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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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The Three Most Common Reasons For Overeating

FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2013 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

For overeaters, food is both the cure and the curse. The cure in that overeating helps temporarily quiet negative emotions; and the curse in that a considerable amount of negative emotions stem from being overweight in the first place.

We can think of food and overeating, then, as both a cure for the symptom, and a symptom of the problem. Or, more simply: eating makes you feel better and worse all at the same time.

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Emotional Eating: Which Wolf Are You Feeding?

FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2013 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

An old Cherokee is teaching her grandchild about life.

"A fight is going on inside me," she said to her granddaughter. "It's a terrible fight between two wolves. One wolf is evil: she is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego."

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How to Overcome Food Addiction

FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2013 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

Most food addicts, whether they are aware of this fact or not, use food as a drug because of the brief relief it provides them from strong, unpleasant emotions such as depression, anxiety, loneliness and trauma. The pain-relieving effects of food are therefore more important to people who do not feel good in the first place.

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What the Weight-Loss Industry is Really Selling

FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2013 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

There's a game emotional eaters like to play. It's a tough game. A game that can never be won. But a game that has a never ending line ready to play it. It goes something like this...

You look in the mirror one day and don't like the extra pounds you see. Or, you hear about someone else's weight-loss success and decide then and there that enough's enough, you can do this, too.

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