Food Addiction Infographic and Food Addiction Quiz

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Suspect you or someone you know might be a food addict? This Food Addiction Infographic and the attached Food Addiction Quiz may help you figure it out.   I'm a personal trainer that identifies as a food addict. At 34, I'm a healthy size 6, but by the time I was 18 I had high blood pressure … [Read more...]

Loving My 300-Pound Body Keeps Me Thin

Coffey, Before & During

When obesity has roots in shame, loving our larger bodies (in my case, a 300 pound body) may contribute to healthy, sustainable weight loss. We're tormented by our obsession with weight. Losing weight is hard to do, and the overwhelming majority of us gain back whatever weight we lose (and then … [Read more...]

Sack the Snacks

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The biggest problem with modern eating - the root cause of many of our nutritional, weight, and behavioral woes - is snacks. Compared to what our grandparents ate at mealtimes, modern meals have certainly changed, but the most significant change, by far, from then to now is the volume we eat between … [Read more...]

Portrait of the Trainer as an Addict

Kelly Coffey Before 307lbs c

How do you know you're addicted to sugar and starch? I get this question a lot. Admittedly, sugar and starch addiction is less devastating than alcoholism or drug addiction. But just because I've never sold my body for a bagel doesn't make it any less of an addiction. So how do I know I'm a sugar … [Read more...]

That Cookie is a Cannibal

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If you struggle with sugar addiction or compulsive overeating, you eat the first cookie, but that cookie eats all the rest. Here's what it can look like when one sets a binge in motion. I’ve been enjoying a weeks-long period of true abstinence from the foods that make me crazy. Energetic and … [Read more...]