Body Image Solutions Washington DC

Increasingly, researchers and practitioners alike are reaching the same conclusion I did: Addressing the mind is the first crucial step toward weight control. In fact, some researchers now believe you can't really lose weight until you learn to love your body as it is.

Walter Henry Glinsmann, MD
(202) 484-5050
Washington, DC
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Internal Medicine, Nutrition
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Male
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Medical School: Columbia Univ Coll Of Physicians And Surgeons, New York Ny 10032
Graduation Year: 1960

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(800) 813-5888
Phone sessions available
Washington, DC
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Akashic Records, Animal Health, Channeling, Distance Healing, Energy Healing, Feng Shui, Guided Imagery, Healing Touch, Medical Intuitive, Meditation, Medium, Metaphysics, Nutrition, Past Life Regression, Pranic Healing, PSYCH-K, Psychic, Reiki, Remote Healing

Ashok Ray Prasad, MD
(248) 476-9040
Washington, DC
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Nutrition
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1982
Hospital
Hospital: Sinai Grace Hosp, Detroit, Mi; Huron Valley -Sinai Hospital, Commerce Twp, Mi
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2311 M St NW Ste 301
Washington, DC
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Internal Medicine, Nutrition, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
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Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1967
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National Integrated Health Associates
(202) 237-7000
5225 Wisconsin Avenue, Northwest, #402
Washington, DC
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Women's Health, Stress Management, Preventive Medicine, Nutrition, Meditation, Internal Medicine, Healthy Aging, Bio-identical HRT
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Martina Washington
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426 8th Street, SE,2nd Floor
Washington, DC
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Aromatherapy, Colon Therapy, Detoxification Foot Bath, Ear Coning, Energy Healing, Massage Therapy, Nutrition, Reflexology, Reiki, Wellness Centers
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New Life Wellness Center

Richard L Atkinson Jr, MD
(202) 877-2058
100 Irving St NW # Eb4109
Washington, DC
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Internal Medicine, Nutrition
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Male
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Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1968

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(202) 833-5055
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Washington, DC
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American Holistic Medical Association

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Arthur Frank, MD
(202) 223-3077
3 Washington Cir NW Ste 208
Washington, DC
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Nutrition
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Male
Education
Medical School: New York Univ Sch Of Med, New York Ny 10016
Graduation Year: 1962
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Hospital: George Washington Univ Hosp, Washington, Dc
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Takoma Park, MD
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Herbalist, Healthy Lifestyle Coach, Nutritionist
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Befriend Your Body

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By Dorothy Foltz-Gray

I was a fat kid who grew into a tall, thin adolescent. But for years afterward, I punished my body for what it had been, starving it into submission. At 5 foot 9 and 120 pounds, I was what one friend called “a stick of gum.” Yet when I looked in the mirror all I saw was imperfection. My thighs were too big, my stomach too round, my hips too broad. So every Sunday night I ritualistically prepared to diet, gorging myself on cookies and vowing to starve myself the next day. I went on calorie-counting diets in which I weighed every morsel I ate. I walked around hungry all the time, and then I would binge.

In my mid-20s, I finally began to change. For one thing, I started exercising, a step that helped me respect my body and made my weight easier to control. I also met my husband, a man who ate when he was hungry and didn’t eat when he wasn’t. I was astounded by his freedom. Unbelievably, he also liked my body as it was. He sang to me his bluesy favorite, “Big leg, tight skirt, ’bout to drive me outta my mind.”

All those things began to alter the well-worn self-hating track in my head. Slowly I realized I didn’t want to be a little old lady weighing bits of cheese on a scale. I also began to accept the fact that my body had an ancestry—the zaftig curves of my grandmother and mother were mine, and no matter what I weighed I would always have these generous proportions. Yearning to be a greyhound when I was a Labrador was an absurd waste of emotional energy. It was my psyche that needed changing, not my body.

Increasingly, researchers and practitioners alike are reaching the same conclusion I did: Addressing the mind is the first crucial step toward weight control. In fact, some researchers now believe you can’t really lose weight until you learn to love your body as it is.

This idea got a serious boost in the 1990s when dietitian Laurel Mellin of the University of California, San Francisco, introduced a weight loss program called the Solution, which teaches people to nurture themselves. Studies show that people in her program lose an average of 14 pounds—and keep it off during several years of follow-up.

And there’s something newer on the scene. Some programs now offer a range of mind-body techniques to help you negotiate this difficult mental terrain. The weight loss program at Green Mountain at Fox Run in Ludlow, Vermont, for instance, is quite different from traditional weight loss regimens. The program includes exercise and nutrition components, but from day one of a week-long stay, behavioral therapist Mimi Francis addresses the destructive thoughts in her clients’ heads. The goal, which she calls mindfulness, is to get clients to stop dieting and pay attention to their inner needs.

Francis begins by asking clients to think about the connection between how we eat and how we live. Maybe it’s no coincidence, for example, that many of us go home and binge after a stressful day at work. Or that macaroni and chees...

Author: Dorothy Foltz-Gray

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