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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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Food Addiction & 3 Ways to Recover Your Power

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2009 | POSTED BY MICHELLE

If you're like me, for years, you might have beaten yourself up believing you didn't have enough willpower to choose the right foods. However, The End of Overeating, a new book by the former head of the Food and Drug Administration, Dr. David Kessler, explains that certain foods may be choosing you. Anonymous food executives revealed that a particular combination of fat, sugar, and salt makes people crave foods in an uncontrollable way and quite simply you become addicted in much the same way that you can become addicted to nicotine, alcohol, or drugs. When a potato chip advertisement says, 'no one can eat just one,' they're right because they were created with the very intention of you eating as many as possible. Pardon my sarcasm but eating one chip wouldn't be very good for business, now would it?

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3 Ways to Cope with Job Insecurity (Or Any Other Kind of Insecurity)

TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2009 | POSTED BY MICHELLE

Nation-wide layoffs are triggering anxiety in many people. The anxiety is understandable but what you do with it is something else. Sartre said, "Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you." One option is to turn to food to deal with your anxiety and for many of us emotional eaters that's what we're tempted to do. But there are many other options, too. However, we can fail to see that when we're in a panic. The key to overcoming emotional eating (whether it's triggered by job insecurity or anything else for that matter) is to determine what other choices you have.

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3 Holes You Might Be Trying to Fill With Food

TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2009 | POSTED BY MICHELLE

To fill up with food presupposes that there is an emptiness that longs to be filled. And for many of us there is. Our impulse to fill up with food is an attempt to fill a hole. April is National Emotional Overeating Month. To truly understand emotional overeating one must be willing to bravely look into the abysmal emptiness that so many of us are trying to fill with food, albeit futilely.

When we look at people that are overweight, particularly when that person is us, we can be filled with negative judgments. Amongst all the common stereotypes about overweight people we overlook that an overweight person is likely a person in pain. If we can remember that, we are more likely to approach the issue of weight, for ourselves and others, from a place of curiosity, care, and compassion.

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How the Recession Affects Overeating

TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 2009 | POSTED BY MICHELLE

We are currently experiencing the greatest recession in the past sixty years. There's no doubt that it affects many aspects of our lives. But do you realize how it affects your overeating, binging, and emotional eating?

There are both positive and negative ways the recession might be affecting what you eat. Let's take a look at all sides:

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