So many of us are sitting on the sidelines in life, waiting for the moment when we’ll be “good enough.” When we’re “good enough” we’ll begin to live fully! When we’re “good enough” we’ll start loving freely and completely! We’ll risk and speak up for ourselves and for others and for what we believe in against anybody! When we’re “good enough” we won’t feel anxious or depressed. We’ll go after that job we’ve always wanted and we will definitely not have any reservations about going after that man we’ve been desiring. But not until we’re good enough. Until then…..until then, we wait. Until then, we settle and we numb the sadness and the anxiety in our tummies with food or alcohol or TV, sleep, harlequin romances or some similar mind-numbing material. (more…)
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Online Program Preview Q&A Call
On this recorded Online Program Preview Q&A Call, Michelle talks about the new CEDRIC Centre Online Program, answers questions (which were varied and very interesting!) about the program and much, much more. Listen to the Online Program Preview Q&A Call and find out more.
Our web based program is a perfect mixture of self-help, group support, and counsellor facilitated discussion and workshops. You get weekly lessons with written, audio, and video components so you can choose the style of learning that suits you best.
You get a group forum with a gentle structure and warm, friendly support; `your own personal cheering section` is how one member put it.
And you get webinars every 2 weeks plus special events, hosted by Michelle Morand, founder and originator of The CEDRIC Method where you can ask questions or just listen to the lesson and the conversation.
The program has a lot to offer and will definitely help you stop feeling stuck with food and weight. If you`re ready to feel free of the grip food has on you, this is the place for you. And at $44.00 a month – it`s the most affordable way to get all the tools and support you need.
On this recorded workshop Q&A call, Michelle talks about the new CEDRIC Centre Online Program, answers questions (which were varied and very interesting!) about the program and much, much more.
- Join me today at 5pm PDT/8pm EDT for the Holiday Eating with Ease telelclass: http://bit.ly/87n2q4 #
- Join me today as I walk you through dealing with holiday eating issues: http://bit.ly/87n2q4 #
- Are you or a loved one stressed with holiday eating issues? Learn simple tips to break free today: http://bit.ly/87n2q4 #
- There's still time to join me for the Holiday Eating with Ease teleclass today: http://bit.ly/87n2q4 #
- Do you cringe when you think about the holidays? Learn to effectively deal with emotional food triggers. Join me Wed: http://bit.ly/87n2q4 #
- Spend 90 minutes with me and break through your need to use food to cope during the holidays. Wed teleclass: http://bit.ly/87n2q4 #
- Holidays can increase stress on many levels. Don't give in to using food to cope. Join me Wed 5pm Pacific: http://bit.ly/87n2q4 #
- Join me Wed, Dec. 9 for Holiday Eating with Ease Teleclass: http://bit.ly/87n2q4 #
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The theme of “making mistakes” (from the last 2 weeks) seems to have hit home with many readers, and with good reason. One of the main reasons we use food to cope is because we are so anxious all the time about saying the right thing; doing the right thing; being perceived as good and kind and generous and smart and sexy and “together.”
The pressure to perform and to conform to others’ expectations of who or what we should be creates a chronic state of anxiety that I call “the permeating level of anxiety” (PLA) and it is this chronic sense of disease or distress within that triggers us to restrict, or binge or purge.
The Diet Mentality of our society says that the way to be externally acceptable is to have breast augmentation, liposuction, no noticeable body fat, and a million dollars. It is not only unrealistic and unnatural, but it is also unhealthful. Ah, but the Drill Sgt. in you doesn’t really care, because the most important thing to him is meeting your needs for security and acceptance. And he believes that those needs must be met outside of yourself and can only be met when you have total acceptance and approval from everyone. He’ll worry about your quality of life and your health and wellness later. Right! Any of you who have been playing the Diet Mentality game for long will know that “later” never comes. From the Drill Sgt.’s perspective, there is always something more that you need to change/do/be in order to secure your place in the world. The only way the Drill Sgt. knows how to do this is to continue to pressure you to look a certain way so that you will finally get the approval and sense of security in the world that you so desperately seek.
- Typical eating disorder onset occurs in those ages 14 to 25, yet children as young as 10 can exhibit symptoms. #
- Finally find freedom from focusing on food and body image. Live Victoria workshop Jan 29-31. http://bit.ly/1A2awC #
- Join me at the CEDRIC Centre Jan 29-31 for live Victoria workshop. http://bit.ly/1A2awC #
- 70% of women are dieting and 40% are continually gaining and losing weight. #
- Don’t let diet mentality keep you in a vicious cycle of weight gain and loss. #
- I’ll be giving a live weekend workshop in Victoria Jan 29-31. http://bit.ly/1A2awC #
- Eating disorders workshop Jan 29-31 in Victoria. http://bit.ly/1A2awC #
- “Natural eaters” do not carry guilt and shame. #
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Letting go of the dream of perfection doesn’t mean giving up hope of having everything you desire.
It is actually the doorway to finally stepping free of the old all-or-nothing thinking that has kept you stuck in unsatisfying jobs and relationships and has kept you chained to food and body image focus as the answer to your insecurities and dissatisfaction with life.
The story that there is a “perfect” and that you have to be it or else is what keeps you from living happily, passionately, and purposefully in this moment.
Is the Christmas season particularly stressful for you?
Do you cringe at having to eat in more social situations than usual?
Will you give in to what others expect, leaving you emotionally exhausted and extra prone to using food to cope?
You’re not alone. For some of us, getting through the holidays is an emotionally turbulent time at best. But it doesn’t have to be that way. I promise! That’s why I’ve put together a very special teleclass where I will walk you through everything you need to know to make the holidays easier, brighter, and happier for you!
It truly is easier than you think.
- You are no more responsible for the needs, feelings and behaviors of others than you are for the weather. #
- Are you or a loved one challenged by using food to cope? Victoria workshop Jan 29-31. http://bit.ly/1A2awC #
- Come to Victoria for Phase 1 Workshop Jan 29-31. http://bit.ly/1A2awC #
- If you are struggling with bulimia and anorexia, there is a way out. And it won’t take years. #
- We all have ways we cope with life, but if you’re using food as a coping strategy, I can bet it’s not serving you well. #
- Get a live workshop experience with me Dec 4-6 in Victoria. http://bit.ly/1A2awC #
- I know what your Drill Sgt. (inner critic) likes to tell you, but you don’t have to be his victim. #
- Learn why you use food to cope and get a plan for the New Year. Workshop Dec 4-6. http://bit.ly/1A2awC #
- Why struggle with food issues any longer? Information and support are here for you. #
- Last Phase 1 workshop this year in Victoria Dec 4-6. http://bit.ly/1A2awC #
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I can’t believe that I didn’t see it as I was writing it but it is kind of ironic that last week, as I was sharing the news of my engagement with you all, the topic I chose to write on was “commitments and balance”! Ah, the subconscious works in mysterious ways doesn’t it!? We teach what we most need to learn!
It’s definitely a message that I can stand to be reminded of:
“Don’t make commitments you can’t keep and still live a balanced life!”
No, I’m not rethinking my plans to marry. I am, however, conscious of the need to stay grounded in my day-to-day self-care routine in order to be the best that I can be for my son, my sweetheart, my family and friends-at-large and my clients. We all share that need. We all need a fundamental routine of self-care that we honor first and foremost in order to have the energy and the presence of mind to be healthy and balanced and patient and clear-headed with the rest of the world as we go through our day.