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Habits for Weight Loss
Many people with depression have trouble avoiding weight gain, a recent study suggests that there are three habits for weight loss which may help. The study, which was published in BMJ Open, tracked nearly 60,000 people in Japan who also had type 2 diabetes and looked at eating habits and their relationship to weight gain over time. Aside from the large number of people studied, another strength of the study was that it followed people for more than six years. The study found that eating food more slowly, avoiding snacks after dinner, and not eating within two hours of going to sleep each independently reduced the risk of weight gain. The study did not find any evidence that skipping breakfast ... Read More
Morning Ritual Resumed - Nancy
Moodsurfing has frequently recommended the concept of the “morning ritual” or “morning routine” to help all of us live more creatively with moods.  However, keeping a morning ritual is easier said than done!  For people with kids, jobs, pets, plumbing emergencies and all the rest of life, keeping to a routine may get moved to the back burner more often than not.  Paradoxically, it is just at those times when routine seems completely lost, that moving back to the routine can be a lifesaver. Getting up at approximately the same time each morning, following the same steps to get ready each day (write them down if necessary), getting early sunlight exposure, and sticking to the program no matter what, these ... Read More
Sharing About Bipolar - Gina
Sharing about bipolar with others can be a very personal and vulnerable decision. I often have clients ask my opinion about who they should share with and how to go about doing that. I think it can be helpful to pull apart these questions to assist them in getting to their own answers to these questions. When thinking about sharing one’s diagnosis with others it can be helpful to consider some of the following questions: What are you hoping to get from sharing? What specifically would you like to share? When might be a good time to share? Who would be helpful to tell? What kind of support would you like from that person? The National Institute for Mental Illness ... Read More
binge eating and bipolar
In our practice we often see a link between binge eating and bipolar.  Recent studies are showing that there is a link between emotional eating and bipolar disorder, with as many as 10% of bipolar sufferers also struggling with eating disorders, a much higher percentage than in the general population. The Mayo Clinic, which has studied the link between binge eating and bipolar disorder, hope to discover a genetic link between bipolar and eating disorders which may lead to more personalized and targeted treatment options. Symptoms of binge eating disorder may include: Eating unusually large amounts of food in a specific amount of time, such as over a 2-hour period Feeling that your eating behavior is out of control Eating ... Read More
Acceptance and the unacceptable
How can we reconcile acceptance and the unacceptable in our lives? A new blog post from Rick Hanson sparked me to thinking about the relationship between acceptance and acquiescence or even complicity. So many things are wrong with the world. Is there no role for righteous anger? And yet... Acceptance in the sense that Rick means is really about not living in denial. It is about acceptance versus avoidance. If we want to change things in our lives we must first accept the reality of the situation. Four years ago I refused to get on a scale. I knew that it would show me that I was well over my ideal weight. At the time, I suppose, it felt that this ... Read More
Micro-Progress Overcomes Inertia
A reader of this blog forwarded to me an article on "micro-progress" that promises a solution the the common problem of procrastination. Editor of Smarter Living, Tim Herrera, writes... "Of the countless articles, books and so-called lifehacks about productivity I’ve read (or written!), the only “trick” that has ever truly and consistently worked is both the simplest and the most difficult to master: just getting started. Enter micro-progress. Pardon the gimmicky phrase, but the idea goes like this: For any task you have to complete, break it down into the smallest possible units of progress and attack them one at a time." Getting unstuck is my blog post on the same topic. Developing momentum is the first step. Getting moving is more important than ... Read More

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