Eating May Be Fun, but What Brings Authentic Happiness?

In my last blog, I wrote about insights that I'd had from Martin Seligman's Authentic Happiness, and how I think they relate to issues with food and eating. Seligman says there are 2 key aspects to happiness in the present moment: pleasures (last week's post was all about that) which are short-lived...

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Do You Think Eating Makes You Happy?

I often hear this from my clients - 'eating makes me happy!' It's hard to stop doing something you think makes you happy - not that I'm suggesting anyone a) stop eating and b) stop doing something that makes them happy! Nope, not me! However, if you're getting most of the pleasure, joy and happiness...

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Why Is It So Important To Be Beautiful?

Several times a week I notice women judging themselves as ugly having seen a photograph of themselves.  It triggers diet mentality - and also binge eating (which are in a cause and effect relationship). It got me wondering... What does ugly mean? What does beautiful mean? How do we define...

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When You Think Making Peace With Food Is Too Hard

I stretch because I want the benefits of stretching.  I have to admit - often I don't enjoy them - sometimes they hurt or they're just really uncomfortable. As I write this, my legs are spread-eagled in a stretch that is causing a lot of discomfort! I'm writing this now because I noticed what I was...

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The Remarkable Way Your Beliefs Can Shape You

I remember when I was about 8 years old, standing on my mother's bathroom scale, and thinking, 'It's too much!' Looking back at pictures of myself as a child, I was just an average looking 8 year old. I don't recall being given the message by my family that I was 'too much' although anyone with kids...

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