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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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A National Plan That Misses The Point

TUESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2007 | POSTED BY MICHELLE

In an article on CNN today which called for a national plan to address obesity they cited two simple ways for people to lose weight:
"closing their mouth, going for a walk. It's the world's easiest diet plan." If it was so easy, why are millions of Americans having such a hard time. Doesn't anyone see that eat less and exercise more doesn't work for one very simple reason; it's not what you eat, it's why you eat.


Why are Americans suffering?
Why are we stuffing down our sorrows with food?
Why can't we help ourselves, and each other, feel better without eating ourselves into obesity?


If you want to read the whole article, click here.



 
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What Will I Think About If I'm Not Obsessed with Food?

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2007 | POSTED BY MICHELLE

If you struggle with your weight, you know that the time spent thinking about food can be extensive. You think about what you're going to eat or how you wish you hadn't eaten. You think about how awful you feel about getting dressed. You wonder what people think about you. All this thinking take up a lot of time. It's time you could be thinking about other things. And that's just the thing that scares a lot of people. A lot of people tell us that they're afraid to free up their thinking time. This fear can actually keep you from losing weight. It's so powerful it can have you sabotage yourself.

Avoiding real problems makes them seem bigger than they are. It also makes you depend on the distraction of food a lot more.

Begin to teach yourself to think about things that feed you emotionally - art, nature, great movies, books, interactions with friends and family. Then, when you're not thinking about food, your mind will be accustomed to thinking about things that enliven you.


 
Shrink Yourself in Psychology Today (August Issue)

MONDAY, AUGUST 13, 2007 | POSTED BY MICHELLE

To read an article by Matthew Hutson about Shrink Yourself in the August issue of Psychology Today cut and paste the following link:

http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/pto-20070723-000002.html




 
The Sum of What Our Program Does

FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2007 | POSTED BY MICHELLE

One of our online members gave me permission to post this message she put up on our boards.

I love this on line program and the book. I have really begun to listen to myself and deal with issues. My husband works night shift sometimes and was off last night. He loves baseball (okay TV) and I felt ignored. Get this! Instead of running to the fridge I recognized what was going on, acknowledged my feelings and didn't say something dumb like "all you do is watch TV". I said something smart, I miss you! Which was really what I was feeling. Wow, he was ready to turn the TV off. That worked so much better than eating everything in the house and then hating myself afterwards, not to mention the problem would have still been there and the feelings unresolved.


The thing that this program helps you do is to realize that getting full on food, never gets you fulfilled by life.
This program teaches you that overeating not only gives you a body you're unhappy with, but it interrupts your best thinking. By choosing a quick fix instead of something that gets to the root of a problem, your life doesn't move forward.

As you can see from the member's post above she got clear about what she was feeling (she missed her husband). She didn't eat to manage feeling ignored. She didn't nag or criticize him. She simply expressed her true feeling. That's something that her husband was able to respond to.

This program is not just about recovering your power over food, it's about having a life you love.