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The Art of Healthy Relationships

True interdependence is the ability to be fully yourself in a relationship with someone else and allow them to do the same. Interdependence is the art of allowing someone to be there to support you without feeling “needy” or somehow “obligated” to them. In healthy relationships we are able to ask directly for what we need and our requests are respected and validated by ourselves and by others even if they can’t be met at that time or by that person: it’s safe to ask and it’s okay to hear the word “no”.

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Self-Love: How To

Life can be a paradise or it can be a prison. How you feel about yourself and what you believe about yourself are in essence the keys to your freedom and they are within your control and no one else’s. This is cause for celebration. Your freedom and pleasure in life is absolutely and entirely up to you.

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Food is Not the Problem: Find out What Is!

This 2 ½ hour VIDEO begins with an exploration of the underlying reasons that you use food to cope. It then provides you with specific education on how to change your relationship with food and how to heal the underlying trigger. Whether you overeat, restrict or purge, those patterns all come from some underlying trigger and until you discover what triggers you to use food to cope you will continue to repeat those same old patterns whenever you feel anxious or overwhelmed or even happy!

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Parallel Journey – Forum with Tina

parallel journeysThe holidays are behind us and now we can get on with life without the distractions of shopping, preparing food or taking care of others. As we swing into the new year, the Blog is about to swing into a new way of presenting information.

I would like to introduce myself. My name is Tina Budeweit-Weeks, as Michelle’s executive assistant and a professional foodie, I am the perfect person to steward a new segment of the blog that we are tentatively calling the Cedric Forum. I propose that as I grow and heal with my own personal journey from mindlessness to a more intentional state around food, I share my responses and comments that arise when reading Michelle’s input and your insights.

Each week I will deal with different themes such as presented by the different chapters in the workbooks and Michelle’s book, ‘Food is not the problem’, and I invite you to contribute to what we intend to be an ongoing conversation. There is strength in numbers and together we can turn our lives and our way of thinking around to promote a rapid restoration for healing.

Here is a bit of a bio to get you up to speed.

At 6 feet tall and with scales toppling in at close to the nightmare 300 lb mark, I am a 52 year old woman in the midst of many positive changes. After 5 years of post secondary education, this year was a milestone as I attained a Bachelor’s degree, and after 23 years of raising my children, I am now enjoying the relative silence of an empty nest as of this past summer. Newly educated and emancipated from the restrictive roles of motherhood, I am also just exiting that wonderful time of post menopause which means that my body has become more prone to being sedentary, and I am thickening around the middle. As my height makes weight gains seem almost invisible until I’ve put on 30 lbs., and with my aversion to using scales, I’ve managed to become larger than I ever dared believe and its definitely time to do something about that. There is more to the story as this year, a close friend stepped up to the plate and I have become a very well-loved partner/spouse, a far cry from my years as a single parent. I know this all sounds like good news, however, with all the freedom and nurturing, dinners out and wonderful, unrestricted grocery shopping sprees, I’m also being fed better than I ever was, which is exacerbating the problem of my weight increasing.

Enter Michelle, who responded to my ad for employment in September. What a wonderful bit of synchronicity to discover that my innovative and brilliant new employer runs the CEDRIC centre! Just as I was trying to manifest a plan for my new life that includes being more active and cooking for two instead of many, the tenets that Michelle teaches through her counselling, workbooks and publication address exactly what I need. That is, a body-honouring way of bringing my excess weight gain to a halt, turning it around and minimizing my girth so that I take up less space. I’m tired of not fitting in normal chairs, of suffering in plane seats, of seeking benches when ‘normal’ people have no trouble with available seating. All I really want is to able to fit into normal clothes and to be able to seat myself in normal furniture without the constant reminder of what it is to be a Gulliver in a Lilliputian world.

So, join me as I begin the process of learning to change my core beliefs, of silencing that infernal internal Drill Sergeant, and of eating naturally, and I will not only blog my developments, but also, share my ups and downs, my successes, challenges and plateaus so that you feel supported on your own journey to rebalanced wellness. Together, we shall overcome! The time is right and all is as it should be. Its time for us to be moving towards a fitter, healthier future.

Tina Budeweit-Weeks is a member of the CEDRIC Success Team in the role of staff writer and executive assistant for Michelle Morand. Her philosophy has always been one of self-nurturance and dignity. In support of the complex difficulties clients may experience around regaining a healthy balance, Tina’s writing is designed to sympathize, support, encourage and inform. Although there are many similarities in Tina’s process, she is not a client, but a hard working, behind-the-scenes member of the team, dedicated to helping the CEDRIC Centre stay current and effective.

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Natural Eating MP3 (download)

This CD covers all the basics of why you use food to cope and what you can do to bring greater awareness and choice to your underlying triggers. If you are ready to challenge your existing patterns around food and begin to have a free and easy relationship with food this is the place to begin.

Natural Eating

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Healthy Relationships MP3 (download)

Healthy Relationships – MP3 Download

Healthy Relationships

The patterns that we have learned about how to be in relationship with another person are often a key element in our use of food to cope. Those old harmful ways of thinking about relationships and our role in them frequently thwarts our recovery more than anything else. This doesn’t speak to your significant other necessarily, it may be colleagues, parents, kids, friends, the grocery store clerk etc.

Healthy Relationships

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Compassion is the Key MP3 (download)

Compassion is the Key – MP3 Download

Compassion is the Key

Compassion is often key missing ingredient in our relationship with ourselves. As such we seek to motivate ourselves through criticism and fear which only serves to drive us back to food to cope. In order to truly be free from food as a coping strategy, regardless of whether you overeat, purge, or restrict; the first step is beginning to have empathy and compassion for yourself. No, that doesn’t mean anything like settling for where you are now. It means respecting and appreciating yourself enough to want to be the best you can be and live the life you were meant to live. Compassion is the key.

Compassion is the Key

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Core Beliefs Workbook (download)

Core Beliefs Workbook (download) – provides you with information and tools specific to your relationship with yourself and how your belief systems impact your use of food to cope. With the exercises in this workbook you will uncover, explore and begin to heal the old beliefs and life experiences that keep you stuck using food to cope.

Core Beliefs

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 Core Beliefs Workbook (download)

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Free Newsletter

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Free Newsletter

‘Food is Not the Problem’ is the web’s premiere source for eating disorder information and support. You’ll find articles from the director of the CEDRIC Centre with specific tools towards recovery, as well as insight, advice, and humor from women in various stages of recovery. You can access previous issues in the newsletter archive.

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