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The Skinny by Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Look, I’m always hungry. I’m so relieved, yes, relieved when I’m not hungry. Hooray! What a moment to actually not be thinking about food. Researching what the experts say about emotional versus physical hunger, I can’t agree with some of their conclusions. For example, some experts say that hunger that is emotional comes on quickly where physical hunger comes on gradually. In my reality, [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

It’s a Matter of Time-Challenging Priorities -- Whether you need to lose weight or not, deciding to live a healthy life takes an investment of time. No one who wants to maintain a balanced life, gets away with winging it. From shopping, planning, exercise and sleeping, we have 24 hours and we have to invest time each day to be healthy. Being healthy, means plotting a certain [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Who is your Community? Who is your Tribe? I believe that after food, water and air, our basic human need is to feel included. What are the qualities that make a community? The anthropological reason for community was survival. If one couldn’t count on community, one wouldn’t survive the seasons. Community was the tribe. The tribe was the backbone. There wasn’t necessarily one set of [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

What is the “Math of Your Body?” For so long people with weight issues have been told that weight is simply a matter of eating less and moving more. It’s a matter of calibrating the calories in and calories out for your body. If we aren’t able to eat less and move more than it must be directly related to our lack of willpower. Bullshit. First, I can’t stand the word [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Kindness Without A Side of Guilt -- I work with hundreds of people who suffer from guilt. It seems for some to be a natural state. To feel “guilty” feels familiar and then in a weird sort of projection, to make others feel guilty for our own sense of “lack.” The other portion of the population seems to feel little guilt, but going to another extreme, they feel justified in [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Emotional Eating and Unmet Needs -- Many people actually don’t realize that they eat emotionally. They don’t think of boredom as an emotion or eating out of happiness as Emotional Eating. But eating when you are not hungry; eating because something compels you to consume when you are not eating for hunger, is Emotional Eating. Emotional eating has always been about trying to meet our [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Binge: a short period devoted to indulging in an activity to excess. One time I had a person tell me she ate “this much broccoli!” as she indicated a cookie sheet size of broccoli. I said, “Any food can be a trigger food if I’m having trigger feelings.” Exasperating she said, “But it’s broccoli!” And I made my hand into a fist and said, “But your stomach is this big.” She [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Feeling Satisfied, Not Necessarily Full -- What is it to be satisfied? I teach a concept-eating until you are satisfied, not necessarily full-at least twice a year. Many find it very difficult to eat until satisfied. It takes a consistent practice to pause during a meal long enough to start understanding what satisfied feels like. Many of us enjoy feeling full. Eating until satisfied is [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Who do I want to be 2015? I hate those pesky resolutions. They seem so important, but after years of failing to accomplish goals, I’ve lost my nerve to be brave and state what it is I want. But last year, I did set a goal of reading more than one page before falling asleep. And I am reading more. I’m giving myself permission to get into bed earlier or sit on a chair and just read. So [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Holiday Adjustments -- I love the idea of the holidays more than the actual holidays. At this time of year, I have earnestly tried to be in the moment and simply enjoy what comes. When my mother was really too far gone in her dementia, my mourning began for the type of holidays that would never be again. Losing some of our traditions actually made my life far easier. Frankly much of the [...]

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