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Why Confusion Makes You Eat More Than Many Other Emotions

TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2009 | POSTED BY MICHELLE

Most will agree that stress makes people eat. Or grief. Or celebration. Those emotions are easy to identify and associate with overeating. But what about when you've got a big tangled mess of emotions and you suddenly feel crazy and you don't know what you're feeling at all. The market crashed. Your spouse is giving you the cold shoulder. You got into a fight with a co-worker. Your kids are being sassy and unappreciative. The roof leaked rusty water all over your new white couch. The laundry isn't done. And you just want to escape. Gone are the days where you could scream, "Calgon, take me away." Gosh I'm dating myself but I'm sure some of you will remember the bubble bath commercial where the woman is overwhelmed and frustrated and screams that statement only to find herself in a soothing bubble bath. For most of us that kind of magical escape just doesn't happen so when we're faced with emotions that we don't even understand ourselves, food can seem like and easy way out.

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Caretaking and Overeating

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2009 | POSTED BY MICHELLE

One of the most common threads I see amongst overeaters, binge eaters and emotional eaters is that they often exhibit people-pleasing or co-dependent behavior. While there are many varied definitions for these two words the fact is that they are loaded with negative connotations. But the thing that is true about them is that they indicate a tendency to do for others at the cost of one's self. If you're a mother, you might be saying, wait isn't that the definition of a mother, or even a spouse, an employee, a child of elderly or sick parents. Well, sometimes it is. I do things for my son when I would rather be reading a book or watching a movie. We all do. Love does involve sacrifice. However, there is fine line between being a giving person and being taken advantage of or quite simply giving too much.

How can you tell the difference and what does this have to do with overeating?

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3 Steps to Certain Weight Loss

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2009 | POSTED BY MICHELLE

Everyone knows that there are two essential ingredients that you need to lose weight.
Even kids know them. They are:

1. A Sensible Eating Plan and
2. A Regular Exercise Routine

Simple. Right? Wrong. If it were that simple everyone would be the weight that they want to be. If you haven't succeeded at losing the weight you want yet, it's not your fault. You haven't had all the necessary information to succeed. There is a missing step that most people don't know. The third step to certain weight loss is:

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