Eating in the Light of the Moon with Dr. Anita Johnston – Emotional Pro

July 27th, 2006

7/27/2006 Thursday 9am to 10am Pacific Time
Anita Johnston, Ph.D. says “often people struggling with disordered eating dream of a magical solution or some instant resolution.” There are no magical solutions in Eating in the Light of the Moon, but there are stories and myths that help people untangle their dysfunctional relationship with eating and food. What these stories and myths are, and how they can be used to help re-establish a healthy relationship with food and eating, is the subject of this broadcast. Dr. Johnston is a clinical psychologist specializing in women’s issues and eating disorders. The is co-founder of the Anorexia and Bulimia Center of Hawaii.
Segment 1: Disordered Eating Affects Men and Women
People with disordered eating can be described as having a “thin-skinned nature,” not a derogatory description, but one which denotes their special intuitive and observational abilities. Dr. Johnston talks about how myth and storytelling is used to bypass the logical mind, so people can see the REAL issues and not the “red herring” of food, no food, or fat.
Segment 2: Decoding Snack Foods and Emotionsbr /> What do you do first, second and next in order to overcome disordered eating of any kind? As we discuss the role of emotions in disordered eating, Dr. Johnston reveals what your desire for sweet, salty, spicy, warm or chocolate snacks and food has to say about your REAL underlying hungers! Emotions are “coded,” too. Dr. Johnston says the “yukkiest” offer us the greatest gifts, the greatest pearls of wisdom, so attending to them allows the greatest growth, positively influencing recovery.
Segment 3: Eating Disorders as a Messenger from Your Higher Self!br /> With the ultimate positive spin, Dr. Johnston talks about what fun it can be to decode what our bodies and psyches are trying to communicate to us regarding unmet needs and larger “hungers” through their presence. It’s not the food, she says, its trying NOT to feel the REAL emotions, that underlies disordered eating. She explains why eating disorders often start at the same time as women’s menses and speaks to the importance of learning to be assertive.

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