Ep #9 Controlling Urges and Cravings

Learning to manage urges and food cravings is essential to lose weight and prevent weight-related disease. In this podcast, Dr. Vaughn discusses managing the strong desires or impulses to eat foods that don’t serve the body. She introduces the idea of recognizing and validating the urge without acting upon or complying to the urge. In addition, Dr. Vaughn recommends using the Urge Pad as a tool for managing unproductive thoughts and feelings that often undermine weight loss efforts.

Ep #8 Indulgent Thoughts

Indulging in unproductive thoughts, such as worry and confusion, can undermine happiness, accomplishment and even weight loss. These thoughts keep our brain spinning without producing a useful action. Indulgent emotions are our primitive brain’s attempt to minimize negative emotions by avoiding failure. This podcast will help you better recognize indulgent thoughts and overcome them so you can achieve your goals.

Ep #7 February Weight Loss Blues

Did you start the new year resolved to lose weight? Is your commitment starting to wane? When it comes to weight loss, it’s easy to lose motivation. Perhaps, in a moment of weakness you snuck a cookie or some chips. Eventually, these little cheats lead to bigger cheats and then – BAM – you’ve quit. We all want an easy button when it comes to motivation. The truth is, motivation is like a muscle and the more you flex it the stronger it gets. In this podcast, we discuss how to overcome unproductive thoughts that undermine our motivation and sabotage weight loss goals.

Ep #6 Good & Bad Emotions

Do you use food, alcohol or another vice to buffer away negative emotions? Buffering is the attempt to avoid feeling bad by pursing false pleasures. The truth is, a truly authentic and full-life is a balance of positive and negative emotions. Recognizing and accepting this balance can help to avoid many of the pitfalls that undermine weight loss efforts. In this podcast, I discuss the very challenging concept that good and bad emotions are necessary and learning to accept and manage this balance is essential.

Ep #5 Failure: The Key to Success

When it comes to losing weight, most people look for “fool proof” diet plans that promise success without decision-making. When these highly-structured plans don’t work, we blame the plan. Shifting blame to the plan allows our primitive brain to emotionally insulate ourselves from feelings of failure. This natural inclination to avoid feelings of failure undermines weight loss efforts by removing the trial and error process, which is necessary to achieve success. This podcast discusses how this fear of failure may be undermining your weight loss efforts.

Ep #4 Fasting: The Other F-Word

Anyone who knows me, knows I drop the f-bomb like it’s a comma. In this Podcast I discuss another f-word… FASTING. The concept of fasting is not new. For centuries, people have fasted a variety of reasons including politically-motivated hunger strikes and religious observances. Yet today if you mention fasting, most people cringe and explain “low-blood-sugar makes them cranky.” A growing body of research suggests that fasting, or specifically intermittent fasting, is effective for weight loss and managing common weight-related disease.

Intermittent Fasting FAQs

Following my Facebook LIVE on intermittent fasting, I was inundated with questions. I put together this FAQs on fasting to provide additional clarity and information.