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

5 Things You Need to Know About Trauma and Eating Disorders

by Carol Fredrek  The link between eating disorders and trauma is well known. According to a study conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health, the prevalence of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in eating disorder patients is about 24.3%.  And half of those suffering from an eating disorder also suffer from an anxiety disorder. ... READ MORE

The Ultimate Guide to Managing Your Anxiety

by Carol Fredrek You are likely reading this article because you or someone you know is struggling with anxiety, and managing the anxiety is paramount.  A fight or flight response is adaptive and lets you know that you are in danger, physically or psychologically. You might have panic attacks and have trouble breathing.  You might ... READ MORE

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 ... READ MORE

How Meditation Can Help Reduce Your Anxiety

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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 ... READ MORE

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 ... READ MORE

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 ... READ MORE

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 ... READ MORE

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 ... READ MORE

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. … READ MORE

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 ... READ MORE