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Stopping the Diet Mentality

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I bet you didn’t know that May 6th was International No Diet Day. Well it was, and its a day dedicated to raising awareness regarding the dangers of dieting and to celebrate body acceptance and body shape diversity. Despite the entrenchment of the diet mentality in our culture, research demonstrates that diets don’t work. Ninety-eight

Resistant Starch: Are You Including this Superfood in your Eating Plan?

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When you think about "starch", what comes to mind?  Most likely, you think about foods like potatoes, breads, beans, rice and pasta and fruits like bananas and plantains. Perhaps you think about your shirts being laundered or that box of potato or corn starch you saw your grandmother take out of the cupboard to add to recipes. And

Ten Steps for Beating Food Addiction

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How many times have you vowed, on a Sunday night or Monday morning, to start the week clean and stop eating foods containing sugar or flour, stop eating fried foods or rich dairy products, or drinking alcohol, soda and other caffeinated or sugary beverages? Probably more times than you care to admit. So what happens to

Having Trouble Letting Go of Diet Mentality?

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Many clients I work with have been chronic, life-long dieters and even if they’re satisfied with their weight and not currently dieting, they have difficulty giving up the diet mentality.It makes sense--many of us were raised in a culture where we were encouraged to weigh and measure our food and our bodies and count calories,

The Diet Gurus–What do they agree on?

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There is always much debate surrounding the issue of diet and among the experts, there is still quite a bit of disagreement. Are starchy carbohydrates like potatoes and corn okay to eat or should we limit them? Should we follow high-protein or low-to-moderate protein eating plans? Is it wise to eat foods of animal origin like meat,

Gain Self-Care Skills, Lose the Weight

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It makes me crazy when I hear supposed weight loss experts preach that the road to weight loss begins and ends with calorie counting, daily weigh-ins and intense workout regimens. This kind of advice couldn't be farther from the truth and, in fact, it encourages us not to listen to the wisdom of our bodies. You were

Nip the urge to overeat during this holiday season

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It's challenging for most of us to stay on a healthy eating plan during this time of year.  It seems everywhere we go, someone is offering us something delectable.  At the office, the parties and even the malls, goodies abound.  Add to the easily available abundance of yummy foods the stress and busyness of the season and