Our culture loves food! Eating is a primary way of socializing, celebrating, comforting ourselves. We also need to eat to survive, Once we find ourselves struggling with unhealthy eating patterns or issues with our weight, the need to eat coupled with our brain’s desire to have sweet, salty, delicious food all make it difficult for some of us to make healthy choices, or at times, to have control over what or how much we are eating. In addition, we feel guilt, shame and embarrassment about engaging in an activity that our bodies require. Maybe our weight is normal but we are preoccupied with thinking about food. This can only add to feelings of wanting to eat, and can perpetuate an unhealthy cycle.
For some of us, eating takes on a life of its own.
- We think about food and eating when we are not hungry.
- We feel as though we are not in complete control of what we are doing.
- We can not seem to resist the foods that we know are unhealthy for us.
- We eat more than we intended.
- We finish off whole bags or boxes or containers of food.
- We lose our sense of what it feels like to be full.
Sometimes food becomes our worst enemy in that we don’t feel in control, or our weight becomes unhealthy, dangerous.
Dieting is often not the answer! In fact, how we feel about our bodies and our attempts at conforming to social norms about beauty often contribute greatly to the problem.
Our goal is to help you change your relationship with yourself and with food so you can live a healthier, more satisfying life.
At The Juniper Center, the home of the Center for Overeating Recovery, we understand overeating and have many years of experience helping people understand and alter these patterns while working toward regaining control in their lives.
In addition to individual and group counseling, we offer optional mindfulness, meditation and modified yoga to assist you in regaining a healthy, peaceful relationship with your body. We look forward to meeting you and helping you on this journey.