Esther Kane's Posts

Time to ‘love the skin you’re in’?

Time to ‘love the skin you’re in’?

Here in Britain, we’re not quite enjoying glorious summer weather quite yet. In fact, we’ve only recently just said farewell to the snow. But we’re already looking forward to the warmer months - and we’re sure you are too. Today, our contributor Esther Kane brings you a piece about loving the skin you’re in this summer… I know of no other season that causes wome... »

Mindful eating roadblocks: Part two

Mindful eating roadblocks: Part two

Earlier this week we brought you part one of a mini two-part series from our contributor Esther Kane. An eating disorders psychotherapist and author of ‘It’s Not About the Food: A Woman’s Guide to Making Peace with Food and Our Bodies’, Esther today looks at the issue of eating without enjoyment. Take it away, Esther… Roadblock #2: Eating without enjoyment This is a t... »

Time to ditch that diet?

Time to ditch that diet?

I’d like to address something we often do to ourselves during the winter months, which can be a very dangerous habit – going on a diet. Due to weather conditions, a lot of us aren’t as physically active during the colder months and tend to eat heartier foods to stay warm. The result? Weight gain. It’s usually not anything drastic – often an extra five to 10 pounds. Come the end of Dece... »

How to help someone with disorded eating

How to help someone with disorded eating

As a psychotherapist mostly specializing in women with food and body image issues, I often get questions via e-mail and phone regarding how family and friends can help a loved one who is experiencing disordered eating. I have some very valuable resources on this topic on my main website under “disordered eating.” I recommend that you peruse these as they have a load of invaluable information for b... »

Plastic surgery: Time to celebrate our ‘authentic bodies’?

Plastic surgery: Time to celebrate our ‘authentic bodies’?

In this article, I want to cover a topic that I’ve wanted to speak to for a long time – plastic surgery. I must confess that this is an area I gave little attention to in the past as I have been in my ‘prime’ for a good number of years being young with good skin and a curvaceous body. However, I have just turned 38 and with the increase of years have also come some things I... »

Stop trying to be superwoman!

Stop trying to be superwoman!

Many of us are juggling careers, family and home-life – and as a result, we find ourselves asking the same question: How do we find a balance? Here, Esther Kane, a woman-centred and eating disorders psychotherapist, shares her expertise: Here’s a typical question I am often asked: “I really struggle to keep up with all the commitments in my life: child, partner, school, work and ... »

How to be happy: Embrace your imperfections

How to be happy: Embrace your imperfections

The photo below was taken in the 1950s – I absolutely love it. In the middle is my father John, on his right his aunt Dora, and on his left, my sweet grandmother Ida who passed away sixteen years ago. My dad sent me this photo recently because for his 70th birthday, I sent him the money to buy himself a ukulele, as he’s incredibly musical and I thought he would find it fun. I am learning uku... »

Hope and healing for disordered eating

Hope and healing for disordered eating

For me, recovery from a life-threatening eating disorder has not come quickly or easily; eating problems are complex and extremely difficult to overcome. After all of this time in recovery (approximately seventeen years), I no longer believe that one can completely recover from a severe eating disorder. Even after all these years of recovery, I still have a little voice inside my head that tells m... »

Body image: Resisting media hype

Body image: Resisting media hype

Who would have thought that there would come a day when my mother and me would meet as two strong, healthy, and brilliant women; delighting in each other’s company and challenging and supporting each other in the quest to make our individual and collective dreams come true? Certainly not me. There was a time (not so long ago) that I was in the throes of a lifethreatening eating disorder- a time wh... »

Getting Off The Diet Roller Coaster

Getting Off The Diet Roller Coaster

In my work as a woman-centred psychotherapist, I have found that the habit of dieting is at the root of all women’s dysfunctional relationships with eating.  The fact is that we live in a society that is obsessed with thinness and surveys have found that one out of every two women are on a diet and that the majority of women fear becoming fat more than they fear dying. Also, diets simply don’t wor... »

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