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Do You Always Save the Best for Last?

Recently I had a nice restaurant dinner with my husband and we decided to share a dessert. It was a large, delicious piece of banana cream pie, a specialty of our favorite local restaurant. David did what he always does with dessert; he plunged right in. And I did what I always do: I tried to save …

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Eating Is Always Your Choice

You are always in charge of your eating. Whether your choice is to eat or not eat. How much you choose to eat. When you start eating. When you stop. And, of course, what you eat. Being in charge gives us a sense of freedom. It takes away the need to struggle. No need to call upon …

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Why You Should Never Start Your Diet On A Monday

Let me amend that statement. I’m not a believer in diets. Diets actually cause overeating and binge eating. So let’s call it ‘your weight loss program’. How many times have you said this to yourself: I’ll just start Monday. Or, I’ll start after the holidays. Or after the New Year. The thing about Mondays or any other …

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The Scale: Are You An Addict Or An Avoider?

The scale. An inanimate object made of metal and plastic, that has the power to change moods, ruin days and create binges. Wow. That’s a lot of power. And it’s all how we look at it. Some of us, you know who you are, cannot walk by one without somehow accidentally stepping on it. Even …

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The Delicate Art of Responding to Your Hunger

When we talk about eating when we’re hungry and stopping when we’re satisfied, it sounds so simple. So why do so many of us have trouble doing this? We frequently let ourselves get too hungry. And usually this results in eating so much we end up overly full. Or we don’t wait to feel the hunger …

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How to Keep Doing What Works

A while back, I completed a class on weight loss coaching. It was one of the most intense experiences in my life. In a good way. I love taking classes and view it as an integral ingredient for my happiness. So, I finished the class and was certified. And I had gained a few pounds. What? …

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Ready for Black Friday?

Black Friday. You know. The day after Thanksgiving when everyone lines up at their favorite store at 4:00 a.m. to get a shot at getting one of 50 heavily discounted iPads, Prada purses, leopard print doggie raincoats, or Cabbage Patch dolls. (Yes, I know I’m dating myself with that last one but I couldn’t resist.) …

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What To Do When You Can’t Stop Eating

  Who hasn’t been there? You’re eating something delicious. Maybe a favorite treat. Maybe something you consider one of your ‘trigger foods’. You’re full. Your body is satisfied. But you get an automatic thought, telling you that you just can’t stop eating. Not until it’s either gone, or you’re stuffed and sick. You feel helpless. Out …

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Living Your Life With No Regrets

Recently, I treated myself to an hour of watching an old episode of Oprah’s Master Class series. This one featured Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com. Amazon is a multi-million dollar company and is quite a remarkable and innovative creation. Oprah was asking Jeff how he made the decision to start the company, leaving a well-paying job to …

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Ode To The Food Journal

Everyone who hires me as their coach has a similar starting point; they all agree to keep a food journal. They are not all excited, however, to keep this food journal. In fact, it’s probably one of the least popular assignments I give. It’s generally met with some pretty automatic arguments. …no time. …feels like …

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