Author Archives: Jayne

Are you thinking about trying a gluten-free diet?

A couple of months ago, I listened to the first ever Gluten Summit – A Grain of Truth – organized by Dr. Tom O’Bryan. If I had not already been following a gluten-free diet, I would have thought seriously about it. By the end of the conference I realized I probably will have to give up gluten for good.  My journey to gluten-free was perhaps typical or not. I was obese, my cholesterol was high, and...

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Birthdays, Cakes and Celebrations

A subscriber to my newsletter asked if I would post my latest newsletter content on my blog so she could share it. Apologies to those of you have already seen it. And if you haven’t and would like to get the content (usually) specific to my bi-weekly newsletter, you can subscribe at the bottom of my home page here. As winter drags on in the Northeast, and snow seems to fall daily, birthday season has arrived in...

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Broken? Need fixing? Maybe not…

Heal: to cause a person to become sound or healthy again – from Old English haelin, meaning to restore to sound health Cure: relieve the symptoms of a disease or condition; eliminate with medical treatment – from Latin curare, meaning to take care of, originally used in the context of spiritual care until it began to include the idea of successful medical treatment A couple of months ago, I read about parents who discovered that...

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The Food Journal

“One part of wisdom is knowing what you don’t need anymore and letting it go” - Jane Fonda I first went to Weight Watchers in 1978 and learned to keep a food journal to track what I ate. Each time I started a diet or began working with a nutritionist, I started a food journal. When I stopped the diets, I stopped tracking. Food journals were a tool for weight loss, and I needed every tool...

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Safety or Resistance?

“You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink” – 12th century English proverb For nearly a millennium, people have understood there is only so much you can tell a person to do and the rest is up to them. Coaches know part of the challenge in coaching is helping people discover their path while giving them the space to find their way at their own pace, in their own time. You...

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Becoming a Slow Eater

When I was four, my father would pile all my vegetables into a mound on my plate. He called it a farm, and one forkful at a time, he tried to get me to eat my way through the farm. I probably found it fun the first or second time, but to this day, my stomach turns at the memory of the pile of food on my plate. I was a very slow eater, because...

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Putting It Together

This is the third in a three-part series about the stress response, the relaxation response, and how the two processes influence who we are as eaters, our relationship with food, and our relationship with life. Like all living creatures, we seek nourishment, and our brain chemistry guides us to take in what we need to sustain us. What differentiates us as humans is that we are also pleasure-seeking creatures with complex emotional lives. Where other...

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The Relaxation Response

This is the second in a three-part series about the stress response, the relaxation response, and how the two processes influence who we are as eaters, our relationship with food, and our relationship with life. Relaxation is supposed to be the natural state of being. The stress response, explained in my last post, evolved as a short-term survival mechanism. When the threat passes, our metabolic state should return to pre-threat levels. This is how it...

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The Stress Response

This is the first of a three-part series about the stress response, its opposite, the relaxation response, and how the two processes influence who we are as eaters, our relationship with food, and our relationship with life. Stress = any real or imagined threat and the response to that threat We were all born with a stress response to get us through life. It’s what gets us out of bed in the morning and motivates...

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From Scale to Self

For more years than I care to count, I thought the number on the scale, my weight, was the measure of my worth. I weighed myself daily, sometimes several times a day. Every day my weight was down, I was elated, and every day my weight was up, I beat up on myself and berated myself. I tried to tell myself it was just feedback, but it was the worst kind of feedback to experience. I...

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