There are subtle hints all around that fall is on its way. For many Americans, autumn-time (pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkin pancakes, and pumpkin cheesecake), marks the beginning of a steady trajectory of weight gain that culminates in grand weight loss promises on January 1st.
The philosophical approach at Focus it that there are no "good" foods or "bad" foods, including those that provide pleasure and enjoyment in the moment. This "all foods are allowed" mindset is balanced with the approach that everyone deserves to build specific skills to achieve and sustain good health, both inside and out. This includes the eradication of shame and guilt around food and body, while also staying clear and accountable to balanced eating and weight management practices.
There are many levels of food struggles, ranging from minor everyday challenges that most Americans face (such as overeating and stress eating) through intensely painful and debilitating addictions such as binge eating disorder. Regardless of where weight issues fall on the spectrum, the philosophical approach at Focus is multi-faceted (and very individualized). First, it is always about more than just the food - let's start with getting curious. Second, there are no "good" foods or "bad" foods, including those that provide pleasure and enjoyment in the moment. Third, everyone deserves to build specific skills to achieve and sustain good health inside and out, which includes weight. Finally, we believe that it is possible to diminish/eradicate shame and guilt around food and body, while also staying clear and accountable to balanced eating and weight management practices.
The incredible team of expert at Focus has been collectively working in the field of eating behaviors for over 100 years. Each practitioner supports men and women (as well as teenagers and families) by guiding and healing food and body struggles through compassion and specific evidence-based therapeutic and nutritional approaches. The most experienced staff members in the realm of weight management include the Focus dietitians: Lisa Davis, Teran Moon, and Siri Khalsa-Zemel. The most experienced staff in the realms of body image issues and underlying emotional distress connected to eating behaviors include the Focus therapy staff: Dr. Catherine Zook-Bell, Dr. Gail Gnade, Missy Cohen, Caroline Whitaker, and Vicki Wenke.
There is no shame in reaching out for support. Please let us know how we can help!
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