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February 11, 2020
by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

grief

Heartache and Sustenance

February 11, 2020 09:08 by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW  [About the Author]

grief
Across cultural and religious norms, food has been symbolic for attempts to heal the hurt. Death leaves a hole. Some are far deeper and filled with more despair than others. The loss of a parent, a child, a spouse, a close friend, and/or the loss of a pet companion commonly leaves a feeling of emptiness. This emptiness may well engulf body and soul. Who to lean on? Who to pick up the role that has, literally, turned to dust? How to withstand the pain that cannot (and should not) be ignored? [More]

April 2, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

coffee thinking

The Very Thought Of Coffee Can Perk You Up According To New Research

April 2, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

coffee thinking
Can’t get going without your cup of joe in the morning? You’re not alone. Among all beverages, coffee is the world’s 4th most popular. Many turn to coffee for a lift when feeling low but turns out, just thinking of coffee can give you the same mental and physical effects without ever having had coffee. This is according to a new study published in the Journal of Consciousness and Cognition which found that after thinking about coffee, people started planning to do tasks sooner, and in general thought about more specific, detailed aspects of their lives. [More]

March 2, 2015
by Angela Wurtzel, MA, MFT, CEDS

diet

The Hunger for a Juice Cleanse

March 2, 2015 07:55 by Angela Wurtzel, MA, MFT, CEDS  [About the Author]

diet
Hidden behind the healthy benefits of the marketing strategies of a juice cleanse lie a magical lure to lose weight. Juice cleanses plead to those who seek impulsive, quick fixes to lose weight from binge eating disorder. Understanding the underlying motivations, hopes and wishes that go largely unnoticed in the conscious mind to begin a juice cleanse would initiate a more sound way to feed oneself. [More]

January 27, 2015
by Lisa La Rose, M.A., L.P.C.

recognizingand overcoming food addiction

Recognizing and Overcoming Food Addiction

January 27, 2015 07:55 by Lisa La Rose, M.A., L.P.C.  [About the Author]

recognizingand overcoming food addiction
Can we really become addicted to something we need to survive? First, we must understand what addiction is, and what it isn’t, to determine if eating behaviors and food can become addictions, with the symptoms and consequences associated with other types of addictions, like drug or alcohol addiction. Only then can we understand why many professionals believe that we can, indeed, become addicted to food. [More]