Creating peace with food, your body, and your life.
Carol Fredrek, MA
Registered Psychologist

The Truth About Body Image During Midlife: Feel Beautiful, Glowing, and Empowered

by Carol Fredrek Women’s body image is not a new topic, but has typically focused on young adults or adolescents.  Women’s appearance, how they view themselves and their worth, is just as important to their self-concept as it is for younger age groups. A common myth is that women do not experience body dissatisfaction or [...]

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How Meditation Can Help Reduce Your Anxiety

By Carol Fredrek For most people anxiety comes and goes based on their level of stress.  They have learned ways to manage stress.  They take time for themselves.  They may exercise moderately, breathe throughout the day, get enough sleep, get out to nature, or meditate regularly. However, for many people anxiety is overwhelming.  They may [...]

How to Overcome Your Devastating Struggles with Emotional Eating

By Carol Fredrek Have you ever wondered what the difference is between emotional eating and an eating disorder? It’s a matter of severity and frequency of eating issues.  Eating disorders are what we most hear about – anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating. As a Psychologist, I hear stories every day from women about how they [...]

Finding Balance

This is a photo of the balcony at a amazing resort in Negril, Jamaica that I was at three years ago. I spent a number of hours on this daybed reading, resting, listening to the sounds of nature and light yoga. Connecting with such a peaceful place made me realize what really is important. We [...]

Finding Strength

This is a photo that I took in our cabin at Emerald Lake four years ago. I find the image very peaceful and it brings back memories of a time that was fraught with a significant struggle and challenge in my life. This image is a reminder of a time that my relationship with someone [...]

A Journey with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

By Carol Fredrek, Registered Psychologist Originally I wanted to write a blog post about neurological conditions which would have included spinal cord injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis (MS) and Parkinson’s. This became quite overwhelming as each have their own etiology, treatment, emotional and physical adjustments, supports and resources. It would not have given justice to each [...]

Brenè Brown: The Power of Vulnerability

Brenè Brown is a qualitative researcher who has translated her work into “storytelling”. She speaks to her audience in a language that is understood by all of us. She has an amazing sense of humor with a topic that could clearly be difficult for some. […]

3 Essential Steps for Moving from Body Loathing to Body Love

By Carol Fredrek, Registered Psychologist 1. Attention: listen to your body instead of mistrusting it and your body will tell you what it needs – hunger, pain, pleasure. 2. Appreciation: recognize the value of what your body has to offer you – sexual, athletic, aesthetic. Celebrate all of the amazing things that your body does [...]

How Accurate Is Your Body Image?

By Carol Fredrek Do you measure your self-esteem by how you look or find yourself preoccupied with your weight, letting the numbers on the scale define who you are? Do your relationship to food and your body interfere with your life or prevent you from enjoying everyday activities? Body image and weight obsession in our [...]

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How to Successfully Move Through Life Transitions

We all go through changes and these transitions are a natural part of life. Some may be more difficult or unexpected creating an initial feeling of shock or they can be exciting, energizing and uplifting. Even good changes are often stressful. […]