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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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Why People Binge

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2011 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

It was determined that binge eating is the most common eating disorder, in a study conducted by Harvard University in February 2007. It is more common than either anorexia or bulimia and yet it is not discussed or understood fully. If you're a binge eater, you're not alone. It is something that millions of people struggle with.

There are three main reasons why people binge:
  • to cope with painful feelings.
  • to create the illusion of feeling good.
  • to feel "safe" or to shut out the world.


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5 Consequences of Emotional Eating

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

Everyone knows about the health risks of having poor eating habits and/or being overweight. However, some people don't realize that this health problem is fueled by emotional eating. Without understanding emotional eating, staying on a diet, losing weight and keeping it off is virtually impossible. Emotional Eating (which includes eating too much and binging) has many hidden consequences. Here are five you should take into consideration.

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Happy Valentines Day!

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2011 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

We have a gift for you. And no, it's not flowers or candy or jewelry or lingerie. However, it is something we hope will bring more love and joy into your life.

Let's start with the origin of Valentine's Day. Not the official history, but your personal history. Embedded in the minds of every adult is the grade school experience of making little Valentine cards for your classmates. You had to figure out what to say and to whom to give them to. And if you had a small crush, whether to admit it or not. You wondered or worried about who was going to write a card for you. In your small person's brain you were already thinking about rejection and disappointment.

Then there was also the issue of popularity. Who were the popular boys? Who were the most popular girls? And who were not! There were (and probably still are) plenty of tears, sore stomachs and broken hearts on Valentine's Day in school rooms across the country. That's the true origin of Valentine's Day for most of us.

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Take a Warm Bath

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2011 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

Just the other day a member asked me to explain how taking a warm bath was going to help her with the emotional eating habit that caused her to recently put on twenty pounds. I was puzzled at first, but then I remembered it was one of the items on a list in the second session about "what else" you could do when you feel emotionally overwhelmed.

Taking a warm bath isn't the cure for emotional eating, but taking a warm bath is a way to give yourself a little quiet time to calm down and think about things. Clear thinking is the essential process for curing yourself of a food obsession. There are dozens of other ways to stop and think, the simplest being to PAUSE, feel the present moment and then think about. It's important to interrupt the automatic quick reach for food that you might be using to stuff and numb yourself temporarily. Once you start stuffing it is too late to think. And you will not find the right solution, without thinking.

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