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Irene Rubaum-Keller
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Irene Rubaum-Keller is a licensed psychotherapist and author of the book Foodaholic, The Seven Stages to Permanent Weight Loss. She has been in private practice in the Los Angeles area for over twenty years. Irene specializes in treating people with eating disorders as well as motherless daughters (women who experienced early mother loss). In addition to her private practice, Irene has been on staff at UCLA’s Risk Factor Obesity clinic for the past seventeen years where she works with some of the most esteemed leaders in the field of obesity research and treatment. She has published numerous articles, both in professional journals and for the popular media and is currently a columnist for "Westside Today". Her television appearances as an expert guest include: World News Tonight, Penn and Teller’s Showtime Original Series, 9 on the Town, UPN, KTLA and NBC news. Irene is also a regular guest on Dr. Kipper's KABC radio show.

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My Teen Is a Soldier Now

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 11:04 PM

He just graduated high school in June. He started basic training in October. He is just 18 and he is one of our soldiers now.

I never thought I'd be writing those words. Jack grew up on the Westside of Los Angeles amongst the rich and famous. Not that...

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My Teen Doesn't Even Like the Way I Breathe

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 6:15 PM

"Jack, I think I'm having a mid-life crisis."

"Oh Mom, you're way too old to be having a mid-life crisis."

That's my son Jack. Living with him is like living with a teenage Don Rickles. He lives to diss me. Jack's dissing started when he was around 10 or 11....

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The Slamming of the Teenage Door

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2015 | 1:38 PM

"Jack, I can't wait until you're older, because right now you have to disagree with everything I say."

"No I don't."

That is from an actual conversation between myself and my then fifteen year old, snarling-mass-of-hormones son.

When Jack was little, parents of older children would say, "Enjoy this...

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Cody's Rules for Living

(4) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 8:52 AM

My dog just died. She was my daughter, my best friend, my soul sister and my loyal protector. She wanted nothing more than to be near me. Well, actually that's not true. Chicken, salmon and/or peanut butter would have won out over being near me temporarily, just to be accurate....

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Food Fantasies Can Be Fattening

(2) Comments | Posted September 6, 2014 | 10:56 AM

Do you ever have food fantasies? Do you know what I mean by a food fantasy? Perhaps just reading those two words together your mind started to wander. A food fantasy is when we start thinking about a particular food. We start picturing it in all it's glory. We might...

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Why Keeping a Food Journal Is Better Than Going on a Diet

(1) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 11:57 AM

I have a personal confession to make. Let me just preface the confession with letting you know that I make my living helping people lose weight, both in my private practice and via by book, Foodaholic, The Seven Stages to Permanent Weight Loss. I have also been maintaining my own...

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Dr. Kevorkian, aka Dr. Death's Art on Display

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 10:32 AM

We were invited to the opening of the Dr. Kevorkian art exhibit at Gallerie Sparta in West Hollywood. It was a somber event with 11 of Dr. Kevorkian's paintings on display as well as the "Thanatron," the assisted suicide machine he invented and used to help end the lives of...

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Eat Your Favorite Foods and Lose Weight

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 11:51 AM

We have all seen that claim before touting the latest miracle pill, powder, cream, injection, you name it. "Eat as much as you want and lose weight." "Lose seven pounds in seven days." "The four-day diet." My favorite just came in the mail today. It's a flyer with the title,...

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Just Change One Thing

(0) Comments | Posted December 26, 2013 | 1:49 PM

It's the end of the year and time to take stock. How was last year for you? Did you make any New Year's resolutions last year? Did you stick to them?

Here is where so many of us get off track and give up. We try and change too many...

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'It's Not Thanksgiving Until Somebody Cries'

(1) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 2:37 PM

It's the holidays. Ho Ho Ho. That means lots of food, sales, crowds and getting together with family. In the movies it's always happy, loving, warm and inspiring. In real life, depending on your family, it can be stressful, anger-producing and even tear-producing.

One of my old friends had a...

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Jane Seymour: Actress, Artist and Proud Mom

(2) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 5:30 PM

Last week I attended Jane Seymour's art opening at Gallerie Sparta in West Hollywood. The opening was for Jane and her son Sean Flynn who is a very talented photographer. I got some insight into both of them as they shared some of their secrets with me.

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Weight Maintenance: The True Story

(5) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 12:35 PM

Have you ever gone on a diet? Lost weight on it? Gained it back? Tried yet another diet? Lost weight? Gained it back? Most people who eventually lose weight and do keep it off have done just that. They have tried various diets and found that they do actually work....

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Richard Grieco Paints!

(4) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 12:57 PM

We were fortunate enough to attend the red carpet opening of Richard Grieco's art work at Gallerie Sparta in West Hollywood. Richard, while best known for his acting, is also a talented painter. He has been painting for 20 years. It took actor Dennis Hopper to encourage him to show...

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Is It Hunger? Or a Craving?

(2) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 3:26 PM

Ever wonder how to tell the difference between a craving and real hunger? It's an important distinction to make for yourself if you are interested in health and especially if you are trying to lose weight. Cravings will often masquerade as hunger, but are really something entirely different.


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7 Stages to Permanent Weight Loss

(10) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 4:30 PM

Weight loss is a process. In my book Foodaholic: The Seven Stages to Permanent Weight Loss, I have identified what I think are the psychological stages one must go through, not only to lose weight but to keep it off. I have done for weight loss what Elizabeth Kubler-Ross did...

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Why Are You Eating So Fast?

(2) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 3:12 PM

I eat fast. I admit it. There is anxiety associated with eating if you have a weight problem and sometimes you just want to get the eating over with so you can reduce that anxiety. It's stress, and guilt, and fear all rolled into one strange feeling when sitting down,...

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Inside an Academy Awards Gift Suite

(2) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 10:10 AM

It's just a few days before the Academy Awards and there is Oscars fever here in Los Angeles. The limos are being washed, hairdressers are booked and seamstresses are up all night doing those final fittings for the Hollywood elite.

Yesterday I was lucky enough to go to the Roger...

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What You Are Looking For Is Not in the Refrigerator

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 12:22 PM

Ever open and close the refrigerator looking for something? I found myself doing this the other day. Went in, opened, looked around, didn't see anything good, left the room. Came back 10 minutes later, opened, looked around, nothing good had magically appeared in there since the last time I opened...

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The Rainmaker Theatrical Review

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 6:33 PM

Set in the Dust Bowl during the depression, The Rainmaker tackles timeless themes of love, passion, faith and magic. The play premiered on Broadway in 1954 and was then made into a feature film in 1956 starring Katharine Hepburn, as Lizzie, and Burt Lancaster, as Starbuck.

Henry Jaglom and...

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Come Out of Fat Denial, America!

(2) Comments | Posted December 29, 2012 | 2:40 PM

It's time for those New Year's resolutions again. The number one resolution people make is -- you guessed it -- to lose weight. Yet based on what we know about us (Americans), we are actually gaining weight. Right now 69 percent of us are overweight. Within...

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