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The Paradox of Freedom and the Allure of the Diet Plan

Are children free? On the one hand they have to do what they’re told. They can’t just skip school if they don’t want to go. They have to eat what they’re given, go to sleep at their bedtime, and do their homework. That may seem very ...
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Visualizing Your Future Weight

I recently went to a lecture by a scientist at Northwestern named Malcolm MacIver about how our ability to look ahead – literally to see more than what’s right in front of our noses – affects how our consciousness has evolved. (Here’s a TEDx talk that ...
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Four Coping Styles in Emotional Eating

There are many reasons that people use food as a way of coping with stress. In my work with emotional eaters, however, I have found that there are four common types of coping styles that are most prevalent and seem to uniquely predispose people to emotional ...
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Great Expectations

Two psychologists were debating which is stronger, one’s perspective or one’s circumstances. So they recruited two young boys to participate in a little experiment. One of the boys always had a positive and optimistic attitude while the other was always negative and pessimistic. They put the ...
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Change Your Filters

A while back, I wrote a post called “Feeling Trapped in Hamlet’s Prison.” The point of it was to show that how we perceive something can have a profound effect on how we feel. By recognizing that we have the ability to change our perceptions, we ...
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Is Emotional Eating a Food Addiction?

People often talk about emotional eating as a “food addiction.” The same goes for being “addicted” to shopping, gambling, and other behaviors – even positive ones like exercise. It’s true that these behaviors can sometimes seem to take on a life of their own and make ...
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Curb the New Year’s Enthusiasm Spasm

I don’t usually use this blog to talk about what’s in the news or re-post items from other blogs, but this article is too important to pass up, especially during the first week of New Year’s resolutions.I’ve been talking a lot about the benefits of moderation. ...
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White Bears, Dieting, and the Rebound Effect

The real question about how to avoid overeating is not how to strengthen your ability to restrain it, but how to avoid ricocheting from dieting to bingeing and back again. I’ll explain that soon, but first let’s do a little exercise. Ready? Don’t think about white ...
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Emotional Eating and the Lipstick Effect

What do movies, lipstick, and Tootsie Rolls have in common? They all thrive in difficult economic times. And that connection can teach us a lot about overeating.In the 1930’s, in the midst of the Great Depression, the businesses of cosmetics titans Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein ...
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