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Got happy?

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | April 7, 2014 |

I was listening to a TED Radio Hour on happiness recently.  The host, Guy Raz, asked his guest, musician Pharrell Williams, to reveal the secret to happiness. Williams was perplexed. Here is what he said:  “I’m not some guy who’s walking around smiling every day.  We all have our ups and downs, lefts and rights, and diagonals.” ​This,…

I got this!

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | March 31, 2014 |

My yoga teacher shared a story last week that I love.His five year old son recently went cross country skiing for the first time.The boy loved it!His dad noticed that whenever his son fell down, his son talked aloud to himself.The words he spoke were enthusiastic, joyous, and confident.“He’s down, but he is back up!”“You got…

Surf’s Up

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | March 28, 2014 |

Feelings are natural. Feelings are normal.Some are easier to recognize, regulate, and tolerate than others.Most of us can easily list the feelings we like, and the feelings we would rather avoid.  Who wouldn’t choose joy over anxiety? The perennial pursuit of enjoyable feelings and avoidance of unpleasant feelings are what fuel addictions, overeating, and mindless…

ARFID: Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | March 20, 2014 |

Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) has replaced Feeding Disorder of Infancy and Early Childhood.The DSM-Vis the manual used for diagnosing psychiatric problems. It stands for The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition.  The Fifth edition has been out since May 2013 and includes changes to how eating disorders are categorized and diagnosed. This post will address one of…

Are you Authentically you, in Relationship?

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | March 15, 2014 |

Note: I originally wrote this article as a guest blogger for the blog “personaldevelopmentcafe.com”How to be Your Authentic Self in a Relationship Being your ‘Authentic Self’ can be difficult. Being in a relationship can be difficult. Put the two together, and you have a real challenge on your hands! What/Who is your Authentic Self? There…

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…