Entries by Barbara Birsinger

Beware of Dieting – It’s Brain and Body Sabotage

Let me be blunt. Conventional and non-conventional means to lose weight are actually counter-productive. When you cut back on your food intake or you over-exercise—and more so if both—your body will feed on your muscle causing loss of tone, strength, and lowering of your body’s metabolism. That means that the amount of energy (calories) you…

Getting Out of the Diet Trap

In my last post, I told you the story of Linda, who had been actually put into the diet trap by adults she trusted (parents and doctor) when she was only 8 years old! Thankfully, with consistent practice, and trusting herself, she has escaped the trap and is now living a healthy life – in…

Linda’s Story – She Did It

Here’s a story about a real client; I’ll call her Linda.  She came to see me to gain control of her eating, having had compulsive emotional eating since childhood.  She was put on a diet by her doctor at 8 years old, and then taken to Weight Watchers with her mother to get support. Well,…

The Vicious Diet Cycle – Broken Down

Have you noticed that just by dieting, or by thinking about dieting, you become preoccupied with food and weight? Food becomes a shiny object that you can’t have because your body isn’t “right”. This state of deprivation causes a sense of anxiety and obsession over what is missing. Your cortisol (stress hormone) rises.  Yes, just…

Battle Your Brain, Not Your Scale

Let’s start with a fundamental question: Does wanting to lose weight actually sabotage your attempts to do so? I see it all the time. It starts with “I’m not okay!” Maybe it starts with body-checking, or seeing a reflection or photo of yourself. It could be the pressure (often not consciously realized) of social media,…

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12 Tips for Eating at Special Occasions for Savory Satisfaction, Fun, and Health – Part I

Restoring balance to eating and stress levels can be especially difficult during special occasions, like holiday seasons or vacations, weddings, reunions, birthday parties, or other special times.   Most people struggle during these times with too much to do, too much stress, too little time, and perhaps too much food.  Over the next few weeks, I…

How Intuitive Eating Can Change Your Life

What is the Practice of Intuitive Eating? “Intuitive Eating” is simply the innate gift: knowing of what, when and how much to eat for one’s individual nutritional needs. We are all born with this inner knowing. Several nutrition studies have demonstrated that when children are allowed to choose their food, they will choose a “balanced…