Category Archives: Body Image

Strengthen Your Meditation Muscles

Research indicates that mindfulness is one of the most important skills for changing how you eat and how you feel about your body.  Mindfulness is a skill that helps you focus and attend to sensations like hunger, satiety, and taste, as well as increases kindness and self-compassion. Meditation practice is a method for strengthening your

Engage your body! Be fit and feel good.

As a health psychologist working with people who are trying to change their relationship with food and their bodies, I don’t put a focus on weight.  That is problematic for a wide variety of reasons and it usually doesn’t help.  Instead, I ask people to pay attention to how their bodies feel as they do certain activities

What are you thinking?!

I’ve been particularly struck this week by the devastation that occurs when we engage in negative speech toward ourselves and others.  It is so common to be critical of ourselves that we are often unconscious of how much we engage in this type of thinking.  While we can’t really stop the critical thinking from happening

How yoga changes how you eat!

There is a fairly new measurement of “mindful eating” that was published in the American Dietetic Association Journal (Framson, et.al., 2009) that I am very excited to start using in my research here at the University of Missouri.  Their findings regarding the relationship between doing yoga and mindful eating was also particularly intriguing. Mindful eating

The falsity of perfection.

I recently received this video that highlights the way models and actors use photoshop to hide the imperfections they have.  This one is from Sarah at diet.com. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YP31r70_QNM&NR=1&feature=fvwp The Dove Campaign has a couple of good ones as well. This one shows you the transformation of a model in fast forward  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYhCn0jf46U and this one shows you how bombarded

All About Pumpkins!!

As I mentioned in my last blog, I love anything with pumpkin in it. Not only is it tasty (in my opinion), it is also very nutritious (see nutrition facts below).  In an effort to help you enjoy the bounty of this beautiful fall, I’m dedicating this week to my favorite pumpkin recipes.  If you

Beware of unhealthy advice from “health magazines”

I used to follow health magazines and articles to try to eat healthy, but for a while it was a problem because it would always become tangled up with the diet mentality. As told by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch in their book Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works, it’s not about calories (the

Getting Real About Our Bodies

Mary (whose name has been changed to protect her innocence) is in 6th grade, loves physical activity and has taken great pride in being able to be more physically able than some of the boys in her class.  She has been described by her mother as a “foodie.”   She loves unusual food for a girl
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