Show Notes for Thursday, April 20, 2023


Dear John,

Not sure what to do. Sadly my brother's wife passed away. This was pretty unexpected. They did not have life insurance because he lost his job during 2020 and they couldn't afford to keep it. He asked me and my sisters to see if we could help. We all agreed to pitch in. I'm happy to help in his time of need. Here's where things get a little sketchy. I got a call from a classmate. He passed along his condolences and mentioned that he participated in the Go Fund Me thing. I asked a little more about that. He sent me a link. My brother is also asking others to pitch in to help with the funeral. My sisters and I had already told him we would do this. Should I say something to my brother about this? It seems odd that he's doing that when we already said we would cover the funeral. Any ideas how I tip-toe through this mine field?

Sad Big Brother.

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Sunshine: A ravenous appetite often develops because of a lack of serotonin. Sunshine brightens up your mood and minimizes the risk of binge eating.

Tea: Hot, unsweetened tea can be very soothing for your stomach and can ease the craving sensations.

Meditate: It helps you cope with stress, which is often the cause of these seemingly insatiable attacks.

Cool off your palate: An ice-cold sensation in your mouth works wonders against cravings. Feel some cravings coming on? Just suck on an ice cube.

Vitamins: Instead of chocolate or other sweet stuff, eat a handful of dried fruits. This way your body receives not only the sweetness you’re seeking, but also vitamins and minerals.

Coffee break: Coffee or green tea can reduce your appetite and boost your metabolism.

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