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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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Chair Yoga: Soothe Yourself Right in Your Seat

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2007 | POSTED BY MICHELLE

One less reason to make an excuse about exercise.

Here is a great FREE online instructional about how to do yoga in a chair.

You can reap all the benefits of yoga even if you have mobility issues.

Take a look: http://hillarysyogapractice.wordpress.com


 
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It's Not Just What You Eat That Makes You Fat: It's What You Drink

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2007 | POSTED BY MICHELLE

For some emotional eaters the thing that they reach for when they
need relief or reward is not food, but drinks (especially for people
that have had Lap Band Surgery). Maybe you reach for a caramel latte
or a coke.

Read this article and reconsider the cost of what you drink.

Click here to read the article.


 
Meditation for Weight Loss

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2007 | POSTED BY MICHELLE

Meditation is extremely helpful for Emotional Eaters because emotional eating is used as a way to dial down intense feelings. Meditation teaches you how to turn the volume down on uncomfortable feelings. Once you get good at it, you won't need food nearly as much.

Meditation can seem overwhelming to some people and very serious but it doesn't have to be.

If anxiety is what makes you overeat:
Try a simple form of meditation like yogic breathing, chanting, or simply following your breath.

If depression is what makes you overeat:
Try something joyful that incorporates movement like walking in nature, watching funny movies, or dancing.

If you're overwhelmed by too many thoughts and that makes you overeat:
Try a needle craft like knitting, journal writing, something that gets you into your body (sports, dance, tai chi, yoga)

If the lack of sex in your life makes you overeat:
Try something that provides euphoric escape like drumming, chanting, or dancing.

If boredom makes you overeat:
Try scrapbooking, collage, coloring in a coloring book (any of these can be done to music)

If anger makes you overeat:
Try deep-breathing or journaling.

If negative self-talk and self-doubts make you overeat:
Try a mantra practice with positive self-talk messages.

If you want anymore information on any of these types of meditation leave a comment here, google it , or start a thread on our message boards. Committing to a meditation practice will make a huge difference in your efforts to lose weight and live a more fulfilling life.




 
How Stress Makes You Flabby

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2007 | POSTED BY MICHELLE

Studies are starting to prove what we at Shrink Yourself have been
trying to tell you all along: Stress Makes You Flabby.

In a recent study rats who were under stress but ate the same diet as
other rates, gained weight. Simply put, when you're stressed out
there are hormones produced in the body that make you hold onto extra
weight, especially in the abdomen. To read the full article that
appeared in Sunday's Parade Magazine, click here.

So, the obvious question is how can you reduce your stress. Here are
a few ways:

1. Don't Bury Feelings
2. Get Support
3. Learn to Say, "No" Instead of Over Extending Yourself (By the way,
"No." is a complete sentence - you don't need to explain)
4. Meditate (for more information about meditating - come back later
this week to read about the best meditation for weight loss)