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How I Learned to Grab a Pen, Not a Donut


Humans are wired to minimize pain at all costs. This often makes us turn to substances like food or alcohol for a quick fix to dull the discomfort and get rid of negative feelings. Emotional eating can occur as a result of this, according to my life coach, Alison Miller.

Alison is helping me learn to deal with my feelings instead of trying to drown them in food. I have been relying on my trusty journal a lot these days. Instead of grabbing a donut, I now grab a pen and paper and start expressing my thoughts. By writing down how I feel, I’m able to connect with my emotions, center myself, and work towards finding a permanent solution. I recommend you try it too.

Our 2012 Weight Loss Diary writer, Yasmin, is a 32-year-old web content producer who is looking to get healthy and love her body! Follow along on her year-long weight loss journey!

Who’s helping Yasmin? Tiara Coaching Life coach Alison Miller, Ph.D, nutritionist Keri Gans, R.D, and Equinox personal trainer Stephanie Pipia.


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