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Ten Strategies to Curb Holiday Overindulging

Set the best intention, overeat, shame and guilt yourself, repeat. Despite our best intentions, many of us find ourselves routinely overeating at meals, snacking mindlessly, or bingeing regularly. It's a familiar pattern that seems to end in weight gain for many of us every year, especially during the holidays. With the last two weeks of

Stressed Out and Overeating?

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

Can Mindfulness Curb Overeating?

Mindfulness, according to Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Mindfulness for Beginners, is “awareness, cultivated by paying attention in a sustained and particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. Mindfulness can be traced to Buddhist origins and the practice commonly referred to as “mindful eating” is an offshoot, involving slowing down and paying attention

Are You Sure You Want to Stop Your Emotional Eating?

Of course you do! But wait-- before you answer so quickly, take a moment and really think about all that your emotional eating does for you. Without realizing it, it might just be your best friend. Which of the items on the following list apply to your emotional eating? It's always there for me and never

Mastering the Skill of Self-Regulation

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

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

Having Trouble Letting Go of Diet Mentality?

Many clients I work with have been chronic, life-long dieters and even if they’re satisfied with their weight and not currently dieting, they have difficulty giving up the diet mentality. It makes sense--many of us were raised in a culture where we were encouraged to weigh and measure our food and our bodies, and count

Stuck at Home, Stressed Out and Overeating?

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?

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,

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