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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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Do You Turn to Food When You’re In a Transition?

Do You Turn to Food When You’re In a Transition?

The Random House College Dictionary defines a transition as “a change from one position, state, stage, subject or concept to another.” Many emotional eaters have difficulty with transitions and turn to food as a way to comfort and soothe themselves during the transition process. Here are a few examples of what I call “transition eating”: […]

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Do you have an Inner Nurturing voice?

Do you have an Inner Nurturing voice?

One thing most emotional eaters have in common is that their childhoods didn’t feel particularly nourishing. Even if their caregivers were loving and kind, often there just wasn’t enough quality attention and listening, good attunement, soothing, comfort, empathy or consistent compassion. Even well-intentioned parents can miss the mark if they themselves didn’t learn these skills somewhere along the […]

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Can Emotional Overeating Affect Your Sex Drive?

Can Emotional Overeating Affect Your Sex Drive?

We humans are pleasure seekers. In fact, in order to ensure our survival, there are mechanisms embedded in our genes that “wire” us to seek pleasure, avoid pain and conserve energy. Unfortunately, since nature’s plan for guiding us towards survival and reproduction is a system dependent on what feels good, the door is wide open […]

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Making Lasting Lifestyle Changes

Making Lasting Lifestyle Changes

It’s summertime and perhaps you’re feeling motivated to make some positive lifestyle changes like reducing your intake of processed foods, exercising more, drinking more water and less caffeine and attacking your clutter. Yet, when you contemplate these changes, you wonder if you’ll really be able to make them this time. After all, how many summers […]

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Happy International No Diet Day

Happy International No Diet Day

I bet you didn’t know that today is International No Diet Day. Well it is, and its observed annually on May 6th. It’s a day dedicated to raise awareness regarding the dangers of dieting and to celebrate body acceptance and body shape diversity. Despite the entrenchment of the diet mentality in our culture, research demonstrates that diets don’t […]

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