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10 Things You Must Know About Hypothyroidism


As many of you know, I have struggled with thyroid problems for the past ten years. I actually think my thyroid problems began when I was around eleven but they were only diagnosed when I was twenty-five and was experiencing a bout of hyperthyroidism with a resting heart rate of 125. At the time, the doctors suggested I take radioactive iodine. I refused and my thyroid stabilized but a few years later I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, a common form of Hypothyroidism. I have spent a lot of time researching both western and eastern approaches to caring for hypothyroidism. I wanted to share ten things that you must consider if you have a thyroid condition. Please note: I am not a medical doctor. These are simply things that I have discovered over the years.

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How Stress Gets You Into a Rut that Makes You Overeat


When you fall into a habit of overeating, does it feel like it gets easier to keep repeating that undesirable behavior? One binge will lead to three. One bout of late night emotional eating can lead to a whole week of late night emotional eating. If it feels that way, it's because that is actually what happens. When we get into a rut, it becomes easier to stay in that rut.

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Food As a Form of Punishment


A few weeks ago I covered the topic of food as a source of reward. On the flip side, people also use food and overeating as a form of punishment. Using food, whether as a source of comfort or as a hostile act towards yourself or others, is still emotional eating. It is giving food more power than food deserves. Do you use food as a form of punishment? Before you answer, read keep on reading.

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What Can a Year of Shrink Yourself Do For You?


In my posts I often talk about emotional eating from various angles and how it affects various aspects of our lives. I try to explain how the Shrink Yourself program impacts emotional eating as both a professional and as a fellow recovering emotional eater. However, the best way for you to understand some of these things is to listen to the words of one of our members who has been using the principles of our program for a year. Her post gave me great hope that emotional eaters can recover their power, lose weight and live more fulfilling lives. I hope her words will give you the same sense of inspiration I experienced.

I started SY in early August of 2008—so I've now had about a year.

Am I an emotional eater? Or am I a healthy eater? Sometimes I can be either, but I do want to recount the progress I've made in recovery after about a year of Shrink Yourself:

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