Let Go of Emotional Overeating and Love your Food by Arlene B. Englander. is for anyone who would like to eat whatever they like, yet stop just at the point of satisfaction without overeating. Written by a Columbia University-trained psychotherapist and former emotional overeater, offers psychologically sound techniques for recognizing the symptoms of emotional overeating and methods for addressing it in ways that are both effective and enjoyable.
Readers will learn how to become aware of the difference between eating in a healthy way and eating emotionally neither to satisfy hunger, nor for enjoyment, but in a desperate attempt to distract one’s self from painful thoughts and feelings. Diets don’t work for people who eat through their emotions. Instead, learning to recognize the stressors that lead to emotional eating and to address those tensions through other methods besides eating is the goal. When we handle stress well away from the table, we’re free to relax and really savor our food when we choose to eat.
Proven techniques like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) are presented in an innovative, easy-to-remember way. Learning to eat mindfully, for health and enjoyment becomes the goal, and Arlene Englander walks readers through the table techniques designed to make mindful eating easier, habitual, and ultimately second-nature.
Allowing for both, fun foods and healthy foods, Englander’s approach emphasizes eating healthfully and being aware of best practices and the behavioral objectives of coping with stress, exercising regularly, mindful eating, good nutrition and hydration, and controlling overeating situations. She addresses late-night eating, parties, vacation, and other situations where overindulging may be a risk. She concludes with a prescription that is meant to last so that readers can love their food for a lifetime.
My Opinion: I still do emotional eating from time to time still today. I took a CBT class before but did not learn how to handle emotional eating but I am sure if I finished the program I would have. This book did offer me tips and guidance on food and eating to let it go and have a healthier relationship with food.
About Arlene: Arlene B. Englander, LCSW, MBA, has been a licensed psychotherapist for over twenty five years. She trained at Columbia University and is currently in private practice in North Palm Beach, Florida where she specializes in treating persons coping with eating disorders, relationship issues, depression, anxiety, grief and stress (personal and work-related). Love Your Food® is her non–dieting, psychologically-oriented program for compulsive overeaters in which clients learn to eat whatever they like, but stop just at the point of satisfaction without overeating.
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