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Errors of Thinking- #2 Perfectionsim

Here is a major error of thinking- Perfectionism. Here’s why perfectionism is so dangerous: it is focused on avoiding failure, so we are actively tracking our failure as opposed to actively seeking our success.  It’s a very different thing to say, “I like to exercise every day.”  In the thought above, the person has already decided that if they don’t exercise seven days a week for at least one hour, they’ve failed. There’s no room for success in the thought above. It is negatively oriented. There is a lot of room for anxiety and depression. Perfectionism is often accompanied by depression and anxiety. Doesn’t the statement above make you anxious just reading it? The next time you feel your thought ending in an unrealistic, conditional ...
ERRORS

15 Errors of Thinking Series- #1 All or Nothing Thinking

I thought I’d start a series on the 15 Errors of Thinking, AKA Dealing More Realistically with Mistakes. This is actually a favorite topic of mine, because whenever I find myself stuck, I find I’m having an error in my thinking. We’re going to tackle them one at time so that we can really contemplate why this kind of thinking is an error and how we can help ourselves by identifying this error and correcting it. Today we are looking at a personal favorite of mine:   Oh man. Have you ever thought this way? Might as well just give up and forget it. The whole week is ruined. All that progress made, and it’s over, right? Wrong. After a week ...
POSITIVE SELF TALK

Positive Self Talk!

Everyone could use a reminder about the power of positive self talk. Self talk is that inner voice that helps us calm our monkey minds once the hamster wheel of anxiety or depression starts spinning. Self talk is just a part of DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) but it can be applied in any moment to help us cope with the present emotion. For example, it is Monday morning and you are dreading going to work.  You have a project to work on that seems like it will never be finished.  You literally cannot get your butt out of bed to get ready to leave. Here’s how to use positive self talk. As soon as you think, “I really don’t want to go ...
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The One-Two Punch to Knock Out Obesity

Typically when I meet a patient for the first time who is battling obesity, I hear two things: “I have no idea why I am overweight. I hardly eat anything.” “I cannot stop eating certain foods once I start.” Why is this? Let’s tackle the first statement. The patient is working really hard to lose weight and isn’t eating very much of anything and yet, they are still overweight. Why? When we discuss their eating habits more in depth, I find that the foods the patient is eating are full of obesogens, unnecessary food additives, insecticides and are generally genetically engineered (GE). As a result the hormones that regulate hunger and fat storage are disturbed. One such hormone is Leptin.  Research ...
BED

When Is “Bingeing” Actually Binge Eating Disorder?

We use the word “binge” very casually in our society.  We “binge” watch episodes of our favorite shows on DVR or Netflix.  We “binge” listen to podcasts (anyone else into Serial?) Most of us probably “binged” on Star Wars movies before going to see the new one. But when is bingeing on food actually Binge Eating Disorder? Consider a time when you thought you were bingeing and ask yourself the following questions: Did you consume an abnormally large amount of food in a short period of time as compared with what others might eat in the same amount of time under similar circumstances? Did you experience a loss of control over eating during these episodes? Do you consume food faster ...
Food

Is Food Addiction A Made Up Concept to Excuse the Overeater?

  No. A significant portion of the U.S. diet is as addicting as heroin or cocaine. Sugar, for example, especially in the form of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), registers in the same part of the brain as does heroin and cocaine! Other staples of the American diet are addictive, too. Dr. Mark Hyman says that U.S. wheat contains “super starch and super gluten – making it super fattening and super inflammatory.” Hyman also says wheat has “a super drug that makes you crazy, hungry and addicted.” The “super drug” Hyman is referring to is actually a group proteins called “gluteomorphins” (after gluten and morphine) that cross the blood-brain barrier. Converted “exorphins,” like endorphins, the small molecules in the brain ...
The Bliss Point

The Bliss Point

There are some foods that we just cannot stop eating once we start. You know it and I know it. The food industry knows it as well. Recently NPR interviewed Michael Moss about his book Salt Sugar Fat which deals with the how the food industry engineers our cravings. That’s because these foods are manufactured to create a bliss point. What is a bliss point? Exactly what it sounds like! The point at which the food causes so much bliss that we cannot resist buying and or eating it! The term “bliss point” was coined by researcher/experimental psychologist Howard Moskowitz during his research on Prego Spaghetti Sauce. This all sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? Like a conspiracy theory. But it isn’t. ...
How Many GMOs Are You Eating?

How Many GMOs Do You Think You Are Eating?

Did you know that most Americans eat their weight in genetically modified organisms (GMOs) each year? The Environmental Working Group (EWG) calculated that the average adult American annually consumes genetically engineered foods in these quantities: 68 pounds of beet (table) sugar, 58 pounds of corn syrup, 38 pounds of soybean oil, and 29 pounds of corn-based products, for a total of 193 pounds per year. In other words, most U.S. adults consume more than their weight in GMO foods. It may be that children consume even more, relatively speaking. Around the world, GMOs are considered so dangerous that they are banned, or at the very least heavily regulated and labeled, so informed citizens can avoid them. In the U.S. they are ...
DEAR WHOLE FOODS-I NEVER GOT THE MEMO

Dear Whole Foods- I Never Got The Memo

Let’s play a word association game. Me: Whole Foods? You:__________ Did you say “organic?” I did. Except that’s not really true anymore. I don’t know if anyone else has noticed this, but more and more “conventional” food seems to be replacing the organic foods in Whole Foods. Here is a really basic example: I was having my special treat of an organic coffee at the Whole Foods organic coffee bar, when I discovered that neither of these items are organic anymore. What? I did not get the memo! I stopped drinking coffee about a year ago in order to bring my homocystine levels down, and it worked like a charm. But I do love coffee and every once in a ...
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