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Roger Gould, MD's Weekly Blog
on Emotional Eating

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Understanding why you turn to food is the key to changing it. Join in the discussion each week as Dr. Gould shares his valuable insights from over 30-years of clinical experience.

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I read a quote that said, "If I could only have one prayer it would be thank-you." The importance of gratitude shouldn't be underestimated. Many people adopt a gratitude practice. And what better time of year than Thanksgiving to do so.

For Emotional Eaters, Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season and can create a lot of anxiety. How will you face the holidays without overeating? How will you be strong in the face of all the food that surrounds you? How will you face the stress of family gatherings without the comfort of food? How will you face the pressure of the holidays in a failing economy without rewarding the people you love with pies and cookies since you might not be able to give them as many gifts? So many questions. So many concerns. But you can counterbalance the strain by shifting your focus.

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Men are Emotional Eaters Too


The majority of people that come to our site are women. This isn't because emotional eating doesn't affect men. It's because it's acceptable for men to overeat because they're hungry, because they like food or even because they're gluttons but it's not acceptable for them to eat out of comfort. This can make it really hard for men to get the help they need even though they struggle with so many common emotional eating issues like binging, compulsive overeating and stress eating.

Last night I was at a friend's watching reruns of The King of Queens (you all know I don't have a television). The episode that was on was called Furious Gorge. Doug's wife Carrie sends him to an overeating support group and instead he randomly happens into a support group for men whose wives are abusive. In the meeting he discovers that it's his wife's rage that sends him into the "loving arms of food."

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3 Ways to Enjoy the Time Until You Lose the Weight


Steve Tyler says, "Life is a journey, not a destination." The problem with weight loss (and so many other things) is that we're so goal-oriented. Even practices like meditation and yoga that are meant to bring you into the present are about getting to the end so you can say you completed it and feel like you did your part in staying healthy. People go to school, not to learn, but to earn a degree. People make love, not to experience connection and sensuality, but to climax. People eat well and exercise, not to nourish and care for themselves, but to lose weight.

When you have a lot of weight to lose reaching that goal can be a long way off. So, what do you do to make your journey worthwhile until you arrive at your destination.

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