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What’s Eating You This Holiday Season? Keep a Log and Find Out!

posted by Linda Mintle

Joanne looked at the chocolate-covered donut in her hand. As she took her first bite, she wondered, “Why am I eating this? I”m not really hungry, but the plate of goodies sitting by the office coffee pot just looks good. Besides, my […]

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Do You Really Want to Eat That Holiday Cake? 10 Ways to Stop!

posted by Linda Mintle

I know, the Christmas cookies are everywhere. There are candies, special coffees, extra treats….all temptations to indulge. So before you dive into that third cookie, ask yourself, “Do I really want to eat this? Will I be upset and sorry […]

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A Connection Between PTSD and Food Addiction?

posted by Linda Mintle

At the age of 10, Nicole, like so many children adored her mom. One day, the two were at the park playing and having a great time. Suddenly her mom fell to the ground and died. Nicole was traumatized by […]

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Are You Drinking Your Calories to Weight Gain?

posted by Linda Mintle

My daughter and I made a Starbucks stop the other day. She was in the mood for an Iced Caramel Macchiato Coffee and I wanted a Caramel Latte. So we pulled up our fast food app and looked at the […]

4 Ways to Say NO to Christmas Cookies, YES to the DRESS

posted by Linda Mintle

Whose idea was it to invent the Christmas cookie and give us days of eating temptation? Actually, the tradition of the Christmas cookie can be traced to Medieval European recipes.  During the 1500s, the Christmas cookie was popular all over […]

6 Tips to Prevent Holiday Weight Gain

posted by Linda Mintle

Start your engines…the holiday eating season officially begins in a week. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s, the eating frenzy will be in full force! If you are like most of us, you will put on an extra pound or two. […]

Rejected in Love, Accepted by Food

posted by Linda Mintle

Ann was on an eating binge. Oh it wasn’t because she was a compulsive eater or had an eating disorder. It was because her boyfriend, Rob, decided to break it off. Ann was in the midst of grieving, but was […]

Binge Eating? 8 Tips to Help You Stop

posted by Linda Mintle

In the past three months, you have binged on food at least 12 times. You hate that you do it and always feel guilty after, but something inside you compels you to do this (A binge is when you consume a […]

Eating Past Feeling Full? What You Should Know

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s the weekend and you are even more anxious than ever. The opportunity to binge eat is greater in the next two days than during the week because you are home all day with food. And when you are around […]

Superbowl? Super Calories! Press Pause Before You Eat!

posted by Linda Mintle

Are you ready for some football? How about the snacks? Super bowl can mean super calories. Move over Thanksgiving! Let the calories begin! Public health advocate, Charles Platkin, editor of DietDetective.com provides some exercise equivalents to combat those handful of […]

Are You A Compulsive or Binge Eater?

posted by Linda Mintle

Are you a compulsive overeating? Do you binge eat? What are the signs of emotional eating? Julie is frustrated with her weight. She has been steadily gaining for months and can’t stop bingeing on candy. The more her weight goes […]

Don’t Keep Eating: 5 Tips to Pace Yourself Through the New Year

posted by Linda Mintle

As a weight loss expert, I know that so much of losing weight is won in the mind. And the easiest thing to do the day after Christmas is to give in to overeating. Many of us think, “Oh well, […]

The Truth About Holiday Weight Gain and 5 Easy Tips to Avoid It

posted by Linda Mintle

Are you feeling that after turkey bloat and wondering, “How I am going to make it through the holiday season without gaining a lot of weight?” The popular notion that most people gain between 5-7 pounds just isn’t true. Truth […]

5 Tips to Stop Holiday Overeating

posted by Linda Mintle

The day after a holiday it is easy to think, “I’ve blown it. I ate way too much. I’ll never get these extra pounds off.” Don’t go there in your thinking. Instead, get back on track and have a plan […]

Tips to Break Emotional Eating

posted by Linda Mintle

Last night, I did a live webinar on Food Addiction and emotional eating. So many of the call-in questions concerned what to do instead of reaching for food when emotionally upset. This is a great question because it has to […]

Is Food Addiction Real?

posted by Linda Mintle

“Hi. I am John and I am a food addict.” Somewhere in a 12-step group called Food Addicts in Recovery, John is working his steps and kicking what he believes is an addiction to food. But is food addiction a […]

Does Your Personality Make You Fat?

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s summer and once again, we are all determined to shed those extra pounds. So, stop staring at that carrot and wishing it was a hot fudge sundae! Something else is going on in your head. Consider this: Your personality […]

Video Encouragement to Overcome Eating Disorders

posted by Linda Mintle

My friend, Steve Siler, founder of Music for the Soul, uses music and video to encourage, heal, and move people towards recovery and hope. Recently, a song from his CD Tell Me What You See was made into a DVD […]

Can That Fast Food Burger Make You Depressed?

posted by Linda Mintle

A recent study in Spain (published in Public Health Nutrition)  found that people who eat fast food are 51% more likely to be depressed than those who don’t consume fast food. The participants of the study had no depression diagnoses […]

Two Things That Will Keep You From Overeating

posted by Linda Mintle

You sit down to eat a meal. Your tablecloth is black and your dish is white. Does this make a difference in how much you eat? Or your dinnerware is cream color and you are eating white pasta with cream […]

Teens and Stress: Don’t Eat it Away

posted by Linda Mintle

A group of high school teens sat down with me and discussed stress and our tendency to eat when we feel it. Watch the video to see what stresses them and how they can cope in healthy ways.

15 Tips To Stop Overeating

posted by Linda Mintle

A little help to break the overeating habit: Start a journal. Write down where you were, what you were feeling and how you responded every time you overeat. You may find a pattern to your overeating. If a place sets […]

Tips to Avoid Holiday Overeating

posted by Linda Mintle

From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, food abounds–delightful treats, tempting sweets, beautifully arranged food baskets, and the always-welcomed gourmet chocolates that are to die for. It’s enough to send even the most controlled eater into an eating frenzy! But of […]

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