Attitude of Gratitude

Attitude of Gratitude

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I have been thinking a lot this week about gratitude and how I just feel better when I embrace the attitude of gratitude. Don’t you notice it? Life just goes smoother when we notice the good going on around us.

I think this goes beyond the question at the Thanksgiving table, “What are you thankful for?” It is the daily focus of what do I have to be grateful NOW.Consider this as we enter into another part of our Holiday Trifecta journey this year. If you have not heard me talk about the Holiday Trifecta and how it can have a negative impact on us (and our eating), I suggest you look at my blog.

This week I talked on my Feed Your Soul with Kim Podcast about
Gratitude Practice. I want to be in the flow of gratitude more often than not. Want to join me?Check out this week’s podcast and get some inspiration for your own Gratitude Practice. I invite you to have a listen on the Feed Your Soul with Kim Podcast.

Episode 29 – Gratitude Practice

  • 3 reasons gratitude is important.
  • 3 problems that occur when we do not focus on gratitude.
  • 3 positive outcomes you can anticipate from being in gratitude more often.

The Feed Your Soul with Kim Podcast is available on your favorite podcast platform including:

IHeart: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/966-feed-your-soul-with-kim-45912016/

These podcasts are quick (usually no more than 30 minutes) and each gives you a doable at the end to feel like you really accomplished something.

End Emotional Eating

Kim McLaughlin M.A. is a counselor and a motivational coach working with people who engage in emotional eating or binge eating. She is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. If you are in need of services contact Kim McLaughlin here.

Kim is the author of the best-selling book Feed Your Soul; Nourish Your Life! A Six Step System to Peace with Food. Learn more about her book here.

Kim McLaughlin has been identified as writing one of the Top 50 Blogs about Emotional Eating by the Institute on Emotional Eating. Sign up for her free Special Report: Top Strategies to End Binge Eating here or visit her website at www.FeedYourSoulTherapy.com.

What is Stress Eating?

What is Stress Eating?

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I have been feeling overloaded lately and I have been turning to my wellness tools to deal with the feelings. Stress eating can be the way to handle feeling overloaded, especially over the holidays. It seems to show up a lot this time of year, so I dedicated the 2 most recent podcasts on stress eating.

I invite you to have a listen on the Feed Your Soul with Kim Podcast and get a handle on the stress, so it does not turn into overeating.

Episode 27 – What is Stress Eating?

In this podcast we discuss:

  • What is stress eating?
  • How stress eating makes your stress worse.
  • Come away ways to manage stress differently.

 

Episode 28- Beat Holiday Stress

  • What are the 7 causes of holiday stress?
  • Learn the 7 stress busters that will get you into action now.
  • Come away with a doable to start this week to lessen stress this holiday.

The Feed Your Soul with Kim Podcast is available on our favorite podcast platform including:

IHeart: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/966-feed-your-soul-with-kim-45912016/

These podcasts are quick (usually no more than 30 minutes) and each gives you a doable at the end to
feel like you really accomplished something.

End Emotional Eating

Kim McLaughlin M.A. is a counselor and a motivational coach working with people who engage in emotional eating or binge eating. She is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. If you are in need of services contact Kim McLaughlin here.

Kim is the author of the best-selling book Feed Your Soul; Nourish Your Life! A Six Step System to Peace with Food. Learn more about her book here.

Kim McLaughlin has been identified as writing one of the Top 50 Blogs about Emotional Eating by the Institute on Emotional Eating. Sign up for her free Special Report: Top Strategies to End Binge Eating here or visit her website at www.FeedYourSoulTherapy.com.

Overeating Halloween Candy: Have Peace with Food

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Are you overeating Halloween Candy?

Are you afraid to have it in the house because you will overeat it?

Do you wish you did not have to worry about candy?

I have been hearing for weeks that people have bought their BAGS of Halloween candy and have eaten it all!

Overeating Halloween Candy

Has this happened to you?

Possibly you have not bought the candy yet, because you are afraid you will eat it all. I know… you wait until Halloween to buy it, but end up eating way more than you want or you eat (sneak) your kid’s candy.

I have had a love/hate relationship with Halloween and all the candy that goes along with it.

I understand this dilemma, because I used to spend Halloween evening at the gym to avoid buying the candy and worrying that I would eat it all. I was scared of Halloween candy, not the scary costumes!

I decided that I had to make peace with food and especially with candy since my husband and daughter love Halloween: they Trick or Treat while I pass out the candy. I have written about my struggle with Halloween candy on my blogs and will talk about it more on my Feed Your Soul with Kim Podcast.

An idea yesterday that I would make available to all of you (and anyone else who signs up) for my  FREE Overeating Halloween Candy: Have Peace with Food video series going over how to have peace with Halloween candy.

Here is what you get:
  • A 6 video series that is short and gives you what you need to deal with Halloween candy.
  • Powerful take aways from the videos as well as doables to get you into action.
  • All of this is my gift to  you when you sign up.

I know  you want peace with food/candy this Halloween.

All you have to do is sign up and the link to the video series will be sent you.

End Emotional Eating

I hope you sign up below.

Peace,
Kim

The Four Hungers

The Four Hungers

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This is a portion of the transcript of from Episode #5 from my Podcast: Feed Your Soul with Kim.

The Four Hungers: What are you really hungry for?

It is painful when you cannot stop overeating, feel bad about yourself and your life.

In this episode, we discuss the different types of hunger that lead you to overeat. Until you recognize the different hungers, you might be eating for reasons other than your physical needs. Did you know there are 4 types of hungers and only one is for food! I call them The Four Hungers.

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In this podcast you will:

  • Learn the 4 different types of hunger?
  • See what clues the different hungers can give you to help you not overeat.
  • Learn how to “feed” those hungers.
  • Come away with a tool to practice now.

Here are some blogs expanding on today’s topic:

What is Emotional Eating:  check out this blog.

Strategy to help you out with your hunger: check out this blog.

Feed Your Soul; Nourish Your Life! The Six Step System to Peace with Food is available. Get it now: https://feedyoursoulunlimited.com/fysnylbook/

Be sure to get your freebie- “Top Tips to End Emotional Eating” at www.FeedYourSoulUnlimited.com

Join us on Facebook in our Feed Your Soul Community. Join for free here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1172488142887200/

Want more information? You can find out more about Kim McLaughlin at www.FeedYourSoulUnlimited.com

We would love to get your feedback on this show and let us know what you would like to hear in upcoming shows. Email us at info@FeedYourSoulUnlimited.com

If you enjoyed this podcast, please leave a review for others to find us and share this podcast with a friend.

Kim McLaughlin M.A. is a counselor and a motivational coach working with people who engage in emotional eating or binge eating. She is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. If you are in need of services contact Kim McLaughlin here.

Kim is the author of the best-selling book Feed Your Soul; Nourish Your Life! A Six Step System to Peace with Food. Learn more about her book here.

Kim McLaughlin has been identified as writing one of the Top 50 Blogs about Emotional Eating by the Institute on Emotional Eating. Sign up for her free Special Report: Top Strategies to End Binge Eating here or visit her website at www.FeedYourSoulTherapy.com.

Ditch the Diet

Ditch the Diet

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This is a portion of the transcript of from Episode #3 from my Podcast: Feed Your Soul with Kim.

It happens twice a year at the New Years and just prior to the summer. At New Years the focus is on losing weight and getting to your goal weight during the year, because they think you cannot be ok with your current size. The sooner the better. In the summer the advertisements focuses on having a bikini body, wearing short shorts, and tank tops. Along with these advertisements about swimsuits, there’s the underlying message that you need to reach a certain number on the scale. That you need to follow a certain diet in order to be that size in order to be “bikini ready.”

What they are telling you through their statements, pictures and imagery is:

  • Happy people are thin people.
  • Sad people are overweight people

This creates a diet mindset that we have all bought into.

How is this a diet mindset?

  1. Thoughts we need to be a certain size.
  2. Societal lack of acceptance of our bodies.
  3. This is a scale driven mindset where we are only satisfied with a certain number on the scale.

We have bought into this mindset, because we were indoctrinated into it. Diets failed you. You didn’t fail.

It’s the strategy of the 2 billion dollar weight loss industry, which includes books, programs, diet food, diet drugs and weight loss surgery. They do this to make money! If diets worked over the long term then we would not need to keep talking about it. The failure rate of diets is 80-90% long term. That is the failure rate! So, that means the success rate long term is 10-20%.

There are many reasons why diets don’t work.

Diets Focus on Deprivation

You are required (in order to be successful) to eat only certain foods on their list in whatever combinations they tell you and don’t eat any other food. There are forbidden foods that you just aren’t supposed to eat. We know that when we are told there are forbidden foods, we want them even more. You feel like you can’t control yourself.

It is the deprivation that sets us up to what we can’t have, which then sets us up for binging, guilt and more dieting.

Diets Make Us Focus on Food All the Time

When are on a diet we are told to look at food 24 hours a day. This makes us think about food all of the time. When you think about it that much, you want it more. What we really want to do is to put food in its proper place as nourishment and look at it as we’re hungry and intuitively determine what we really need.

Diets Lead Us to Think of Food in Terms of Good vs. Bad

I think there is no Good food and no Bad food. Food is food. There is food that gives us energy and food that takes energy away. There is food that makes our body feel good and there is food that doesn’t.

Truthfully, we tend to want what we think are “bad” food, especially when emotions come up. It is so common to hear people state they ate “bad’ food and now they need some kind of punishment (generally exercise or a diet). When we feel upset we generally tend to go towards foods many people would consider “bad”: sweet food, salty food, fatty food, etc. Good food, on the other hand is generally low in fat, low in sugar, and sounds boring and is diet-related.

In Order to “Ditch the Diet”, You Need a Plan

Here are three strategies to help end the dieting mindset.

  1. I suggest you ask yourself this question and journal, “What is dieting to me?” The answer is really individual. For me, dieting is constant hunger, deprivation, and foods are off limits. This is the type of deprivation that leads to rebellion, which leads to overeating at some point. Diets can be the surprise is healthy eating. Ask yourself, do I feel deprived? Do I feel restricted? Does this eating plan lead me to think constantly about food? This is that diet- binge- guilt cycle that comes when we engage in more and more dieting. Let go of the guilt about eating, your weight and the scale.
  2. Are you focused on your weight? Weighing yourself or multiple times a day really leads you into that diet mindset. I recommend you let go of the focus on your weight and let go of the scale. Connect back to your body and self-love.
  3. Eat intuitively connect with your body and mindfulness. Focus on physical hunger: this real hunger is the hunger we want to base our eating on.

I encourage you to look back on your history of dieting and notice the patterns. How does it feel to see your history of dieting and how diets have failed you? This doable is a start in the direction of peace with food.

Kim McLaughlin, MA is a Counselor, Speaker, and Inspirational Coach who specializes in working with people who suffer from binge eating and emotional eating. She is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. She is the author of the newly released book Feed Your Soul Nourish Your Life! A Six Step System to Peace with Food and the Amazon #1 Best Selling book Discovery Your Inspiration.

She has recently launched her podcast Feed Your Soul with Kim. You can find it on all podcast platforms.

Kim McLaughlin has been identified as writing one of the Top 50 Blogs about Emotional Eating by the Institute on Emotional Eating. Sign up for her free Special Report: Top Strategies to End Emotional Eating here or visit her website at www.FeedYourSoulUnlimited.com.