Self-Hate is not a Natural State

Think back to when you were very young, when you didn’t have too many obligations. Maybe you weren’t even going to school yet, or maybe it was summer vacation sometime during elementary school. Do you remember the feeling of waking up and not being stressed? Do you remember the feeling of being ecstatic that you didn’t have to do anything the whole day long other than exactly what you wanted to do? Maybe you played…

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Releasing Resistance

Releasing resistance to your emotions is usually the first topic I discuss with clients, and if it’s not the first, it’s the second. It is the crucial starting point for everyone, because everyone resists their emotions. Yes, everyone. Because of the way our current socialization process occurs, we are taught (directly and indirectly) to deal with intense emotions by “getting over them”, “moving on”, “doing what you have to do anyway”, etc… We have no…

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“Alternative” Therapy as a Way of Life

It was one of the last nights in August. My boyfriend and I were driving home. The air was different – it had that cool, crisp edge to it that it hadn’t had before. Summer was fading, and my favorite season was fast approaching. Dunkin Donuts (of which there is one every 10 feet here in New England) had just started serving hot apple cider a few days prior, so my boyfriend decided he wanted…

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Perfectionism is Fear in Action

An alarming number of people alive today call themselves perfectionists, myself included at one point. There are many versions and varieties of perfectionism, but that’s not what I want to focus on in this post. I want to talk about leaving our perfectionism behind, before we inadvertently bring it into our new, intuitive lives. Part of living intuitively is the ability to be flexible, because it’s about feeling your way through life as much as…

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How do you Feel?

I’ve talked about it over and over again – when you’re reaching for more food yet you know you’re full, or you’re reaching for food for non-hunger reasons, you have a need which is not being met. Before continuing, I want to clarify and emphasize that emotional eating in and of itself is NOT bad or unhealthy. In fact, sometimes emotional eating can be the healthiest thing to do! Eating grandma’s homemade cookies, celebrating a…

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A Blessing in Disguise

Did you know that your struggle (whatever that may be) is actually serving you a profound purpose? There is a reason why the struggle is there. Your struggle did not manifest out of thin air. It did not manifest in a vacuum. There was a series of experiences you went through that led you to develop the negative habit (the struggle) you now have – you were not born with it. In a nutshell, you…

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Going on a Lifestyle

One of the newest buzzwords in the diet/health/fitness community is “lifestyle”. Everybody likes to say that their eating (and exercise) regimen is a lifestyle, not a diet. This is because the collective conscious is finally realizing that unless something is sustainable, it’s not only pointless, it’s detrimental! While this realization is a great one, and a step in the right direction, slapping the word lifestyle onto your protocol of choice is a dangerous and slippery…

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Making Changes

If I were to ask you, “Do you want to lose weight?” the answer would probably be a resounding yes (most people do these days). But if I were to ask you “Do you want to change?” the answer would probably be either a hesitant yes, I don’t know, or a flat out no. And why would you? We do the things we do for good reasons. You wouldn’t be doing what you’re doing unless…

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