I utilize The Health At Every Size approach in working with adults and adolescents with emotional eating and binge-eating issues. This is a non-diet approach that focuses on stopping the vicious diet-binge cycle and the yo-yo weight loss and regain phenomenon that we have all been so familiar with as part of our current diet culture.
The "Healthy Mind- Healthy Weight Program" focuses on developing a healthy relationship with food, physical activity as well as with one’s body and mind. This program works on two parallel lines: the initial focus is on bringing structure and balance to eating and adding pleasant physical activities to daily living and fostering intuitive relationship with food and physical activity.
The parallel focus is on understanding the connection between food and feelings and developing value based coping mechanisms with emotions which are often the triggers to over-eating and bingeing and working toward fostering a new way of relating to oneself and one’s body based on self-acceptance and self-compassion.
This opens the door to an unfolding process of self-discovery, leading to greater awareness and acceptance of emotions, improved assertiveness in relationships and effectiveness in coping with stressful life situations. Once emotional eating is under control, food and weight issues can be better addressed, a value based life style and a healthy weight can be achieved and maintained.