Lesson from back to school night: changing your habits is uncomfortable

Last night was back-to-school night at my youngest son’s high school. I was struck by what one of the chemistry instructors said. She said that a lot of what the kids were learning was new and that could be  “uncomfortable” She was using that feeling to describe what it’s like having to change your brain to learn new things. There…

Sorry…no amount of alcohol is safe (and what to do with this info)

A recent study published in The Lancet (one of the most prestigious medical journals in the world) concluded that any small benefit of alcohol consumption is far outweighed by the potential harms including cancer (other risks include heart disease, diabetes, cirrhosis, TB, infections, not to mention alcohol poisoning and accidents).  The guideline published by the Chief Medical Officer of the…

My top 10 reasons to avoid protein shakes for weight loss

#10 They don’t really help with sustainable weight loss. Sure, if you reduce calories you might lose weight BUT what happens when you re-introduce food again? #9 Many of the claims (e.g. this product will magically help you lose weight or build muscle) are extremely misleading and often times completely unproven. #8 They typically contain sweeteners which can cause blood…

Stop judging the *&@# out of yourself

Are you not where you want to be in life, with your weight, with your relationships etc.? What are you doing about it? If you are like most people, you are sitting around comparing yourself to others or to your own expectations of yourself i.e. judging the HOLY CRAP out yourself. Sorry but you can’t turn off your inner judge…

Did you gain weight on your summer vacation? Don’t panic!

I recently returned from my summer vacation and, even though I was fairly careful with my food I had gained a few pounds. There was a glass of wine here, some cashews there, a bite of someone else’s pasta (my body loves to turn that pasta right into pounds). In the past I would have gone into FULL PANIC MODE.…

Afraid of gaining weight on vacation? Don’t be

Many of my clients tell me “I’m terrified of gaining weight on vacation.” They say every time they go on vacation, they gain weight and always regret it. Is this you? Do you worry ahead of time about vacation weight gain only to have your fears come true? Some of the beliefs that go into overindulging on vacation… We think…

You are SO AMAZING at finding your flaws

One thing many of us have in common if we are overweight or not at our ideal personal weight is that we JUDGE THE CRAP out of ourselves every day, all day. I once counted how many times during the day I thought about my body and my appearance – noticing its flaws and deficits. It was so many times…

Yes, you can eat treats and still lose weight

You are going to be at a party or on vacation, at restaurant or at the movies and you are going to want a treat that is not on your diet plan – chocolate, popcorn, soda, candy, alcohol, cake, pizza, pasta, chips etc. Instead of the painful “should I / shouldn’t I” debate do this instead: Decide ahead of time…

Want to lose weight? Focus on ADDING not subtracting

So much of our inability to maintain weight loss is because we follow a diet plan for a few weeks, months or even longer but then start to feel deprived and restricted. The feelings of deprivation and restriction are just that –  FEELINGS that we ourselves create with our beliefs and thoughts. But, I want to share with you a…

Shame and Guilt don’t help with weight loss

Shame and guilt: why do we feel them? I believe we experience shame and guilt when are JUDGING ourselves –  making a value based observation of ourselves (like our behavior, our appearance and so on). Most of us feel badly about ourselves if we hurt other people. However, many of us feel shame and guilt about our bodies and by extension…