Body Image and Men:The Man on the Chicken Diet

  (NOTE:  All characters in this blog and book are fictitious. ) I wasn’t sure I had heard him right.  A physician came into counseling to get help with anxiety and depression, and told me during one of our first sessions that he was going on a chicken diet. “A chicken diet?”  I asked. “Yeah.  I…

Body Image and Size: My Life Will be Perfect when I’m a Size ___ (Yeah, right!)

(Note:  All names and identifying information throughout my blog have been changed to protect individuals.) I wasn’t sure I’d heard him right.  A physician came in for help with anxiety and depression, and told me during one of our sessions he was going on a chicken diet. “A chicken diet?”  I asked. “Yeah.  Chicken is the perfect food….

Body Image and Your Scale: Does it Own You, or Do You Own It?

Photo by Chelsea Panos How much power have you given your scale? Many people let the numbers dictate whether they have a good day or bad day.  They feel like it owns them, and they give it a lot of power in their lives. Over the past several years counseling women, I’ve encountered many who give…

Body Image and Sexual Abuse

“When did you first start substituting food for love?” I asked my client. (Note: names and identifying information have been changed to protect confidentiality.) “I don’t really know,” she answered as she reached for the Kleenex box. “I remember in high school when I’d lost a lot of weight, and this really popular guy gave…

Body Image and Addiction: Is Food Addiction Real?

“Hey Cherrie, I just want you to know that you can’t use a picture of my tooshie for your book cover!”  my new friend, Sheila, said.  Waiting for our speaker at our writer’s group meeting to begin his message, we chatted about our writing goals.  The name of the book I am writing is, “Fannies:  Reclaiming…

Male Body Image: The Man on the Chicken Diet, Part 2

“When did you first start to gain weight?”  I asked.  The all-important question that most naturopaths, physicians, and nutritionists never ask.  (Note:  The same question must be asked if someone has issues with purging, bingeing, or over-exercising.) “Hmmm…I think it was my second year of med school.  Before that I was pretty buff and worked out…

Body Image and Men:The Man on the Chicken Diet

(NOTE:  All characters in this blog and book are fictitious. ) I wasn’t sure I had heard him right.  A physician came into counseling to get help with anxiety and depression, and told me during one of our first sessions that he was going on a chicken diet. “A chicken diet?”  I asked. “Yeah.  I think…

Body Image and Healthy Eating: The Good Food/Bad Food Trap

Have you been pulled into the good food/bad food trap? Do you find yourself putting all foods into the categories of “good” or “bad”? This thinking is quicksand that pulls you into the sick cycle of dieting, bingeing, purging (for some) and over-exercising (for some). I remember a woman in her late twenties explaining her…

Body Image: Making Peace with Your Body

Join me, a licensed mental health counselor, in reclaiming the plunder of the body image bandit. Together we will keep the body image bandit at bay through laughter, story, psychology, and faith.