Life Is Hard, Food Is Easy: The 5-Step Plan to Overcome Emotional Eating and Lose Weight on Any Diet (Hardcover)
by Linda Spangle (Author)
From Publishers Weekly
The traditional emphasis on diet and exercise fails to address the underlying psychological causes of overeating, argues this engaging self-help book. Instead of eating to satisfy physical hunger, we indulge in "emotional eating" to make up for low self-esteem, to distract ourselves from unpleasant moods (anger and frustration make us crave crunchy, chewy foods, while loneliness and depression demand creamy comfort foods) or to act out and defuse suppressed feelings. Spangle, a registered nurse and weight-loss counselor, recommends a number of techniques, including writing projects, hugging exercises and positive-thinking mantras to help overeaters unearth and deal with their food-related emotions, and gives practical advice on sticking to weight-loss regimens. She writes insightfully of the ways people interact emotionally with food, and includes first-person confessionals from her clients; by turns poignant ("eating helps me stop thinking about how much I hate my life" says one lost soul) and lascivious ("I pull out a stack of curved golden morsels" writes a woman on a Pringles binge, who finds the munching sounds "soothing, like water lapping softly on the beach"), these attest to food's psychic power. But her tips are sometimes silly ("Pound on your pillow until your arms are too tired to lift food to your mouth") and her five-step-plan to combat cravings (which, with some practice, you can "flash through" in "less than a minute") can seem inadequate to deal with the emotional traumas she feels are at the root of obesity.
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Ann Louise Gittleman
Linda Spangle beautifully and gently illumines the source--not just the symptoms--behind emotional eating. This book is destined to --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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