Eating Mindfully: How to End Mindless Eating and Enjoy a Balanced Relationship with Food Paperback – 30 May 2003
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This is a simple and powerful books one that takes the reader on a journey within to find solutions to their own individual eating difficulties. Denise Lamothe, Psy.D., HHD, author, "The Taming of the Chew: A Holistic Guide to Stopping Compulsive Eating ""
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Dr. Susan Albers PsyD is a counseling psychologist at Ohio Wesleyan University and a former counselor specializing in eating disorders at Stanford University. Dr. Albers maintains a private practice treating men and women with eating related issues and disorders in Wooster, Ohio.
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Dr. Albers explains that if you understand yourself and why you eat the way you do, a balance will be reached and a healthy relationship with food will result. Anyone can lose weight through dieting, but to become the person you want to be and stay that way, a permanent change in behavior is required -- anyone who is honest with himself/herself knows that. Dr. Albers provides a guide to anyone who wants to and has the determination to make this change in his/her life.
After reading the book, I found myself more aware of my eating patterns. In several instances it helped me to not stuff myself silly, which I tend to do on occasion.
I would highly recommend this book.
However, very little of the book is devoted to the fundamentals of "mindfullness". The book causally quotes the Buddhist origins of "mindfullness" but does not expand on the topic. This causes the observations to feel a little empty since they're constantly referring to a "mindfullness" concept that hasn't been meaningfully explained.
If you want a fundamental understanding of Buudhist "mindfulness" before you apply it to eating problems then I would read "The Zen of Eating" by Kabatznick. If you prefer a more 'thought for the day' type of format then this book is more appropriate.
It is easy to read. The tips are really eye-opening. I'm re-learning how
to be a "normal" eater. I have been an overeater for much of my adult life.
About 20 years. Funny enough, that's how long I've tried dieting.
One tip: please start off with "normal" portions...or, just what you think
you might need to be satisfied. I like to say, "let some other family have
My favorite part was discovering how I try to cram food in when already
satisfied in order to "clean the plate". I've since stopped doing that.
I used to be a big "night eater". Even that has all but disappeared.
This book impressed my doctor, too!
It's a very kind, soft-style, not "beat yourself up", "willpower!" type book.
One of the few out there, I think!
Please give this book a chance. It will work for you, too!