Improve Your Mental Health and Lower Stress with Moderate Exercise

Exercise can play a very important role in recovery from depression and other mental illnesses, as well as lower our stress levels.  When we exercise our brain releases neurotransmitters or chemicals that promote a sense of well being, happiness, and calmness.  Some of the chemicals that our brain releases are like the chemicals that are used in antidepressant medications.  In …

Can Relationships Heal Eating Disorders?

New research (http://psychcentral.com/news/2014/03/23/oxytocin-shows-promise-in-treating-anorexia/67495.html) is showing some promising results of a possible new treatment approach to treating anorexia and other eating disorders.  This new research suggests the significant role that a chemical called oxytocin could play in the treatment of eating disorders.  Oxytocin is a chemical that our body releases naturally during times when we are bonding, such as in child …

“Biggest Looser” and Eating Disorders

“Biggest Looser” and Eating Disorders  I have recently heard about a contestant allegedly on the TV show, Biggest Looser, who lost more weight than what her ideal body weight should be.  I have only watched the show a couple of times, so I in no way want to put place this contestants’ weight loss solely on the fact that she …

Surviving the Holidays When You Have an Eating Disorder

Trusted Therapy, Inc Tonya McFarland, PsyD 1030 Johnson Rd, 323 Golden, CO  80401 303-709-5897 trustedtherapy.com tonya@trustedtherapy.com   People who struggle with eating disorders often find the holidays to be a stressful time.  I think for many of us the holidays can be stressful.  Our schedules are different, we tend to have more social activities, and spend more time with family …

Why Eating Disorders Aren’t Just About Control

As a psychologist working with individuals who struggle in their relationship with food; it feels frustrating when I hear others (especially other mental health providers!) saying that eating disorders happen to people because they are “controlling”.  Yes, I do think that many people who have an eating disorder often feel that many things in their life are out of their …

How to eat on vacation without coming back as a beached whale!

Summer has finally arrived!  The kids are out of school, the weather is hot, and the family vacation that has been planned for months is finally approaching.  So what are you most looking forward to on your vacation?  Is it the quality time you will finally be able to spend with your family, the time away from the office, or …