The CEDRIC Philosophy

At The CEDRIC Centre we believe:
  1. Food is not the problem.
  2. Food is just a coping strategy; regardless of whether you overeat, under eat, or binge and purge.
  3. Until you identify and heal the underlying concerns from your past, your present and/or your future that are triggering you to use food to cope you will continue to overeat, restrict or purge.
  4. Any effort to control your use of food through restriction, without a clear understanding of why you are using food to cope in the first place, can not be successful for any length of time.
  5. Complete and lasting recovery from restriction, overeating, and bingeing is possible. Regardless of how long this pattern has been a part of your life, you can anticipate achieving complete freedom from the use of food to cope.
  6. A natural relationship with food means you eat when you are hungry and you stop when you are full. Barring any medical condition, it is impossible to be anything other than a natural and healthy weight for your body if you are eating in response to your body’s natural signals of hunger and fullness.
  7. Our goal is to support you to achieve a natural relationship with food and to heal the underlying triggers that have led you to use food to cope in the past.

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  1. Anna January 30, 2011

    I know I’m overeating in response to stress. I’ve identified that each time, but it is so hard to know what to do with the angst of the situation at the time. It’s a powerful energy that needs to be dealt with somehow. It’s not old issues usually. Mostly it is just normal stressors of living, disagreements and the like, that send me running to the frig. I often drink tea but that doesn’t calm me down until I get food. I’m not sure how to deal with this.

    • Michelle Morand January 31, 2011

      Hi Anna,
      You’ve got to always keep in mind that eating is just a coping strategy unless you’re truly hungry and stop when you’re comfortably full.
      If that’s the case, you either have a major stressor that’s completely overwhelming you with good cause, which is very uncommon (ie. death, major life threatening illness, major financial crisis) or you have a combination of a life stressor (or two or three) that is actually manageable and solveable, plus a giant heaping mound of all or nothing thinking.
      If you learn how to use the list of stressors and drill sgt dialogue and commit to doing them whenever you notice that urge to nibble you will immediately see the all or nothing/extreme thinking and be able to step around it to your rational mind and the problem will immediately get smaller and your anxiety will diminish greatly.
      And once you’ve identified what, if any action you need to take to resolve the need, your anxiety will dissipate. So, learn how to use those tools, and apply them.
      Love Michelle


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