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November 2007 Newsletter
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Thoughts from Dr. Steelman





It's Those Emotions That Can Trip You Up!

Are you one of those frustrated dieters who find yourself either always on a diet or hopelessly overeating after coming off a diet? Perhaps you are one of the many who diet with limited success, but have an even harder time keeping it off?

It is possible that you are struggling with losing weight due to your subconscious responding to what is called “Emotional Eating.” Emotional eating is exactly what it sounds like: eating because there are internal emotional triggers that are set off causing you to reach out for food when you are not really hungry.

 A recent study just published by obesity researchers at Miriam Hospital and the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University have found that emotional eaters have the hardest time keeping off weight and tend to lose less weight overall than those dieters who overeat from external influences such as parties or business meetings.

The results from the study suggest that getting a handle on your tendency to eat in response to emotions can be a significant important factor in achieving long-term success with your weight loss goals.

In some ways, it is not all that surprising those researchers have determined that dieting is hardest for emotional eaters. After all, ever since we were born we have been conditioned to respond to food. From mothers soothing their babies to holiday or family celebrations, food plays a central role in our lives and complicates how we can control our weight loss behavior.

What are some indicators that you can look for that may trigger emotional eating?

  1. Anger, stress, frustration, upcoming deadlines or feeling misunderstood are prime-time emotions that everyone experiences periodically. For some, it is easier to stifle the feelings or take them out via eating food.
  2. Hopelessness, loneliness, depression, boredom and that “empty feeling” that something’s missing are another area of emotions that tend to trigger emotional eating.

 These are only a few of the many triggers that may initiate emotional eating.  

 But never fear, there is hope!  The very first step in taking control of the problem is to recognize it and tackle it head on: 

  1. Become more aware of how and why you may be using food to alleviate your emotional distress. Ask yourself: why am I eating this?
  2. Use a food journal such as our free online journal to help keep track of what you’re eating and how often – especially useful if you are eating without really being hungry.
  3. Identify the triggers that cause you to reach for food by writing them down as they are triggered.
  4. Find support to help you through this process through appropriate professional help if necessary.
  5. Limit buying and bringing home the foods that you binge on in order to cut down the temptations.
  6. Eat small, regular meals – do not skip! Skipping meals actually increases the likelihood that you will overeat.
  7. Substitute and create alternatives to eating such as: going for a walk, taking a bubble bath, listening to some music, reading an entertaining magazine for 15 or 20 minutes or doing any other activity of your liking to help keep the focus off food cravings.

And most importantly, if you slip up, do not give up! Forgive yourself! After all, we are all only human and we all make mistakes. Learn from your mistakes, start anew and stay focused on the positive aspects of what you are doing to improve your long-term health.

And remember, you’re always worth it!!

This Month's Question for the Doctor:

Question: Can Active 8 be taken with Phentermine? I am taking 37.5 mg daily.

Answer from Dr. Steelman: Yes ! I use the them in combination with a lot of my patients and the research project I did with Active 8 was in patients taking phentermine or similar medications.


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diet humor





A Touch o' Humor to Brighten Your Day


recipe of the month
Just in Time for Thanksgiving!

Cranberry Sorbet

Prep Time: 15 min
Total Time: 3 hr
Makes: 8 servings

3 cups Reduced calorie Cranberry Juice Cocktail

1 pkg. (4-serving size) Jell-o Brand Cranberry Flavor Sugar Free Low Calorie Gelatin

1 cup Cold evaporated skim milk

Optional: 1 cup thawed COOL WHIP FREE Whipped Topping

Bring 1-1/2 cups of the juice to boil in small saucepan. Stir into gelatin in large bowl at least 2 minutes until completely dissolved. Stir in remaining 1-1/2 cups juice and milk. Pour into 13x9-inch pan.

Freeze 3 hours or until firm. Spoon or scoop into dessert dishes. Store leftover sorbet in freezer.

TOP with whipped topping if desired just before serving. It might not take the place of pumpkin pie, but certainly less fattening!

Nutrient information: Calories 50; Total fat 0 g; Carbohydrates 8 g, Protein  3 g, Sodium 85 mg, Cholesterol 0 g per serving.
Courtesy of Kraft recipes

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