In Her Footsteps

Why is the measure of love always loss? That was the first line in Jeanette Winterson’s Written on the Body. It has stayed with me for fifteen years, long after I discovered that book in a bookshop in Swaziland. In our ‘working’ relationships (and when I say working I mean with respect to the work that all relationships engender, all the energy, all of humanity’s imperfections, we’re not flawless, and certainly not made out of glass) with the opposite sex we often experience our moments of pleasure, or acute pain of the mind. We’re either accepted, loved, appreciated, or taken for granted, hurt, or wounded. We wonder is this it? Is this as good as it gets? Am I happy? Does this relationship make me happy, fulfilled, and satisfied? There’s a saying that says we give people permission to treat us the way they do. That statement says a lot about the society we live in. We are modern people. Modern people don’t fall in love immediately these days. We want to live together before we take those vows in church with our beloved, in front of family, and friends. I’ve learned from relationships. Empathy earns respect, understanding and sensitivity.

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Living With Anorexia – Like a Mouse on a Wheel

This article is about how to spot the signs of anorexia and tips on how to deal with it. It also advises readers what they should do. It’s from my own personal perspective.

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Gluttony: What Is It?

Many of us associate gluttony with being overweight. However, that is not necessarily the case. Being overweight does not constitute gluttony. Also, being thin does not mean you do not struggle with gluttony. Are you a glutton? Read to find out.

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Gluttony (Part 2): Am I a Glutton?

Knowing what gluttony is and identifying whether you are a glutton are two completely different things. How do you know when you have crossed the line into gluttony? Do some self examination and see where you are at.

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Gluttony (Part 3): How to Overcome

Overcoming gluttony is hard. Many do not know how to start. The solution, although hard to implement, is actually easy. Step by step, slowly improving, you can do it!

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Treatment of Food Allergy

The treatment of food allergies can seem complex, just like the diagnosis. Some allergies need to be treated immediately as they can prove fatal if neglected for long. Food allergies can be treated from different dimensions at the same time, such as eliminating the problem causing food or allergens from the diet completely, strengthening the patient nutritionally and modifying the patient’s immune response.

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Different Types of Food Allergies

A food allergy is an adverse effect that occurs when the human body believes that a particular type of food is harmful. It is an immune reaction to food antigens. There are three major types of food allergies. It is important to differentiate between these as they are all different types of immune reactions to food antibodies.

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Assessment for Eating Disorders

Initial Intake Assessment – Presenting Problem: Why are you seeking help at this time? What are you struggling with the most?

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For the Loved Ones of Those Suffering With an Eating Disorder

One of the most difficult tasks any of us face is watching the struggle and suffering of those we love. It is especially difficult and heart wrenching to watch a loved one suffer with an eating disorder. What makes it so difficult are its far reaching effects: physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual damage, confusion, and chaos. With anorexia that chaos and confusion can be hidden under rigid perfectionism and an illusion of control. With bulimia and binge eating disorder, the confusion and chaos may be more obvious to us on the outside.

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Therapy Insights in Treating Binge Eating Disorder

One patient dealing with abuse and trauma issues in therapy used binge eating to relieve the symptoms of depression and anxiety. As work in therapy continued, it was discovered that this patient began emotionally eating at the same time the abuse occurred. As a child certain foods were monitored by her parents, such as cereals with sugar. She was only allowed such cereals one day out of the week. Therefore, the intake of cereal on days other than the one already designated and/or if she ate more than a certain amount was monitored. As this patient got older, she learned that much focus and attention was given to what kind of food she ate or did not eat.

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