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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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FEED THE MIND INSIGHTS INSTEAD OF FOOD

FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

It is so painful to watch people struggle in their attempts to break the emotional eating habit. I wish I had a quick and easy solution like a pill or a mantra, or a simple just - do - this formula and everything will be okay. Everyone who suffers from this kind of addiction to food as relief or reward works hard to break it, but almost always fails no matter how hard they try because they are having the wrong conversation with themselves. They are talking to themselves about food, calories, programs, will power and self loathing when they binge or fail to lose weight. What they should be talking to themselves about is the problems in living they are avoiding or denying when they use food to close down their mind.

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FEEDING THE MIND: TEN INSIGHTS REQUIRED TO BREAK THE EMOTIONAL EATING HABIT

FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 2010 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

I'm going to continue talking about the stages one has to go through to be cured of the destructive emotional eating habit, and I will continue to use the comments to the last blog to illustrate what I have to say.

First, I want to remind you that the cure for emotional eating is a psychological cure, and the medicine we use to cure the mind is insight. As I outline the ten essential, and sequential, insights you need to be cured, I want to remind you of the major common sense principle one has to embrace first as the "truth". If this is not accepted or acceptable, nothing else I have to say will be of any help. This is the only framework that I know that works. Here's what I said last week:
"If I could boil down what I said in the first blog, my book, and the ShrinkYourself program to its simplest set of incontrovertible facts, it would be the following. There is a reality. Life is complex. You have the intelligence to deal with it, and you must deal with it. You are better off dealing with reality by using the most intelligent part of your mind. Using food to numb the mind in order take away the pain of thinking means you are shutting off the most intelligent part of your mind, and that is almost always costly, and causes unnecessary pain and suffering."

Here is the ten step insight path from food controls me; to I control my life and my weight.

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FEEDING FOOD TO THE MIND: STAGES ONE AND TWO

THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2010 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

This is the second blog in the series about Feeding Your Mind with Food. I intended to write a different story today but the responses to the last blog were so informative that I thought it would be more enlightening to tell the story through those thirteen comments. This new story is about the stages one has to go through to break the emotional eating habit.

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FEEDING THE MIND

FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 2010 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

I'm going to use this blog each week to tell, and retell, just one simple story, and that is how the mind feeds itself on food. Here's the first version.

Once upon a time, a long time ago, a patient said to me, "You know, there are good food days and bad food days." As usual, I asked the obvious question. "What's the difference?"
"Well, on good food days, I know exactly what to eat, and I enjoy eating healthy. Not too much, but enough to feel satisfied, and I don't feel guilty."

And bad food days? "That's when I don't want to do that. I want my reward. I am too stressed out."

So, you know how to eat healthy and you can enjoy it but some days you just don't want to do it, and on those days you are feeding your mind, not your body. "Yes, I am feeding myself a drug."


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