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What’s Wrong With Me?

What’s wrong with me? I often have clients say, “I know what to do, but I can’t seem to make myself do it. What’s wrong with me?”. This dangerous territory because it is inherently shame inducing and assumes that you are a problem to be solved. With each repeated exposure to these self-defeating beliefs, you […]

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3 Steps to End the Downward Spiral

If you struggle with emotional eating, you know about the downward spiral all too well. Picture this…it is Monday morning and you are fresh off a weekend of self-sabotage and into a new plan. You are feeling hopeful and confident. Hopeful and confident…until you encounter some stress and your favorite food to eat when you […]

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Why You Just Can’t Change

If you are reading this, you probably have a love/hate relationship with food. It can be a push pull relationship that takes you to your highest highs and lowest lows! If you are anything like I was in the height of my battle with emotional eating, you probably spend a fair amount of time trying […]

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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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What Need Does Food Fill?

If hunger isn’t the problem, food isn’t the solution. Easier said than done when it comes to emotional eating, right?! When you have struggled with emotional eating for years, food seems to be the solution for any emotion, even the positive kind (celebration anyone?). Why does this happen? More importantly, how do you do it […]

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