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A Love-Hate Relationship With Food

 A Love-Hate Relationship With Food

Compulsive eating is my greatest enemy, but it is also my greatest friend. Both my parents are alcoholics. Living with a mom who is a screamer and a dad who is passive-aggressive drove me to food for comfort. Mom was a compulsive eater too. After her nightly fights with dad, she would retreat to her bedroom with a bag of chips, a box of crackers and two liters of soda. My parents weren’t there for me because they were too wrapped up in their own problems. At least I could always predict and rely on the comfort of a macaroni and cheese casserole. ~This story comes from “Maura” who shared her story about compulsive eating on the Internet. Compulsive overeating, also referred to as binge eating, is a serious eating disorder that carries with it both physical and emotional complications. “Maura” posted that she suffered with depression, muscle aches, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome and stretch marks. She wrote, “None of that is as bad as the inner pain, the low self-esteem, the shame, the isolation and the embarrassment” that her compulsive overeating have caused her. There are qualified professionals available to help. One effective program is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). It can help binge-eaters learn to challenge the distorted beliefs and thoughts they have related to food. Becoming more aware and mindful of their desires, uncomfortable feelings and urges that drive them to overeat begins the process toward change. CBT helps people like “Maura” find a way to “sit with” the uncomfortable feelings that drive them to eat instead of judge them. It helps to replace their unhealthy urges with new, healthier eating behaviors. “Maura” has found hope and is making progress. She is learning to love herself and treat herself better and you can too. Take the first step

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Binge Eating-Signs and Risk Factors; Dangers of Untreated Depression; Motivation and Square Foot Gardening

http://joanjerkovich.com/podcasts/6.7.14/6.7.14Podcast.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSPodcast Segments: Dangers of Untreated Depression @ 0:00 College Student Depressed or Unmotivated? @ 4:19 Motivation and Square Foot Gardening @ 23:39 Insomnia and Substance Abuse with Depression @ 42:52 Binge Eating Signs and Symptoms @ 44:56 Binge Eating Rooted in Childhood Bullying @ 50:30 Binge Eating Underlying Issues @ 1:08:43 Risk Factors of Binge Eating @ 1:27:49 Brought to you by: Hospice of Salina Martinelli’s Little Italy Dignity Care Home Preventive Medicine Center The Joan Jerkovich Show News Radio 1150 KSAL with Live-streaming Saturdays @ 6am CST Click HERE to send Joan your Life Coaching questions Join the conversation and post your respectful comments anonymously. We learn from each other!

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Alienated from Child By Ex; Surviving a Miscarried Pregnancy; Finding Inspiration

http://joanjerkovich.com/podcasts/5.31.14/5.31.14Podcast.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSPodcast Segments: Surviving a Miscarriage @ 0:00 Lost Baby and Job @ 7:30 Christian Inspirational Message @ 26:53 Finding Inspiration @ 43:15 Alienated From Child by Ex @ 44:57 Daughter Turned Against Dad Post-Divorce @ 1:00:16 Dad Fighting to Hold On to Relationship With Daughter @ 1:17:15 When Your Child Says They Hate You @ 1:28:34 Brought to you by: Hospice of Salina Martinelli’s Little Italy Dignity Care Home The Joan Jerkovich Show News Radio 1150 KSAL with Live-streaming Saturdays @ 6am CST Click HERE to send Joan your Life Coaching questions Join the conversation and post your respectful comments anonymously. We learn from each other!

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Won’t Get Hearing Aids?

Won’t Get Hearing Aids?

My friend has been needing to get a hearing aid for years now. When I’m with him, if he isn’t looking directly at me to read my lips, he will constantly ask me to repeat what I’ve said. His kids finally got him to get a hearing test and it showed clearly that he needs a hearing aid. I think the problem is that he’s just too cheap to get one. He can afford it. I think he’s just stubborn. He’s a good friend but I’m not enjoying spending time with him when I have to repeat myself all the time. What should I do? Your friend does sound like a stubborn old coot. Sorry if that sounds harsh, but there is a degree of selfishness in his expecting all his friends and family to make concessions for him. Unless he is in absolute denial about how bad his hearing is, he has to know that everyone is going out of their way to accommodate his loss of hearing. When this is something that seems preventable, I can imagine your frustration. Let’s get some facts to work with here and maybe in that you’ll find something that will be helpful to both you and your friend. Denial is a key factor in people not getting hearing aids. Hearing loss comes on gradually over the years. Because of this the person with the hearing loss is the last to notice it. The average person has been having trouble hearing for 7 to 10 years before coming in for testing, even though they swear they’ve only noticed the decline for a few months. Of the 26.7 million people with a hearing impairment, only one in seven, 14%, use a hearing aid. People insist they can still hear, and they can. What they

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The Secrets to Motivation and The Yoga Lady Story

The Secrets to Motivation and The Yoga Lady Story

If you can find the magic formula for motivation, I will help you put it in to pill form and market it. Then, together, we can buy our vacation home on the beach and spend our days sifting sand and sipping tropical drinks that are colored blue, peach and yellow with garnishes of strawberry and pineapple. I’ll even let you eat my garnishes! Motivation is elusive. Don’t believe me? Just ask the many people who’ve started diets and failed; or began that exercise program only to quit after a few weeks; or are still writing their first novel after 10 years. While I don’t proclaim to have all the answers to how to get and stay motivated, I have learned a few things through trial and error and from others. Those smart research-people-types, who teach this kind of thing, will tell you that it’s important to set goals. If you don’t set a goal, I call it “having your eye on the prize”, you don’t have a target to shoot for. Setting goals is a science unto itself. And to do it right and improve your chances for success, set SMART goals: S: Specific. Break the goals down in to what we like to talk of in Life Coaching circles as “baby steps”. Make a list of all the little steps you will take to get started. Keep them as clearly defined and precise in their descriptions as possible. The Yoga Lady Story: I know of a lady who wanted to start doing Yoga so she wrote down the process of getting started very specifically. I think she was a little toooo precise (and maybe a little batty) but she found it helpful to write down that she would get started by simply getting out her yoga mat, laying it

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Purchased Filthy Family Home?

Purchased Filthy Family Home?

My husband and I recently purchased my father-in-law’s home from him (I call him the anti-housekeeper) because he was moving out of town and we like the house, love the location, and have a great vision for remodeling the house that we are really excited about. The only thing about this whole situation that really bugs me is that in the 6 years he’s lived in the home, he’s rarely if at all, cleaned the house. The basement has been the cat’s domain, and he rarely goes down there, which means she “goes” wherever she sees fit as he doesn’t ever empty out her litter box. Two large dogs are inside the majority of the day, and hair is absolutely everywhere. I could go on, but it makes me sick just thinking about it all. We’ve already started the cleaning process, and everything looks much better, but I can’t help but feel very upset. Not only did we have to pack up his entire house and move it for him, which we are still continuing to do, but now we are forced to break our backs cleaning up his mess, without any offers of help from him at all. Should I be upset and/or confront him? Or should I just let it go and move on? Of course you feel like confronting him because you are upset~and who wouldn’t be? Will coming down on him change anything? Probably not. Think about this, if your father-in-law didn’t lift a finger in 6 years to empty the kitty litter box, he’s not going to jump up and help you and your husband clean up this health hazard! While I’m not a neat-nick, it surprises me to find those people who can live in abject filth! They’re out there living amongst us and they

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Right-Fighters-Always Right with Last Word; Setting Boundaries; Suicidal Friend

http://joanjerkovich.com/podcasts/5.10.14/5.10.14Podcast.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSPodcast Segments: Right Fighters-Always Right with Last Word @ 0:00 Stabbed in Back after Generosity @ 4:15 Engaged to Emasculating Right Fighter @ 22:17 Stop Being a Right Fighter @ 42:29 The Why, What and How of Setting Boundaries @ 45:03 Suicidal Friend Part 1 @ 52:48 Suicidal Friend Part 2 @ 1:09:53 What to do When Friend Threatens Suicide @ 1:28:05 Brought to you by: Hospice of Salina Martinelli’s Little Italy Dignity Care Home The Joan Jerkovich Show News Radio 1150 KSAL with Live-streaming Saturdays @ 6am CST Click HERE to send Joan your Life Coaching questions Join the conversation and post your respectful comments anonymously. We learn from each other!

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Friends with Benefits; Make Money as Artist; Pitfalls of Family Business; Addictions

http://joanjerkovich.com/podcasts/5.3.14/5.3.14Podcast.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSPodcast Segments: Making Money as an Artist @ 0:00 Pursue Entertainment Career @ 5:38 Start Family Business @ 24:23 Pitfalls of Family Business @ 42:17 Friends with Benefits @ 44:52 Boyfriends Addictions @ 51:19 Debutante Dating Poor Guy-Friends with Benefits @ 1:07:12 Funny Friends with Benefits Rules @ 1:26:27 Brought to you by: Hospice of Salina Martinelli’s Little Italy Dignity Care Home The Joan Jerkovich Show News Radio 1150 KSAL with Live-streaming Saturdays @ 6am CST Click HERE to send Joan your Life Coaching questions Join the conversation and post your respectful comments anonymously. We learn from each other!

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Guilt Mother Died Before Healed Relationship?

Guilt Mother Died Before Healed Relationship?

Six months before my mother died we had a falling out. Before we got back to repairing our relationship she passed away suddenly from a heart attack. It’s been an emotional up and down roller coaster. I never really got to talk to her and say goodbye as she had stopped talking to me six months. Every day I wake up and am constantly thinking I can’t believe that she’s gone. It’s been hardest knowing we were not on speaking terms when she died and I can’t take that back. I feel so guilty, any help?                  I’m so sorry for your loss and this has to be incredibly hard and conflicted based on the way things happened. Of course, if either you or your mother could have known she would be taken away suddenly, you would have healed your relationship before that time.                This is so sad, and the last thing I would want you to do is get down on yourself or judge yourself harshly for living this “emotional up and down roller coaster” as you call it. Grieving takes time. Allow yourself all the time you need to get through this but if you feel you are getting “stuck” in grief, don’t hesitate to seek the help of a pastor, counselor, or find a grief support group.                Here is something to keep in mind as you try to move forward: Look at your relationship as a whole. Hold dear in your heart the connection and love that you and your mother had through her whole life, not just these last months. Celebrate in your memories the beauty of what you had together. Be grateful for the good things your relationship held for both of you.                Don’t focus on the rift you had just

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Parenting the Child You Want to Give Up On

Parenting the Child You Want to Give Up On

Karen is ready to give up on parenting her 14-year-old. She feels like she has tried everything with this defiant child. It’s easier to just let him do his thing and count the days until he’s 18 years old and no longer her responsibility. The yelling and disrespect she gets in her home is destroying her peace and her mental and physical health. She’s had it with his lying and disobedience. She’s tired of trying to get him to do his homework and get to school on time. He’s a brilliant kid, but his grade card says otherwise. She’s tried disciplining him by taking away his things and privileges but he doesn’t seem to care. Karen, who is a single mom, even sent him off to stay with the relatives for a while. In short order, they literally “dumped” him back on her doorstep saying that they too give up. What’s a parent to do? Whether or not Karen’s son is diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), the principles of managing a child with this type of behavioral problem can benefit any parent who, like Karen, feels like giving up. Oppositional Defiant Disorder, as described by Janet Lehman, MSW, in her article “4 Ways to Manage Oppositional Defiant Disorder in Children”, is a childhood disorder that affects from 6-10% of children. It is characterized by a negative set of behaviors in a child directed toward the adults in their life.  As Ms. Lehman writes, the diagnosis of ODD is given by mental health professionals to describe a set of behaviors a child is exhibiting that include: Often loses temper Argues with adults and authority figures Refuses to comply with adult requests Blames others for his mistakes Deliberately annoys people Is easily annoyed by others Is angry/resentful and spiteful/vindictive Kids with

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