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Sandee Nebel
Winter Park, Florida
Sandee Nebel, MS, LMHC, is a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Florida, and the founder of the White Picket Fence Counseling Center, LLC, devoted to clients and families who are dealing with eating disorders, food addiction and compulsive overeating.
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As you recover from disordered eating, the cultures around you are not necessarily changing. Read more about how your societal and family cultures affect your personal feelings about food, weight and exercise. Continue reading
There is fascinating research being done into the brain chemicals that affect hunger and digestion. Read more about how biological factors can contribute to eating disorders. Continue reading
Eating disorder behaviors can seem easier than facing potential confrontations or disagreements with people. People speak through the food when they can’t speak with words. Continue reading
Knowledge is helpful, yet knowledge alone doesn’t give you what you need to make the necessary changes for recovery from an eating disorder, especially without support. Continue reading
Here’s a different slant on working on your relationships: How can you be more social and friendly when you’re out and about in the world? Continue reading
While you’re doing some of the work to repair and rebuild your relationships with others, you can start by being your own best friend. Continue reading
When you have distorted or unhealthy body image, it can cause you to want to harm yourself instead of love yourself. Continue reading
Friendship requires kindness and compassion, qualities that are also very important in how we relate to ourselves. Continue reading
Here are some resources and tools for your physical activity routine, plus we reveal our own favorite movement activities. Continue reading
Can increasing your physical activity help to ease your mind and calm your thoughts? Absolutely! Continue reading
Getting physical isn’t about making a resolution, it’s about making a plan that fits you and your lifestyle. Continue reading
Along with a physical check-up, you also want to do a mental check-up of your thoughts and attitudes about physical activity. Here are things to keep in mind. Continue reading
Relationship problems are at the heart of most eating disorders, and often the underlying angst that’s causing people to act out with food can be traced back to an interpersonal situation. Learn how yoga can help us deal with the difficult emotions of jealousy and sorrow. Continue reading
At times, it can be just as “con-fuzzling” (confusing and puzzling, as my daughter says) to deal with happy people as it is to deal with unhappy people. This simple yoga tool can help. Continue reading
I’ve recently discovered a fascinating, simple and effective yoga concept for how to stay peaceful in all of the relationships and interactions in your daily life. Continue reading
If you're ready to start a mindfulness or meditation practice, here are our favorite resources to guide you. Continue reading
Here are some yoga resources for you to explore so you can apply the principles of yoga to your recovery from an eating disorder. Continue reading
Here are some of the yoga principles that have come up most often as I have counseled people with eating disorders and food addiction to "live their yoga." Continue reading
Yoga is much more than just postures. The benefits of yoga are well researched, and it is a natural fit to help with food issues. Continue reading
Clients are often curious about what I do when I'm not working at the Center. Here is more information about a recent yoga teacher training I took, and how it will benefit you. Continue reading
Life Without Ed is a book that I recommend to anyone who struggles with anorexia or bulimia. By creating a persona named Ed, representing the eating disorder, author Jenni Schaefer teaches the reader how to separate the person from the problem. I heard Jenni speak at a conference of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP) and what a gift it was to be in her presence – she's like a guru in this field and has helped so many people. At the conference, Schaefer and co-presenter Michael Berrett, PhD spoke about how finding reasons to change helps eating... Continue reading
As soon as you take your first steps in recovery from an eating disorder, your relationships will start to change. By the time you enter into the maintenance stage of living in recovery, you may focus more of your efforts to dealing with this. By now, you're feeling more comfortable about your day-to-day eating habits and you have many tools and people to reach for when things come up. With the people who have been in your life for many years, there will likely be communication and relationships patterns that no longer fit with your new version of self. Now... Continue reading
A major part of your recovery will be gaining comfort and acceptance of your body. Whether or not your body size has changed in recovery, you can learn to love and be grateful for who you see in the mirror. A distorted body image can be deeply embedded in people who are recovering from an eating disorder, whether that's compulsive eating, anorexia or bulimia. The food behaviors they reach for are used to disconnect from the body. Recovery brings the opportunity – and the challenge – to be present in the body, perhaps for the first time. To begin, you... Continue reading
According to the Transtheoretical (Stages of Change) Model developed by Prochaska and DiClemente, once someone has passed through the active stage of recovery they enter a maintenance phase. As I wrote about in 2009, a big area of focus in this stage is on how to prevent relapse. But there has to be more to life than just the absence of your eating disorder. Otherwise it's still controlling you and your life. I encourage people to learn how to live in recovery, to build a life where you're dealing with the realities of preventing relapse, but also open to new... Continue reading