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Archives for April, 2012

Slowing Down, Not Rushing To Food When Strong Emotions Strike

Last week we talked about using certain healthy coping strategies when strong emotions strike. One reader posted a very important comment. She wrote:

These tips are interesting, but how do I slow down enough to do any of these or even breathe? The strong feeling comes… bam, I go to food. I don’t know how to slow down.

I bet many of us have had similar struggles. That's why I wanted to turn her valuable comment into its own blog post. So I consulted two...
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Binge Eating

Binge Eating In Men: Q&A With Richard Bedrosian


Eating disorders don't discriminate. They affect people of all ages, appearances, races and religions. Still, when the conversation turns to eating disorders (or disordered eating), we often forget that men struggle, too.

That's why I was especially interested in speaking with Richard Bedrosian, , co-author of this recent study on binge eating in men, published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders. Bedrosian is the Director of Behavioral...
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Eating & Dieting

How To Start To Enjoy Eating

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In our diet-obsessed, restriction-focused society it seems hard enough to have a healthy relationship with food, let alone a love affair with eating.

But that's exactly what Dr. Michelle May, , talks about in her latest newsletter. Dr. May is the author of the book Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat and the founder of .

Many people worry that enjoying...
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More Tips On Soothing Strong Emotions

Yesterday I shared several writing exercises to soothe strong emotions from the book Writing for Emotional Balance: A Guided Journal to Help You Manage Overwhelming Emotions by clinical psychologist Beth Jacobs, PhD.

(See that post here.)

The problem with strong emotions is that they can lead you to feel even more scattered and overwhelmed and yearning a quick -- and unhealthy -- fix.

Today, I'm sharing two more healthy activities you can...
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Binge Eating

What To Do When Emotions Become Overwhelming

While it's important to release your emotions, sometimes, you just need to take a break. Sometimes, your emotions become so overwhelming that it's best to have a few soothing strategies up your sleeve.

In her excellent book, Writing for Emotional Balance: A Guided Journal to Help You Manage Overwhelming Emotions, clinical psychologist Beth Jacobs, PhD, shares a few ways that we can "refocus."

According to Jacobs, refocusing means returning to...
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Eating & Dieting

How To Eat Mindfully: Q&A With Ed Halliwell

In today's world, we're used to rushing through our lives -- especially when it comes to eating. We often do everything while we eat. We eat during our commutes to work, or at our desks as we're scrambling to finish a task.

Rather than savoring our meals, we eat and read, or we eat and watch TV, or we eat and work on our computers.

We rarely just sit and eat and focus on our food....
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