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Do You Want to Feel Special and Loved this Valentine’s Day?

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Today is Valentine’s Day and I’d like you to consider taking self-love seriously. I invite you to be your own valentine today. I know, I know–this is a day when you’re “suppose” to celebrate the great romantic love in your life–and you can do that as well, if you have one. But I’d like you to celebrate self-love today

Resolve to be Kind to and Patient with Yourself this New Year

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Will you be making any New Year's resolutions this year about losing weight, getting in shape or stopping your emotional eating? If you're like most Americans, you'll make one or more resolutions along those lines. And then, a few weeks into the new year, you may be wondering where all those good intentions went. I've

Does Your Eating Have an Emotional Component to It?

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We all eat for emotional reasons some of the time. Let's face it: food is convenient, pleasurable and exciting. It can also be comforting and soothing. And eating is a way to distract ourselves from dealing with the things we don't want to deal with, right? Generally, we're not bothered by a little emotional eating

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 some examples of what I call "transition eating": --You

Are You Taking Things Too Personally?

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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

Emotional Eating and Food Addiction: What’s the Connection?

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There's a quote I've always loved by Sir Francis Bacon, the English Philosopher, and I'm sure you've heard it. He sad that "knowledge is power." And I definitely believe this to be true. But I also know, from more than two decades of work as a psychotherapist and life coach specializing in overeating challenges, that even

Happy International No Diet Day

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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

Are You a Late Night Eater?

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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

Self-Doubt and Overeating: What’s the Connection?

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Everyone struggles with self-doubt occasionally. It's not only normal to experience self-doubt, it's actually healthy and a sign that you're open minded and questioning your choices, abilities and behaviors. A little self-doubt is humbling, keeping our self-confidence in check and reminding us that we're still mortals who make mistakes and have short-comings. The key is not

Is Your Eating an Act of Rebellion?

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Shirley, a 37-year-old wife and mother, looks forward to her nightly binges.They are the only time she feels totally free and in control of her life. She resents the fact that her husband doesn’t earn more money and that she has to work full-time while raising their three-year old. She’d like to have another child before time runs out, but can’t