Fat Is Not a Feeling By Andrea Wachter, LMFT

My earliest memory of “feeling fat” was when I was about 12 years old. Up until that time, I was not all that aware of having a body; I was pretty much just in my body, doing the things that kids do. I had not yet learned that I was supposed to look differently than I did. I had not yet downloaded the program that some foods were “good” and others were “bad.” I did not yet have exercise and movement linked up with calorie burning or self-worth. Then I got teased about my size. I started to compare myself to my skinnier friends and I began what was to become a full-time job of feeling fat. I had no clue at the time that fat was not a feeling. I didn’t know that body obsession was a cover up for low self-worth, and neither did I know, at the… Continue reading

Helping Kids Break The “I Feel Fat Spell” – By Andrea Wachter

Most people in our thin-obsessed, fitness-crazed culture are battling with their bodies. For some it’s an occasional pastime, for others it’s a full-time job. It used to be mainly adults and teens who were struck by what I call the “I Feel Fat” Spell. But these days, even young kids are hating their precious bodies. We are all surrounded by unrealistic, perfectionistic messages about how we should look. And while we may not be able to shield our kids from all the diet talk, fat chat and photoshopped images that surround us, we can certainly clean up what happens in our homes. If your child is struggling with body image issues, here are some tips for you: How to Help Your Child Break the “I Feel Fat” Spell Stop Fat Chat – Refrain from talking about how “fat” you feel or how “good” or “bad” you are according to how much you ate or… Continue reading

When Healthy Eating Becomes Unhealthy – By Andrea Wachter, LMFT

  It starts out healthy enough — or, seemingly so. Maybe you started by cutting out processed foods. Then desserts. Then sugar. Then meat. Maybe you switched to all organic and while you were at it, went gluten-free and wheat-free. In a culture that has gone health-food crazy, it’s easy to see how some people can take a “healthy” diet to an unhealthy extreme. For some, it’s a short-lived stage that ricochets into a junk food rebellion. Others find their way back to the middle of the road. But for many, this so-called “healthy” way of eating can become a true obsession and, at its most extreme, an eating disorder known as orthorexia. Derived from the Greek words, orthos, meaning “correct,” and orexis, meaning “appetite,” people who suffer from orthorexia become obsessed with eating foods they deem healthy, safe or pure. Whether someone has a full-blown disorder or a lesser-degree preoccupation, what… Continue reading

Today’s Conversation Over Coffee – Taking Yourself Out To Eat

There’s something just a little bit opulent about taking yourself out to eat. And I don’t mean to your usual fast food joint serving soulless food….I mean going to a proper restaurant with the best food, made by a chef that uses the best ingredients and creates dishes that are a work of art. The effort and love put into creating a beautiful plate of food is transferred to you. It makes the food extra tasty and extra nourishing. Recovery is about nourishment of mind, body and spirit. It’s about feeling deserving and grateful and satisfied with the present moment. Sitting there alone allowing yourself to feel utterly extravagant and without the distraction of conversation to dull your experience of eating this exquisite food, you taste every sumptuous bite. Each delicate flavour expertly chosen all for you! Order whatever you want! Appreciate smell, taste and texture. Pure joy. Go on….take… Continue reading

National Nutrition Month; Time to Detox – By Kathleen Russell

March Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition and Kidney Awareness month. These themes are created for support and incentive to eat healthier and take better care of ourselves. So, I’m going to talk about the need to cleanse internal toxicity from our bodies. The very function of our kidneys is to filter and clean toxins from the bloodstream before entering into the bladder where urine is made and prepares for its departure. Keeping the toxins flowing out of the body is necessary to keep them healthy and prevent toxic overloads. For people in recovery we have used and abused our kidneys with drugs and alcohol and it is truly amazing what role our kidneys have played in a constant battle to operate under this distress. Most of us take for granted the work they do, and forget the important part we play in keeping their functionality strong and effective. Nutrition is our best… Continue reading