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December 10, 2007

Broken Heart Beauty: Makeup for a Breakup

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Break out the Toll House cookie dough. Who can be bothered to bake?

According to psychologist Stephen Gullo, Ph.D., author of Love Shock: How to Survive a Broken Heart and Love Again, moods and foods are a lethal combination. "When going through a breakup, rather than using adult wisdom, we revert to childhood thinking, which equates eating with feeling better." Of course, overdoing highly caloric ice cream compounds the problem of feeling unattractive and out of control. If you gain significant weight, your outsides then start to mirror your inner misery. Gullo treats many celebs, who, he says, can teach us a lot about coping. Naturally good at acting and always in the public eye, they create a plan almost immediately to look better and get back in action, starting with hiring a hot personal trainer. (Damaged goods — as if!) "Strengthening ourselves physically makes us feel better inside," says Gullo. As far as diet goes, no one really "needs" chocolate. Gullo advises keeping your home low carb and junk-food-free, especially during stressful times. "I always say to clients, 'Do you like it enough to wear it? Better bikini than linguini.'"

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