Centre for Emotional Eating

Centre for Emotional Eating Lynn Therrien is a Registered Psychotherapist and Certified Canadian Counsellor. She is the founder of the Centre of Emotional Eating and specializes in supporting one's relationship with food and weight.

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With the clocks changing tonight, often earlier sunsets make for lower moods. Here are a few ideas to help you manage th...
11/06/2021

With the clocks changing tonight, often earlier sunsets make for lower moods. Here are a few ideas to help you manage the seasonal change:

☀️ Getting out midday for a walk ensures you get some rays.
☀️ Prioritize getting sleep. This can help you feel more rested and work with the ‘rhythm’ of the sun’s schedule.
☀️ Add (or increase) foods that taste tropical—oranges, bananas, even a squeeze of lime in your water!
☀️ Find ways to socialize without adding stress. That could be a group text or a phone call.
☀️ Give yourself comfort with scented candles, accessories for bubble baths, more plants, or even a new fuzzy blanket.
☀️ Know that it is ok to reach out to a friend or a professional for help. Winter can seem long, and you don’t have to face it alone.

With the clocks changing tonight, often earlier sunsets make for lower moods. Here are a few ideas to help you manage the seasonal change:

☀️ Getting out midday for a walk ensures you get some rays.
☀️ Prioritize getting sleep. This can help you feel more rested and work with the ‘rhythm’ of the sun’s schedule.
☀️ Add (or increase) foods that taste tropical—oranges, bananas, even a squeeze of lime in your water!
☀️ Find ways to socialize without adding stress. That could be a group text or a phone call.
☀️ Give yourself comfort with scented candles, accessories for bubble baths, more plants, or even a new fuzzy blanket.
☀️ Know that it is ok to reach out to a friend or a professional for help. Winter can seem long, and you don’t have to face it alone.

Emotional eaters tend to keep certain foods out of their house: cookies, ice cream, chips, and more! The thought is that...
11/04/2021

Emotional eaters tend to keep certain foods out of their house: cookies, ice cream, chips, and more! The thought is that if they aren’t in the house, you can’t be tempted by them. Often that isn’t true; you’re increasing the temptation by putting such stiff rules around what you can and can’t eat.

Open your front door and invite these foods in! Stocking them in your fridge, freezer, and pantry will make them readily available. Yes, it may feel like they are calling your name for the first little while, but eventually they will quiet down as you know you can have a bite, lick, or taste at any time.

Taking the ‘specialness’ out of these specific foods can help lessen your emotional eating since they don’t seem restricted to times when you feel the urge to eat emotionally.

If this seems overwhelming to try, start with one thing—chocolate chip cookies or sour cream and onion chips—and see how you feel (you may surprise yourself!).

Emotional eaters tend to keep certain foods out of their house: cookies, ice cream, chips, and more! The thought is that if they aren’t in the house, you can’t be tempted by them. Often that isn’t true; you’re increasing the temptation by putting such stiff rules around what you can and can’t eat.

Open your front door and invite these foods in! Stocking them in your fridge, freezer, and pantry will make them readily available. Yes, it may feel like they are calling your name for the first little while, but eventually they will quiet down as you know you can have a bite, lick, or taste at any time.

Taking the ‘specialness’ out of these specific foods can help lessen your emotional eating since they don’t seem restricted to times when you feel the urge to eat emotionally.

If this seems overwhelming to try, start with one thing—chocolate chip cookies or sour cream and onion chips—and see how you feel (you may surprise yourself!).

Do you often feel like you’re eating is out of control? That tomorrow you’ll start over by eating perfectly and exercisi...
11/02/2021
FIRST STEP | Centre for Emotional Eating

Do you often feel like you’re eating is out of control? That tomorrow you’ll start over by eating perfectly and exercising every day?

Not only is that unrealistic (and unhealthy), that kind of restriction and self-criticism sets you up to feel bad about yourself and can lead to more emotional eating.

Living in this binge/restrict cycle has an impact not only on our body but our mind too. If you want to begin to understand why you eat emotionally, sign up for our First Step course. It will give you the tools and strategies you need to learn about your emotional eating (plus it’s cheaper than two one-on-one therapy sessions!).

https://www.centreforemotionaleating.com/first-step

The First Step is a program developed by Lynn Therrien, a Registered Psychotherapist who specializes in helping people who struggle with emotional eating.

Emotional eating doesn’t have to feel like a scary monster this Halloween!With all the candy coming into your home—wheth...
10/30/2021

Emotional eating doesn’t have to feel like a scary monster this Halloween!

With all the candy coming into your home—whether store bought or from your kid’s haul—know that indulging in this October tradition is normal (and should be fun!).

The weather is cooler (perfect for snacking), and we all have memories from our own time trick or treating around neighbourhoods—so, we associate a positive personal experience with mini chocolate bars and bags of chips!

Eat the things you’re craving and then toss the ones you aren’t (for us those orange-and-yellow candy corn triangles that just aren’t tasty enough!).

Emotional eating doesn’t have to feel like a scary monster this Halloween!

With all the candy coming into your home—whether store bought or from your kid’s haul—know that indulging in this October tradition is normal (and should be fun!).

The weather is cooler (perfect for snacking), and we all have memories from our own time trick or treating around neighbourhoods—so, we associate a positive personal experience with mini chocolate bars and bags of chips!

Eat the things you’re craving and then toss the ones you aren’t (for us those orange-and-yellow candy corn triangles that just aren’t tasty enough!).

You may have heard of self-love and self-esteem, but what is self-worth?The ‘worth’ portion of the term brings to mind t...
10/28/2021

You may have heard of self-love and self-esteem, but what is self-worth?

The ‘worth’ portion of the term brings to mind the idea of money or value. So, to define “self-worth” it is a sense of knowing your own value and that you are worthy of love, respect, and acceptance no matter what.

Being confident of your value in society can be challenge when we don’t fit the narrow description—we’re not thin enough, successful enough, curvy enough, feminine enough.

The good news is: you can work on your own self-worth by focussing on what matters to you and not what society says should matter (like the number on the scale or in your bank account!).

Try writing down five things that matter to you, for example: “even if my weight changes, it doesn’t change that I am a caring person.” You’ll start to see your true value (we bet it’s pretty high!).

You may have heard of self-love and self-esteem, but what is self-worth?

The ‘worth’ portion of the term brings to mind the idea of money or value. So, to define “self-worth” it is a sense of knowing your own value and that you are worthy of love, respect, and acceptance no matter what.

Being confident of your value in society can be challenge when we don’t fit the narrow description—we’re not thin enough, successful enough, curvy enough, feminine enough.

The good news is: you can work on your own self-worth by focussing on what matters to you and not what society says should matter (like the number on the scale or in your bank account!).

Try writing down five things that matter to you, for example: “even if my weight changes, it doesn’t change that I am a caring person.” You’ll start to see your true value (we bet it’s pretty high!).

Receiving bad news can have a big impact on your mood, maybe even send you spiraling for a time. It could be as personal...
10/27/2021

Receiving bad news can have a big impact on your mood, maybe even send you spiraling for a time. It could be as personal as seeing a negative pregnancy test again after months of trying or not getting the promotion to your dream job.

Or maybe it’s news that triggers something from your own past, like hearing someone in your community has cancer or a friend’s grandparent has passed away.

Life is unpredictable and we may never feel like we’re ready to hear these things. But know that there is no need to hide what you are feeling. In fact, talking about them with someone you trust, or journaling can be a great way to process bad news.

Receiving bad news can have a big impact on your mood, maybe even send you spiraling for a time. It could be as personal as seeing a negative pregnancy test again after months of trying or not getting the promotion to your dream job.

Or maybe it’s news that triggers something from your own past, like hearing someone in your community has cancer or a friend’s grandparent has passed away.

Life is unpredictable and we may never feel like we’re ready to hear these things. But know that there is no need to hide what you are feeling. In fact, talking about them with someone you trust, or journaling can be a great way to process bad news.

Today on the blog, we’re adding to your emotional eating toolkit with another tool to try: affirmations!Affirmations ten...
10/23/2021
Your Emotional Eating Toolkit: Affirmations

Today on the blog, we’re adding to your emotional eating toolkit with another tool to try: affirmations!

Affirmations tend to divide people into two camps: either you love ‘em or hate ‘em! But take a read through and hear us out; affirmations can not only be effective in creating a positive outlook, they are also a convenient tool you can rely on whenever you need it (and you don’t have to have space for it in your purse!).

https://www.centreforemotionaleating.com/blog/affirmations

Affirmations are a great way to challenge negative thoughts and self-criticism. Add it to you emotional eating toolkit and see how it can transform your life!

Why sign up for our First Step course?❥ It will help you ID the root cause of why you eat emotionally.❥ It explains what...
10/21/2021
FIRST STEP | Centre for Emotional Eating

Why sign up for our First Step course?

❥ It will help you ID the root cause of why you eat emotionally.
❥ It explains what emotional eating is and why we do it.
❥ It will support you with personalized strategies for when you are triggered to eat emotionally.
❥ You can do it on your own time and have lifetime access to go back to it whenever you need to.
❥ It’s new price—$247 (including tax)—is cheaper than two individual therapy sessions.

💛 Your peace awaits.

https://www.centreforemotionaleating.com/first-step

The First Step is a program developed by Lynn Therrien, a Registered Psychotherapist who specializes in helping people who struggle with emotional eating.

This week is Health Education Week, so we’re dropping some facts about a misunderstood (and unfortunately still taboo) s...
10/19/2021

This week is Health Education Week, so we’re dropping some facts about a misunderstood (and unfortunately still taboo) subject: depression.

Did you know:
- Depression may not show itself through tears; weight loss (or gain), irritability, poor sleep, and even being uninterested in things you normally enjoy can all be signs.

- Not every person who experiences symptoms of depression takes antidepressants. In fact, therapy can be a very helpful way to manage depression.

- Depression doesn’t need to be triggered by a sad situation.

- Being depressed does not mean someone is lazy. In fact, studies show that employees with depression enjoy feeling productive and part of a team.

This week is Health Education Week, so we’re dropping some facts about a misunderstood (and unfortunately still taboo) subject: depression.

Did you know:
- Depression may not show itself through tears; weight loss (or gain), irritability, poor sleep, and even being uninterested in things you normally enjoy can all be signs.

- Not every person who experiences symptoms of depression takes antidepressants. In fact, therapy can be a very helpful way to manage depression.

- Depression doesn’t need to be triggered by a sad situation.

- Being depressed does not mean someone is lazy. In fact, studies show that employees with depression enjoy feeling productive and part of a team.

As an emotional eater, and a mother, trying to navigate your child’s eating habits can be triggering. You want to set a ...
10/17/2021

As an emotional eater, and a mother, trying to navigate your child’s eating habits can be triggering. You want to set a good example with an array of foods and no feelings of guilt, but you may find this adds stress and anxiety you couldn’t have predicted pre-kids.

Know that your awareness of your own eating habits is a positive reflection on the work you’re doing! Remember: there is no such thing as perfect. And if you’re really concerned, reach out to us, the Centre for Emotional Eating, for support. We help guide parents who struggle with their emotional eating and fear passing on these patterns to their kids.

As an emotional eater, and a mother, trying to navigate your child’s eating habits can be triggering. You want to set a good example with an array of foods and no feelings of guilt, but you may find this adds stress and anxiety you couldn’t have predicted pre-kids.

Know that your awareness of your own eating habits is a positive reflection on the work you’re doing! Remember: there is no such thing as perfect. And if you’re really concerned, reach out to us, the Centre for Emotional Eating, for support. We help guide parents who struggle with their emotional eating and fear passing on these patterns to their kids.

COVID-19 has changed all our lives. And with the introduction of the vaccine, it can be challenging to navigate family a...
10/15/2021

COVID-19 has changed all our lives. And with the introduction of the vaccine, it can be challenging to navigate family and social gatherings.

Give yourself permission to set boundaries with those you don’t feel comfortable socializing with. Here’s an example: “Jen, I’d love to meet with you, but I’m just not comfortable at this point. Can we wait a little bit longer before getting together?”

This can be stressful and lead to confrontation at first, but your peace of mind is more important.

COVID-19 has changed all our lives. And with the introduction of the vaccine, it can be challenging to navigate family and social gatherings.

Give yourself permission to set boundaries with those you don’t feel comfortable socializing with. Here’s an example: “Jen, I’d love to meet with you, but I’m just not comfortable at this point. Can we wait a little bit longer before getting together?”

This can be stressful and lead to confrontation at first, but your peace of mind is more important.

Do you ever find your perspective on work and life is different when faced with a shorter work week? It is a great examp...
10/12/2021

Do you ever find your perspective on work and life is different when faced with a shorter work week? It is a great example of how examining, and questioning, our thoughts can change our perspective. Which of these sounds more like you:

👍 I enjoy short weeks! They go by so fast and before I know it, it’s the weekend again.

👎 I hate short weeks! Same number of things to get done, fewer days to do them in.

Let us know in the comments how you approach a shorter week, if it gives you a positive or negative outlook, and if you find yourself snacking more to get through it.

Do you ever find your perspective on work and life is different when faced with a shorter work week? It is a great example of how examining, and questioning, our thoughts can change our perspective. Which of these sounds more like you:

👍 I enjoy short weeks! They go by so fast and before I know it, it’s the weekend again.

👎 I hate short weeks! Same number of things to get done, fewer days to do them in.

Let us know in the comments how you approach a shorter week, if it gives you a positive or negative outlook, and if you find yourself snacking more to get through it.

Thanksgiving tends to revolve around the food. 🥧 Sweet pie.🍗 Savoury turkey.🥔 Creamy mashed potatoes.No matter what you ...
10/09/2021

Thanksgiving tends to revolve around the food.

🥧 Sweet pie.
🍗 Savoury turkey.
🥔 Creamy mashed potatoes.

No matter what you choose to put on your plate this weekend, enjoy it guilt free. How much you eat does not make you a terrible person. You can just be someone nourishing their body with good food made with love.

What a celebration!

Thanksgiving tends to revolve around the food.

🥧 Sweet pie.
🍗 Savoury turkey.
🥔 Creamy mashed potatoes.

No matter what you choose to put on your plate this weekend, enjoy it guilt free. How much you eat does not make you a terrible person. You can just be someone nourishing their body with good food made with love.

What a celebration!

Some days we wake up and want the ability to slip out of our own skin, maybe unzip and stop carrying our physical and em...
10/08/2021
5 Tips for When You’re Having a Bad Body Image Day

Some days we wake up and want the ability to slip out of our own skin, maybe unzip and stop carrying our physical and emotional weight.

Bad body image days are common (seriously, we all get them) and today on the blog we’re sharing a few tips on what you can do to be gentle with yourself and support your mental health when these days come up.

Hopefully they will help you feel better prepared and a bit more positive the next time you’re feeling the need to flee your body.

https://www.centreforemotionaleating.com/blog/badbodyimage

Everyone has bad body image days, but there are ways to make then more manageable. Check out these tips.

From a very young age we associate food with love, acceptance, and comfort: our parents holding us as babies to feed us,...
10/05/2021

From a very young age we associate food with love, acceptance, and comfort: our parents holding us as babies to feed us, celebratory birthday cake, even grandma’s Sunday roast chicken! We are conditioned to find this human need through our tastebuds and stomachs.

When we are faced with situations or events that make us crave these feelings—because we are lonely, sad, or upset—we also tend to crave certain foods as well.

Know that there is nothing at all wrong with this response. We want to feel good, even if it is temporary. Understanding why you turn to food for comfort can be a step in feeling better about what and why you are eating… Because it’s never about the food.

From a very young age we associate food with love, acceptance, and comfort: our parents holding us as babies to feed us, celebratory birthday cake, even grandma’s Sunday roast chicken! We are conditioned to find this human need through our tastebuds and stomachs.

When we are faced with situations or events that make us crave these feelings—because we are lonely, sad, or upset—we also tend to crave certain foods as well.

Know that there is nothing at all wrong with this response. We want to feel good, even if it is temporary. Understanding why you turn to food for comfort can be a step in feeling better about what and why you are eating… Because it’s never about the food.

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