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Making Lasting Lifestyle Changes

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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

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

The Weight of Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is a time when most of us overeat. It’s just what we do on this holiday, right? We eat until we’re stuffed, and then when we have a little room opening up again in the old digestive tract, we fill it back up immediately. Hours later, we do it all over again. It’s okay–we’re

Handling Post-Halloween Sugar Cravings

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Do you have leftover bags of candy and treats after Halloween?  If so, you're probably debating whether to throw it all out or put it in the freezer and save it for later. You certainly don't want to eat that much candy now, you know it's not good for you (or your children), but perhaps

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

Healing a Poor Body Image

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I am saddened when I hear the stream of negative, critical, unloving comments that clients, seminar attendees, and participants in my 12 Week Program often verbalize about their bodies. "I can't love and accept myself as is with these thunderous thighs." "I won't go out in public in a sleeveless shirt; I hate my fat,

It’s Time to Spring into Action

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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

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

Can Emotional Overeating Affect Your Sex Drive?

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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