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Conquer Emotional Eating

Conquer Emotional Eating | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it


 
 
 
 

Your brain's been hijacked! You just blindly shoved a sweet, crunchy chocolate into your mouth. For a moment it gave you satisfaction, soothing and other yummy sensations. But then came the guilt: "I did it again! Where was my will power?" You weren't even that hungry. How did that even happen? Feeling powerless to control your cravings, instead, you gave in to them. Can you make a different choice next time? Of course you can, and you will. 


Emotional eating can begin in childhood, when food becomes your parents' favorite tools of distraction and reward, wielded in response to various emotions and behaviors that you exhibited. As a baby, they silenced your cries with a bottle. As a child, they rewarded your good behavior with candy, snacks, ice cream and various sugary desserts. As an adult, you may find yourself eating certain junk foods just because it reminds you of some happy childhood memory.


Holidays and special occasions invariably revolve around food. There, you overeat for pleasure as a way to emphasize the festivity of the holiday, to fully enjoy it and "take it all in." Or you may use food for comfort and distraction, to ease the pain and soothe yourself at a tension-filled family gathering.


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10 Tips To Make Anyone's Day A Little Bit Better

10 Tips To Make Anyone's Day A Little Bit Better | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it
The word "nice" is often overused and misunderstood. Today, I have a healthy definition of the word "nice," but when I was a young girl in an alcoholic home, I thought being nice would make
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I Had Plastic Surgery At Age 13. Here's How I Finally Realized I'm Beautiful

I Had Plastic Surgery At Age 13. Here's How I Finally Realized I'm Beautiful | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it
I had my first plastic surgery at the age of 13. My ears stuck out and the kids at school made fun of me. They called me Dumbo. I felt ugly and outcast, and I was sure that if only I were prettier,
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Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it
Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe Beverages with ground cinnamon, ground allspice, ground ginger, ground nutmeg, ground cloves
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Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles Recipe | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it
Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles Recipe Desserts with unsalted butter, granulated sugar, large eggs, pure vanilla extract, all-purpose flour, pudding mix, cream of tartar, kosher salt, granulated sugar, pumpkin pie spice
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Whole Foods Tries First National Ads in Sustainability Arms Race - Businessweek

Whole Foods Tries First National Ads in Sustainability Arms Race - Businessweek | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it
As it plans to open new stores, Whole Foods launches its first national advertising campaign emphasizing “values”
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3 organic beauty treats you can make in your kitchen

3 organic beauty treats you can make in your kitchen | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it

Women are wising up to the chemical nasties that could be lurking in their bathroom cabinets.

The month-long Organic September celebration organised by the Soil Association is the perfect time for a product detox, but even the natural beauty market is slightly murky.

Since there are no legal standards for organic beauty products, some brands can label an item as natural or organic even though it may contain as little as 1 per cent of organic ingredients.

But there is one way to be sure that your lotions and potions are completely natural - by making them yourself!

"After working in the skincare industry for so many years, I forget that most people don't realise how easy it is to make beauty products at home," says Karen Gilbert, author of new book Natural Beauty, which is packed with 'recipes' for home-made cosmetics.


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Is it really an affair if you don't have sex? As virtual infidelity soars ... - Daily Mail

Is it really an affair if you don't have sex? As virtual infidelity soars ... - Daily Mail | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it
The average person has romantic or sexual exchanges with two people other than their partner on social media, according to new research.
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Fracking: What It Is & Why You Should Care

Fracking: What It Is & Why You Should Care | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it

Fracking is all over the news lately. No wonder. This technology responsible for America’s recent boost in natural gas production has some critics. Those critics sayfracking uses a deadly mixture of chemicals that pollutes the air and water supplies, and makes people sick.

Curious about this controversial practice, we asked Katie Huffling, director of programs of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments — a national network working to integrate environmental health issues into nursing education and care — to answer some of our questions.

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Why Emotional Eating Is Often A Cry For Pleasure

Why Emotional Eating Is Often A Cry For Pleasure | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it

I'm a dietitian working with women with disordered eating. Recently, I left my office and mindlessly munched on chocolate my whole way home.

Did I beat myself up? No. (Side note: the guilt is often more stressful on our bodies than the food.)

Did I enjoy the chocolate? A little … but not really.

So I decided to explore the situation.

I had packed my day full of new clients, and in my quick break, I grabbed lunch and checked email rather than going for my typical mid-day walk outside.

I was excited to be working with women who were ready to heal their relationship with food and their bodies; by the end of the day, I had listened to many unique and intense stories about food and body image.

I love working with people, but as an introvert, my energy was drained. I left the office tired and stopped by the store to pick up a few groceries. There, I found myself craving chocolate-covered almonds. I'm not one to deny my cravings, so I bought them and finished the bag on the way home.

Once I enjoyed my chocolate break, I started to calm down and breathe. I finally had time to myself to slow down, and take in the day. Of course, I had been craving chocolate, one of my all-time favorite foods. I had worked all day and barely taken a breather. What I had been craving wasn't really chocolate — I'd been seeking pleasure, time to process, and time alone!

So, after I enjoyed my chocolate, I tried to check in with my body: OK, I hear you. It's been a long day. What would you like to energize and feel good?

And what I got was: A yoga session outside, alone. An early bedtime and cuddles with my man and dog.

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Why Narcissists, Manipulators & Psychopaths Get Power

Why Narcissists, Manipulators & Psychopaths Get Power | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it
Do you work with someone who is toxic, but who nevertheless seems to rise through the ranks faster than everyone else? To the point that you doubt that the world is a fair place that rewards good
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Why We're Attracted To People Who Are Wrong For Us

Why We're Attracted To People Who Are Wrong For Us | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it

I'm asked this question all the time: "Why am I attracted to people who are wrong for me?" And the answer is quite simple, actually:

Because your wounded self is doing the attracting.


Now, I know the term "wounded self" can sound a little intense, so let me explain. We all have two selves: the "little self" (or the wounded self, the ego) and the "Spiritual Self" (the higher self, adult self, or soul).

The wounded self is the part of you that feels incomplete. It questions your worth and value; it doesn't feel whole, or it feels flawed in some way. My wounded self is the "little me" who wonders if I'm truly lovable.

On the other hand, we also have a Spiritual Self. This is your higher self, your soul. It's the part of you that's connected to love, truth, wisdom and peace within. Your Spiritual Self knows, without a doubt, how lovable and valuable you are. In many ways, it's the opposite of the ego.

At any given time, we are operating from one of these two selves. Many of us, unfortunately, operate from the viewpoint of the ego most of the time. That is, we believe we're insignificant and powerless in some way, and we're trying to make up for this lack.

The ego looks for things on the outside to find validation and completion. It believes once it gets more (money, a better partner, a better job, a better house, more vacations, etc…) it will finally be happy.

But … it's never happy. Not for long, anyway. Because the ego's very nature is to feel incomplete. Therefore when you live through the perspective of your ego, you're destined to feel like something's missing. Life through this lens is not very fun.

The ego gets highly activated when it comes to romantic relationships, because relationships are where we hold the most wounding.

We've all felt disappointed or hurt by a relationship in the past; we carry the memory of this wound into adulthood (sometimes unconsciously). If a wound from childhood is still active within you, you'll attract people who are going to highlight the same feeling. For example, if your wounding is centered around feeling rejected or unseen, it's likely that you'll feel a similar way in your relationships as an adult.

Your unconscious is programmed to attract people who activate your wounds. The reason for this is so you'll grow.

This is a frustrating part of the growth process! But think of it this way: You're replaying your wounds so you can finally heal them. We cannot heal anything we don't feel or see; we can't heal things that are unconscious! The uncomfortable feeling has to come to the surface for you to grow beyond it.

And how do you grow beyond it?

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How Anyone Can Eat Healthy On A Tight Budget

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A few years ago, while promoting The Virgin Diet, I spoke at a local health food store. Afterwards, during the Q&A, the last question caught me off-guard. “How do you expect a mom with an
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10 Ways To Declutter Your Home (And Life!)

10 Ways To Declutter Your Home (And Life!) | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it
The last time I moved, my rooms were filled to the ceiling with boxes. I felt weighed down, both literally and spiritually. "How can I feel free to pick up and move — to a better city, to a better
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The #1 Change That Could Reduce Anxiety (That Almost No One Tries)

The #1 Change That Could Reduce Anxiety (That Almost No One Tries) | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it
"I had so much anxiety this weekend," a client will share with me during a Monday session. "I had been feeling so good for the past couple of weeks, but this weekend I seemed to have taken five giant
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Forbidden ''butter Beer'' Recipe

Forbidden ''butter Beer'' Recipe | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it
Forbidden ''butter Beer'' Recipe Beverages with firmly packed brown sugar, Country Crock® Spread, whipping heavy cream, club soda
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Candy-Coated Marshmallow Spiders Recipe

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Candy-Coated Marshmallow Spiders Recipe Desserts with marshmallows, powdered sugar, starch, candy, candy, licorice ropes
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Your Green Drink: More Hazard Than Health?

Your Green Drink: More Hazard Than Health? | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it
Nearly one third of powder supplements marketed as “greens” or “whole foods” don’t live up to their dietary claims—and may even be contaminated with lead, arsenic, or harmful bacteria, finds a report
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If you love carbs-Eat This

If you love carbs-Eat This | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it
A recent study showed that eating a low-carb diet could help people lose more weight and cut heart risks better than a low-fat diet. But before you completely swear them off, keep in mind that we couldn't survive without carbohydrates.

They're ess...

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New Dating App Where Women Hold All The Power

"Siren" is a new dating app similar to Tinder where the women are in power, so to speak. CEO and founder Susie Lee explains that in almost all dating apps, women are constantly prey to creepy...
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3 Common Chemicals That May Cause Breast Cancer

3 Common Chemicals That May Cause Breast Cancer | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it

Breast cancer is an epidemic. One in eight women will develop the disease, and nearly 40,000 women die from it yearly (though, thankfully, the death rate is decreasing). We all know women who have fought the disease — moms, sisters, grandmothers, friends, aunts, daughters, neighbors.

Meanwhile, the evidence mounts that common chemicals play a role in breast cancer incidence. Hormone-disrupting chemicals pose a particular concern, since breast cancer is sensitive to hormonal changes. One recent study found women who work in the plastics and food canning industries had a fivefold increase in premenopausal breast cancer. The conclusion? Exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals, including phthalates, bisphenol-A, and flame-retardants, is a decisive factor in breast cancer incidence.

Because the government and industry are slow to take steps to protect people from the carcinogenic effects of everyday toxic chemicals, it falls to the consumer to take steps to reduce exposures to cancer-causing chemicals. Learning more about these chemicals and working to avoid exposure to them is a key cancer prevention strategy that everyone can embrace.

Bisphenol-A, phthalates, and parabens are three very common chemicals that have been linked in various studies to breast cancer. Exposure to all three can easily be reduced and sometimes avoided by reading labels and making informed choices when it comes to buying food, household cleaners, and personal care products. Here’s how:

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Fall Gardening Basics: What You Need To Know About Cover Crops

Fall Gardening Basics: What You Need To Know About Cover Crops | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it

Aside from your green thumb, the quality of your garden’s soil is one of the most important factors in the success of your plants. That's why, as we gear up for fall, it's a fine time to consider how to replenish our soil and protect it over the winter. This way, we'll have productive and healthy soil for next season!

Most seeds that we plant deplete nutrients from the soil on their journey from seedling to maturity. The good news is: there's a lot you can do to keep your soil quality in tip-top shape!

First, as summer winds down, leave the roots of your current plants in the soil bed to decompose, rather than pulling out the entire plant. This will help nourish your soil.

Secondly, consider cover crops, which are low-maintenance soil builders that give back nutrients, suppress weeds, and manage pests and diseases. You can purchase cover crops at your local gardening store or order them online from a farmer in your area. They're great for gardens of all sizes.

I recommend ordering seeds from local farmers rather than from larger seed corporations because seed success is dependent upon the climate in your region.

Cover crops are planted four weeks prior to the average frost date in your area. Spread the seed densely over the surface of the soil and place a half-inch layer of soil over top with a rake or your hands. Be sure the seeds receive water consistently until they germinate.

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7 Things Healthy People Do Every Morning

7 Things Healthy People Do Every Morning | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it
My alarm is set to the song "Happy" by Pharrell Williams. It’s impossible to not smile when this song plays. This, combined with the other habits below, set the tone for a productive, happy and
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How To Survive Your 9 To 5 When It's Not Your Dream Job

How To Survive Your 9 To 5 When It's Not Your Dream Job | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it
It's taken me six years, but I've finally figured out my life’s purpose: to run a wellness retreat. However, until I can fully support myself by following my passion, I have a 9-5 job to pay the
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11 Keys To Thriving In Your Daily Life

11 Keys To Thriving In Your Daily Life | Health & Fitness | Scoop.it
There’s a saying that moves me deeply by the great spiritual philosopher Khalil Gibran: “Your daily life is your temple and your religion. When you enter into it, take with you your all.
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