The holiday season can wreak havoc on our health, not just physically but mentally too. Our desire to please others is innately human and tends to be heightened at this time of year. This isn’t a bad thing when we are mindful of what’s driving our actions, but for some, the need to satiate that feeling can cause us to overburden ourselves us. When more is being demanded of us than usual, it’s important to recognize whether the pressures you’re feeling are internal or real. Should you “lean in” to them or can you respectfully decline a social invite and honor your need for space?
We’re having a friendsgiving celebration and I just finished up baking some donuts for the occasion – the donut addiction is real people! Somehow I managed to get through the entire process and only eat one mini donut – I recognize all my accomplishments in life, big and small! Anyway, it got me thinking about how stressful the holidays can be with so many social functions to attend & trying to be healthy and what is being healthy all about anyway?
I’m sure most of us have experienced what it’s like to feel overly full. After all, eating a little too much every once in a while is completely normal and pretty easy to do, whether it was during a holiday, family gathering, or a simple meal out. Compulsive overeating, on the other hand, is not the same thing and is considered a disorder. So what are the signs and symptoms of compulsive overeating and what can we do to overcome it?
Have you ever felt like a failure? Have you ever looked in the mirror and called yourself ugly or fat? Or maybe you look at your life and feel unaccomplished, thinking that this wasn’t where you saw yourself in your thirties or forties. You expected financial stability, several kids, love and laughter non-stop with your partner-in-crime. But the reality of life isn’t quite as beautiful as the image you’d painted in your mind’s eye.
Many of us struggle with our relationship with the scale. If you’re anything like me, then at some point in your life you’ve used the scale as a sole measure of how you should feel about your body. You’re happy when the number goes down and downright depressed when it stays the same, or worse goes up!
A few years ago, my mindset caused me to feel very stressed out and overwhelmed. I saw other people moving forwards in their lives, making positive changes with ease and seemingly enjoying a successful existence in all aspects of their lives. During this time I was in a place where I was very confused with school, working all the time, staying out late with friends, working out maybe only once or twice a week and not taking care of my diet – it’s funny because at the time I thought I was being pretty healthy!
Having courage is one of the most important qualities you need to develop if you want to instigate change to a more purposeful and passionate life. Courage is what helps you to develop and strengthen your willpower. Courage is what unlocks your power and leads you to a life where you’re fulfilling your highest potential. Sounds heavy right?! Well good, it’s supposed to! We’re trying instigate transformative change so you better expect shit to get real!
Emotional eating is often characterized as a behavior performed by lonely housewives or singletons in search of a source of comfort or companionship from their pint of Ben & Jerry’s. But emotional eating can happen when people are feeling happy, stressed, bored, angry or any other kind of emotion too.
In this week’s episode we answer questions about intuitive eating.
Here is the original question sent to us from Abby.
Jerry’s transformation is particularly special to me because we have known each other for over 20 years now. We met freshmen year of college playing Rugby together and then pledged the same fraternity, Tau Kappa Epsilon. We were great friends sharing a bond over partying hard, watching wrestling, and hitting the weight room. For me, the partying ended upon graduation in 2000, but for Jerry it kept going. Ultimately in 2017 he checked into rehab (not his first time) for the last time. When I saw him at our seminar he could barely walk up a flight of stairs. Recently he trained for and finished a 5k run! This is Jerry’s story of how he lost 100 lbs. with Own Your Eating.