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That's what a patient told me the other day.

"I feel like I have had a head transplant. My cravings are gone, my obsession with food and weight which I have had for over thirty years, is gone. I have such mental clarity now, I can't believe the fog I have been living in all these years. And I am losing weight without even trying, and I'm not even dieting."

Did she have a head transplant? Not exactly, but she was "cured" of her obsession with food, and when relieved from the burden of that preoccupation, her mind expanded instead of her waistline.

I have been talking about this for years in my book and in the Shrink Yourself program. The weight problem, the reason most people come to our site, can only be mastered AFTER the obsession with food is gone. I have hesitated to call this a "cure" because everyone is not cured at the same rate. However, for those who are rid of their obsession with food, it seems like a miracle, it feels like a head transplant.

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Recent Posts
When you hurt too much, you eat too much.


I have described in the last several blogs how rebellion, self doubt, marriage, guilt, and perfectionism can cause you to overeat and or binge. I have said it before, ANY life frustration can be the trigger that makes you eat too much. And what makes you eat too much one day will be different than what makes you eat too much on another day. This can be disappointing if you are hoping to find and fix that ONE trigger that explains it all.

But if you look closer at yourself there IS something that ties it all together. It is not out there where things happen to you. It is inside you. The common denominator is the way YOUR mind and body responds to the frustrating triggers of a complex life.

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Doubting Doubts can make you Thin!


Last week I wrote that doubts make you eat too much. This week I am going to let those who responded tell you a little bit more about the struggle with self doubt in their own words. I will comment on each to shine a light on what I see in what is said. This blog is a little long because I decided that each response represented a different point of struggle, and I wanted you, the reader, to find something close and familiar to your own struggle.

Everyone struggles with self doubt, but when you have been using emotional eating to run away from your doubts, you have harmed yourself in ways that you could not have anticipated. When you run away from self doubts they become stronger and last longer. You will hear that clearly in the quotes below.

What you won't hear so clearly, and what I will comment on next week, is the fact that once you have learned how to deal with your self doubts in a new way, there is a real surprise. You actually release a very exciting part of yourself, a new passion or a new competency or a new attitude toward life. It is really quite wonderful and a big bonus to add to controlling your weight and the end of your obsession with food.

Self doubt is a fascinating, and very difficult part, of the human condition...

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It's doubt that makes you eat too much


In the last few blogs I 've tried to illustrate the various major themes underlying the emotional eating pattern, which as you know, I believe is the biggest single cause of obesity. We looked at how marriage makes you eat, then how defiance and rebellion makes you eat. Today I want to write about how doubt makes you eat.

Of course none of these actually MAKE you eat. Instead, each of them tempt you to respond by eating because each in their own way make you feel temporarily powerless. And Overeating temporarily relieves you of that awful feeling.

The doubt I am talking about is not doubt about whether something is true or not. It is not doubt about another person's motives or interests. It is not doubt about how the world works or whether god exists. It's doubt about your own self worth.

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