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Stressed Out and Overeating?

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We all feel the effects of stress, from agitated moods to tension in our bodies leading to chronic pain and illness. 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 job dissatisfaction may be the needed stressor to change jobs or go back

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

Ten Steps for Beating Food Addiction

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How many times have you vowed, on a Sunday night or Monday morning, to start the week clean and stop eating foods containing sugar or flour, stop eating fried foods or rich dairy products, or drinking alcohol, soda and other caffeinated or sugary beverages? Probably more times than you care to admit. So what happens to

Overeating and Procrastination–What’s the Connection?

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We all procrastinate to some extent. There are only so many hours in the day and some tasks are just plain more onerous than others. Sometimes we procrastinate because we feel overwhelmed by everything we need to get done and we're having trouble getting started.  Other times, we feel unmotivated or tired and can't get going. But no matter

Do you have an inner nurturing voice?

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When the adult voices of our childhood are primarily warm, kind, encouraging, hopeful, validating, soothing and nurturing, we begin to develop a supportive voice within that can restore us to emotional balance when needed. As we mature into adulthood, this supportive voice becomes the voice of what I call our Inner Nurturer, our main source of validation, approval and

Do you tend to emotionally overeat when the days get shorter and darker?

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At this time of year, many of my clients come in complaining of the shorter, darker days.  Understandably so.  It's not just that the Summer has ended and the longer, lazy days are behind us.  With this particular season change, those who suffer from mild to moderate mood disorders (especially depressive and bipolar) can all of

The emotional eater’s expectations: are they realistic?

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After spending Saturday afternoon with a close friend, Jackie came home and baked a batch of chocolate chip cookies.  The time spent with her friend Carol did not feel nourishing.  The two dishes of ice cream and the plate of hot, fresh baked cookies did. Just baking the cookies felt more nourishing than spending time with Carol. Jackie knew that an afternoon with Carol meant

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 losses and disappointments sending you to the refrigerator?

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Most of us don't like to spend much time thinking about our losses and disappointments or painful childhood experiences.  Yet, without much effort, they are brought to the forefront of our minds when something in our environment triggers thoughts of them.  We see a happy couple and  think  "Oh, yeah, I had a loving relationship with Jack,