Welcome to Weighty Issues

As you may know, we live in a culture which promotes a love/hate relationship with food, with our bodies and ultimately with ourselves. Therefore, we are left feeling out of control with our eating and with our lives. Joyce Sarat White, licensed professional counselor and founder of Weighty Issues, helps clients explore information, challenge beliefs and encourages the reframing of one's relationship to food, to their bodies and to themselves. Click here for a more complete description of Weighty Issues.

This blog will provide you with the opportunity to receive support and education. The information is meant to complement, not substitute for professional services. Thank you for visiting, I hope it will become habit forming!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Meditating to a Healthy Body Weight

How can Meditation lead to a Healthy Body Weight? The #1 reason we overeat is due to stress. We live in stressful, anxious times and so it is no wonder that weight issues have become one of the foremost health issues today. However, our breath is a tool that we carry with us wherever we go and it can soothe and relax us.

Unfortunately, most of us breathe just enough to stay alive. This shallow breathing creates anxiety, fatigue, rapid heart rate, confusion, poor concentration, muscle tension and negative, neurotic thinking. Food might be our drug of choice to numb ourselves. In the end, we develop health issues such as high blood pressure, headaches, insomnia, teeth grinding, indigestion etc.

If we can take time to breathe deeply, that is, diaphragmatic or belly breathing, 15 minutes a day, emotional distress can be eased. We can feel more peaceful, energized, loving, productive, focused and think more positive, hopeful thoughts. Ultimately, thru a practice of meditation, there is a connection to the inner self and what one really needs and wants instead of food. Meditation is an important resouce in attaining a Healthy Body Weight. To learn more about meditation, please call me at 846-9053.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Self-Love and Self-Acceptance

Do you love and accept yourself?  Self-love and Self-acceptance are the most important ingredients in attaining a healthy weight.  Most of my clients bristle when I first say this to them.  They feel if they love and accept themselves as they are, change will not occur.  Rather they will only gain more weight.  It is hard for them to see that self-hate brings self-abuse, self-tyranny, and self-apathy.  Resistance and staying stuck occurs when we do not accept our current reality.

If longterm, meaningful change is to occur, unconditional love and acceptance has the power to do it.  With compassion and forgiveness, growth occurs.  To get started, this is an example of a compassionate thought that might be helpful:  "Even though I make mistakes, I deeply and completely love myself."

If you struggle with shame and self-hate, please call me at 207 846-9053.  As we work together, Self-love and Self-Acceptance will grow and, in turn, tools to enhance your health and well-being will be chosen.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Eating Disorders Awareness Week is this month.  Eating Disorders are extreme expressions of a range of weight and food issues experienced by both men and women. Therefore, to increase awareness, please answer the following questions.

Do you:
1.  Constantly think about food, weight, or body image?
2.  Have difficulty concentrating because of these thoughts?
3.  Worry about what your last meal is doing to your body?
4.  Experience guilt or shame around eating?
5.  Count calories or fat grams whenever you eat or drink?
6.  Feel "out of control" when it comes to food?
7.  Binge eat twice a week or more?
8.  Still feel fat when others tell you that you are thin?
9.  Obsess about the size of specific body parts?
10.Weigh yourself several times daily?
11.Exercise to lose weight even if you are ill or injured?
12.Label foods as "good" or "bad"?
13.Vomit after eating?
14.Use laxatives or diuretics to keep your weight down?
15.Severly limit your food intake?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, your attitudes and behaviors around food and weight may need to be seriously addressed.  Please call me at (207) 8469053 to learn more and to receive help.