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Spring 2015 – Diet Survivors Group Newsletter

Greetings:

Welcome to the Spring 2015 e-mail!

(Based on The Diet Survivor's Handbook: 60 Lessons in Eating, Acceptance and Self-Care)

As winter fades away, the magic of spring awaits us. For those of us who experienced freezing temperatures these past months (and a record 109 inches of snow in the Boston area!) it can be easy to forget that there's a lot taking place beneath the surface of the earth that's invisible to us. When the cherry blossoms burst into color in Washington D.C. (a bit late this year!) or the tulips blossom into a beautiful rainbow of colors, it's the result of all kinds of processes taking place underground that we cannot see.

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Winter 2015 – Diet Survivors Group Newsletter

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Greetings:

Welcome to the Winter 2015 e-mail!

(Based on The Diet Survivor's Handbook: 60 Lessons in Eating, Acceptance and Self-Care)

It's January, which means we're all being bombarded with media messages promising: A New Year, A New You. This idea of reinventing ourselves every 365 days diminishes who we are, the unique journey each of us is on, and how change takes place. In reality, New Year's Resolutions—including the most popular one to diet—typically fizzle by the end of January, resulting in feelings of failure or even shame.

We'd like to offer you some of our own reflections about New Year's resolutions in 2015:

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Fall 2014 – Diet Survivors Group Newsletter

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Greetings:

Welcome to the Fall 2014 e-mail!

(Based on The Diet Survivor's Handbook: 60 Lessons in Eating, Acceptance and Self-Care)

As the leaves of this autumn season begin to change color we're reminded that we, too, are constantly changing. And as the temperatures begin to cool, we may find ourselves slowing down and turning inward. For many people struggling with overeating, turning to food is a way to navigate the uncomfortable feelings that can arise for all sorts of reasons. On the one hand, the practice of self-compassion is important to cultivate so you can be kind to yourself as you acknowledge that when you reach for food, you're doing the best you can in the moment to take care of your emotional needs. At the same time, however, it's also important to become curious, reminding yourself that, like the leaves in fall, change is ongoing, and that slowing down and turning inward are part of the journey.

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Summer 2014 – Diet Survivors Group Newsletter

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HEALTH AT EVERY SIZE WORKSHOPS IN THE CHICAGO AREA
Thursday, August 14th at Dominican University Featuring:

Linda Bacon and Lucy Aphramor,
authors of Health At Every Size (Linda) and Body Respect
Judith Matz and Elisa D'Urso Fischer,
author of Beyond a Shadow of a Diet and The Diet Survivor's Handbook (Judith)

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Greetings:

Welcome to the Summer 2014 e-mail!

(Based on The Diet Survivor's Handbook: 60 Lessons in Eating, Acceptance and Self-Care)

Summertime is here, and with this season comes beautiful flowers in a rainbow of colors that provides a feast for our senses. The bright reds and pinks of begonias, the deep purple of the iris, the pale pink and blue of the hibiscus – all with their different sizes and shapes – create an interesting and diverse landscape. Imagine if all flowers were the same in shape, size and color. You probably get where we're going with this!

People also naturally come in different sizes, shapes and colors. What would we lose if we all looked the same? As a society, we say that we celebrate diversity, but when it comes to size, there's no doubt we have a long way to go. Whatever challenges you face in accepting – and even embracing – your own body shape and size, keep in mind that your unique body is precious. Like a summer flower, give yourself the right amount of sunshine, water, and whatever other kinds of care you need to blossom and grow into your fullest expression.

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