This week we have a new video for you of Dawn Cox going over Positive and Negative coping strategies with students at Camosun College in Victoria during a lesson on Eating Disorders.
It is a good, quick review with examples of each. Dawn reminds us of how important it is to recognize strategies for what they are and set yourself up with lots of positive coping strategies that you can rely on in your ‘tool box’, so you don’t end up using food or other negative coping strategies.
“Coping Strategies reviewed by Dawn Cox, CEDRIC Eating Disorder Counsellor for Victoria”
CEDRIC Centre Counsellor, Dawn Cox, M.Ed, RCC, was asked to comment on this trend of students saving up calories for drinking.
When asked to comment on a trend noticed in schools where students are saving up part of their daily caloric allowance so that they can drink alcohol or beer, CEDRIC Specialist, Dawn Cox, M.Ed., RCC noted: “Coping with food (by using either binging or restricting behavioural patterns) and coping with alcohol are both strategies intended to relieve a sense of overwhelming stress in one’s life. If a student perceives that they will feel better in some way by partying (letting loose, social acceptance and bonding) and also by ensuring they stay slim (bolstered by a belief that they will be more likable if they are slim) then it is no surprise that one might turn to this extreme strategy of saving their calories for alcohol.
If you or someone you know has an interest in health and fitness for children I encourage you to check out this site! There is a lot more great information about eating issues in addition to the reasons why childhood obesity is rising.
Below is the link for an article that site creator Len Saunders posted recently using key info and quotes from me.
If you like it please pass it on!
Have a great day!
Topic: Reasons Why Childhood Obesity Is On The Rise
Question: Provide a few sentences why YOU think childhood obesity is on the rise. I want your opinion, not something you read.
On the surface, obesity, whether in adults or children is the simple and natural outcome of eating more than our body requires given the amount of energy we are burning. The more we continue to allow ourselves as parents and as a society to focus on the surface the more this problem will continue to grow because we are missing the most important piece of this puzzle: Why are children (and adults) eating more than they are hungry for? Yes, the kinds of foods our kids are choosing is a factor; the proximity to junk foods, ie. sugary treats and processed carbs is higher than ever before and that naturally has an impact. But the amount of food our kids are ingesting
is not in response to their hunger and fullness cues. If it were they would not be obese.
The easiest way to let go of self-judgement and set about the sometimes challenging but also fun and exciting experience of truly living life to the fullest, is remind yourself daily of the following premises until they simply become the way you live your life; no reminder necessary.
The truth of human nature is that there is always a valid reason for why we feel and behave as we do.
Your feelings are always perfectly appropriate for what you are telling yourself about the situation or person that seems to be triggering them.
Your behaviours are always just a reaction to what you’re feeling, which, as I’ve said above, is just your natural response to what you are thinking/how you are perceiving the situation at hand.
Therefore, it makes no sense whatsoever to judge or shame yourself for how you feel or what you do.
What does make sense however is to learn:
a) To immediately identify what you’re thinking (ie. what’s triggering you to feel and behave as you are) and then;
b) How to quickly assess whether your perception is accurate or not, or whether you need more information to decide.
If you’re reading this series of articles you’re joining me in exploring how certain foods influence our brain chemistry and our moods and in understanding why we’re drawn to eat them, often in quantities that we know aren’t in our body’s best interest. This understanding is key to being able to freely choose to make different choices and to genuinely offer yourself understanding and compassion when you feel compelled to have those forbidden/guilt laden tasty treats. Both are important components of completely healing from your stressful relationship with food and from your body image / weight-loss roller coaster.
In my last newsletter I asked you to be on the lookout for a few things so you’d be better prepared for the next few articles. If you missed that article and you’d like to catch up feel free to read it first and then come back to this one when you have time. It will really help you to see where this information can be applied to your life and you’ll get the most out of your time and effort.
For this week I want to share a little education with you about how Dopamine influences us and how we can directly influence our Dopamine levels. Then in the next handful of articles we’ll be looking at specific food groups and food choices and how they directly impact our dopamine levels. When we do, you’ll see quite clearly that the reason you don’t reach for carrot sticks when you’re feeling down has nothing at all to do with willpower and everything to do with a combination of unmet needs and brain chemistry.