with food is often complex, so it takes time to develop a healthy relationship with eating. But I'd like to share a strategy that's been really helpful to me throughout the years.

In college I used to turn to food when I was upset, bored, anxious or lonely. Which meant that I turned to food very, very often. (It also didn't help that I thought dieting was the answer to my woes, and I spent some days pretty hungry.)

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Body Image

What To Consider When Setting New Year’s Resolutions

Losing weight is a top resolution here in America, and no doubt, in many other countries, too. Maybe some of you are also considering it.

Resolutions are, of course, a personal choice.

But I encourage you to consider what healthy and truly nourishing habits you can cultivate instead. Consider intentions that focus on the journey, not the destination; that bring you joy, and aren't punishing; that expand your life, instead of restricting it.

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Body Image

Reducing Stress: Coping With What You Can & Can’t Control

Stress can lead us to skip self-care, bash our bodies and overeat. It can leave us feeling overwhelmed -- and out of control.

And that can seem like the worst feeling. Ever. You feel like you're barreling through life on a train with no track, about to collide with anything and everything in your path.

Fortunately, even in stressful situations where we think we have zero control, there's always something we can do. We can reach out for help. We can shift our perspective. And we can find a healthy way to cope.

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Disordered Eating

Fulfilling Our Needs Instead Of Eating Them: Part 2 With Christie Inge

One of the most powerful realizations I've had about our relationship with food is that many of us use food to fulfill a variety of needs.

I definitely used to. I ate when I was bored. When I was lonely. When I was excited. When I craved comfort. When I felt achingly disappointed.

When food clearly couldn't give me what I truly needed or yearned for.

In part two of my interview with Christie Inge, the creator of The Peaceful Eating Kit – The Tools You Need to End the War with Food, she talks eloquently about fulfilling our needs and truly, truly nourishing ourselves.

Also, don't forget that Christie is generously offering Weightless readers 25 percent off the The Peaceful Eating Kit. Just enter the word "weightless" for the discount code when you're checking out.
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Body Image

Speaking Shame To Heal Your Body Image And Eating Issues

One of the things that perpetuates eating issues and a battered body image is shame. That slithery, I'm-the-only-one-to-experience-this, there's-clearly-something-wrong-with-me feeling.

It's what our hungry inner critic latches onto, excited at the very idea of listing our many supposedly shameful offenses.

Sometimes we eat away this shame. Sometimes we criticize it away. Either way, it usually affects us negatively.

As Brene Brown points out in her excellent book I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't): Telling the Truth About Perfectionism, Inadequacy and Power, everyone experiences shame.

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How To Name & Explore Your Emotions

For those of us who have a habit of stuffing down our emotions, identifying our feelings can be tough. We might be afraid that if we open the door, we'll find a raging river and wild waves that'll swallow us whole.

But acknowledging our emotions (and what triggers them) isn't inherently a turbulent process. It's just how many of us have viewed the process for a long time.

Maybe our families dismissed our emotions. Maybe they just didn't talk about them. Or maybe we never learned a healthy way to express our emotions.

But the good thing about views is that we can revise them.

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