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Do You Turn To Food When You’re In A Transition?

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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":

Having Trouble Letting Go of Diet Mentality?

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Many clients I work with have been chronic, life-long dieters and even if they’re satisfied with their weight and not currently dieting, they have difficulty giving up the diet mentality.It makes sense--many of us were raised in a culture where we were encouraged to weigh and measure our food and our bodies and count calories,

How Important is the Glycemic Index?

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The glycemic index (GI) is a ranking of carbohydrates on a scale from 0 to 100 according to the extent to which they raise blood sugar levels after ingestion. Different carbohydrate-containing foods (sugars and starches) vary in their effect on blood sugar levels. Foods with a high GI are those which are rapidly digested and

Is Wheat Making You Fat, Sick and Tired?

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I have always had a love-affair with flour products, the doughier the better. Especially bread, the staff of life, right? Feed me anything made from wheat, like pasta, tortillas, scones, pretzels, crackers, cookies, croutons, and even licorice, and I’m in heaven. I feel immediate bliss. Well, at least my brain does. My body, on the

The Diet Gurus–What do they agree on?

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There is always much debate surrounding the issue of diet and among the experts, there is still quite a bit of disagreement. Are starchy carbohydrates like potatoes and corn okay to eat or should we limit them? Should we follow high-protein or low-to-moderate protein eating plans? Is it wise to eat foods of animal origin like meat,

Gain Self-Care Skills, Lose the Weight

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It makes me crazy when I hear supposed weight loss experts preach that the road to weight loss begins and ends with calorie counting, daily weigh-ins and intense workout regimens. This kind of advice couldn't be farther from the truth and, in fact, it encourages us not to listen to the wisdom of our bodies. You were

Hope is everything

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The Random House College Dictionary defines hope as "the feeling that what is desired is also possible or that events may turn out for the best."   It's certainly easy to have hope when everything is going your way--you just landed a great job, met the man/woman of your dreams, lost a lot of weight or won the lottery. 

Are you overeating because your life lacks purpose or meaning?

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Nothing feels better than waking up and looking forward to the day.  Life feels worth living.  We feel a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction because our life has purpose and feels meaningful.  And even better if we feel inspired and passionate about what we're doing.  We can feel purpose and meaning from many types of

Chronic stress can lead to overeating

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You certainly don't need me to tell you to reduce stress.  We all feel the effects of it regularly, from tension in our bodies to chronic headaches and illnesses.  Stress in small doses can actually be useful.  The stress you feel before a big exam may just be the motivation you need to increase your study time.  Chronic