Freedom to Feast

Growing up, food was always an anchor to my memories – each holiday had its special treats; each vacation spot had its special food shop or special restaurant with that special dish. Holiday parties and family gatherings were an education that I didn’t really need, but I took it in like it was gospel. I…

Buffet Bliss

Do you get stressed out and overwhelmed eating at a buffet? With holiday and travel season approaching, many of us end up eating at buffet style restaurants and pot-luck dinners this time of year. Instead of feeling that buffet burden, I want to share my strategy for buffet bliss! I’ve been eating at buffets twice…

Why I DON’T Do Affirmations

Based on of the idea that you can ‘fake it till you make it’, affirmations are supposed to be powerful and life changing. But is it really all that simple? Celebrity Psychologist Sherry Gaba preaches, “As you repeat your positive affirmations, you will begin to believe the words. You will face outside stress with newfound…

An Open Letter to All Health Professionals

We all have our biases. That’s part of being human. But as a health care professional, we need to be held to a higher standard and we need to check our personal biases at the door. Far too many doctors, both in the traditional medical system and the integrative system, treat patients with obesity with…

Eating is Boring

If I asked you how many times this week you ate without any distractions, what would you say? How many of those meals weren’t interrupted by cell phones, TV shows, work emails or driving the kids to soccer practice? Our busy lives have made us change our eating habits, and not for the better. So,…