Friday, July 24, 2009

Flower Buds Curb Emotional Eating?

Happened across this article that claims flower buds curb emotional eating. Click here to read it. Denise Lamothe, Psy.D, H.H.D., author of The Taming of the Chew is reported as finding it beneficial with her patients. I actually don't know whether to make fun of it--like grab your Bach cherry plum to soothe your feelings--or laud it. Like I never know whether to make fun of the "meals on wheels" approach, or the shakes, or the pills, or the acai berry, or the whatever that claim to curb appetite. Do you know how many fads, shakes, pills, magic bullets I've seen since the 80's when I wrote the first edition of my book?

Of course a year of so after these magic bullets are widely used, many are pulled off the market by the FDA because of unexplained deaths or birth defects. The bottom line is after the pill, shake, or whatever the magic bullet one still has to deal with emotions. If the magic bullet makes it easier, then great but if you read The Taming of the Chew you'll wonder how flower buds or any magic bullet will solve the basic life rattling issues behind emotional eating. Sure it might be a tranquilizer that makes it easier to deal with the issues, but ultimately these issues and emotions that result from them must be embraced. Band aide, perhaps; cure, definitely not.
What do you think?

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