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Archives for March, 2012

Smoking Cessation

Helping the Smoker in Your Life

When someone you love is a smoker, it's hard not to worry, and it's hard not to nag.  In our work with smokers who are trying to quit, we often hear, "my spouse/kids/partner/grandchildren have been after me to quit for years."

The key word here is "years" -- in other words, when smokers do finally decide to quit, it isn't usually in response to the pleas of loved ones, but because the smoker has...
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Mindful Eating: Open Your Mind Before You Open Your Mouth

Chocolate Cake For Dessert

"Topping off breakfast with a piece of chocolate cake may help dieters lose more In a study with nearly 200 obese, non-diabetic participants who added dessert to their breakfasts - such as cookies, cake or chocolate - lost an average of 40 pounds more than a group that avoided such foods" (according to researchers from Tel Aviv U., source: APA Monitor, April 2012, Vol 43 (4)).

What do you think is going...
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Smoking Cessation

An Unofficial Apology to Smokers

The antismoking crusade was ready to grasp anything that could demonize smoking, and in 1988 the US Surgeon General declared on his own authority that smoking was an enslaving addiction and that nicotine was a drug of abuse equal to crack cocaine. On its face the statement was and is preposterous, but the media loved its capacity to conjure anxieties and to foster allegations of dark conspiracies.… No official apology or change-of-mind admissions...
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I’m Back, with Company

I’ve been on a kind of sabbatical from blogging on PsychCentral since last summer, busy with finishing my latest self-help project which is called Reinventing the Meal: How Mindfulness Can Help You Slow Down, Savor the Moment, and Reconnect with the Ritual of Eating.  The book is to be published by New Harbinger and is due out in September 2012.  In a separate post, I will share the foreword by Donald Altman,...
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