As Seen on Dr. Oz: Saffron Extract Curbs Your Appetite

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 by Dr. Susan Lark


In January 2011, I wrote an article in my newsletter about how to curb emotional eating, a very common weight loss obstacle for so many women. In that article, I wrote about an exciting nutrient that has been shown to significantly curb snacking: saffron extract. 
Scientists have identified at least two of saffron's active ingredients: safranal, which has been found to promote levels of the well-being neurotransmitter serotonin, and crocin-1, which inhibits the neurotransmitters dopamine (believed to condition you to expect “rewards” from comfort food) and the acute stress hormone norepinephrine. Saffron’s effects on these brain chemicals is believed to be one mechanism by which it combats mild to moderate depression; increases a sense of fullness and satisfaction; helps blunt the triggers of emotional eating; and promotes not just weight loss, but reduction of fat mass.
You may have seen a segment on this exact saffron extract yesterday on the Dr. Oz show. While I was pleased to see this nutrient highlighted on national TV, I must warn you--saffron is not a miracle weight loss "pill," as it was portrayed on yesterday's show. Research shows a significant reduction in snacking after four weeks, after continued daily use. For most women, the results are not nearly as immediate as the show would have you believe. So while I do highly recommend saffron extract if you are trying to curb your appetite, reduce your emotional eating, and ultimately lose weight, you must use it as part of a healthy weight loss program that includes exercise and healthy diet. 
You can find the specific saffron extract used in studies in Slim Select.

About the Estrogen-Deficient Slow Processor

Wednesday, April 6, 2011 by Susan Lark
I told you earlier this week about the estrogen-deficient fast processor. Today, I'll tell you about the mirror image of this woman--the estrogen-deficient slow processor.

An estrogen deficiency–slow processor woman is also in menopause and may experience menopause symptoms, but she has the opposite body type and temperament. Characteristics include:
• Plumper/difficult time losing weight
• Fluid retention
• Stronger bones and connective tissue
• Thicker skin and hair
• Placid temperament

Often women have characteristics that fall under both categories, but more of the characteristics fall in one over the other. In this case, you should identify yourself with the profile that most closely lines up with your personal characteristics.

Over the next few days, I'll tell you about exercises and foods to eat if you are a fast processor or slow processor.

Berries Truly are Nature’s Candy

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 by Kimberly Day
Forget chocolate and jellybeans. Berries are the only candy you’ll ever need.  berries truly are Nature's candy

Not only are they sweet and delicious, but can also help prevent or relieve a wide variety of health complaints. From antioxidants that fight cancer and heart disease, to bioflavonoids and minerals essential for energy and good bones, the nutrients in berries benefit your whole body—and come in a sweet, attractive, richly-textured package.

For example, a 1996 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine reported that the flavonoids found in purple-colored berries, such as raspberries and blueberries, could actually reduce the risk of death from heart attack in middle-aged men with coronary artery disease.

And don’t even get me started on the fact that they are low glycemic and fit into virtually every natural weight loss plan on the market!

Whether you choose blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, or blackberries, just choose organic and choose often!

For even more great nutrition tips, visit Dr. Lark’s Web site.

Get Nutty!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 by Kimberly Day
Nuts are one of my favorite snacks. They are quick and healthy, not to mention a delicious get nuttysource of EFAs.

While EFAs in general provide a whole host of health benefits, there is quite a bit of research focused specifically on nuts.

One study from Preventive Medicine found that people who ate nuts more than four times a week had a 37 percent lower risk of coronary heart disease than people who ate nuts rarely, if at all.

Another study, this time from Circulation, found that people who ate eight to 13 walnuts a day had enhanced dilation of their arteries. This is great news for women with high blood pressure!

Lastly, a study from the British Journal of Nutrition found that people who ate nut butters up to four times a week enjoyed a significant reduction in death from cardiovascular disease.

I strongly recommend that you make nuts a regular part of your diet, but do so in moderation. Because they can be high in calories, I recommend eating no more than 10–15 raw nuts per day three or four days a week. (Stick with raw versus roasted or salted nuts.)

Allergy note: Peanuts are one of the most common food allergens in the United States. However, they are not technically nuts—they are legumes. Still, if you are unsure that you have a nut allergy of any kind, schedule yourself for an IgG food antibody test just to be sure.

For more great health and natural weightloss advice, visit Dr. Lark’s Web site.

Your Natural Weight Loss Plan: Remember that Waist Size Matters

Thursday, February 3, 2011 by Susan Lark

Researchers have recently reported that waist circumference is associated with higher risk of mortality among all women—but interestingly, mortality rates were especially high in those women who had a normal body mass index, or BMI (and therefore, were not considered overweight or obese). 

BMI is not always a clear indicator of whether or not your weight is in the healthy range. For instance, many athletes who have a great deal of muscle mass (and therefore weigh more because of that muscle mass) would be considered overweight by BMI standards. Therefore, I do believe that BMI is only one tool to assess health risk. Waist circumference is a great indicator of health because women with thicker waistlines (usually more than 35 inches around) have a higher risk of metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart disease, and many other conditions.

Eating a healthy diet (which includes natural appetite control measures) and exercising regularly are the best ways to whittle down your waistline and achieve natural weightloss. Try walking, cycling, jogging, tennis, yoga, dancing, or any other exercise that appeals to you and keeps you motivated. In time, your waistline—and your weight overall—will decrease and you’ll be in much better health.

For more great tips on achieving your weight loss goals, visit my Web site.

The ABCs of Healthy Eating

Friday, January 14, 2011 by Kimberly Day
Following a natural weight loss plan can be difficult. Not only are you fighting off cravings and the ABCs of healthy eatingtrying to manage your appetite control, but finding the right foods can be a challenge in its own right.

That’s why I try to simplify things with little mnemonics to help me out:
  • Add more fiber. Begin each meal with a high-nutrient, high-fiber foodósuch as a salad or an appetizer like 1/3 cup of hummus with baby carrots. This will give you a feeling of fullness before you begin your main course.
  • Breakfast like a king.  Eat your heavier meals during the day (breakfast and lunch) and a lighter meal for dinner. This gives your body time to digest the heavier meals long before bed.
  • Calm down when you eat. Research shows it takes at least 20 minutes from the time food hits your stomach until your brain receives signals of fullness. If you eat too fast, you’ll eat past your “full” point, taking in too much food.
  • Don’t quit. If you do eat something that you know you shouldn’t, or that isn’t right for your type, don’t beat yourself up or feel guilty. This is not a short-term program, but a lifetime approach. Work to make these recommendations the norm in your life, with foods like refined sugar, white flour, alcohol, and red meats the exception.
  • Eat a wide variety of foods. Otherwise, you may begin to feel bored and deprived. Plus, you need a wide variety of nutrients for good health.
  • Fifteen-minute meal preparation. You’ll be less likely to give in to temptation and hit the fast-food chains if you know you can throw a healthy dinner together in 15 minutes.
  • Go with small portions first. We seem to be programmed from childhood to leave a clean plate. It’s much better to take a little more if you’re still hungry than to feel stuffed because you felt compelled to finish everything on your plate.
  • Honor mealtimes. Light candles, play soft music, and consider mealtimes an opportunity for reflection, planning, and community, whether you’re eating alone or with others.

For more natural weightloss tips, visit Dr. Lark’s Web site.

Spice Up Your Natural Weight Loss Plan

Thursday, January 13, 2011 by Susan Lark
A cornerstone of Ayurvedic medicine is that losing weight requires stoking the metabolic fire externally through physical exercise, and internally by using spices that have a “heating virya” (a flaring initial effect, like tossing fuel onto a flame) and a “pungent vipaka” (a longer, slower, post-digestive heat, like smoldering embers). This process is better known as thermogenesis. Here are two spices that can boost your natural weightloss efforts: 
  • Hot peppers. Capsaicin is the “hot” ingredient in hot peppers. Studies show that, in spite of being fed a high-fat diet, laboratory rats given supplemental capsaicin actually lost body fat and 8 percent of their starting body weight, while the rats not given capsaicin gained both weight and fat. I recommend Nature’s Way Cayenne 40,000 H.U. Take 450 mg three times daily with food.
  • Turmeric. A well-known antioxidant and anti-cancer agent, turmeric is also a traditional Ayurvedic weight-loss agent. Its active ingredient is curcumin, which studies show suppresses fat deposition in mice fed a high-fat diet. I recommend a turmeric extract standardized to 95 percent curcuminoids, which you can find at any health food store or vitamin retailer. Take 500 mg three times daily. Or, simply add this wonderful spice to your recipes! You can find many recipes that include turmeric online.
For more information and tips on improving your natural weightloss efforts, visit my Web site.

Exciting New Natural Remedies for Weight Loss

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 by Susan Lark

In my most recent newsletter issue, I shared some exciting new discoveries in the world of natural weightloss. I'd like to share some of them with you this week. Let's start with a vitamin I have discussed many times in conjunction with bone health, immunity, and even female hormone balance, that now also has been shown to play a critical role in maintaining a healthy weight--vitamin D!

In one very recent study, overweight or obese individuals in a diet and exercise weight-loss program, who concomitantly took supplemental vitamin D, lost significantly more weight than those who were not taking vitamin D. Here’s the twist: Those who had ample blood levels of vitamin D at the start of the weight-loss program did not benefit weight-loss wise from those ample levels. It was when vitamin D levels in the blood increased over the first six months of the two-year study that their weight-loss success blossomed.

I recommend taking 1,000 to 4,000 IU vitamin D3 daily (D3 is more effective than D2). This dose will get your serum levels increasing towards that target level and give your natural weight loss plan a boost. 

For more tips on improving your natural weigtloss efforts, visit my Web site.

Size Does Matter

Monday, January 10, 2011 by Kimberly Day
Over the years, when trying to stick to a natural weight loss plan, I’ve come to realize that size does mattersimply cutting out “bad” foods and eating more vegetables is just one piece of the puzzle. For me, the key really lies in not overeating. Or, in other words, watching portion control.

I tend to not worry about the amount of fruits or vegetables I eat, but when it comes to proteins and especially carbs, I have to admit, my radar goes out the window.

So, to help, I picture the appropriate serving size as an actual item to help me stay on track. I hope it helps you too!
  • 4 oz. fish/poultry—a deck of cards
  • 1 cup—a softball
  • ½ cup—a handful
  • 1/4 cup—a golf ball

For more natural weightloss tips, visit Dr. Lark’s Web site.

It’s Okay to Cheat

Monday, January 10, 2011 by Kimberly Day
When it comes to any natural weight loss plan, there’s what you say you are going to do and it's okay to cheatwhat you actually do.

On the good days, they are the same thing. But, on the bad ones, well, all bets can be off. Whether you are out of town and out of your routine or simply give in to temptation, there are always going to be occasions when you either can’t or choose not to follow your natural weight loss plan.

Rather than get discouraged, just remember to say “PLEASE”:
  • Plan for your indulgence and be extra vigilant the day before.
  • Limit the number of indulgences you take in any given month.
  • Exercise for 60 minutes rather than 30 minutes the day after.
  • Always remember, indulgences are the exception, not the rule.
  • Substitute a shake for breakfast and another for lunch the day after.
  • Enjoy! You’ve worked hard and deserve an occasional treat!

For more natural weightloss tips, visit Dr. Lark’s Web site.

Detox Away the Holidays

Friday, December 31, 2010 by Kimberly Day
Okay, admit it. You drank too much wine, ate too many sweets, and allowed that brother-in-law detox away the holidaysto tug at your last nerve. In other words, the holidays are nearly over and you’ve overindulged. Don’t worry…I’m right there with you.

The reality is it can be very difficult to maintain healthy eating habits and a cheery disposition when continually faced with seasonal delicacies and family turmoil. Fortunately, committing to a detox program during the month of January is one resolution you can keep.

In case you aren’t familiar with detoxing, it’s a great way to gradually cleanse your body of its harmful accumulated toxins (physical as well as emotional) and get you back on track. You see, detoxification is one of your liver’s most important and vital functions. And it has a myriad of benefits, including:
  • eliminating toxins from your body;
  • cleansing and invigorating your cells and tissues;
  • improving your ability to lose weight and gain appetite control;
  • promoting radiant skin and lustrous hair;
  • protecting your nervous system and brain from unmetabolized toxins;
  • reducing your risk of heart disease, PMS, fibroid tumors, endometriosis, and breast cancer;
  • enhancing libido;
  • fighting fatigue; and
  • balancing estrogen levels by supporting estrogen metabolism.

The process of detoxification pulls stashed toxins out of hiding and brings them into the blood and lymph circulation where they can be properly eliminated. During this process, their brief presence in your circulation can make you temporarily more toxic, though this will last only until your detox program successfully eliminates the toxins.

Once they have been expelled, you will experience a significant improvement in the way you look and feel, which will escalate as your liver repairs and regenerates itself.

I will outline a program over the next two days so that, come the 1st or 2nd of January, you will have the tools you need to undo the damage of holiday festivities and ring in the New Year in health and radiance.

If you want even more information about detoxification, check out Dr. Lark’s Web site.

Be Prepared for Holiday Temptation

Friday, December 24, 2010 by Kimberly Day
It’s Christmas Eve and you are face-to-face with all the wrong foods. Your appetite control and Be Prepared for Holiday Temptations with Peppermintwillpower have just walked out the door and that plate of cookies seems to be calling your name. What do you do?

Grab peppermint gum or drink a hot cup of peppermint tea. Not only will you still be in the holiday spirit, but peppermint is an aromatherapy lifesaver that can rescue you from cravings.

For really serious situation, you may want to load up on Binge Buster, a mint and chocolate flavored oral spray that contains green tea and Hoodia gordonii. It starts working immediately to suppress appetite. Plus, it alters the taste of sweets long enough to break your cravings. This is a great anti-bingeing tool to carry in your purse to all of your New Year's parties!

For more tips on avoiding holiday weight gain and sticking to your natural weight loss plan, visit Dr. Lark’s Web site.

Kick-Start Your Natural Weightloss-Step 5

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 by Susan Lark

The final step in controlling emotional eating and kick-starting your natural weightloss is to take the following supplements, which have been proven to help curb the cravings associated with emotional eating:

  • Saffron has long been used as a seasoning and coloring agent by gourmet cooks. But saffron also has amazing medicinal value that is beginning to turn heads, including benefits that can help free you from the clutches of emotional eating. Scientists have identified at least two of its active ingredients: safranal, which has been found to promote levels of the well-being neurotransmitter serotonin, and crocin-1, which inhibits the neurotransmitters dopamine (believed to condition you to expect “rewards” from comfort food), and the acute stress hormone norepinephrine. Saffron’s effects on these brain chemicals is believed to be one mechanism by which it combats mild to moderate depression; increases a sense of fullness and satisfaction; helps blunt the triggers of emotional eating; and promotes not just weight loss, but reduction of fat mass. A new, patent-pending, clinically proven optimized saffron extract, developed in France from Mediterranean saffron and used in the study above, is available as a supplement called Satiereal. I recommend one capsule, twice daily.
  • Sublingual 5-HTP. Your brain is a major source for the production of the appetite control neurotransmitter called serotonin, and 5-HTP (5-hydroxy-L-tryptophan) is serotonin’s main ingredient. In a placebo-controlled study of overweight women, eight weeks of treatment with an under-the-tongue form of 5-HTP resulted in a significantly greater sense of fullness and satisfaction, and reduced body mass index, skinfold thickness, and hip measurement. I recommend Life Link’s 5 HTP lozenges .

To  learn more about appetite control techniques and ways to aid in your natural weight loss plan, visit my Web site.

Prevent Holiday Bingeing

Monday, December 20, 2010 by Kimberly Day
About a month ago, my lovely husband informed me that I always gain about five pounds prevent holiday bingeingaround the holidays and did I want to repeat that again this year? (Thanks babe.)

After a few not-so-nice words…and even more thoughts…I had to admit he was right. I love to bake for the holidays, and even though my treats are wheat- and sugar-free, they still have carbs and calories.

So, this year, I decided to go defensive and nip my treat habit in the proverbial tastebuds. If holiday binging is an issue for you (especially Christmas week), then these tips will help you too!

Eat Plenty of Vegetables

Eating lots of veggies, along with your preferred source of protein, is key to any natural weight loss plan. This type of diet is high in fiber, therefore slowing the release of sugars into your bloodstream. This prevents blood glucose and insulin surges, as well as insulin-driven cravings for sweets and starchy foods.

A diet high in plant-based foods also helps you balance your brain chemistry, as well as your progesterone and estrogen levels. In contrast, a diet high in refined foods disrupts your brain and hormonal chemistry—triggering mood imbalances. So get those veggies!

Choose Carbs Carefully

While my biscotti are delicious and a holiday staple, they are carb-heavy. So I limit myself to two a day and then stick to brown rice and fruits the remainder of the day. This way, I am sure to avoid surge-driven cravings.

I also lean on flaxseed to help keep me full and satiated. I just sprinkle it on salads, add to hummus, or scoop into a morning smoothie.

For more tips on avoiding holiday weight gain and sticking to your natural weight loss plan, visit Dr. Lark’s Web site.

Kick-Start Your Natural Weightloss-Step 4

Monday, December 20, 2010 by Susan Lark

The fourth step in controlling emotional eating and kick-starting your natural weightloss is to curb your cravings by avoiding dieting and focusing on eating sensibly. 

Any diet that restrains and deprives is doomed to fail. Instead, I recommend the luxury of a Mediterranean-type diet, which is rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, chicken, and whole grains.

If you become hungry between meals, do not deprive yourself. Allow yourself to have a sensible treat, like a gluten-free cookie or soy-based ice cream. Or better yet, eat a whole piece of ripe fresh fruit, such as an apple or a pear. When researchers in a recent study compared the length of satisfaction from eating an apple, versus a cup of applesauce, versus drinking a cup of apple juice, they found that the juice and the sauce did very little to reduce hunger. But the whole fruit significantly satisfied, and held hunger at bay for up to three full hours.

To learn more about natural weightloss techniques, appetite control measures, and ways to curb emotional eating, visit my Web site.

Healthy Tailgating

Saturday, December 18, 2010 by Kimberly Day
I am heading to Pittsburgh today to see my family for the holidays. What makes this great visit Healthy Chicken Skewerseven better is that many of my family members and heading to the Steelers/Jets football game on Sunday. And, in my family, football equals food.

To make sure I not only stay on my natural weight loss plan but also bring delicious stuff to tailgate, I pulled together some of my best, and easiest, recipes. Whether you are tailgating as well or simply want some healthy recipes, both of these are sure to please.

The Orient Express

(Serves 4)

This nutty delight combines wheat-free tamari sauce (alternative to soy sauce) with inflammation-fighters ginger and cayenne pepper. I used it as a dipping sauce for chicken skewers.

1/2 cup organic almond butter
1/3 cup tamari sauce
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon stevia or Truvia
1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Warm almond butter in small saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring constantly. When slightly softened, add tamari and remaining ingredients and blend well. Remove from heat and pour into large, shallow bowl. Add meat and marinate in refrigerator for at least one hour.

Cherry-Chipotle Burger Bombshells

(Serves 4)

Definitely not for the faint of heart! This tasty recipe provides the antioxidant protection of cherries with the heat of chipotle chilies. Just one bite and you’ll be hooked! If heat isn’t your think, simply delete the chipotle chilies.

1 pound lean ground turkey
1/2 cup black cherry concentrate
1 teaspoon agave
2 teaspoons garlic, minced
2 chipotle chilies in adobo sauce, minced
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and blend well. Shape into patties and grill until cooked through. Serve as patties or with wheat-free buns.

For more delicious recipes to compliment your natural weight loss plan, visit Dr. Lark’s Web site.

Kick-Start Your Natural Weightloss-Step 3

Friday, December 17, 2010 by Susan Lark
Step three in curbing emotional eating and kick-starting your natural weightloss may seem simple, but I find that so many women don't do it!

I recommend that, when selecting a book to read, or a film to watch, or a play to see, be sure to find entertainment that can lift your mood and not drag you down and make you anxious. I am not suggesting that you should choose to live in a fantasy world. Rather, bear in mind that producers choose scripts that sell, and, sad to say, the violence and ugliness in many films are as much a departure from reality as are Polyanna stories and Disney cartoons, and they do impact everyone’s emotional well-being. Remember: Entertainment is supposed to be entertaining, not troubling.

Doing so will keep your negative emotions at bay and help you control your appetite and curb your emotional eating.

To learn more about natural weightloss and appetite control methods, visit my Web site.

Fight Holiday Weight Gain

Thursday, December 16, 2010 by Kimberly Day
While the holidays are often a time of celebration, they can also be plagued with stress and fight holiday weight gaincertain annoying in-laws. And this stress can lead many a woman to the cookie or candy jar.

Fight holiday stress and potential weight gain by keeping your neurotransmitters sharp and in balance.

Neurotransmitters relay electrical impulses between nerve cells throughout your body, and affect everything from muscle contraction and blood flow to mental sharpness, mood, and your ability to handle stress. The neurotransmitter serotonin is a major player in the factors that can trigger, or block, cravings and binge eating. Researchers believe it’s a sort of chemical restraint system, inhibiting the more “primitive” centers of the brain.

When your serotonin levels are low, irritability, anxiety, and binge eating become more likely. The excitatory neurotransmitters dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine elevate your mood from the other direction—by energizing you and supporting alertness, optimism, motivation, zest for life, and sex drive.

So, what can you do to keep neurotransmitters in proper balance during the holidays and all year long? Serotonin is produced from the amino acids tryptophan and the intermediary substance 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP). Tryptophan is an essential amino acid, meaning your body can’t make it—you must get it through foods such as:
  • turkey;
  • seafood;
  • whole grains such as quinoa;
  • brown rice;
  • legumes;
  • eggs;
  • almonds; and
  • sesame, sunflower, and pumpkin seeds.

The excitatory neurotransmitters (dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine) are derived from tyrosine, an amino acid your body can produce from other ingredients and found in most good, quality, protein-rich foods.

If you’ve changed your diet and your cravings are still a problem, consider supplemental 5-HTP and tyrosine to re-stock your body’s neurotransmitters. Dr. Lark recommends gradually working up to 50–100 mg of 5-HTP once or twice a day and 1,000–2,000 mg of tyrosine once or twice a day.

Be sure to take a high-potency multinutrient, as well, to ensure that you’re getting all of the co-factors you need to produce these neurotransmitters—including vitamin C, vitamin B6, folic acid, niacin, magnesium, and copper.

Please note: If you are taking antidepressants or anti-anxiety medication, consult with your physician before taking amino acids.

For more tips on avoiding holiday weight gain and sticking to your natural weight loss plan, visit Dr. Lark’s Web site.

Kick-Start Your Natural Weightloss-Step 2

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 by Susan Lark

The second step in controlling emotional eating and kick-starting your natural weightloss is to learn to control your response to, rather than deny, your negative emotions.

While many women experience emotional distresses, not every one of them is an emotional eater. The difference between those who are and those who are not has to do with how they deal with their feelings. Studies show that when a woman responds to negative emotions by suppressing them, her negative energy merely goes underground, significantly increasing her risk of becoming an emotional eater. If, instead, she uses what’s known as emotion regulation strategies, she has a chance to gain control over her emotional eating.

One emotional regulation strategy in particular is called emotional reappraisal. This technique intervenes early, before the behavioral response (eating) to the negative emotion has kicked in.

Tfirst step is awareness of the emotional trigger: Step back and witness your emotions as an impartial third party. For example, rather than saying, “I am lonely,” say, “She is lonely.” Then, look from several angles at what triggered that feeling of loneliness, and find a perspective that acknowledges the aloneness but has a more constructive take on it, such as: “The loneliness is a chance for solitude, peace, inner growth, to read a good book, exercise, meditate, and/or start a creative project.” Instead of building pressure, the energy from the negative emotion gets recognized, redirected, and depressurized in a positive way.

For one-on-one expert help in adopting emotional reappraisal for emotional eating, ask your health care provider for a referral to a licensed psychologist or counselor who has experience in the technique.
To learn more about natural weightloss and appetite control methods, visit my Web site.

Kick-Start Your Natural Weightloss-Step 1

Monday, December 13, 2010 by Susan Lark

One of the biggest obstacles in any woman's natural weight loss plan is emotional eating.  Emotional eating—craving then consuming foods you are addicted to—occurs when you cannot or will not allow yourself to feel, express, or deal with your negative feelings. 
If you cannot deal with them as they arise, a common protective mechanism is to avoid experiencing them on an emotional level and instead shut them away or bury them in your body. Emotional eating is a common way of doing this. Instead of feeling sad, worthless, angry, or resentful, you anesthetize yourself by bingeing on foods like potato chips, pizza, or ice cream. In other words, you eat instead of feel.

Today and over the next several days, I will give you techniques and supplements that have been scientifically proven to curb emotional eating, provide appetite control, and help aid in natural weightloss. The first step is in this journey is to use a method called relaxation training.

Anxiety causes cortisol elevations that can quickly sabotage any natural weight loss plan. Relaxation training can help you deal with anxiety and reduce emotional eating that can sabotage your weight and health. In a recent study, three months after completing 12 weekly relaxation training sessions, obese women had fewer depression and anxiety symptoms, fewer episodes of emotional eating, and significant weight loss.
A great way to start is to use brain wave entrainment, which uses a preprogrammed session of flickering lights and/or rhythmic sounds that pulsate at the alpha brainwave frequency (the brainwave associated with deep relaxation and a meditative state). The therapy coaxes brainwaves into that target alpha frequency to bring about a relaxed state. My favorite BWE device is the MindSpa

Other relaxation techniques that I use and recommend include yoga, deep breathing, T’ai Chi, Qigong, grounding, and aerobic exercise like walking or hiking. Whatever method(s) you choose, please commit to having at least a 15-minute relaxation session every day to ease your mind.

To learn more about natural weightloss and appetite control methods, visit my Web site.