Entries by Bonnie R. Giller

Mindful Exercise—Feel the Difference

Exercise is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle.  Unfortunately, dieters look at it as a way to negate calories and as a way to legitimize eating larger amounts of food.  Or they “punish” themselves with a difficult workout because their eating was “bad” the night before and they need to “undo it.”  Exercise […]

International No Diet Day

Today is International No Diet Day.  This holiday was initiated in 1992 by Mary Evans Young, director of British anti-dieting campaign “Diet Breakers.”  This day was created to encourage international awareness of healthy eating as opposed to dieting.  It is an annual celebration of all body types, shapes and sizes.  It’s a day where we […]

Going for Your Goals

I have written previous blogs on “me time”, about not buying into the idea of pop culture determining the ultimate body type, and on not overextending yourself.  Now I am challenging you to take it one step further. Was there ever a time, or perhaps more than one, where you did something not because you […]

Know When to Stop and Say “No”

I have spent a lot of time discussing the freedom from dieting that intuitive eating can provide.  That certainly is the beauty of being mindful.  But one principle that people sometimes struggle with is “Respecting Your Fullness.”  This principle involves really tuning in while you’re eating, and being able to recognize when you have had […]

Pop Culture Permeates Body Image

In 1959 Barbie burst onto the scene, meant to be a symbol for young girls to look up to and hope to be like.  However, throughout the years many mothers and advocates for woman’s issues complained about Barbie’s unrealistic proportions and the body image that it would represent to the impressionable young girls playing with […]

Eating Out Mindfully

Restaurants can be one of the greatest challenges of trying to eat healthy.  New labeling requirements have made us more aware of just how unhealthy some of our favorite dishes can be.  But eating out is part of our culture and it is a fun social event to go out to eat with our friends.  […]

4 Dangers of Chronic Dieting

While many people can admit to dieting at some point in their lives, there is a difference between wanting to lose 1. weight the healthy way (slow and steady) or relying on fad diets that promise quick fixes. The problem with fad diets is that they will most likely last just as long as it […]

The Stress and Food Cycle

In the previous article I listed many healthy ways to manage the stress in your life.  Notice I did not list “indulge in comfort food” or “treat yourself with food” as one of the healthy alternatives to stress.  Yet how many people use food as their “go to” cure for stress?  If this strikes a […]