A comprehensive guide to the different types of talking therapy available, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Counselling, Psycho-dynamic counselling and Psychotherapy. I also include links to therapist directories and a guide to choosing the right mental health professional for you.
Fitness trackers and food journals are still big business. Nowadays it seems everyone is wearing one and there hundreds of different types and brands too choose from. But is tracking fitness and writing down every bite, for everyone? Here are the pros and cons of tracking your food and fitness:
Intentional weight loss is often a real struggle for women with PCOS and more often than not leads to feelings of frustration, guilt, shame and desperation, especially where fertility becomes a concern. It’s understandable that many women in this position will turn to drastic diets and risk developing disordered eating, poor body image and eating disorders as a result. These resources discuss how intuitive eating can work with PCOS.
Gaining weight is very normal for anyone who begins practising intuitive eating after a period of restrictive eating (whether through dieting or restrictive eating disorders). Here are my tips for how to address and cope with your fears around this initial weight gain, in order to avoid falling into the temptation of dieting or disordered eating behaviours.
Struggle with disordered eating? Here’s who to turn to first for professional help and a crash course guide to ‘who’s who’ in the health professions, including the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist, or a counsellor and a psychologist, and what the heck a health coach is.
In this article I cover what is meant by ‘Binge Eating Disorder’, how it is diagnosed, the definition of a ‘binge’, the difference between binge eating disorder and Bulimia and the health issues associated with BED.
Taking some time to figure out which eating style you fall into can help bring awareness to any patterns of disordered eating you may have, and highlight the particular challenges you need to tackle on your own recovery journey.
The Pros & Cons of Recovery exercise is a great exercise to work through for when you're beginning to recover from disordered eating and dieting. be sure to download the FREE WORKSHEET to use with the video (no opt-in required).
Many of us have managed to lose weight at some point in our lives, But how many of us have managed to keep this same weight off for 5 years or more? In this post, I'm going to be summarising some of the most commonly cited biological explanations.
Short answer: no, it promotes radical self-acceptance over self-loathing. It promotes a kinder society over a culture rife with appearance-based bullying and body shaming and it promotes physical and psychological recovery from dieting and disordered eating. Here's why:
I struggled to give up magazines when I wanted to rid my life of all body shaming, diet culture nonsense. I needed replacement magazines to fill the void with and happily stumbled across a whole genre of magazines for self-care and mindfulness...
[Includes video and workbook] Here's how you can improve your health, without focusing on weight loss. I also explain why not all weight loss is a 'good' thing, or likewise: why not all weight gain is 'bad'.
Intuitive Eating is much needed a breath of fresh air from diet culture. It's about listening to your body's cues for hunger, fullness, satiety, taste and emotional needs - i.e. your instincts, instead of external 'food rules' and giving yourself unconditional permission to eat.
Women aren't struggling to get back on track because of time or motivation. They're struggling because someone (society) told them there was a track in the first place. And the biggest problem with 'track' suggested by society is that it only has one destination: weight loss.
[Includes video and free workbook] Emotional eating is NOT an eating problem. It's a coping mechanism for difficult emotions and therefore cannot be treated by dieting or restricting foods. To overcome emotional eating you must learn how to manage your emotions, here's how.
[Includes video and free workbook] The ability to pick up on your body's signals and translate them is referred to as 'Body Awareness'. Here's how to develop the skill of listening to what your body is trying to tell you and knowing how to act on it.
[Includes video and free workbook] you don't have to 'love' your body, but you do need to reach a point of accepting your body, in order to make peace with food and free yourself from dieting and worrying about weight.