Can We Get Real About Booze?

Full disclosure: I don’t drink anymore. More than 6 years ago, on my 33rd birthday, I drank my last glass of wine. It wasn’t particularly memorable except for the fact that it marked what I sometimes think of as the beginning of my new life. More on that later. For many years before that last […]

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An anti-resolution for 2014

January can be a virtual minefield for those of us trying to have a healthy relationship with our bodies and minds. You can’t swing a yoga mat without hitting an article or advertisement for weight loss, undoing the effects of the holidays on our waistlines, or getting minutely closer to that ill-defined and literally impossible […]

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How Meditation Can Help Heal Our Relationship with Food

I began to practice meditation several years ago after quitting drinking and as I was (re)starting a relationship. Since then, the effects of meditation have extended into nearly every aspect of my life: becoming more compassionate toward myself and others, becoming more patient, less reactive, and being more willing to tolerate the discomfort inherent in […]

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Everyone Poops (Except ME!)

Ever find yourself reading the classic children’s book Everyone Poops to your nieces, nephews, or kids and think, “I wish!” Or looking longingly at the Doberman effortlessly relieving himself on the sidewalk and wish it could be that easy? Yeah, me neither. But, whether we are willing to admit it publicly, pooping is a problem […]

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Loving Your Perfect Self, Before Improving It

Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, a Zen Buddhist teacher, once told his students “You are perfect the way you are…and you could use a little improvement.” I understand this to mean that we are inherently perfect with all of our messiness, neuroses, and confusion AND there is also some room to improve the things about ourselves that […]

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Why Is Mindfulness Important for Eating?

The word mindfulness seems to be popping up everywhere lately. From mindful leadership to mindful communication and mindful parenting. But what does it mean to be mindful? And why is mindfulness important for eating? Mindfulness can be defined simply as the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something. One can be mindful […]

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Nothing Tastes as Good as Self-acceptance Feels

We have all heard expressions like “Nothing tastes as good as thin feels,” “You can never be too rich, too beautiful, or too thin,” and “A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips.” If you have others, please share). They serve as mantras, reminders to be vigilant when our bodies and/or minds are […]

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