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Get Help for an Eating Disorder: The Sooner the Better

Get Help for an Eating Disorder: The Sooner the Better by Karen Giles-Smith You may wonder why a person with an eating disorder can’t simply “snap out of it.” On the surface, the cure seems easy: “Just eat,” or “Stop overeating,” or “Stop purging.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Eating disorders are disorders

The Significance of a Simple Smile

Guest post by Mary Lamp, BA Exercise Science, Eastern Michigan University dietetics undergraduate How often do you crack a smile? The average person smiles 20 times a day. Those who are more bubbly than average smile 40 to 50 times a day. Smiling—even if you fake it—can improve your mood and reduce stress. Research from

Water with a Twist

Guest post by Mary Lamp, BA Exercise Science, Eastern Michigan University dietetics undergraduate More than 60% of the human body is made up of water, and most humans can only go one week without it. Water aids the body in maintaining homeostasis, a constant internal physiological balance (see 5 fast facts). Water is also extremely

A “Nutrient of Concern”: Vitamin D

Guest post by Mary Lamp, BA Exercise Science, Eastern Michigan University dietetics undergraduate The human body needs over 40 nutrients for optimal health. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, five of the 40 (or so) nutrients are “nutrients of concern”—those that are essential to health

Is it an Eating Disorder? Parents, Trust Your Instincts

Your son or daughter is behaving differently around food and seems preoccupied with his or her body shape or size. Should you be concerned? Yes: These behaviors and attitudes may be signs of an eating disorder. Eating disorders—including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder—have serious medical consequences. It’s crucial to know the signs

Nutrition & Health: Don’t Sweat It

Tyler Oliver, a grad student in Communications at Michigan State University, asked if I would share my thoughts about food and nutrition for her video documentary thesis project. Although I dislike the spotlight—both figuratively and in reality—I wanted to help her out. So, I gathered my thoughts, mustered my courage, and braved the bright lights.

When the Desire to Eat Healthy Becomes Unhealthy

Do you feel that you are what you eat? Do you feel like a “good” person when you eat “good” foods and a “bad” person when you eat “bad” foods? Keeping overall nutrition and health in mind when making food and beverage choices is a part of eating well. But it’s possible to take “healthy eating” or “eating

Make Your Home a “No Body-Bashing Zone”

How you feel and what you say about your own body affects your kids. As parents, we want so much for our children: We hope they have a positive sense of self, good friends, a rewarding career, a loving partner, and [insert your other hopes and dreams here]. So we do the best we can

The Trouble with Food Rules

If you were told that you could never EVER eat cake again, what would you do? If you like cake, even a little bit, you would probably experience a sequence of thoughts and emotional states—similar to the grieving process: 1. Disbelief. What??? Why??? Are you crazy? I can’t believe this. This is ridiculous. What is

Planet Pain or Planet Peace?

I recently spoke to a women’s group about mindful eating. I thought you might like to listen in. Thank you for inviting me to talk with you today. As one who  experienced the pain of self-imposed food restriction many years ago, but who now experiences the pleasures of savoring the food I love, I’m excited

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