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Eating/Body Image Background
Summary: Formal schooling and life experience prepared me to work with eating issues.
From age 15 to 19, I had a life-threatening case of bulimia. Thankfully, I stopped purging at 20. Hatred of my self and my body persisted, however, and I found myself conflicted over every bite of food I ate. Embarrassment about my body made it hard to buy clothes or seek employment. I thought about my eating and body problems all the time. Much-needed help came in two ways: a meditation school where I learned to fight off the inner critic, and a book on how to listen to hunger and fullness signals. Since my inner critic was so focused on my body and food, the work in the meditation school reduced the obsessive thoughts. Then, the book on hunger and fullness signals taught me how to listen to my stomach, not my critic, when making food decisions. Combining my experience as a bulimia survivor with the work mentioned above, plus my training in psychology has given me an insider's view of the best solutions to eating problems. I have collected and adapted these solutions into a set of skills (about which I am beginning to publish). It is my pleasure and my calling to pass these skills on to you. Please call if you would like a free consultation about how I might help you with your eating and body challenges.