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Are you ready to shed your excess weight AND your struggle with food and eating without diets and deprivation? This podcast is for foodies who have tried just about every diet there is and are afraid they love food too much to lose weight. You'll learn how to eat the way naturally thin people do so you can enjoy the foods you love while losing your desire to overeat along with your excess weight. We focus on skills for ending emotional eating and learning how to eat mindfully and in tune wit ...
 
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As a weight coach, I see one of my roles as fighting our cultural stigma about body size. Sure I want to help people be at a weight where they’re comfortable, but weight stigma actually keeps you stuck. Worse, it is one of the last bastions of what many people still consider an acceptable prejudice. Too many people still think it’s okay to talk abo…
 
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been finding my level of stress and frustration is higher than usual. Notably higher. There’s COVID, which creates a constant undercurrent of stress. There’s a lot going on politically in the US that I find very upsetting and frustrating. And don’t we all have at least one personal relationship that we find difficul…
 
Who are some of the people you admire most? They can be people you know personally, or people in the public eye, like celebrities, thought leaders, or artists. Anyone. Now think about what you admire most about each one. How many of them did you say, “their body?” Although I admire many people, what their body looks like does not make it near the t…
 
You can’t hate yourself thin. To the contrary, if you want to succeed at losing weight and keeping it off, you must start with a positive body image and be compassionate towards yourself. Maybe you’re thinking, “how can I feel positively about this body? If I felt positively about it, I wouldn’t want to lose weight.” You can accept your body and fe…
 
Do you eat because of stress, to comfort yourself or avoid uncomfortable feelings? Eating for emotional reasons may be the single greatest cause of overeating and weight gain. It’s the reason why most dieters gain the weight back. Emotional eating is instant gratification. It’s a distraction from your pain. But at a high cost. In reality, emotional…
 
Do you eat in response to your body’s hunger signals? Or do you eat routinely when you aren’t hungry? Hmmm. Hunger. Have you checked in with yours lately? Here are some examples of eating when you aren’t hungry: You eat at set times without even thinking about whether you’re hungry, like having lunch every day at noon, regardless of hunger. You eat…
 
Are you merely consuming content about weight loss, or are you actually doing the work? “No great achievement is possible without persistent work.” Those words of Bertrand Russell are applicable to changing your eating habits, achieving food freedom and reaching your healthy weight. Sure, you can listen to a podcast episode once and hear me explain…
 
Do you have issues with food and eating that are rooted in a negative self-image? Do you hate the way you look? Is your ability to see all of your strengths and gifts is clouded by your focus on the things about yourself that you don’t like, or that you think are inadequate? This episode is for you if you focus more on what’s wrong with you than wh…
 
You’ve made a bunch of changes to your eating habits. You’re listening to your body, eating when you’re hungry, stopping when lightly full. Eating consciously without distractions. You’ve stuck with it for weeks or even a few months or years. You’ve lost weight, feel great, and discovered the liberating feeling of eating in tune with your body’s si…
 
How often do you choose to eat for a reason that has nothing whatsoever to do with whether your body is physically hungry? Maybe you want to eat because a certain food looks or smells good. Or because you’re worried about whether you can pay your bills. Or because you’re lonely, or are having difficulties with your spouse or partner. Maybe it’s to …
 
Your emotions are super important. Emotions are your body’s way of trying to get your attention. Were you taught to ignore them or squash them down? Did your parents expect you to not feel or hide your anger, frustration, boredom or whatever other uncomfortable feelings you had? Maybe you learned that expressing these emotions was wrong. When you i…
 
A report issued within the diet industry around 2002 stated, “In 2002, 231 million Europeans attempted some form of diet. Of these only 1 percent will achieve permanent weight loss.” If that isn’t proof that the diet industry is well aware that what it is selling doesn’t work, I don’t know what is. But here’s the real question I want to talk about …
 
Do you focus on what’s wrong with your body, rather than what’s right with it? Do you focus on what your body can’t do, rather than what it can and does do? Our bodies are truly awesome. They are incredibly intelligent. Our bodies receive and process millions of bits of sensory information every second--they process way more information than our br…
 
How many times have you heard this saying? “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Yet so many people have difficulty reaching their weight goals because they’re stuck in a repetitive pattern of doing the same thing that doesn’t work, over and over again. As the columnist Molly Ivins said, “The first …
 
Approximately 91 percent of women report that they are dissatisfied with their bodies. This body dissatisfaction starts early because half of teenage girls and a quarter of teenage boys report being dissatisfied with THEIR bodies. Pretty alarming and sad stats, huh? This is contagious. How we approach food, eating and our weight gets passed onto ou…
 
Do you have a voice inside your head that can be really negative at times? Does it diss you about all kinds of things? Tell you that you suck? You’re a failure? You can’t do whatever? We all have that voice to some degree, some of us a lot worse than others. We all experience it a little differently. Maybe your voice that tells you that you will ne…
 
Are you confused about how to tell what your body wants to eat when you’re hungry? Why eat when you’re hungry anyway? Your body’s hunger and fullness signals, which are controlled by your hormones, are there to tell you precisely how much food you need to be your healthy body weight. If you aren't hungry when you start eating, you won't know when t…
 
In Episode 111, we learned what causes resistance and how cultivating a growth mindset is a major approach to breaking through it. Today, in part 2 about resistance, we’re talking about how to investigate where your resistance comes from so that you can get to the bottom of what’s causing it, untangle it and get it out of the way! Yoga has a word f…
 
Have you been bored while sheltering in place? Are you eating more because you’re bored? Learning to manage and even eliminate boredom will help you feel better both mentally and physically. And will end boredom eating! Jon Kabat-Zinn said, “When you pay attention to boredom, it gets unbelievably interesting.” Although it’s no surprise that people …
 
Do you hate change, or do you easily go with the flow? Do you find yourself resisting implementing even small shifts in how you eat? Some of my clients are happy to make the changes I believe are necessary to have a healthy, peaceful relationship with food and eating, and others are resistant to changing what they’re doing. The problem is that when…
 
If you’ve been listening to this podcast for a while, you’ve heard me say many times that awareness is the ever-important first step in changing your relationship with food and eating, and losing the weight for good. In this episode, we look not only at the importance of awareness, but at all of five steps along the path of transforming your relati…
 
Have you been having surges of anxiety for the past few weeks? Are you having difficulty falling asleep or waking in the middle of the night? Or just feeling this low level buzz of stress?. Is your brain swirling with all kinds of thoughts of “what ifs” that you can’t answer? That is what fuels anxiety. It’s totally normal. Our brains are programme…
 
When I recently asked members of my Weight Loss for Foodies group what they considered their biggest challenge to permanently losing weight, most of them said that they eat for comfort. Think about the term “comfort eating.” Because it really is a misnomer. We all know what it means. You may have visions of bowls of gooey mac and cheese or pizza, o…
 
This is the second anniversary of the Weight Loss for Foodies podcast! I’ve had a blast doing it, and what really makes it worth it is the most amazing feedback I’ve gotten from you. Things like, “Thanks for all the great stuff you share on the podcasts. I’m already fitting into clothes I have not fit into for five or six years. I have lost 20 poun…
 
Do you often think that food controls you? Feel like you have no self-control? Like there’s some gremlin inside you screaming for food, and you’re helpless to do anything besides give in? There are six things that might be causing this. The good news is that they don’t include that you have no willpower or that you have a food addiction. Listen to …
 
Do you keep a journal of what you eat? Do you rebel at the idea of doing this? Why would anyone want to bother? One reason is that several studies have shown that people who keep a food diary are more likely to be successful at losing weight and keeping it off. Another study showed that people who kept daily food records lost twice as much weight a…
 
This week’s podcast is different from the usual format. It’s a guided mindful eating practice. There is no theme music. To do this guided practice, you will need to be hungry and have something available to eat. Make sure it is a food you enjoy. It can be a cookie, piece of fruit, piece of chocolate, a few nuts, raisins, or some popcorn. Something …
 
Many people find it difficult to eat without distractions. Despite proclaiming that they love food so much that they can't stop eating before they're stuffed, they don’t want to waste their time actually paying attention to what they’re eating. It’s interesting to think about. If you love the taste of something, why don’t you actually want to taste…
 
What’s your eating style? Not sure what I’m talking about? Although it seems like we try to categorize everything these days, it’s useful to know your eating styles. It can help you be more aware of how you relate to food so that you can make positive changes and become a liberated conscious eater. I explain what it means to be a liberated consciou…
 
Nowadays, we’re traveling more often, and not just when we take a summer vacation. We travel for business. We travel to visit friends and family who are scattered across the country and around the world. We travel for so many reasons. When you travel, how do you eat? Do you eat differently than you do at home? Do you eat like it may be your last me…
 
100 Episodes! Thank you so much for listening! If you’ve struggled with food, eating and your weight, you know that there’s so much more to transitioning from a dysfunctional relationship with food and eating to a peaceful, healthy relationship. I hope you have found the information here helpful in moving you in that direction. Since I started this…
 
Looking back, how old were you when your unhealthy relationship with food and eating began? My first ever podcast guest and Weight Loss for Foodies client, Leisa Hammett, believes her cravings for sugar and disordered eating began when she was a young child, long before she became concerned about her weight. When I say “disordered eating,” I mean a…
 
You may be surprised to hear this from a weight coach, but there are lots of things in life that are more important than losing weight. Lots of things that are more important than what your body looks like. Seriously. If you’re a woman who has grown up in Western culture, you’ve been bombarded with a lifetime of messages that being thin and looking…
 
Do you have an unhealthy relationship with food and eating? You do if you can answer “yes” to any of these questions: You spend a lot of time and energy thinking about what you should and shouldn’t eat. You have a lot of food rules and are very inflexible about what you’ll eat You forbid yourself from eating certain foods, but ultimately binge on o…
 
Are you always focusing on your goal weight? Aiming for a certain number of pounds you want to lose? Is your mood for the day affected by the number on the scale each morning? If so, how does that feel? Pretty miserable? That may be why you’re not having much success at unleashing that naturally thin person inside you yet. Because the more you focu…
 
Do you have difficulty knowing when you’re really hungry? What’s going on when you just ate dinner an hour ago, but feel the urge to eat? Are you really hungry when when you walk past a food vendor or restaurant and the smells make you want some? How about those ads on TV that get you thinking you want pizza? Maybe you think you’re hungry because i…
 
It’s almost that time of year when people start thinking about New Year’s resolutions. In 2019, about 48% of people who made New Year’s resolutions wanted to lose weight. The number who succeed? 3-5 %! Most people give up on their resolution after a month. You’re not going to resolve to go on a diet, are you? Because if you are, listen to this week…
 
Have you heard many people say they’re addicted to food? Or addicted to sugar? Chocolate? Various other foods? Have you thought you were, too? Maybe you’ve read that sugar is supposedly addictive because it lights up your brain’s reward center the same way that cocaine does. The truth is that there are all kinds of wonderful things that light up yo…
 
What’s the philosophy behind my approach to food, eating and weight? Why did I feel called to become a coach despite being very happy with my fascinating practice as an arbitrator and mediator? You already know that there are thousands of diets out there. And by diets I mean regimens consisting of temporary approaches to changing how much and what …
 
It doesn’t matter whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Diwali, Kwanzaa, the New Year or any of the many celebrations this time of year. You know there will be lots of food. ‘Tis the season for lots of food. Do you associate certain foods with this time of year? Maybe it’s the only time of year you eat potato latkes or roast…
 
What’s the difference between people who succeed at losing weight and keeping it off, and those who don’t? It isn’t giving up carbs or sugar. It isn’t fasting, cleanses or detoxes. It isn’t exercise. It isn’t willpower. It isn’t ANY diet. Most people who lose weight think they lack motivation. But that’s not it. What the unsuccessful people really …
 
Does that sound like a strange topic for a podcast? Am I going to teach you how to transform from Clark Kent into Superman? From Peter Parker into Spiderman? Not THAT kind of identity change. It’s about working with your subconscious mind to create your subconscious identity as a person who is naturally slim. You don’t have to wait until you lose w…
 
Do you ever think you want to end your battle with food and eating and your weight more than anything else in the world? But somehow you can’t stop yourself from overeating? Despite your best intentions, do you eat too much at dinner, then munch out in front of the TV all evening? Or decide that you’re only going to eat when you’re hungry, but when…
 
Do you associate eating with hunger? Or do you eat for all kinds of other reasons? The reason we feel hunger is because that is our body’s way of telling us it needs fuel. If we eat when we’re hungry and stop when lightly full, our body gets the amount of food it needs to be a healthy weight. When we do that, we can eat the foods we love without di…
 
I never anticipated doing a podcast on this topic. My focus as a coach is on teaching foodies : HOW to eat: in tune with your body’s hunger and fullness signals, consciously, savoring your food; and WHY you eat: when your body needs food, which is when you’re hungry, and not to avoid difficult emotions or dealing with our problems I don’t tell you …
 
Do you ever think or say to others, “That’s just the way I am”? Do you believe that you can’t change certain things about yourself or your life, even though it is holding you back? Do you believe that certain characteristics or habits are just part of your personality, and that you have no ability to change? Are you afraid to try something new beca…
 
Have you ever thought about the tiny number of things over which we have actual control? There are so many things in life that go on regardless of us “doing” anything to make them happen. Trees get leaves and plants grow. It rains. The leaves fall off. The earth turns on its axis. Our bodies do amazing things every minute of every day without us ha…
 
Have you chosen to “sit out” doing the things you want to do until you’ve lost weight? Skipped a big event or a day at the beach because you don’t look the way you think you should? Why? What do you think will be different when you reach your weight goal? When I ask my clients these questions, they say things like: I’ll be happier. I’ll be able to …
 
Are you spending so much time working in your job that it interferes with your ability to take proper care of yourself? Do you mindlessly gobble down lunch at your desk? Does regular exercise fall to the bottom of your “to do” list because it can’t compete with your overbooked work schedule? I get it. I’ve practiced law, a profession famous for ove…
 
Do you feel stressed out often? Although we hear a lot about stress in the media, many people overlook the effect that it has, not only on their overall health, but on their weight, too. Stress management is as important a part of becoming healthy and dropping those extra pounds as changing your eating habits is. Maybe you’re thinking, whaaaat? How…
 
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