Springtime Dessert

Posted on April 16, 2015 by StayConnected

It is officially spring, although temperatures feel more akin to summer time in Miami. To celebrate the beginning of this season and the accompanying outdoor gatherings, BBQs, and friendly get-togethers we wanted to share one of our favorite spring time desserts.

Springtime Desserts

Rhubarb Crumble

Crumble Ingredients:
1 cup flour
1/3 cup oats
3/4 cup sugar
Pinch of salt
6 tablespoons butter (melted)
1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts

Filling Ingredients:
2 pounds chopped rhubarb
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon orange zest
1/4 teaspoon salt

Combine flour, oats, sugar and a pinch of salt in a bowl. Stir in melted butter and chopped hazelnuts; squeeze into large crumbles and place in the freezer. Toss chopped rhubarb, sugar, flour, vanilla extract, orange zest and salt in a 8-by-8-inch glass or ceramic baking dish. Scatter the crumble on top and bake in a preheated 375 degrees F oven until golden and bubbly, 45 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes; serve with whipped cream.

Recipe found here.

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Dr. Wendy Oliver-Pyatt, MD, FAED, CEDS discusses the controversy surrounding the ‘Health at Every Size’ principles in relation to the treatment of Binge Eating Disorder (BED). Dr. Wendy Oliver-Pyatt will be speaking further on this topic at the upcoming ‘2015 Long Island Conference on Eating Disorders‘ on May 2, 2015 at Long Island University, CW Post Campus, Brookville, N.Y. Student Center Theater Auditorium. The conference is free of charge and open to patients, families, loved ones, and professionals. For more information and to register please visit their website.


We have known for a long time that restrictive dieting leads to temporary weight loss and more often weight cycling. We sometimes forget the weight cycling itself can be more dangerous than a stable weight, even if this weight is “overweight.” The war on obesity has not worked because it is a war on our bodies. Most people with Binge Eating Disorder (BED) don’t even know they have it. According to a national survey, just 3% of adults who met the criteria in the prior twelve months were actually diagnosed. Instead of getting serious help for the serious condition they face, individuals with BED spend their lives in battle with their body, and are condoned by a society who as a whole are advised to “eat less and exercise more;” with doctors acting as the number one culprit of weight stigmatization. In fact, a dear friend of mine who suffers from BED was once told by her psychiatrist, “You are fat every day, so exercise every day.” Does this sound like an invitation toward health?

Will someone please tell me, why is health at every size so controversial? The following was gathered from the HAES website.

Health at Every Size (HAES) is based on the simple premise that the best way to improve health is to honor your body. It supports people in adopting healthy habits for the sake of health and well-being (rather than weight control.) Health at Every Size encourages:

Accepting and respecting the natural diversity of body sizes and shapes.

Eating in a flexible manner that values pleasure and honors internal cues of hunger, satiety, and appetite.

Finding the joy in moving one’s body and becoming more physically vital.

What is written above seems so simple, reasonable, and validating; but, over the years, in the field of eating disorders, I have noticed adopting this stance is actually controversial.

My daughter was reading an article about prisons in Norway. What is interesting is that they actually treat the prisoners well and provide them with opportunities to have constructive lives and meaningful social interactions. What happens to these prisoners? They start to feel good about themselves and become contributing members of society.

When we treat people well, it brings out the best in them. When we treat ourselves well, it brings out the best in us. A war on ourselves is not likely to bring out the best in ourselves.

It is not always easy to convince a person suffering from BED that the focus must be on self-love, self-acceptance, and mindfulness (as opposed to weight loss) because they have been indoctrinated with a “no pain, no gain” mentality.

Eric Fromm states any art requires concentration, knowledge, respect, and discipline. In this model, we move the focus away from weight loss and toward the art of loving oneself and the art of living. Discipline is not punative, but instead emphasizes the discipline of self-care and living mindfully.

What we find is that this artistic process of mindful living begins to take hold for our clients. It seems to me the ‘Art of Loving’ by Eric Fromm and the principals contained in the Health at Every Size model have a lot in common. HAES supports adopting health habits for the sake of health and well being. What is not to love about that?

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Article Inspiration

Posted on April 02, 2015 by StayConnected

Join us in reading inspirational and informative articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.


10 simple ways to be calmer right now Psych Central

Keeping kids fit Miami Herald

6 scary things that happen to your body when you skip meals Seventeen

‘Fat Talk’ damages people and society New York Times

4 things to give to others to be happy Huffington Post

How 3 students grappled with eating disorders USA Today

21 quotes on womanhood Huffington Post Women

Building a nation where confidence rules Proud 2 B Me

Self soothing techniques when feeling traumatized Eating Disorder Hope

Being me and being us: adolescents’ experience of treatment for eating disorders Journal of Eating Disorders

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