The Starvation Experiment

The Minnesota Starvation Experiment is a study I have referenced with clients over the years. Nutritionist Ancel Keys took 36 healthy men to study the effects of semi-starvation, (ie low 1600 calorie diet), in 1944 in order to understand the effects of starvation from war. The results were not great for the lives of these men. They alternated between loss of personal motivation, irrational agitation…

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“Sorrow Is A Skill”

That title jumped out while I was flipping through Paul Fleishman’s Cultivating Inner Peace at the end of an endless day. It was day 3 serving as the kitchen manager at a 10 day Vipassana meditation course over the holidays. Our crew was cooking for 90, and I had been struggling to find the joy in my service. The…

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Visibility Issues?

This photo from age 19 captures how I felt in my life at that time. The oversized men’s pants and men’s shirt scored from a freebox, the worn boots bought in a village while traveling China, and my army backpack  all screaming, “Don’t look at me!”  were my basic attire for years. Growing up on…

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Do You Allow Yourself To Shine?

I was in Santa Fe this past week at my 3rd and final JourneyDance facilitator training.  JourneyDance is a joyful and transformative process where your “stuff” comes up to the surface and you have a chance to dance your story so it can be transformed. Dancing for days definitely brought some old patterns up to my awareness. One of those is the sense…

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4 Surprising Keys To Transforming A Binge

When a client comes wanting to fix her binging, she is often surprised at the counterintuitive approaches I offer. For starters, I don’t believe that binging means she is broken, insane or weak willed. In fact I think it’s a sign that something is working, and that something is asking for attention. Binging is powerful. It’s how an important part…

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Is Sexy Safe For You?

Because if it’s not, and that’s a feeling you like to feel, then your unconscious mind; the one in control of your survival and maintaining the status quo, will do all kinds of things (read overeating, overgiving, overworking, not preparing for your nourishment or pleasure, undereating leading to crazy eating later), to make sure you never have a chance…

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{poem} Dancing With Hidden Selves

1 Who’s hiding in you? Who slips up revealing herself now and again, catching you off guard? A hypnotic self, an autopilot self, covering her tracks (or was she trying to get your attention?) with behaviors, predictable cycles you thought you’ld overcome, leaving you baffled. Maybe she’s sensual or sad, exhausted, bossy, angry, childlike, playful…

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Do you eat to make others happy?

After engaging in the coaching process for a while, my typical client starts relationship with her body is driven less and less by guilt and more and more by a connection to her body. She learns she really can trust her gut and even enjoy foods she once thought of as “bad”. She’s also more as confident about choosing foods that help her feel good. It’s then she notices when…

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