What’s the Scariest Part of Chanukah? (2023)

What’s the Scariest Part of Chanukah? (2023)   As Chanukah is about to settle in here, I found my mind swirling with ideas.    First thing that comes to mind- Fear.   I think of fear because I know so many people have a huge fear around Chanukah – DONUTS, LATKES, FRIED OREOS, FRIED PICKLES.…

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OCD within Intuitive Eating

Written by my client: R.B. OCD within Intuitive Eating I could feel my brain.    The ridges, the indents, and the neurons through their pathways; like bad music, every thought felt like an obvious, random beat- a startling nuisance.   I could fully relate to how my nephew describes a bad day at school: “My…

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Loneliness and Longing

Loneliness and Longing   It has been 5 years since my mother died. It is my son’s 5th birthday. A Lot can change in 5 years – don’t be fooled by life’s seaming consistency and repetitiveness.  Yet- even though I had that major turning point and life change, you do eventually adjust to the new…

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An Expensive Dress and a Paradigm Shift

    An Expensive Dress and a Paradigm Shift    Sometimes, I find myself getting emotional during sessions with a client. I feel the tears swelling up in my eyes. I can feel embarrassed or maybe out of line, but I don’t. I know that part of the healing process (for many people), is allowing…

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Will Power and Intuitive Eating

Will Power and Intuitive Eating As I sit down to write, my mind is pulled in 100 directions.   Firstly, I have a client in 25 minutes, so I am constrained by time. For better or worse, I want to put my thoughts on this page in that amount of time.    Time constraints- that’s…

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Is Food my Best and Most Loyal Friend Right Now?

Hand dipping cookie into drink.

I recently had 2 very profound counseling sessions with 2 different clients.   One client, I have been working with for a bunch of months now. Maybe even a year. She is such a great client. Always coming to the sessions on time ready to hear everything I have to say and ready to implement…

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Comfort of the Body or Comfort of the Soul?

Comfort of the Body or Comfort of the Soul? I went to a shiur today. The topic was on Happiness. Let me give you the background. I have been going to this class for about a year – the rebbetzin picks a middah and we unpack it over the course of many months. On the…

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Get INTUIT with Gila – The Personal Series

Intuitive Eating has become a huge part of my life. It definitely changed the trajectory of my career path. I am a timid person. Self conscious about most things.   I always wanted to be a business owner but probably not for the right reasons. As a kid, I never felt like I had enough.…

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Mirror Mirror on the Wall, What are my True Values After All?

Do you find yourself consistently picking fights with the mirror about your appearance? Maybe you’ve walked past and heard yourself utter these familiar phrases:   “I feel good about myself until I pass by a mirror.” “I avoid mirrors at all costs. I don’t want to see my reflection.” “I can’t stop looking in the…

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But I Need to Lose Weight for Health Reasons!

“But what if I have diabetes – it’s medically necessary for me to lose weight?”  As a registered dietitian who specializes in Intuitive Eating, this is something I hear A LOT!   Back when I was a student, we learnt that if you lose even 10% of your body weight, this can help lower your…

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