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EMOTIONAL EATING; SCIENCE AND MYSTERY

FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2010 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

There is a science about emotional eating and there is a mystery. I have been studying this phenomenon for over 10 years and I continue to find new places to explore.

It's a science because we know that emotional eating is the major cause of weight gain, what emotional eating is, how the mind works to produce emotional eating, and how to correct it. It's a mystery because the act of eating, and the meaning of food and hunger, is part of the psychology of a person's unique life, current and past.

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FULL FROM THE INSIDE

FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2010 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

I was talking to a patient today who had been struggling with her weight for decades. She had come to see me about other issues, but as we continued to work together the issue of weight and the rest of her life were so closely woven together that we couldn't talk for very long about one without the other.

Today she was a different person. She was calm, self assured, and spoke more slowly with a greater sense of deliberation and self awareness than I have ever seen, or that she herself ever remembers.

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Stuck, Part Two, My Marriage Makes Me Eat

FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2010 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

My last blog about emotional eating and being stuck elicited many very interesting comments, so today I would like to use those comments to illustrate some important points about emotional eating. The common theme of four of the commentators was that the frustrations of their marriage was the cause their emotional eating.

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The Link Between Being Stuck and Losing Weight

FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 2010 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

Ninety-five percent of dieters gain their weight back. This discouraging statistic prompted the beginning of a group called the National Weight Control Registry. They became interested in determining what brought success to that 5% of people who are able to lose weight and keep it off. What they've found was that the people that kept the weight off didn't just change their eating patterns, they changed their life in some way.

Perhaps you know someone who has lost weight and kept it off. When you inquired into how they succeed you might have heard them say something like this:

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How To Feed Insights To The Mind

FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 2010 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

I think I have established clearly in previous blogs that there is a known pathway to break the emotional eating habit. It requires you to march through 10 specific insight steps, one by one, until you convince yourself, by your own experience, that you can handle whatever is stirring in your mind without using food as a form of medication.

It's easy for me to describe each of the insights. It is probably clear to you what each means. But understanding them is not the same as putting them into practice.

So how do we help you convert an intellectual understanding of the insights you need to an actual real-life experience that can serve you well for the rest of your life?


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