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 We are drowning in a tsunami of cultural messages that shout, “Thin is beautiful, and beauty is almost everything.”  You have dieted, binged, exercised, and starved yourself at time to chase Skinny. Yet in your soul, you’ve always wondered if Skinny would truly land you in the perfect life. Join Cherrie Herrin-Michehl, MA, LMHC, a…

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…

Body Image: What’s Really Eating at You?

You want to tackle your body image issues, but you fall off the wagon.  What causes this?  How can you fight the Body Image Bandit and win? The first thing is to learn to identify what’s really eating at you.  Whether you’re battling an eating disorder or compulsive overeating (now called “Binge Eating Disorder”), if you…

Body Image and Diets: Rethinking Resolutions and Dieting

Many Americans will begin another year with a resolution to lose weight.  Most will start out with a bang, but then fizzle out like New Year’s Eve fireworks. The majority will lose weight, but only a small percentage will keep it off.  Most will gain it all back, plus more.  They will then jump again onto the merry-go-round of…

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…

The Million-Dollar Question about Body Image

The sad part of the New Year’s resolution frenzy is that it will be over by Valentines Day. Most of the people will fizzle out on their resolutions of losing weight and working out. That is, unless they are willing to take off their masks and ask a heart-wrenching question. That question, you have probably…

The Real Roots of Food Addiction: Conquering Binge Eating Disorder

What would it look like to address the REAL issues behind your food addiction instead of continuing the sick cycle of dieting, which almostalways leads to bingeing due to feeling deprived. Learn the truth about food addiction and how to conquer the body image bandit!

Body Image and Dieting: Why Diets Don’t Work

Note:  This article is for people who need to lose weight for health reasons – not those who want to “get skinny” so they will have perfect lives.  We will address that later.  Face it.  You are more likely to get run over by a truck full of PMSing women going on a Dairy Queen binge…

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.