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Understanding and Coping with Night Eating Syndrome

What is night eating syndrome? Night eating syndrome (NES) is not very well known, even among people who have it! Many therapists and dietitians have patients come to them, describing NES symptoms, without knowing that NES is an eating disorder. Patients speak about how hard it is to lose weight, how they never feel hungry …Read the rest…

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Comfort Foods: Why They Are Not Actually “Comfo...

A few months ago, Alejandra went back to school to finish her degree. She was excited about the challenge and changes that returning to her studies would bring into her life, but she didn’t anticipate the stress. It feels like there isn’t enough time in the day to do all that’s required of her at …Read the rest…

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How to Overcome Overeating — What If It’s not abo...

Emotional eating refers to eating food when not hungry, often in response to or to cope with feelings such as boredom, stress, shame, anger, sadness, and anxiety. Emotion-driven eating also occurs when sleep deprived, fatigued or burned out, or emotionally and physically depleted. Emotional eating is not only about eating when experiencing negative emotions – exciting, …Read the rest…

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Are Your Child’s Eating Issues Eating at You?

Guest Blog By Andrea Wachter, LMFT Is Your Child Eating More Than Their Body Needs? There are many complex reasons why your child might be eating more food than their body needs. Stuffing down difficult emotions is a top contender. Believing unkind thoughts can also cause overeating, in an attempt to quiet the busy mind. Some …Read the rest…

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Helping Kids Break the “I Feel Fat” Spell

Guest Blog Post By Andrea Wachter, LMFT I began hating my body when I was 12. I then proceeded to spend a couple of decades lost in food and weight obsession. I eventually got help and unraveled the roots of my chaotic relationship with food, feelings and my body. It seemed only natural that I would …Read the rest…

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Fat Chat is No Light Matter

Guest Blog Post By Andrea Wachter, LMFT Fat Chat & Your Child’s Body Image As an eating disorders therapist and woman who spent the majority of my life in the grip of a weight and food obsession, I walk around with my antennae tuned in to whatever might help me understand how we got ourselves into …Read the rest…

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Simple Strategies to Eat More Mindfully and Change Yo...

Are you tired of struggling with food? Do you find yourself thinking about what you will eat later in the day or wondering where your food just went? Do you eat quickly or while engaging in other activities such as watching TV, or working on the computer? Have you tried to change your eating, with …Read the rest…

9 Ways to Cope with Emotional Pain (without Food, Alcohol or Shopping) Houston, TX

9 Ways to Cope with Emotional Pain (without Food, Alc...

You find yourself suffering emotionally and looking for anything to help ease the emotional pain. What can you do? Perhaps you could turn to alcohol to numb the pain. Or you might use food to cope and over time start binging. You might decide to buy something new to distract yourself. Shopping, food, and alcohol aren’t a problem …Read the rest…

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Coping with Emotional Pain without Using Food or Comp...

Tara is a sensitive person. She finds herself taking on the emotional experiences of others; she can’t stand to see anyone in pain. Tara feels scared, small, and overwhelmed when problems arise, and she turns to food to stop the emotional flood. After eating, Tara doesn’t feel better for long. Compulsive Behaviors Help You Soothe …Read the rest…

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Why Do I Binge Eat?

Aimee can trace the signs of her binge eating all the way back to high school. She used to come home from track practice, and pick out favorite sweets from the snack cupboard before her mother got off work. She’d take more food than she could eat at one time, so she stashed the rest …Read the rest…

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Make Peace with Food Program Starting Sept 15th

Are you tired of the overeating, body-hatred, dieting trap? Join us for the upcoming Make Peace with Food Group starting in September. This group is about learning a new way of relating to yourself and your body. It’s about connecting with your deeper longings and needs and letting go of the self-doubt, judgment or perfectionism. …Read the rest…

Disordered Eating: Not Too Much, Not Too Little, But Not Just Right Either, Houston, TX

Disordered Eating: Not Too Much, Not Too Little, But ...

What does it mean when your relationship with food isn’t clinically defined as excessive, or too restrictive, yet something still feels off?   Sometimes the diagnostic criteria for eating disorders leaves out struggles that have all the hallmarks of a disordered way of eating. Maybe how, when, and why you eat are hard to talk …Read the rest…

Binge Eating and Depression, Houston Therapists

Binge Eating and Depression: How They “FeedR...

Melissa knows she is depressed. She finds it difficult to get out of bed, and she sleeps too much. She tells her mother it feels like she’s living inside a storm cloud. At the center of all her bad feelings is eating. The problem first appeared when she was about fourteen. The picture she had …Read the rest…


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