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Alison

Not Until I Lose Ten Pounds

By | Body Image/Self Worth | 3 Comments

Advertisers have created a culture of toxic body insecurity. I got the message that my body was flawed and you might have too. For years, I told myself that I could have what I wanted when I lost 10 pounds. I missed out on so much. I’m grateful that one fateful night, I challenged that. It changed my life forever. Read More

“Betcha Can’t Eat Just One”

By | Emotional Eating, Food/Joyful Eating, Nutrition | No Comments

There’s something about Trader Joe’s Roasted Plantain Chips that make me feel as though I can’t eat just one. But, I know from experience that if I eat as many I feel compelled to, I will feel sick.

I  remember an old ad campaign for Lay’s potato chips that challenged us to control ourselves with a bag of chips by saying “Betcha can’t eat just one”. Well, they had a point. It’s pretty, darn hard. I discovered that the more processed the food, the more likely it is to trigger the “I can’t have just one” response. Read More

Jedi Mind Tricks That Get Kids Excited About Vegetables

By | Food/Joyful Eating, Kids & Nutrition | No Comments

So, here’s how the conversation went with my kids:

Me: “Hey, want some sugar…”
Them (interrupting me before I can finish): “YES! YES!”
Me: “…snap peas.”
Them: “Ugh. No thanks.”

If you have kids, you probably relate. It’s hard to get kids as excited about vegetables as they are about sugar. But I’m a fan of Star Wars and I’ve got a few Jedi Mind Tricks up my sleeve. Read More

Minute Meals – Turkey Cranberry Chopped Salad

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Turkey Cranberry Chopped Salad

About this series: My clients feel overwhelmed when they realize what it takes to really care for themselves with food. And I understand. I admit to them that I think of myself as “…SO much work”. To be healthy, we have to give ourselves quite a bit of attention. Approximately six times a day we need to purchase or prepare a meal for ourselves. If we have kids and/or a spouse, multiply that need by the number of mouths in the home. For health, the foods we choose can’t be just anything. I suggest to my clients that they give themselves something enjoyable and nutritious whenever they’re hungry. That way, each meal or snack can be an experience that satisfies and nourishes the body and soul, preventing later food cravings Read More

Does Fat-Talk Make You Hungry?

By | Body Image/Self Worth, Emotional Eating | No Comments

“I feel fat.” I never liked saying it, but based on how much I used to say it, either out loud or to myself, you’d think it was one of my favorite phrases.  The expression spreads like a virus from woman to woman. It pops up at preteen slumber parties, in high school locker rooms, at suburban dinner parties, downtown bars and black tie awards shows.  “I feel fat.” Read More

Minute Meals – Rotisserie Chicken Chopped Salad

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Rotisserie Chicken Chopped Salad

About this series: My clients feel overwhelmed when they realize what it takes to really care for themselves with food. And I understand. I admit to them that I think of myself as “…so much work”. To be healthy, we have to give ourselves quite a bit of attention. Approximately six times a day we need to purchase or prepare a meal for ourselves. If we have kids and/or a spouse, multiply that need by the number of mouths in the home. For health, the foods we choose can’t be just anything. I suggest to my clients that they give themselves something enjoyable and nutritious whenever they’re hungry. That way, each meal or snack can be an experience that satisfies and nourishes the body and soul, preventing later food cravings Read More

Minute Meals – Quinoa with Lentils & Greens

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Quinoa with Lentils & Greens

About this series: My clients feel overwhelmed when they realize what it takes to really care for themselves with food. And I understand. I admit to them that I think of myself as “…so much work”.To be healthy, we have to give ourselves quite a bit of attention. Approximately six times a day we need to purchase or prepare food for ourselves. If we have kids and/or a partner/spouse, multiply that need by the number of mouths in the home. For health, the foods we choose can’t be just anything. Read More

How to Befriend Your Reflection

By | Body Image/Self Worth, Uncategorized | No Comments

Step Forward, Step Back for a Better Body Image

“You are not as fat as you think you are.”

That is my favorite line from a wise essay written by Mary Schmich called Wear Sunscreen, because it’s true.  Most of us hold an image of our bodies that is quite distorted, even if we’re otherwise healthy-minded.

I realized that my body image was distorted in a yoga class some years ago. Read More

Your Body. Your Beloved Friend.

By | Body Image/Self Worth, Dieting, Emotional Eating, Healthy Weight | No Comments

After years of weight fluctuations and yo-yo dieting, I discovered that pushing and prodding myself to lose weight was, paradoxically, a weight gain strategy.” – Alison Ross, LMFT

It’s January, the month of dieting. You signed up for a diet, got to the gym, shopped the perimeter of the market where the lean meats and produce are and spent the time to chop up and prepare a nutritious meal. Let me be the first to congratulate you on a job well done!

Making your nutritional needs a priority is no small feat.  Especially when it’s a struggle to find time to brush your teeth! A “congratulations” might seem like a little thing. So little, in fact, that you didn’t realize you needed it. Sure, you went bonkers for the sweet, crayon scribbles that your daughter made. And you showered compliments on the co-worker who helped with that colorful graph. You generously validated and praised those around you. But were you on the receiving end of your own kindness?

Most dieters get into a bad habit of acting with disregard or even cruelty toward their bodies. They rage at themselves for wanting cake, deny themselves food when hungry, tug at their sides to see if they’re still curvy, push themselves into pants that are too small, avoid social situations or other activities until they reach their goal weight and put themselves on the scale to measure their worth. Read More