Recently I started seeing a therapist after a recommendation from my doctor, who is a naturopath. For the last three years I have been struggling with ever more complicated and painful gut issues, as well as body pain. I had succumbed to elimination diets, gut healing diets, you name it and while they worked short term, they never worked for long regardless of how strict I adhered. After numerous blood, stool and you name it tests, I mentioned my navel was distended to my doctor – she thought a hernia may be the problem and surgery a solution. This is when I admitted that I was suffering with anxiety and panic attacks – that there was no way I could undergo surgery of any kind. She recommended a talk to the practice’s therapist. Within two sessions I was able to start eating all of the wonderful foods that had been giving me pain. Those two sessions, and many more, have included hours of crying, coming to terms with my past and learning how to cope in the present. So when I was contacted with an amazing opportunity to ask some questions of Dr. Gary Foster, Chief Scientific Officer at Weight Watchers about how to beat Blue Monday – I jumped at the opportunity.
Many of us have fallen victim to the wrath of winter and already have let our cold weather blues bust our goals for the New Year. The first ever Blue Monday – January 24, 2005 – was established as a marketing idea for a travel company to boost sales during the winter. Psychologist Cliff Arnall produced a formula based on factors such as weather conditions, debt level, time since Christmas, time since giving up on our New Year’s resolutions, low motivational levels and feeling of a need to take action. Some argue that there’s no such thing, but there’s no doubt that this is a tough time of year and – this year’s Blue Monday – January 26 – is a great time to talk about the things that get us down and how to get back on track.
If you are among the millions who started 2015 with a goal to be healthier, Dr. Gary Foster, Chief Scientific Officer at Weight Watchers, will be available to help you beat your cold weather blues, so you can achieve your winter goals. Dr. Foster will discuss:
- How your mood affects your commitment to winter goals
- The reasons why your brain gravitates towards food for comfort
- Tips to keep you on track for your winter goals
About Dr. Gary Foster, Chief Scientific Officer at Weight Watchers
Dr. Foster is a psychologist, obesity investigator and behavior change expert with more than 160 scientific publications and three books on the etiology and treatment of obesity to his name. Dr. Foster’s research interests include the prevention, behavioral determinants, treatments, and effects of obesity in adults and children. He was previously the Director of the Center of Obesity Research and Education at Temple University in Philadelphia and served as a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. In his role as Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Foster oversees Weight Watchers science-based program, all clinical research initiatives, and continued program advances.
Not all of my questions were chosen to be answered but have a look at a few that Dr. Foster tackled: