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Reinvent Yourself

TUESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2011 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

Emotional Eating is not simply a bad habit, but a symptom of a much more complex human phenomenon that involves all parts of your mind and life. In order to fully break the emotional eating habit and free yourself from binging, compulsive eating or the food obsession, you have to reinvent yourself!

Reinventing yourself can mean something as basic as setting healthy boundaries, or being able to find your voice and make yourself heard. It could be developing a proactive attitude to all the daily ups and downs of relationships at work or at home. These are obvious skills or patterns that might even sound simple and easy to do just by making a decision to do them. However, it is very difficult for the person who has not done them before, particularly if they have been thinking about doing it for a long time and not yet taken the steps to put it into action.

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Emotional Eaters: Breaking Your Food Obsession by Challenging the Past

TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2011 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

Food obsessions are often tied directly or indirectly to childhood influences from the past. As naive children, trying to understand the complexity of adults, we jump to certain conclusions that are not true and not in our best interest. Somewhere along the line, the comfort of food became a safe place to hide from these false assumptions about ourselves. In order to end emotional eating, our childhood "misunderstandings" need to be re-discovered and re-framed with a new adult perspective.

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Overeaters: How to Cure a Food Obsession

FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 2011 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

Clarity of mind is how you "cure" a food obsession. It is both the "How To" modify your habits related to food, as well as the lifelong reward for overcoming an "addiction" to food.

It takes a lot of energy to maintain an unhealthy relationship with food. The focus on food crowds out your critical faculties required to making your daily life work in your favor. The obsession with food keeps you numb and robs you of your mental clarity.

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Overeaters: Breaking the Guilt Cycle that Keeps You Fat

SATURDAY, AUGUST 6, 2011 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

A patient came in to see me the other day who I hadn't seen for three months. She was doing well and in the final stage of being "cured" of her food obsession. She decided to scheduled this appointment to "reach a higher level" and to complete the process. However, in the three days just before her appointment, she had a little relapse.

I remember when she started to gain weight right before a visit back home. She was afraid that her sister would be too envious of her for having both a good life, and her weight under control. She was willing to be fat and angry at herself in order to ward off the envy.

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