1. Are you waiting for someone to change back into the person you fell in love with? Do you fear you won't find anyone better for you if you leave or let go? Are you confused about what went wrong? Giving Up Junk-Food Relationship outlines ways to make your relationships healthier and, more importantly, how to tell when things have gone bad. An abusive, dysfunctional, or simply wrong-for-you relationship can be as draining and bad for your health as an affinity for junk food.

    Author Donna Barnes is a Life and Relationship Coach certified by New York University. She was an on-air expert for ABC News's What Would You Do? and writes advice columns for various websites. Giving Up Junk-Food Relationships is the first book in the Relationship Recipes series. http://www.DonnaBarnes.com

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  2. Donna has appeared on television and radio shows across the country. For three seasons she was the on-air Life & Relationship Coach for the ABC News top rated "What Would You Do?" hosted by Emmy-winning correspondent John Quinones. She has been a guest expert on Good Morning America, CNN, Fox News, NBC's Today, CBS Early Show, and many other talk and news programs. Visit DonnaBarnes.com

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  3. Donna Barnes NYU Certified Life & Relationship Coach
    Author of Giving Up Junk-Food Relationships
    http://www.DonnaBarnes.com/

    There is no failsafe way to know if your lover will cheat on you or not. But there are some signs you can look for in the early stages of dating. Just one of these behaviors on its own may not be cause for alarm, but if you observe three or more, you can safely consider the person in question junk-food.

    Author Donna Barnes is a Life and Relationship Coach certified by New York University. She was an on-air expert for ABC News's What Would You Do? and writes advice columns for various websites. Giving Up Junk-Food Relationships is the first book in the Relationship Recipes series.

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  4. Donna Barnes NYU Certified Life & Relationship Coach
    Author of Giving Up Junk-Food Relationships
    http://www.DonnaBarnes.com/

    How do you deal with rejection? Change your perception. Stop viewing it as rejection. If some clueless person doesn't see how truly special you are, then you don't want him or her anyway! It doesn't matter how great you may think he or she is. Think again. If she doesn't appreciate you, then she's not good enough for you. Period. Let her go, and move on to the next. I do know that can be a difficult pill to swallow, especially when you really like somebody. But if you start jumping through hoops and doing other silly things, trying to make her want you, then you're negatively changing her perception. You're making yourself less attractive, and you're damaging your self-esteem. Love yourself first. Don't waste any precious time on any person who doesn't adore you. It's all a matter of how you choose to perceive it. Focus on her negative attributes and trust that there will be someone better. If you don't want someone, then you can't be rejected.

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  5. Donna Barnes NYU Certified Life & Relationship Coach
    Author of Giving Up Junk-Food Relationships
    http://www.DonnaBarnes.com/

    Men's and women's brains have different chemical mixes. The younger the guy, the more sex is the primary goal on his mind—literally, as testosterone and vasopressin hormones are flooding his brain. Women have oxytocin flooding their brains. Oxytocin is the hormone that makes us feel all warm and fuzzy in romantic situations. Since women have high levels of oxytocin all the time, they enjoy cuddling, talking, holding hands, and sex; but sex isn't always the main attraction. The only time a man experiences the highly pleasurable effects of oxytocin is in a burst at the moment of orgasm.
    What all these chemical differences mean is that when a woman has sex with a man on the first or second date, his brain reaches its goal and achieves that desirable burst of oxytocin. His chemical levels then return to normal. He may not be interested enough to pursue her again, regardless of how he was acting preorgasm. Meanwhile, the woman's brain turns on super high oxytocin levels, and she definitely wants more. If she never hears from him again, cortisol (the stress hormone) starts to fill her brain, and she feels heartbroken. She may possibly even become depressed.

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Giving Up Junk-Food Relationships

Donna Barnes

Are you waiting for someone to change back into the person you fell in love with? Do you fear you won't find anyone better for you if you leave or let go? Are you confused about what went wrong? Giving Up Junk-Food Relationship outlines ways to make your…


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Are you waiting for someone to change back into the person you fell in love with? Do you fear you won't find anyone better for you if you leave or let go? Are you confused about what went wrong? Giving Up Junk-Food Relationship outlines ways to make your relationships healthier and, more importantly, how to tell when things have gone bad. An abusive, dysfunctional, or simply wrong-for-you relationship can be as draining and bad for your health as an affinity for junk food.

Author Donna Barnes is a Life and Relationship Coach certified by New York University. She was an on-air expert for ABC News's What Would You Do? and writes advice columns for various websites. Giving Up Junk-Food Relationships is the first book in the Relationship Recipes series. http://www.DonnaBarnes.com

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