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on Emotional Eating


 
Knowledge is power.
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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Overeaters: How to Stop Using Food as a Substitute for Love

FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 2012 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

Overeaters, has food become a substitute for the real love, affection and passion that you crave? Have you comforted yourself with food after a relationship ended or someone died? There's a quote from Song of Solomon in the Bible that says, "Comfort me with apples, for I am sick of love."

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An Empowering New Approach to Managing Overeating

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 2012 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

Do you sometimes feel like you can never measure up? Do you find that you're always judging, critiquing or evaluating yourself? Do you believe, especially when it comes to food and overeating (not to mention other things), that you can never get it quite right? If so, you're not alone.

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Overeaters: How to Love Yourself Despite Your Weight Struggles

FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 2012 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

Overeaters, do you keep telling yourself that when you lose weight you'll finally love yourself? Do you think it's completely acceptable to reject your body in its current state? If you're plagued with thoughts about wishing you looked differently, read on.

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How People Pleasing Fuels Overeating & 3 Ways to Change It

FRIDAY, AUGUST 10, 2012 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

Codependence is defined in many ways. A common definition is being overly focused on other people in a way that inhibits the quality of your life and your relationships (sound familiar, overeaters?). Another way to think of codependency is People Pleasing: Saying yes to others without consideration of your own wants and needs.

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Avoid Emotional Eating With these 4 Steps

FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2012 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

Are you hungry for food, or for some quality human interaction? Could you use more hugs and understanding from another human being, or will a slice of pie do the trick? Today, we're talking emotional eating vs. love.

A psychologist, Dr. Harry Harlow, did a controversial study in which he took Rhesus monkeys and separated them from their mothers. He then gave them the option of two possible surrogates. One surrogate was a wire shaped monkey that had a baby bottle that provided food. The other was a cozy, terry cloth surrogate who provided softness but no food. The monkeys always preferred the comfort over the nourishment. Whenever a frightening stimulus was brought into the room, the monkey ran to the terry cloth surrogate.

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