Katie Rickel, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Behavioral Health Expert
Blog Posts

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When some extra time remains at the end of my weight-loss support group sessions, I often suggest an exercise that my mother, an elementary school teacher, uses with her students. She calls it a “...

Added to Mental Health, Wellness on Mon 07/23/2012

Practically every day in my practice as a weight-loss psychologist, I hear a patient lament, “I know so much about losing weight that I could write my own book about diet and exercise. So, why can...

Added to Weight Loss, Mental Health, Wellness on Fri 06/22/2012

Last weekend, I went to one of the gigantic wholesale warehouses with a friend to pick up items for a party. My friend had twisted her ankle earlier in week, and it was still difficult to walk...

Added to Mental Health, Obesity, Body Image on Sun 05/27/2012

The so-called “feeding tube” diet has received a great deal of attention in the last week after the New York Times published an article titled “Bridal Hunger Games: Losing Weight in Time...

Added to Weight Loss, Diet, Smart Patient, Health News on Thu 04/19/2012

At one time or another, we have all gone to extraordinary – and often unhealthy – lengths to get ourselves out of a funk. We might overeat. We might drink alcohol. We might lash out at irritating...

Added to Mental Health, Wellness on Tue 04/03/2012

You will never win a war that you wage against yourself. Yet, so many of my patients engage in these futile tactics during weight-loss attempts. Some describe the internal battle as an angel on...

Added to Weight Loss, Diet, Wellness on Mon 03/12/2012

“Nothing tastes as good as thin feels.” 

 

“Hunger hurts, but starving works.” 

 

“The difference between want and need is self-control.”

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Your mother always told you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. However, despite this widely touted piece of conventional wisdom, less than half of Americans actually report...

Added to Nutrition, Weight Loss, Diet on Tue 02/28/2012

When a new client comes into my office for weight-loss counseling, I begin by asking two questions to assess his or her motivation: How is your weight hurting you, and how is your weight helping...

Added to Sex and Relationships on Mon 02/06/2012

Most of us have an intense fear of being uncomfortable. In fact, we are taught to fear discomfort from infancy. As babies, our expressions of discomfort are adaptive – they inform our caretakers...

Added to Mental Health, Wellness on Mon 01/30/2012

For the last 30 years, my family and I have vacationed at the same resort over the winter holidays. As I lay by the pool last month, I reflected on the wide spectrum of body types I have occupied...

Added to Weight Loss, Diet, Mental Health, Fitness, Wellness, Beauty on Fri 01/06/2012

Take a moment to think of one occasion, gathering, celebration or holiday that does not involve food in some fundamental way. Having trouble? I’m not surprised. We live in a food-centric society,...

Added to Weight Loss, Relationships on Sun 12/04/2011

Thanksgiving is upon us yet again. A day on which Americans are not only permitted, but actually encouraged, to overeat to the point of falling deep into a food-induced coma.   If you...

Added to Nutrition, Weight Loss, Diet, Wellness, Family Health, Holidays on Tue 11/22/2011

I’ll admit it: I talk to myself. You talk to yourself, too. In fact, we’re all constantly talking to ourselves as thoughts runs through our minds. We’re not even aware of all our thoughts, and...

Added to Mental Health, Wellness on Mon 11/14/2011

If you were watching any news program last week, you undoubtedly saw the headline, “It’s not your fault you are overweight! Hormones are to blame!” These statements were triggered by a study...

We all know the feeling of having arrived at a frequently visited destination and having little to no recollection of the drive there. Does this ever happen to you with food?

 

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