Month: February 2014

Combatting ANTs

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | February 28, 2014 |

Inspirational & Self-Affirming Quotes to keep in mind, and to offset ANTS (Automatic Negative Thoughts)Find and repeat your favorites, until a more natural, automatic neural pathway is established.Whatever you practice, strengthens.The thoughts you repeat to yourself change the structure of the brain. ​Use your mind to change your brain in a favorable way.​ “Don’t compromise yourself.…

Whatever it is, try the savored version

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | February 21, 2014 |

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened” —Anatole France What do you think when you look at this picture? My Nana and I used to look at pictures and then take turns telling a story about the picture.She was a phenomenal story teller! I miss that. I miss her. I…

Take Pearl Jam’s Advice: Just Breathe

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | February 15, 2014 |

Breathing  is free, can be practiced anywhere, occurs about 20,000 times per day, and requires no special equipment.The benefits to improving  the way you breathe are vast. Taking deeper and slower inhales and exhales can help your  body increase immunity, lower blood pressure, and heal faster. Taking fuller breaths – inhaling, exhaling– makes you feel more…

Do I have Binge Eating Disorder or am I just Overeating?

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | February 9, 2014 |

Dr Daniels, I never really know if I am hungry or full, and sometimes eat so much that I feel uncomfortable afterward. Do I have Binge Eating Disorder? Overeating: What is it? ​Overeating at times is part of normal eating. Examples of overeating include having an extra helping at a meal because something tastes soooo good,  or eating…

Bulimia: No reason for shame

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | February 7, 2014 |

The year was 1986. Meredith Baxter Birney played a Step-ford wife named “Kate”, who was married to a handsome successful attorney.  The name of the movie is “Kate’s Secret”.When the film aired, bulimia was  taboo. While bulimia may be less of a taboo topic now, there is still a lot of shame associated. And lots…

Do Not Wish You Had Anorexia Nervosa

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | February 2, 2014 |

“Dr Daniels, when you give talks on anorexia please let people know it really sucks to have this problem. I hate when I hear people say they wish they had anorexia. Do they wish to think of nothing but food 24/7? Do they wish for self hatred and disgust? Do they wish their brain would shrink,…

“I Had No Idea”: EDAW 2014

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | February 2, 2014 |

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (NEDAW) is being held February 23rd to March 1st, 2014.The theme this year is “I had no idea”.What ideas do you have about eating disorders?There are lots of misperceptions.For example, when people find out I specialize in the treatment of eating disorders, they assume I meet solely with teenage girls.…

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