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It’s Time to Spring into Action

It’s Time to Spring into Action

For many of us, our parents and grandparents got much more physical activity than we get today. They shoveled snow, raked leaves, chopped wood, scrubbed floors, hand-washed garments, hand-mowed lawns, washed and waxed cars and walked miles per day. And for our earliest of ancestors, physical activity was a natural way of life. Roaming and […]

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Five Tips to Avoid Halloween Hangovers

Five Tips to Avoid Halloween Hangovers

For many emotional eaters, the holiday season’s over indulgences begin with Halloween. The sheer volume of candy and delectable treats lining supermarket and drugstore shelves and home pantries is in itself downright spooky! And to add insult to injury, candy is being handed out every where you turn. Candy manufacturers seem to be oblivious to […]

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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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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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Are You a Late Night Eater?

Are You a Late Night Eater?

Alright, let’s be honest. You eat dinner most nights at a reasonable hour, but then, later in the evening, you find yourself  heading to the freezer for your nightly ice cream fix, or to the pantry to raid the cookies and chocolate stash. Truthfully, you’re not even hungry, but you feel a craving for something sweet and fatty. Nothing to be ashamed of–late […]

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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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