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Are You Taking Things Too Personally?

Are You Taking Things Too Personally?

I could tell when I entered the waiting room of my office that Samantha was having a bad day. She appeared depressed–she sat slumped in the chair and she was visibly upset. Her mascara was running and she looked like she had been crying. Unlike times when she was more upbeat, she was not distracting herself with her phone […]

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Are you eating to rebel against someone or something?

Are you eating to rebel against someone or something?

Do you find that you sometimes grab food (and eat even though you’re not hungry) because you’re angry at someone or about something?  Or maybe because you’re resenting some situation and feeling powerless to change it? You’re mad or frustrated at these times and you certainly need something. In the moment, the food tastes good, calms you down and […]

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The emotional eater’s expectations: are they realistic?

After spending Saturday afternoon with a close friend, Jackie came home and baked a batch of chocolate chip cookies.  The time spent with her friend Carol did not feel nourishing.  The two dishes of ice cream and the plate of hot, fresh baked cookies did. Just baking the cookies felt more nourishing than spending time with Carol. Jackie knew that an afternoon with Carol meant […]

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Are losses and disappointments sending you to the refrigerator?

Most of us don’t like to spend much time thinking about our losses and disappointments or painful childhood experiences.  Yet, without much effort, they are brought to the forefront of our minds when something in our environment triggers thoughts of them.  We see a happy couple and  think  “Oh, yeah, I had a loving relationship with Jack, […]

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