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Do You Tend to Overeat When The Days Get Shorter?

Do You Tend to Overeat When The Days Get Shorter?

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, lazier 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 a sudden find […]

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

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

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 […]

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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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Do you have an Inner Nurturing voice?

Do you have an Inner Nurturing voice?

One thing most emotional eaters have in common is that their childhoods didn’t feel particularly nourishing. Even if their caregivers were loving and kind, often there just wasn’t enough quality attention and listening, good attunement, soothing, comfort, empathy or consistent compassion. Even well-intentioned parents can miss the mark if they themselves didn’t learn these skills somewhere along the […]

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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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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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