Saturday, December 31, 2011

Five Strategies to Help Cure Emotional Overeating

Emotional eaters often feel like they are stuck in a vicious cycle with no way out. They eat when they’re anxious, sad, angry and so on. To them food is their drug of choice. It alleviates the emotional pain they are feeling. However, there are treatments out there. Some of them alternative whereas others are conventional.

What are conventional therapies? Things like medication, surgery and therapy are considered conventional. What are alternative therapies? Well, let’s take a look at a few of them.


Hypnosis has been known to be effective because it deals with the mind and that’s where emotional eating starts. Some people think hypnosis is a ‘joke’, remembering what they’ve seen on TV with someone swinging a watch back and forth in front of someone and having them bark like a dog or other silly things. But that’s not the case, hypnosis is a clinical practice that practitioners use to treat some patients.


Again, forget what you’ve seen on TV. Meditation doesn’t have to be done sitting on the floor Indian style like you see on TV. While meditating, an emotional overeater is tuning into their thoughts and emotions, being aware (mindful) of what is going on. This (being mindful) is the complete opposite of what is happening when someone is emotionally overeating – they are being mindless.

Herbal Supplements

Al l you have to do is flip open a magazine, turn on the TV, walk into a store and you’re bombarded with the next greatest supplement on the market that will finally help you lose weight. While it’s ok to try them, they generally aren’t geared towards helping with the issue of emotional eating. But, there are a few on the market that are known to help with it:

*Hoodia – Not only is this herb known to suppress appetites, it boosts your energy and it has more subtle effects. It’s also known to have a pretty good safety level to it.

*Vitex – Women who have emotional eating issues because of hormone reasons, this herb is a good choice. It’s known to balance the hormones.

*Ginseng – You can find Asian or American ginseng. They are both found to be equally effective. This herb is supposed to not only help with cravings for sugar but also curb the compulsion to overeat.


It’s not very common that you hear of someone having acupuncture done to help with weight loss. It can help and is generally more effective on someone that is an emotional overeater rather than just an overeater. This is said to be true because acupuncture releases endorphins and raises the metabolism. The release of endorphins, causes the client to feel better emotionally which helps stop the emotional overeating.


Bet you weren’t expecting to see this one listed. But it’s true. Someone that has the right amount (balance) of minerals and vitamins in their body don’t usually have emotional eating problems. It’s important that you are feeding your body with good food and not a bunch of bad stuff. Stay away from pre-packaged, artificial or processed foods as much as possible. Instead focus on feeding your body whole, fresh foods. You should also take a multi-vitamin too.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Eight Healthy Facts about Kale

Eight Healthy Facts about Kale

Tips and Tricks to Help Conquer Emotional Overeating

If you suffer from emotional overeating, it probably feels like a revolving door that will never stop. It probably feels hopeless and that you’ll never break the vicious cycle and will always be imprisoned to the disorder. That’s not true though. This is a treatable problem.

The first step in treating emotional overeating is getting honest with yourself. This is probably the most important thing you can do. You can’t seek help if you’re not willing to admit you have a problem. Please know that seeking professional help is not a sign of weakness! It’s a sign of strength and courage to be able to admit you need help.

If you want to try controlling the problem on your own before seeking the help of a professional there are a few things you can try. Here are some tips:

Grocery List

When you’re an emotional overeater and something happens to set you off to raid the kitchen you probably seek out the potato chips, chocolate, ice cream – all those comfort foods. The easiest way to solve this is by not keeping them in the house! So, what should you put on your grocery list and stock up on?

* Brown rice

* Fresh fruits and vegetables

* Low-fat, low-calorie yogurt

* Popcorn kernels for air popping

* Lean protein like fish, turkey, and chicken

* Natural, healthy cooking oils like olive and safflower oil (instead of shortening, lard, or unhealthy oils)

Don't Crash Diet

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that fad/crash diets don’t work. In fact, they usually do more harm than good. Sure you can lose a significant amount of weight in a short period of time but as soon as you fall of the wagon, so to speak, and start eating ‘normal’ foods you’ll gain all that weight back and probably more!

So, what should you do instead of a crash diet? Check out these tips and try them instead:

*Allow yourself a weekly treat. Try something like frozen yogurt if you love ice cream. Or if you can’t give up those potato chips then allow yourself to have them on say Saturday every week (but try to do this in moderation!).

* Make sure your body has a good balance of minerals and vitamins. You can achieve this by eating whole, fresh foods but don’t stop there – take a daily multi-vitamin too.

Eat Regular Meals

Don’t skip meals. In fact, it’s recommended to eat up to 6 times a day! But plan these meals and snacks. Don’t just eat/snack whenever. Have a set time you eat breakfast and then a morning snack and do the same for lunch and an afternoon snack and dinner and a nighttime snack. Regular meal times and snack times will help alleviate some of the anxiety and stress about food that most emotional overeaters feel.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Emotional Overeating: Where to Get Help

If you suffer from emotional overeating you know how negatively it affects your life – eating in secret, feeling ashamed and embarrassed but most of all feeling like you’re stuck in a prison with no way out. There is a way out and you can (and probably should) seek professional help. Here are some treatment plans that are available for emotional overeating disorder.

Common Treatments

First, you need to recognize and admit that you have a problem. You can’t resolve a problem you don’t know you have. So the very first thing you need to do is be 100% honest with yourself and access how serious the problem is. Remember, there’s nothing to feel ashamed about. You are not alone – there are a significant number of people out there suffering from emotional overeating disorder! Ok, so let’s take a look at some of the treatments available.

*Surgery – This is usually the last resort and other treatment options should be sought first. There is a lot of controversy behind weight loss surgery and emotional overeating. While the surgery addresses the physical part of the disorder (excessive weight because of the out of control eating) it doesn’t address the inner (emotional) part of the disorder. If you do go this route, look for a surgeon or clinic that does it as a ‘whole well being’ process. Meaning, they require you do go through extensive counseling to get down to the root of the emotional overeating.

*Counseling – Some people need the one-on-one counseling whereas others would prefer to be a part of a group counseling program (or family counseling). You will probably find that your therapist recommend you seek out nutritional counseling as well to help deal with the emotional overeating disorder.

*Medication – Because of the recent links to depression and emotional overeating, many physicians are now prescribing anti-depressants to those suffering from emotional overeating. This option, as with all treatment options, is a personal one. Some people are opposed to being put on medicine, where others are all for it.

Here are two tips you can follow to help with the emotional overeating.

*Eat well – it may seem ironic that eating is mentioned considering emotional overeaters do way too much of it and usually gorge themselves beyond a point of being full. But you would be surprised how eating well can really help balance things out. When you are feeding your body ‘good fuel’ (whole foods, fresh fruit, lean meats, etc) your hormones and blood sugar levels tend to have a better balance meaning you will have more energy, a better self-image and your moods won’t fluctuate so much.

*Exercise – This is pretty common knowledge. Even if you aren’t an emotional overeater, regular exercise needs to be a part of your routine. Exercise releases endorphins which make you feel happy. And if you’re feeling happy you are less likely to suffer from an emotional overeating episode. Even if you can only fit 15 minutes of exercise in every other day it’s better than nothing!

And here are two tips of things you should not do to help with emotional overeating.

*Fad/Crash diets – Sure these may work great and you lose a ton of weight initially. The problem with a fad diet is that as soon as you start eating normal again you will gain all that weight back and probably more!

*Junk/bad food – Most emotional overeaters gorge themselves on specific foods (potato chips, candy bars, chocolate, ice cream, etc) so you should not keep this stuff in the house. Instead keep healthier versions of your comfort foods around. For example, try frozen yogurt instead of ice cream.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Anti-Aging Super Foods

Anti-Aging Super Foods:

I found this very interesting news today.

Anti-aging super foods: How to look healthy the natural way

What would you say if I told you that the best anti-aging products can be found right in your local supermarket? Ready to get gorgeous? I know you think that my answer to everything is food. Well that might be true but try these super foods on for size and see if you’re not feeling and looking more beautiful than ever.

Let us begin our quest for beauty with salmon. There are numerous benefits of salmon. Health wise, it’s amazing! It’s low in calories, high in protein and high in Omega-3’s. The cardiovascular benefits are phenomenal. However, we want to know – how will this beautiful pink fish make me pretty? Since salmon has such amazing cardiovascular benefits, it improves circulation. Improved circulation leaves skin rosy, supple, dewy and glowing. Also, the Omega-3’s are known to improve skin texture… microdermabrasion in a fish!

Who needs to take dangerous weight loss pills when you can just eat chia seeds? This is how this mighty little seed aids in weight loss; when the seed is exposed to water it forms a coating of gel increasing its size and weight. This helps with satiety as it expands in your stomach. You will feel very full! Also, chia seeds are very high in anti-oxidants and have an amazing shelf life with no preservatives! All natural, baby!

Ginger – No we are not talking about the redhead from Gilligan’s Island. We are talking about a skin super hero! First off, ginger has the ability to lighten age spots. This is very important because age spots are a dead giveaway for age or unfortunately can make you look older than you actually are. Ginger contains the powerful anti-oxidant gingerol which not only fights skin damaging free radicals, but promotes smoothness and evenness in skin tone. Blue ginger from Madagascar has particular potent anti-oxidant properties. Also, ginger is an anti-inflammatory which makes it a natural acne fighting ingredient. The antiseptic properties of ginger kill bacteria that causes acne! Wow!

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This something we all want to know: anti-aging super food! I am glad that salmon is one of them.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Healthy Eating At Work

For many people trying to lose weight, breakfast and dinner are the easier meals to plan for. Lunch is the real challenge. You want to be able to take something portable, fast, and easy to eat at your desk. Portable and fast often means a trip through the drive through.  It’s difficult to eat a healthy lunch if you’re going out all the time. The better solution is to pack your lunch. Here are a few easy recipes and ideas that will satisfy all of your requirements. They’re healthy, easy, portable, and fast.

Variations on Tuna Salad

Tuna is inexpensive. It’s also good for you and you can prepare tuna salad ahead of time. You can also substitute salmon or chicken if you don’t like tuna. Try including the following ingredients or create your own recipe.

* 1 6-ounce cans chunk light tuna packed in water
* 1/2 15-ounce can small white beans, such as cannellini or great northern, rinsed
* 5 cherry tomatoes, quartered
* 2 scallions, trimmed and sliced
* 1 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
* 1 tablespoons lemon juice
* Salt and pepper to taste.

You can easily double this recipe to make enough for two days. Serve it on mixed greens or on a whole wheat pita. Switch it up and replace the tomatoes and scallions with olives and chopped artichoke hearts.

The Joy of Sandwiches
When most people make a sandwich it’s a piece of meat like ham, a slice of cheese and a bit of mayo or mustard. Boring! Switch it up. Get creative. For example, try avocado, tomato, and lettuce on whole wheat bread. Add a slice or two of turkey if you want a bit of lean protein on your sandwich. And there’s nothing wrong with a bit of light mayonnaise. It’s low in calories and fat.

Bento Box Style
A traditional bento box has rice, meat and a vegetable. It’s a perfectly balanced meal. You can embrace this Japanese lunch box style of meal with your own interpretation. For example, hummus, chopped carrots and celery, and a chicken breast.

Soup is one of those things you can make at home on the weekend. You can freeze some of it in small lunch sized containers and take it to work. A quick warm up in the microwave and your lunch is ready to go. Add a side of whole wheat crackers or bread and you have a very satisfying lunch. Try bean soups and vegetable soups for maximum nutrition.

Lunch doesn’t have to be fattening and it doesn’t have to be dull. A little creativity and you can make a healthy lunch that makes your co-workers green with envy.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Alkaline Diet: Pros, Cons, and Do They Really Affect Acid Levels in the Body?

Alkaline Diet: Pros, Cons, and Do They Really Affect Acid Levels in the Body?

Emotional Overeating and Weight Gain

None of us likes to gain weight but it happens and usually we know why but if you find yourself gaining weight and don’t know why it can be even more frustrating. Because emotional overeating involves mindless eating it often creeps up on you which could explain that unknown weight gain. Here are some more things to look at to help you identify whether or not you suffer from emotional overeating.

Unexplainable Weight Gain

We already briefly mentioned this in the above paragraph but it’s worth repeating. Because emotional eating is often done mindlessly, the weight gain ‘sneaks’ up so if you’re eating somewhat healthy, even working out regularly but still gaining weight you could be an emotional overeater. One thing to pay attention to is, if when you’re feeling emotional (sad, angry, etc) how you eat – do you turn to junk/comfort foods during these times? If so that could explain why even with healthy eating and working out regularly you’re gaining weight.

A Sudden Urge

Do you notice that you have food cravings out of the blue? For example you could be sitting watching TV, reading a book, working on the computer (whatever it may be) and all of a sudden for no explained reason you have this sudden urge for a bag of potato chips or your favorite ice cream. A lot of emotional overeaters say these irresistible cravings come on frequently. If it’s true hunger it’s more of a gradual thing that comes on over the course of an hour or few hours not suddenly like these cravings.


It’s been found that emotional eating has been linked to depressed more and more these days. Start paying attention to those periodic bouts of depression (we all get them) and how you’re feeling and what you’re thinking. If during these times you find yourself thinking of food, especially a specific thing like ice cream or cookies or potato chips (any comfort food really) this can certainly be a sign that your overeating is based on emotions.


Are you going through a stressful time in your life simultaneous to your weight gain? Have you seen that pattern before? Stress, with its accompanying anxiety and other negative feelings, can trigger someone to overeat in response to those feelings.


Take note of how you feel after you get done eating. If you find yourself feeling ashamed or consumed by guilt these are definite signs that you’re emotionally overeating. If you were eating normally there would be absolutely no feelings of guilt or shame!

Specific Cravings

This was mentioned briefly above but it’s getting mentioned again because it’s an important one.

Keep in mind that if you were truly hungry and not emotionally overeating, you would be open to any food not a specific food like what you’re craving. Meaning, if all of a sudden you get this crazy irresistible urge for a big bowl of mashed potatoes because you’re ‘starving’ you would be open (if you were truly ‘starving’/hungry) to eating a tuna fish sandwich. An emotional overeater generally isn’t open to anything other than whatever craving hits them at that time.

Effects of GMO and GMO Foods (Video) - Dr Weil's Daily Health Tips - Natural Health Information

Effects of GMO and GMO Foods (Video) - Dr Weil's Daily Health Tips - Natural Health Information

Fit A Healthy Diet Into Your Lifestyle

Ask anyone who is starting a weight loss program and you'll hear a groan when the word “diet” comes into the conversation. Taking time out to pick a diet, plan your food, and actually follow the plan can be exhausting and frustrating. To avoid all this, many folks are tempted to skip all that and just shed those extra pounds by starving themselves for a couple weeks. However, all the experts agree that this quick starvation diet method just doesn't work. Losing weight is a process, and like it or not, it takes planning. Here are some tips to make your dieting more effective, healthier, and something that will fit your lifestyle.

Make Eating Simple

Instead of being overly concerned with counting calories, measuring portion sizes, or performing college algebra just to eat your lunch, try thinking of your food in simple terms. Looking at your plate, focus on color variety, for instance. If you make sure you have a plate filled with different colors, your diet will naturally be healthier and more satisfying. If everything on your plate is white, your diet will suffer and your weight loss program will be jeopardized. Rather than measure ounces and calories, just choose portions that are about the size of your fist. Depending on your diet, you will want one or two “fist” size portions of protein, vegetables, fruit, dairy, and carbs. Put away the scale, the calorie counter, and the list of foods allowed. Keep it simple to stay on track without the frustration.

Don't Make an Off-Limits List

Try not to think of certain foods as “off-limits,” rather cut your portion sizes in half or allow a favorite food less often. This allows you to keep the foods you like while still making healthier choices. When you ban certain food groups, it can backfire. You could end up craving those foods even more. Then when you give in to temptation, you feel like a failure and the downward spiral begins. If you over-do it, don't beat yourself up, just get up and make the next choice a healthy one. If you can't resist that chocolate chip cookie, just follow it up with a large glass of cold water or milk, and make sure dinner consists of super-healthy choices with extra servings of crunchy vegetables.

Eat Socially

Whenever possible, eat with others. Eating in a group setting allows for healthy eating habits, such as eating slower and taking smaller bites. Mindless over-eating tends to happen in front of a computer or television. Eating in groups creates conversation, which means you'll be taking breaks between bites. This process over the coarse of a meal allows time to listen to your body, especially when it tells you it is full.

Take Your Time

When you do eat alone, remind yourself to slow down. Rushing through a meal is never a good idea. It takes about 20 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain that you're full. Plate up your food in an attractive way. Sit at the table, not in front of the television. Choose foods that take some time to chew and chew that food slowly and savor the flavors. With each slow bite, you are allowing your stomach and brain to catch up so you begin to feel full faster. Now your brain has a chance to tell you to stop eating when you no longer feel hungry.

Eat Breakfast

We've all heard that a good day starts with a good breakfast. This is true for several reasons. The term “breakfast” does actually mean to “break” your “fast.” During your sleeping hours, your body went into hibernation mode. Think of a bear in a den during the winter. A bear's metabolism slows down and their body stores fat for the long winter nap. Your body is doing something similar each and every night; slowing down and storing fat. In the morning, your body is “told” that it can stop storing fat when you give it some nutrition in the way of some healthy food. Your breakfast jump-starts your metabolism by telling your body that it's time to burn some fat for energy. Skipping breakfast keeps your body in hibernation mode. It still thinks it has to store fat away for later. It just makes sense to have an egg, a glass of milk, some yogurt, a handful of nuts, a bowl of oatmeal, or a muffin to wake up your metabolism.

Eat Several Smaller Meals and Snacks

We have also heard about having “3 square meals” a day. Unlike the breakfast anthem we just discussed, this one isn't considered a wise move anymore, especially when it comes to weight loss. Rather than eating three large meals a day, having several smaller meals and interspersing healthy snacks throughout the day keeps your body's metabolism on a steady course which keeps the blood sugar levels on an even keel. Starting with breakfast, then midday snack, then a light lunch, then another snack, then dinner, then another snack; you get the picture. Choose the schedule that works best with your day and just be sure to not allow yourself to get really hungry during the day. That hungry feeling is a sign that your body is scared it won't get fed and it's gone into fat-storing mode.

To set yourself up for success rather than failure, think about your healthy diet in these smaller, more manageable steps rather than one big drastic change. People often think of healthy eating as an all or nothing proposition, but a key foundation for any healthy diet is moderation. Your diet is about more than the food on your plate; it is also about how you think about food and how your body reacts. With just a few changes in your eating habits, you could be on your way to that ideal weight.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Depression and Binge Eating Linked in Teen Girls

Depression and Binge Eating Linked in Teen Girls

Emotional Overeating and Nutritional Treatments

Why would someone recommend nutritional treatments for emotional overeating? After all isn’t the problem with an emotional overeater food? Why would you want to subject an emotional eater to more anxiety about food by recommending a nutritional treatment? You would be surprised to find out that nutrition and emotional overeating have a high connection.

Someone that suffers from emotional overeating disorder and eats in response to their emotions doesn’t think ‘ok, I’m going to go grab a bag of apples and eat them because I’m sad’. Instead they usually reach for a half gallon of ice cream or a thing of Oreos (or whatever comfort food is their go to food) which aren’t exactly nutritious choices! It's common knowledge that you do need the right nutrients to be healthy, and if those foods are not being eaten, then it's more a matter of quality than quantity.

Nutritional Deficiencies

Nutritional deficiency is a huge problem with emotional overeating disorder. That stems from the fact that, like mentioned above, they binge on foods that lack any nutrition and by the time they get done they feel sick and could care less about eating anything healthy. It has been found that when your body lacks certain minerals, vitamins, etc (that are often lacking in someone with a nutritional deficiency) it can actually cause you to crave certain foods in response to a need. For example an emotional overeater that craves ice cream may actually just need some calcium and the best way to get that would be through milk, cheese, etc.

Here are some vitamins and minerals that are implicated in the management of emotional overeating.

# Vitamin D

Vitamin D has a huge effect on a person’s mood. Think about it, those that live in an area where they don’t get sunlight through the winter months often are depressed and some are even diagnosed with SAD (seasonal affective disorder). This is because during those winter months when there isn’t any sunshine to enjoy, most people are cooped up in their houses but when it’s summer and sunny they are outside being exposed to the vitamin D found in sunlight.

Here are some foods that are known to be high in Vitamin D and you should try to add them to your diet as much as possible.

* Cod liver oil

* Sockeye salmon

* Soymilk (fortified with Vitamin D)

* Cow's milk

Remember that Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, so sources with healthy fats, such as fish, may be absorbed better by the body.

# Zinc

It has been found that Zinc has an effect on cravings and the appetite. Most people suffering from emotional overeating are really lacking Zinc. Here are some foods found to be high in Zinc that you should consume regularly.

*Beans (specifically garbanzo beans)
*Beef (specifically beef shanks)
*Shellfish (specifically crab and oysters)

# B-complex Vitamins

The b-complex vitamins help manage water retention and increase your energy. Here are some foods that are known to be high in vitamin B that you should add to your diet often.

*Broccoli, spinach (anything that is a dark leafy green)
*Lean beef (B12)

# Magnesium and Calcium

If you’ve ever paid attention to nutritional supplements out there on the market, you more than likely find a capsule that has these two together. That’s because they are a powerful duo. These minerals help manage nerve tension and muscle tension. It’s interesting to note that when these minerals are found in foods there is usually a higher proportion of magnesium to calcium whereas the supplements mentioned above, will have more calcium than magnesium. Here are some foods you should add to your diet.

*Nuts (specifically pecans, hazelnuts and peanuts)

Managing your emotional overeating disorder can be helped by making conscious, deliberate decisions about your nutritional choices. Plan your meals in advance and just be proactive about feeding your body the foods high in the minerals and vitamins your body needs.

[Nothing stated or presented here is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider if you have any questions regarding a medical condition, your diet, nutritional supplements, an exercise regimen, or any other matter related to your health and well-being. See Health Disclaimer for more information.]

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Learn to Overcome Emotional Overeating with These Lifestyle Choices

Emotional overeating can’t be solved overnight but there are things that the emotional overeater can do to help alleviate the problem and learn to overcome it. Let’s take a look at some of these lifestyle choices.

First, notice the word choices. This is key – it is a choice to overcome this and lead a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it’s overwhelming. Yes, it’s hard. But with determination, perseverance and the desire to make the choices to change, it can be done. Keep in mind that with everything in life including overcoming emotional overeating you will have setbacks. Don’t beat yourself up, just shrug it off and move on!

Now, let’s take a look at some specific choices you can make to help conquer emotional overeating.


This is kind of a no brainer. Even if you don’t suffer from emotional eating, exercise is something we’re all supposed to do. It’s recommend at least three times a week for at least 15-20 minutes each time. In the grand scheme of things that’s not a whole lot of time and there’s always a way to find 15 minutes here or 15 minutes there to get a quick walk in or whatever exercise you choose. Even if you can only find the time to do it once a week, do it! It’s better than nothing.

How does exercise help with emotional eating? Well, exercise releases endorphins which cause a person to feel happy. When an emotional overeater feels happy and good about themselves, they usually don’t have any of their eating binges. If you’re exercising you aren’t eating.


It may seem silly to mention this one but so many people miss out on the natural healing power of nature! It’s relaxing and calming to be surrounded by nature like birds and oceans and rivers. Take the time to surround yourself with these things when you can. Not to mention that when you’re out in nature you aren’t being bombarded with media messages like the stick thin Hollywood actresses/models you see on all the magazines or the TV media messages, etc.

Surrounding yourself by nature may not seem important in your quest towards overcoming emotional eating but it truly can help. And heck, why not kill two birds with one stone? Meaning, why not get out there in nature for your weekly exercise of 15-20 minutes three times a week?

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Could You Be an Emotional Overeater?

Many people think that an eating disorder can only be something as severe as bulimia or anorexia. That’s not true. Emotional overeating is just as much a disease as those two. And if you suffer from any of the following symptoms you could be suffering from it. So, what are the symptoms? Let’s take a look:

1. Gaining weight during times of stress.

2. Eating when you’re bored because there’s nothing else to do.

3. Eating when you’re angry or sad or upset and so on.

Those are just a few of the most common symptoms. Now let’s take a look at some of the more uncommon ones to help you decide whether you could be an emotional eater.

Guilt and Shame

Someone that suffers from emotional overeating will have a binging episode where they gorge themselves with food and then hate themselves for doing it. They will feel embarrassed even though no one is around…which brings me to the next sign/symptom.

Eating in Secret

An emotional overeater hates themselves for doing it and because they are embarrassed and ashamed they do it in secret when others aren’t around. Often times they’ll even eat good when others around, saving their ‘bad’ food for their secret binges.

Mindless Eating

Oftentimes an emotional overeater won’t even realize what they are doing. Meaning they are so ‘mindless’ when doing it they often don’t even taste the food or realize how much they’ve ate. For example, an emotional overeater could eat a whole pack of Oreo cookies and only realize they are gone because they reach in for one more only to find none there. People have often said that they feel like they are ‘out of it’ during one of their mindless binges.

Always Thinking about Food

If you find yourself always thinking about food (for example you wake up thinking about it, you go to bed thinking about it, you eat breakfast only to think about when you can eat next, etc) can be a sign that you have an emotional eating disorder. It’s not normal to think about food all the time or to feel anxious about it.

Feeling Sick

Many overeaters find themselves feeling sick after eating. They eat to comfort themselves but it ends up making them nauseous because they eat so much – a body’s way of saying ‘hey, you’ve fed me too much.’ Even with feeling like this, it doesn’t prevent the emotional overeater from their next binge.

Identify Your Triggers

In order to get a grip on emotional overeating, the triggers (they why) need to be identified. We know that the main thing is emotions but it often goes beyond that to something a lot more specific. There are some basic triggers so let’s take a look at those:

* Environmental/Situational – Eating while reading or watching TV or working on the computer, these are all environmental/situational. This simply means that you eat because the opportunity is there.

* Psychological – Negative thoughts, self-destructive thoughts often make an emotional overeater go on a binge in an effort to comfort their self.

* Emotional – Stress, boredom, anxiety, sadness all are emotional triggers that cause the emotional overeater to eat.

Now the question is – do you find that these signs (symptoms) describe you? If so, don’t feel like there is no hope. There are things you can do to fight this. You should talk to a professional about what you’re going through to start with.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Your Heart Needs the Mediterranean Diet

Learn How Mediterraneans Have Kept a Healthy Heart for Centuries

Emilia Klapp, R.D.,B.S.

Treating the Whole Person Is the Secret to Good Health

Treat your whole person with delicious food, extensive family time, and an active lifestyle modeled after the healthy people of the Mediterranean basin. You can reduce the risk of heart disease, lose weight and enjoy a more abundant life at the same time.

The Mediterranean diet brings the joyful lifestyle of southern Europe to you in an easy-to read dialogue format. Al, a fictional heart-risk patient, and registered dietitian Emi embark on a journey into good health. Buying this book is like taking a dietitian home with you.

Learn how to become healthier and happier as you:

• Support the whole person with a more vibrant lifestyle
• Gain energy through simple physical activity
• Prepare delicious meals that will involve your whole family
• Invigorate the enjoyment of your work and community

Your Heart Needs the Mediterranean Diet gives you the tools to prevent heart disease in an easy and effective format. This book will truly change your life and make you a happier and healthier person. Order your copy today!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Sauteing For Our Health?

Sauteing For Our Health?:

I know that you recommend steaming as a healthy way to cook vegetables, but you often mention sautéing. I’m not sure what that involves and how to do it. Can you help?

Sauté is French for "jump," which pretty much describes what goes on in the pan. Sautéing involves cooking things quickly in a small amount of fat, just enough to glaze the bottom of your pan. After you add the food, you turn or toss it frequently so that all sides cook without burning. The maneuvering of the food (tossing, turning or stirring) leads to the "jumping" or sautéing. This technique works best with foods that are sliced thin so that they cook thoroughly without a lot of heat. Stir frying, an Asian cooking method, is similar to sautéing - but here, vegetables and protein usually are chopped into small pieces and tossed quickly and constantly in a wok or skillet. Stir frying is done at higher temperatures than sautéing.

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I like sautéing because it requires so little fat. I use small amounts of extra virgin olive oil or organic expeller-pressed canola oil. I also like "steam frying" - this involves sautéing food briefly in a little oil and then adding some water, stock or wine and covering the pan. You allow the food to cook until it is almost done and then uncover and boil off any excess liquid. Steam frying keeps the temperature of the food in a lower, safer range than sautéing ; or stir frying.

I urge you to avoid frying foods, and especially deep frying, because the amount of fat needed adds many calories to food and also exposes you to the health risks of oxidized fat.

I also enjoy grilling outdoors, but I advise sticking to grilled vegetables or fish. The high temperatures needed for grilling (or broiling) meat and poultry produces carcinogenic compounds called heterocyclic amines (HAs) that can increase the risk of colon cancer in those with a genetic predisposition to the disease and may also raise the risk of other cancers. You can try to reduce HA formation by choosing lean cuts of meat and marinating them before grilling. Marinades containing ginger, rosemary and turmeric may help reduce HA formation.

Another downside to high heat cooking - including broiling, grilling and frying - is the formation of a class of toxins called advanced glycation end products (AGEs). While AGEs give food appetizing tastes and smells, they have been linked in the body to inflammation, insulin resistance, diabetes, vascular and kidney disease and Alzheimer's disease. You can reduce your intake of AGEs by steaming or boiling or by making stews - the key is to cook at low heat and to maintain the water content of foods. Researchers from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City found that AGE levels are higher in older people than they are in younger ones but can be elevated even in healthy young people. ;They also found that the greater the consumption of foods high in AGEs, the higher the levels of c-reactive protein, a marker for inflammation in the body.

Andrew Weil, M.D.

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Mediterranean Diet Supports Happier Healthier Lifestyle

Your Heart Needs the Mediterranean Diet: Learn How Mediterraneans Have Kept a Healthy Heart for Centuries by Emilia Klapp, R.D., B.S.

A healthy lifestyle does not have to mean deprivation and sacrifices. Author and registered dietitian Emilia Klapp believes that you can enjoy delicious meals and live a healthy lifestyle. In fact, Mediterraneans do it all the time and they are renown for being some of the healthiest people on earth.

Your Heart Needs the Mediterranean Diet: Learn How Mediterraneans Have Kept a Healthy Heart for Centuries reveals a nutritional and lifestyle plan that sustains the whole person, including what you eat, how you get physical activity, and ways to make time for family and community. Learning about the Mediterranean diet is enjoyable in this fact-filled, easy-to read book sprinkled with simple and delectable recipes. Written in a dialogue format, fictional dietitian Emi and her patient Al discuss, over a period of weeks, ways to reduce Al’s high blood pressure and high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. Together they embark on a journey to good health.

Klapp delves into the science of the Mediterranean diet with tables and charts to explain why some foods should be avoided and why many foods can be enjoyed in quantity. It is no news to most Americans that processed foods, sweets, and saturated fats can lead to health problems. The good news is that many foods we associate with the Mediterranean countries like olive oil, garlic, and tomatoes are excellent at supporting good health.

Klapp’s gift is in combining the science of nutrition with her enthusiasm for the lifestyle of the Mediterranean region. Preparing meals together, enjoying the company of friends and family around the table, and living a more physically active life can make you a happier and healthier person.

As their sessions progress, Al learns how to cook, become more active, relax at work, and enjoy his family more. Al begins walking, takes a class with his son, and gets to know his coworkers better.

Laura Calderon, Professor and Associate Director at the School of Kinesiology and Nutrition, California State University of Los Angeles, says that “The Mediterranean lifestyle has been proven by scientific research to have health benefits, and now it can be followed easily with this handy and entertaining guide. I recommend Your Heart Needs the Mediterranean Diet to anyone who wants to make a change to a healthier lifestyle.”

Buying this book is like taking a dietitian home with you. If you, or someone you know, are looking to support the health and happiness of the whole person with both the diet and lifestyle of the Mediterraneans, Your Heart Needs the Mediterranean Diet is a must.