The first couple of weeks were very intense-- every meal was a desperate experience-- what do I want?
Fresh mozzarella with balsamic! And the satiation was just as clear-- yes I made this whole pot of beautiful ratatouille provencale but if I take one more bite everything in the world will turn to ash. I noticed an amazing surge in energy-- running everyday suddenly felt good instead of like jangling my joints across the pavement-- and my mood lifted.
Ask me how I am-- Yes I'm fine, I had the most perfect delicious breakfast and I'm going to have the most perfect delicious lunch and I am feeling loved and taken care of and worthy of kindness, thanks for asking! That desperation has ebbed a bit now, a couple of months after first reading the book-- and my food cravings aren't as acute and the satiation isn't as cut and dry.
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The honeymoon is over-- I am facing the difficult prospect of living forever at a weight and body shape I am not excited about. So even though for some people this approach will lead to weight loss, it's not a weight loss book. It sets out to wean us from obsession with food and fatness, and to lead us into a healthy loving relationship with food based on having needs and getting them met with kindness.
For some that will mean eventually shedding weight, for others Not so much. Go be alive anyway. Do fun things.
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The point is to break the mental habit of turning to the familiar pain and noise of dieting and diet failure rather than experiencing actual emotions. And that's hard. But even though it feels overwhelming, the authors break it into a simple daily rubric: how many times did I eat what I want from physical hunger, and how many times did I eat for some other reason? The goal is eventually to replicate that experience of physical hunger and feeding as often as possible, and the eventual extinction of eating for other reasons.
Imagine: Two columns with tally-marks: belly or mouth hunger. Get more tallies on the belly side, and fewer on the "mouth hunger" side. That's the goal. Eat for just the right reasons. This is not an easy book, not an easy idea. But it's life-changing to have tools to dismantle a major source of misery, and free up all that emotion to live life and deal with what's really happening. And to have permission-- no and injunction!
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To make sure you feel taken care of. View 2 comments. Excellent for those who have been dieting for decades and just want to stop, and stop now. Aug 25, Paula rated it it was amazing. I wish I could give this book MORE than 5 stars - I first read this book decades ago when it first came out and it "saved" my life - literally!
Man or woman, but especially if you are a woman and have food compulsions, shame about food, have used food to take care of yourself, this method is the ONLY one I know of that works. It takes years and loads of self-care, which by the way, is really the basis of the method - learning to give yourself the self-care you didn't get as a child, but used food I wish I could give this book MORE than 5 stars - I first read this book decades ago when it first came out and it "saved" my life - literally!
It takes years and loads of self-care, which by the way, is really the basis of the method - learning to give yourself the self-care you didn't get as a child, but used food instead. It can feel stressful at first to stock up on formerly forbidden foods, throw out the scale, throw away or donate clothing that doesn't fit and some of the other items in the book, but stick to it, remember you don't have to do it all at once and perfection is not the answer.
Some interesting ideas about "mouth psychological hunger" versus "stomach physiological hunger" and reacquainting ourselves with more natural feeding on demand rather than on schedule though I would myself adapt the ideas rather than follow the full programme - it's a bit unrealistic in most working lives as lived currently.
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But I do think it has important messages about our obsession with food, diet and body image. The best parts are the introductory 4 chapters and the chapters in Part 3 'F Some interesting ideas about "mouth psychological hunger" versus "stomach physiological hunger" and reacquainting ourselves with more natural feeding on demand rather than on schedule though I would myself adapt the ideas rather than follow the full programme - it's a bit unrealistic in most working lives as lived currently.
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The best parts are the introductory 4 chapters and the chapters in Part 3 'Finding Yourself'. The rest could have been covered much more quickly. I've read many books and blogs on this topic and listened to podcasts galore. So I want to start off by saying that the message the book is giving, I give 5 stars. There are three parts to this book and it took me ages to get through the first part because it's pretty repetitive. I think the first two parts could be thinned out a little while still maintaining the quality intent.
I think there were a lot of good bits in here, and will likely read the third part of the book again. View 1 comment. This book does not beat around the bush when it comes to coping with food, but does make a lot of promises about weight loss that may or may not pan out for readers struggling with chronic dieting. Sep 28, Eleanor rated it really liked it.
This book has really made me think. A year ago I made the decision to stop dieting after almost 3 decades of yo-yo dieting in one form or another, and to my astonishment my weight has stayed the same ever since. However I have still flirted with restricting my food in various ways occasionally, and that does make me a bit stressed.
Sep 08, Sarah Rigg rated it it was amazing Shelves: health-at-every-size. This book was really instrumental in helping me change my relationship with food. It is hard to write this review For someone who does not know this ideas excelent ideas which i have been knowing for years..
Well this book it would be thw greatest. Dont get me wrong, I think this book is wonderful.. The teory lacks of something.. It is not complete. Most of the time, it is just the habit, the automated pattern which became independent of any reason or emotion.. Still Uhummm I agree with most of the ideas here.. They also talk about how many people use food as a way to try and relieve stress and emotional issues and how that doesn't work. They claim that if you give up diets and weighing yourself, make no food off limits and strive toward only eating when you hungry; eating what your body is craving; and stopping when you are full - that you will be able to return back to a normal relationship with food and the self-regulating processes of the body will put you at the weight you were meant to be at genetically.
Jan 09, Montana rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-in I am a compulsive eater, and I borrowed this book from my therapist. I have been so encouraged by the genuine comprehension by the authors of how my mind works regarding food. The ideas in this book are well thought out, easy to understand, and very freeing. Judith lives in the Chicago area.
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She loves to walk, read, meditate and spend time with family and friends. I wanted to share this story about myself that I wrote as an article for a magazine. Strange as it may sound, his comment triggered my first diet.
I remember sitting in my bedroom as the smell of meatloaf drifted to my room at dinnertime. I remember telling a college professor over lunch that I would never eat a cookie again without feeling guilty.
A Biological Dilemma
I also remember the late night binges on cheesecake and whatever else I could scrounge up at my dorm. With no scale and no mirror in our studio apartment, I resolved to take the summer off from dieting and my obsession with weight. I took a job waitressing at a well known seafood restaurant where food was plentiful. When I returned to Chicago that fall, to my surprise, my weight had returned to its pre-dieting days.
Something clicked. At that moment I understood that the very restrictions I had imposed on myself in order to lose weight actually increased my interest in food. I had lost track of the purpose of eating for nourishment and for pleasure. I now felt calm around all foods as my life went on.