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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 First Step In Controlling Emotional Eating

FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2014 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

For emotional eaters, food takes on a magical quality in it's ability to make everything that's going wrong in your day, week, month, year or life simply "go away." The flavor rush hits, the bites get better and better, and for those few minutes the world disappears and your mind goes into an almost meditative state.

A couple key phrases to note here: "the flavor rush hits" and "the world disappears."

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A New Way to Manage Calories

FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2014 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

I imagine there's at least one issue weighing you down at the moment and causing you stress. Likely there are more, but let's keep it to one for this exercise. Could you estimate how many calories this issue has added to your waistline, or how many times you've sought relief from it by turning to food?

I'm guessing probably not, but I'm sure you'd be startled by the numbers.

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Emotional Eating: Why You Are Not Happy

FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2014 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

I've heard many emotional eaters claim that eating is one of the only things that brings them happiness. It's a statement that causes me concern. Not just for the fact that so many of you are turning to food to cope, but for how we've come to define--or misdefine--happiness.

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The Greatest Weapon in the Emotional Eating Battle

FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 2014 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

Emotional eating stems from your perceived need to run away from difficult emotions. That is, you eat instead of feel.

"Run away" is the key phrase here. But it could just as easily be substituted with "avoid" "evade" "dodge" "sidestep" "escape" "duck" or "steer clear of."

The point is, by choosing emotional eating you are choosing to say NO to an integral part of being an adult:

Taking responsibility.

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