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Too Much Information? 4 Ways It Limits Our Decisions

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In your previous searches for a weight loss solution, have you found just one option that worked for you and stuck with it?  Your focus most likely quickly shifted to something new that caught your eye. Or, in researching, you found several more options to consider, and the quantity of information you found completely stalled [...]

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Wait… Isn’t Self-Care Self-Indulgent?

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Are you unsure of the difference between self-indulgence and self-compassion? You’re not alone! I’m going to give you the short version first, and then I’ll expand on it. This way you can rest assured that when you put yourself first, you’re doing yourself a kindness.   Self-Indulgence vs. Self-Care Self-indulgence is an immediate-gratification tactic that [...]

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Say It Or Stuff It!

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As emotional eaters, we tend to not only stuff our faces, but we stuff a lot of other things, too. We stuff our feelings, opinions, and many of the things that we really want to say. Since I was a kid I’ve been afraid of speaking my mind. I grew up in a family where [...]

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The Truth About Lack of Connection and Emotional Eating

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I recently read something that struck a chord in my heart: “Not all addictions are rooted in abuse or trauma, but I do believe they can all be traced to painful experience. A hurt is at the centre of all addictive behaviours. It is present in the gambler, the Internet addict, the compulsive shopper and [...]

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The Real Reason 98% of All Diets Fail

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Fun food fact: if you put lemons and limes in water, lemons will float and limes will sink. Lemons float even though they are heavier than limes. Lemons are larger, but they have a lower density than limes, and their rinds have dimples that trap air that helps them float. Limes are smaller, denser, and [...]

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Saying is Believing: 3 Steps to Being Nicer to Yourself

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The story you tell yourself reflects what you believe, and what you expect will happen. What you repeatedly say to and about yourself usually becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. It doesn’t matter what you believe. If you believe something, reinforce it with repetition and act on that belief. It will quickly become your reality! Good news/bad [...]

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How Gut Imbalance Can Keep You Irritable, Sick and Tired, and How to Improve in 30-Days (or Less)

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You’re outnumbered. There are close to 10 times as many bacteria cells than human cells in your body. In that sense, you are almost more bacteria than you are human! Taking care of the good bacteria and adjusting imbalances in your gut is key to fighting a laundry list of disorders. These include obesity, depression, [...]

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Do Emotional Eaters Have (Busy) Body Issues?

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Are cravings getting the better of you? You’ve heard me say before, food isn’t the issue. The root cause of many cravings, and emotional eating, goes way beyond what you put in your mouth. One answer to uncontrollable cravings can come from an uncomfortable place. You may be a busybody. Who, Me? A Busybody?? Emotional [...]

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How To Be Bigger Than Your Cravings

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Having a strong craving and feeling powerless to do anything about it is awful. You feel defeated, weak, and out of control. There are a few things you can do when cravings hit so that you become bigger than your cravings. These tips will help you feel better about yourself and even give you a [...]

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The Harsh Reality of Making Comparisons

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We all do it sometimes: we look at others and wish we had what they have. Or we judge them and think of ourselves as superior. It’s human nature to covet a neighbor’s greener grass and  judge another neighbor’s dust and weeds. Intellectually, we know that comparisons don’t serve us. But we do it anyway [...]