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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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How Living in the Past Keeps You Fat

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2011 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

If we think about it, it's pretty obvious that our past experiences, and memories of those experiences, still influence how we think and act today in many different ways. However, have you considered that you might be trying to "eat away" a very understandable misunderstanding.

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The Link Between Past Child Abuse and Emotional Eating

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2011 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

Childhood abuse is the physical, sexual, emotional mistreatment, or neglect of a child. The breadth of exposure to household dysfunction and "abuse" during childhood varies tremendously. From the child's perspective, it doesn't matter whether the degree of "abuse" was real, exaggerated, or imagined, the experience was internalized as traumatic. Even unintentional childhood mistreatment can have lasting effects. The one thing all forms of abuse have in common is the effect on self worth. No matter what kind of abuse is suffered, the child ends up feeling less worthy, and less entitled to a good and full life.

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The Key to Avoiding Overeating

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2011 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

How do you deal with uncomfortable emotions? Do you let them become the beginning of a "train of thought" or do you distract yourself with food? Emotional eating is a very effective way to block or avoid feelings, but an unhealthy and unproductive way of dealing with what those feelings represent.

Feelings point to our needs and desires. Happy feelings occur when you feel satisfied or believe that you are going to be satisfied. Negative feelings happen when you are frustrated because a need or desire is not being satisfied or is not going to be satisfied. It's the negative feelings that we tend to block with food. We fool ourselves into thinking that the comfort of food is a solution to the pain of our negative feelings. However, it's those same feelings that we block with food that are exactly the ones we need to examine most closely.

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A Simple Exercise to Avoid Emotional Eating

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2011 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

When you got angry as a child, do you remember when you were told to count to 10? Let's look at why your parents or teachers wanted you to do that. The reason was to give you time to calm down and think more before reacting to your strong feelings and urges.

When you feel instantly and automatically angry, you are certain that you are right and the other person is wrong or that an injustice has been done to you and you need to do something. However, in this initial state, you are very likely to act out inappropriately.

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