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Avocados are a Good What? Fat is good?

Avocados are a Good What? Fat is good? Avocados Another super-food and also a MUFA with similar benefits to the other MUFAS (aka good fat). Starting to see a pattern? Again watch the portion size with these. They aid in

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Dr. Umfer’s Jaded Rules for Earthlings

Dr. Umfer’s Jaded Rules for Earthlings While I tried to keep it simple with 100 Rules, I will likely add more, so check back for updates. Enjoy and Laugh Out Loud. Also, due to Rule #3, I’m doing evaluations, consulting

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Eggs are Superfoods!

Eggs: Ignore this if you are allergic to eggs, as this might make you sad. First of all, unless your physician has told you to avoid eggs due to an allergy, sensitivity or cholesterol issues, eat the entire egg. Egg

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Lawyers, want to work smarter and win more cases?

Lawyers, want to work smarter and win more cases?   Lawyers are often pressed for time, and time is money. Many clients have psychological issues that lawyers are not trained to handle. Briefly, psychologists can do the following to ease

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Food Trickery to Get You to Eat WTF ? Food

More Food Company Trickery to Make you Eat GMOs.   A local Publix, a grocery store in Florida, has recently been doing renovations. Annoying, but whatever. Looking for the organic section, I noticed it was across from the candy. Really?

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How to Support an Entrepreneur

Being a business owner, whether a small business or a fortune 500 company, has many challenges.  There is a wealth of information for starting, growing and marketing a business.  But, what about the business owner’s needs?  Who supports the business

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Are toxic relationships sabotaging your weight loss efforts?

It is important to have good social support, and loving, supportive relationships. You do not have to be in a committed relationship for this. Independent single people are healthier than previously thought. Unfortunately, it is a couple’s world leaving singles,

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Adult ADHD: Attentionally Challenged?

Attentionally Challenged? Adult ADHD Symptoms and Solutions   Some symptoms that might alert one to seek an evaluation to determine if they have ADHD include the following:   Chronic lateness and forgetfulness Anxiety Low self-esteem Employment problems Difficulty controlling anger

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Zombie Attacks, Vampires, Lycans or Government Experiment Gone Wrong

Zombie Attacks, Vampires, Lycans or Government Experiment Gone Wrong http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/18030439/police-man-says-he-was-bitten-by-vampire September 9, 2011, Pinellas County, Florida: A woman savagely tears into a man’s neck causing massive blood loss. My take: substance abuse induced psychotic reaction.  Vampire attack, not so much.

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How Ugly Are You? Not as Ugly as this App

Ugly App Being a clinical psychologist and weight liberator focusing on body image, it made sense to do an interview with fox news about an app called the ugly app. It claims to have research behind it, which I openly

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First World Problems and Stress Management

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Are You Addicted to Facebook?

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Antisocial Behavior in Teens

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You Have No Privacy When Using Insurance: Especially for Mental Health Treatment

You Have No Privacy When Using Insurance: Especially for Mental Health Treatment   Many people want to use their insurance, if they are lucky enough to have it. It costs them less money after all. There are many limitations people

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What Do My Dreams Mean?

What Do My Dreams Mean? There are many books and websites that attempt to interpret dreams.  Many of us have had dreams about being chased, falling, losing teeth etc. and there are many interpretations for them.  There are many kinds

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The Truth About Hypnosis

The Truth About Hypnosis People took a poll on linkedin.com asking them about what keeps them from trying hypnosis.  It was a small sample (31, hardly sound research) with additional comments emailed to me, but it does represent many reasons

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The Skinny on Infrared Body Wraps

The skinny on infrared body wraps I decided to try a wrap, knowing Id lose water weight only.  I basically sweated my ass off, and had to drink water during and after, so not much water weight lost.  It also

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Teenagers Are As Stressed As Adults: Stress Management For Teens

Teenagers Are As Stressed As Adults: Stress Management For Teens Prolonged stress can lead to physical and mental illness.  Stress is here to stay, and there are simple and effective ways to build resilience to stress. Teens are as stressed

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Listen to Your Body to Combat Stress

Listen to Your Body to Combat Stress We live in a fast paced society.  There usually isn’t enough time to do all of the things we need to do, let alone what we want to do as professional women.  There

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Cut the BS and Get Healthy Already

As a clinical psychologist and Weight Liberator, I often provide advice and creative ideas for ways to eat healthy, even in tricky situations. So when I was asked to speak about that on Fox 13 News, I had to bite.

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Sex Offenses: How to Detect Sexual Abuse in a Child

Sex Offenses: How to Detect Sexual Abuse in a Child It is important for you and for your children or those around you, to learn ways to protect yourself and especially children from being sexually abused. Whatever your reasons are,

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Is Your Relationship Healthy?

Are you getting what you need from your relationships?  This means having good social support, loving and supportive relationships.  You don’t have to be in a committed relationship for this.  Independent single people are healthier than previously thought. Unfortunately, it’s

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Rage on the Road: How to Get the Most Out of Your Commute

Rage on the Road: How to Get the Most Out of Your Commute   We’ve all been there, stuck in traffic, cut off by someone who appears to be on crack, running late and being surrounded by slow and stupid

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Benefits of Qigong

Benefits of Qigong First let me clarify that I am not an expert on qigong, but a student of the practice. There are many forms of qigong, which has been said to me the mother of tai chi, dating before

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Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain So we all know what a pain, pain is.  There are many reasons for pain. People who are depressed or anxious often exhibit chronic pain.  Stress, anger and sadness worsen pain and often cause it.  However, many people

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New Year New Healthy Lifestyle

New Year New Healthy Lifestyle We all know how important it is to eat healthy and exercise.  This is not a diet, so I’ll spare you.  I will say this, we would feel a lot better in all realms if

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Afraid Your Shrink is Too Wacked to Help You?: Myths About The Role of Psychologists

Afraid Your Shrink is Too Wacked to Help You?: Myths About The Role of Psychologists During a battle between BCBS and Florida psychologists, I thought more about the field of psychology. I don’t like where it is and how we’re

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How to Survive a Useless Meeting:Part I

How to accomplish something in a meeting that sucks your energy and is a complete waste of your valuable time!   We have all been there. We only need to be there to share our brief part, if at all.

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Meditation

Meditation I’ll skip the history and get to the main points. Meditation has been used for a very long time, and it is incredibly powerful.  It involves deep breathing or diaphragmatic breathing and some form of concentration or visualization.  The

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Keeping Your Sanity While Job Hunting

Keeping Your Sanity While Job Hunting What to do in terms of the job search: Basics: Get your resume polished and send them out.  Also don’t forget to read newspaper sections, (you never know.)  Also continue searching sites like monster.com,

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Protection from Psychic Vampires

Is your energy being drained? Protection from Psychic Vampires Psychic vampirism refers to people who drain you of energy.  It is usually an unconscious process, they are unaware of it.  You or I could do it at times as well. 

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Is the Law of Attraction All Hype?

Is the Law of Attraction All Hype? Universal Laws The answer to the question is sort of.  The law of attraction makes sense and works.  The problem is with the marketing.  You see, it is but one of the universal

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How to Shut my Brain Down So I Can Sleep:End Mind Racing

How to Shut my Brain Down So I Can Sleep Many people suffer from insomnia or sleeplessness at some point.  Insomnia is often a symptom of something else, although it is a diagnosis all its own.  You may have read

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Tired? Try This!

How Can I Stay Awake? Tips to Increase Energy We’ve all been there, and way too often.  Perhaps you didn’t sleep well the night before or are stressed out.  Perhaps you are taking medication that makes you drowsy.  Maybe you

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Lose Weight and Be Healthy Even While Traveling

Lose Weight and Be Healthy Even While Traveling As a Weight Liberator, I am often asked, Dr. Umfer, “how do I stay fit and eat healthy while traveling?”  Great question, because it is hard. You aren’t sleeping in your comfy

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Healthy Easter Baskets

Healthy Easter Baskets   Traditionally, in many households, parents load up Easter baskets with cookies, candy, and chocolate containing too much sugar, fat and calories. As a Weight Liberator, Clinical Psychologist and recipient of these baskets in the past, I

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FAQs and Benefits of Hypnotherapy

HEALING POWER OF HYPNOSIS What is hypnotherapy? Basically, it is hypnosis provided by a licensed mental health professional.  Hypnotherapy is a natural and safe practice.  According to the American Psychological Association (APA) hypnosis is defined as a process of a hypnotic

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Green Tea isn’t just for Dieting: Benefits of Green and Black Tea

Green Tea isn’t just for Dieting: Benefits of Green and Black Tea There are many benefits to drinking green tea besides weight loss.  Black tea is a form of green tea, and they both have many benefits to one’s health.

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Money Fears Got You Down?

Finances-  It is time to evaluate your financial situation and priorities.  We live in a society where people tend to live beyond their means, because they think that brings happiness and means success.  If money brought people deep meaningful happiness,

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Make Your Diet A Lifestyle

Make Your Diet A Lifestyle As a Weight Liberator and Clinical Psychologist, people often think of diets as bad.  Diets are temporary unless it becomes a way of life.  A healthy, slender lifestyle includes eating clean, exercising and having a

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Simple, Realistic and Low Cost Ways You Can Begin Saving the Earth Today

Simple, Realistic and Low Cost Ways You Can Begin Saving the Earth Today   As Earth Day approaches many people might be wondering about simple ways to do their part. Let’s face it; we’re in damage control mode when it

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Combat PTSD and Recurring Zombie Dreams: What They Mean and How to Stop Them

Combat PTSD and Recurring Zombie Dreams: What They Mean and How to Stop Them   I have worked with many military folks with Combat PTSD and combat experiences, and they often reported recurring dreams of zombies. I could never really

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Change Your Thinking, Change Your Feelings and Behavior

Change Your Thinking, Change Your Feelings and Behavior   Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)  is a simple therapy, but hard to employ when done correctly.  It is not my intention to teach this to you via this brief article, but to explain

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Burned Out?

Are you sleepwalking through life full of apathy, lost your motivation for your work or other areas of your life?   Burnout is physical and psychological exhaustion, depletion, being worn out, strained etc., like compassion fatigue.  When you feel like you

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Benefits of Meditation/Deep Breathing

Benefits of Meditation/Deep Breathing Decreases respiratory rate Increases blood flow and slowed  heart rate Increases exercise tolerance Deeper level of relaxation  Improves Memory Reduces anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate Decreases pain and  muscle tension Builds self-confidenceNormalizes

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Are you or someone you know having legal troubles?

Are you or someone you know having legal troubles? So you open an envelope and notice you are being sued, ordered to testify or get charged with a crime. In those first moments your mind is racing. Anxiety is off

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Are You in a Dead End Job That Makes You Feel Dead Inside? 10 Ways to Help You Move On

Are You in a Dead End Job That Makes You Feel Dead Inside? 10 Ways to Help You Move On   Being in a job like this is like being in a cage with the gate open. You know you

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How to Control Your Anger: Learn What Makes You Mad

How to Control Your Anger: Learn What Makes You Mad It is so easy to blame others for our emotions. Anger is something many people struggle with and is often a result of burn out.  They either are too verbally

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6 Reasons to Not Eat 6 Small Meals a Day to Lose Weight

6 Reasons to Not Eat 6 Small Meals a Day to Lose Weight There is much controversy regarding ways to lose weight. I think the experts can agree on needing to restrict calories by no more than 500 calories from

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Stop Blaming Others: Own Your Stuff

Accountability: Own Your Stuff Over the years it seems that more and more people want to blame others for their mistakes.  Pouring coffee you know is hot on yourself and suing the restaurant, suing the people who own the sidewalk

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You Are What You Eat

You Are What You Eat We all know how important it is to eat healthy and exercise.  There is no diet here, so I’ll spare you.  I will say this, we would feel a lot better in all realms if

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Deep Breathing: Learn the Right Way to Breathe

Deep Breathing  Deep Breathing Audio Deepbreathing It is easier to learn this in the presence of a professional or via audio, but we’ll make it work.   Begin by sitting in a chair. Once you learn this you can do it

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I Can’t Fix Stupid: How to Survive a Useless Meeting: Part II

I Can’t Fix Stupid: How to Survive a Useless Meeting: Part II We have all been there, and a previous blog mentioned some ways to survive meetings that are useless, boring or that simply slowly fry your brain cells. So

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Relationships: Cut Yourself Off From Toxic People

Relationships: Cut Yourself Off From Toxic People Are you getting what you need from your relationships?  This means having good social support, loving and supportive relationships.  You don’t have to be in a committed relationship for this.  Independent single people

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