The Psychology of Eating

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I get a lot of emails/questions about “the psychology of eating” (eating disorders, body image, etc.) and was especially interested in writing a post about it since the Marie Claire article (click HERE to read it) controversy in the blog world (involving two of my favorite bloggers Caitlin and Tina).  Right, so beyond the fact that I entirely disagree with this article and find it insane that Marie Claire lists “grains, yogurt and breakfast cereals” as foods that are “fat traps” (ARE THEY FOR REAL?!?!?) I wanted to just voice my opinion about the psychology of eating with the assistance of a manual I received from a National Eating Disorder Clinic, The Renfrew Center. Before I begin, I would like to say that if you feel you might have issues with food or anything I am about to say is triggering, please get help.  You are worth SO MUCH more than a number on a scale (a la Operation Beautiful:)) and have so much more to live for than the desire to achieve thinness.  Renfrew’s website is http://www.renfrewcenter.com and they have treatment facilities across the US. You can also call NEDA’s (National Eating Disorder Association) hotline at 1-800-931-2237.  They are available from 8:30am to 4:30pm (Pacific Time).

(Above is the NEDA symbol)

Here are some important points I wanted to make in this post…According to the Renfrew Center:

-Food is often a source of conflict within an individual.  Three of many key ways this plays out in disordered eating are:

1.  Eating VS.  Deprivation

2.  Guilt VS.  Pleasure

3.  Self-Trust VS. Self- Control

-ORDERED EATING VS. DISORDERED EATING…Ordered eating IS….

1.  Intentional

2.  Conscious

3.  Exploratory

4.  Nourishing

5.  Connected

6.  Spontaneous

7.  Liberating, Enjoyable and Fun!

*This really speaks to Marie Claire’s assertions that the food bloggers mentioned in the article have disordered eating.  Clearly NOT the case.

A Diet-Paradigm VS. A NON-Diet Approach…

-With HUNGER; a diet-paradigm attempts to suppress or ignore hunger and transgressions are associated with lack of will power or :giving in,” whereas with the non-diet approach, hunger seen as physical cues sent out by the body, valued and relied upon

-With FOOD; a diet-paradigm categorizes food as good/bad or illegal/legal, whereas the non-diet approach sees all food as acceptable and neutralized.  Quantity, quality and frequency are all determined by hunger and fullness cues, sense of well-being, taste, and are self-regulated, non-restrained and internally-cued.

ENJOYING brie baguette sammies in France

I thought this was an important informative post to write and I hope you enjoyed it.  What are your thoughts on this topic?  I know it is a quite controversial yet very crucial one.  Love yourself, love your body.  It has done you well and so you should do it well.  You only have one.

Chocolate Covered Rods

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A la Sabrina, I decided to make these treats for family and friends this holiday season.  I always see fantastic pictures of these babies on Sabrina’s blog and decided I had to join the bandwagon fun myself!

So, I decided to make three flavor combinations (white chocolate with red sugar sprinkles as seen above, dark chocolate with crushed candy cane and plain milk chocolate) and bag them up all pretty in clear plastic with a ribbon and a festive label.  The process is really easy and you should visit Sabrina’s blog for the details, because she is VERY good at explaining these sorts of things, and my way of doing such crafts/kitchen tasks is MUCH less scientific 😉  BUT, I thought I’d show you some pictures of the process.

So I used starlite mints. The store was out of candy canes! Yup, you read that right: OUT of candy canes!

OK, so the annoying part about using the mints vs. the candy canes is the ridiculous amount of unwrapping I needed to do! Oscar wouldn't even help! Imagine that!

Lazy Oskie perched under the tree, unwilling to help! It's ok- he makes up or his laziness with cuteness

Annnyyyyyway, then I had to crush all of the mints to prepare them to coat the rods.  I had to use a hammer, and yes, it was pretty awesome 😉

I used a shallow breading pan that my Dad got me from Williams Sonoma to hold the crushed mints

PRETTY!!!!

I used a large deep microwaveable mug to melt each type of chocolate separately; I did one flavor at a time

And....the beautiful (and tasty) results!

The white chocolate ones were my personal faves 😉

So, I strongly recommend you try to make these babies for yourself.  Listen, if a kitchen klutz like me can do it, so can you!  You can also customize the “toppings” to match the occasion (think crushed oreos and orange sprinkles for Halloween)!

PS:  I am PRETTY sure the blasting of my favorite Christmas album (Rejoyce by Jessica Simpson) contributed highly to this kitchen success!  🙂

Scenes from “the Ridge”

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As you might know, Husband’s family is from Pound Ridge, NY.  We frequent this GORGEOUS suburb of New York (Westchester County) quite often and LOVE the break from city life that this respite brings.  One of our FAVORITE things to do when we are in “the Ridge” is hiking in the Pound Ridge Preserve.  I thought I’d do a post on this amazing little retreat as the scenery is beautiful and the doggies love it SO much (almost as much as this human!).  But as I looked for words to describe it, I realized it can only be done in pictures.  So, enjoy!

Is there a special place you go to “get back to your nature-roots?”