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Eating to Dissociate

Emotional eating is a form of dissociation. If you aren’t familiar with the term dissociation, it is the ability for the brain to separate from pain. When injured in an accident, your brain can block physical pain in order to survive. Our brain does the same thing with emotional pain. Life exposes us to a […]

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Food As a Flashback

In his amazing book Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving, Pete Walker discusses how trauma impacts a person’s ability to cope even years after the traumatic events in childhood. Even if you didn’t have your emotional or physical needs met in childhood, I strongly recommend reading this book. He has an excellent chapter on emotional […]

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You Can’t Be Trusted!

Woah. That seems harsh! If you knew someone who made you promise after promise and never followed through, would you trust them? If you knew someone who consistently spoke critically about you and rarely gave positive feedback, would you want to do anything for them? I sure hope the answer is no! If you are […]

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The Emotional Eating Part

Emotional eating is a complex issue. When you have told someone about your struggle with weight and eating, how often has the response been, “well, just don’t eat so much”? Gee. I guess you hadn’t considered that option, right?! If only it were that easy! I have worked with emotional eating for a long time […]

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Emotional Eating and Hebb’s Law

Emotional eating is an issue most people face at one time or another. So many people don’t even recognize it, but if you aren’t physically hungry and you are reaching for food, it is emotional eating. If it isn’t physical, it is emotional. Let’s face it, food feels good. It is entertaining. It is soothing. […]

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You’re Not Hungry. You’re Lonely.

When discussing emotional eating triggers, clients often say they are bored. I routinely tell people that I don’t believe boredom is a real emotion. We have so many things to capture our attention, so food doesn’t need to be among them. When I ask clients about triggers for emotional eating, some people are so out […]

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EMDR Therapy for Emotional Eating

Emotional eating is a complex issue that often has deep roots. By using EMDR Therapy, we can get to the core of the relationship with food and quickly work through past issues. In this video, I explain more about how EMDR Therapy works and how I use it to address emotional eating.

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Emotional Eating Relapse Prevention

When we continually find ourselves in emotional eating patterns, we ask why we can’t just be “good” and eat what we know we “should”. Good idea in theory, but as you have probably discovered, willpower alone is not enough to change your cycle. Here are some things to think about….. How has emotional eating caused […]

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