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Five Tips to Avoid Halloween Hangovers

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For many emotional eaters, the holiday season's over indulgences begin with Halloween. The sheer volume of candy and delectable treats lining supermarket and drugstore shelves and home pantries is in itself downright spooky! And to add insult to injury, candy is being handed out everywhere you turn. Candy manufacturers seem to be oblivious to the

Mastering the Skill of Self-Regulation

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Have you ever wondered why some people can keep many of their favorite comfort foods in the house, eat a small portion at a time, and save the rest for later? Perhaps they even forget that they bought those special imported cookies or chocolates and, God forbid, they go stale. Those same folks can go

Stuck at Home, Stressed Out and Overeating?

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We all feel the effects of stress—agitated moods, headaches, restlessness, tension in our bodies and sleep disturbances, to name a few. Stress in small doses can actually be useful.  Too much stress though and we become imbalanced. And now, during the corona virus pandemic, many of us are having difficulty managing our eating. As chronic stress imbalances our

Overeating, Overweight but Undernourished?

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If you’re like most of my clients, you may be wondering how it’s possible to be routinely snacking and overeating at meals, and yet be malnourished. After all, you’re getting plenty of calories, right? The problem is that the standard American diet is calorie, or energy dense, but nutrient poor—not enough phytonutrients (from plants), vitamins,

Are You Truly Motivated to Stop Emotional Eating?

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Of course you want to end your emotional eating.  Yesterday, thank you.  And while you say that you feel motivated to give it the boot, somehow you lose hold of that motivation most days and find yourself grabbing those cookies or that bag of chips, or going for seconds.  Perhaps you've convinced yourself that you're weak-willed, undisciplined or just

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 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 what

Can Intermittent Fasting Help Reduce Your Overeating?

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Fasting. Yuck! The word tends to conjure up unpleasant thoughts of starvation, hunger pangs, light-headedness, low blood sugar, restriction and deprivation. We often have to fast before blood work. We fast before medical procedures like colonoscopies (double yuck!) and surgeries. And fasting is a spiritual cleansing ritual associated with many religions. Nobody thinks "Yeah, I want to fast,"

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

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

Are You Addicted to Sugar?

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Are you consuming sweets daily? Do you add a sweetener to your daily bowl of cereal or cup of coffee or tea? Do you hunt for sweets at particular times of the day? If so, perhaps you feel powerless over your sweet cravings. If you're like the average American who consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar