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Sylvia Haskvitz, M.A., R .D., is a registered dietitian and CNVC Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication. As part of the Eat by Choice Movement, she offers workshops around the globe and serves as the Dean of Educational Services with Elicity Network, Inc., inspiring people to explore their food and body connections. She co-wrote with Jan Henrikson two Eat by Choice e-Guidebooks—one for adults and one for children. Her essay "Enemy Images" was published in the book, Healing Our Planet, Healing Ourselves. She has also directed and produced a weekly radio program and hosted a television show. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Puddledancer Press (October 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892005204
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892005205
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #971,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I found Eat by Choice to be very insightful and found the concept of applying NVC to eating to be very refreshing and enlightening. I loaned it to a client who has an eating disorder. We had been discussing the concept of paying attention to feelings when the need for the disfunctional rituals arise. We had both read of the idea in Eckert Toole's new book. She came back the next week after reading your book and was thrilled with it. She said it got her through the week and gave her a way to handle her feelings of loneliness that fuel her eating patterns. She was able to sit with the feelings instead of eating them away - for the first time. She and I had each found passages in the book that fit her to the tee and we discussed those passages in therapy. I gave her my copy to keep so I'll have to get another one.

I think Silvia Haskvitz has something very powerful here. In fact those are the words my client used to describe the book's effect upon her - "powerful." She and I both said that our only criticism is that it was too short. Each sentence is pregnant with meaning, so pregnant that I found that I had to read and reread some passages in order to fully grasp what was being said. I can see from reading the book that Sylvia has spent a lifetime developing her ideas. They are well thought out and deep. They are complex ideas, layered in philosophies of nutrition, psychotherapy, NVC, and spirituality just to mention a few. I thought the book was a marvelous marraige of all the disparate disciplines. These ideas are probably second nature to her now but for the neophytes who have not delved into such philosophies, the concepts are likely to be less transparent. I felt that each concept could have filled a chapter all by itself. Hence, I have a wish.
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This book is written by a 44 year old woman that has been struggling to lose weight for about 8 years. Once I realized that "diets" were not the answer I starting purchasing books that were designed to address the emotional aspects of food to see if maybe that was what was wrong. This particular book seems to be geared toward those that berate themselves for overeating. At lot of this book addresses how everyone needs to love him or herself and be kind to them. If that is not your problem, this book will not be helpful to you.

This book is subdivided as follows:

Being Your Own Best Friend

Play with Your Food

Compassionate Eating in Restaurants

Supporting Others

The Beginning

The author of the book is a nutritionist and a trainer in "Compassionate/Non-violent Communication". This form of communication seems to focus on positive communication in lieu of the negative. The author tells us that moral condemnation and compassion cannot coexist. The focus is on accepting what is, and then changing it.

The author wants us to focus on what we need when we reach for that bagel even though we aren't hungry. She wants us to try to address what need we are trying to satisfy with the food.

The topics covered in this book are interesting. However, I don't think that this book alone is adequate to get someone to change a long-term issue with food. In conjunction with counseling or additional books this may be enough. I view this book as a "booklet" rather than a book. It points you in a particular direction, but doesn't have enough information to actually get you to the end of your journey. If you are looking for a different approach, and don't know if this will work, this book will give you a basis to make that decision. However, I believe that if this approach is for you, additional resources will be required to get you to your goal weight.
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I loved this book! Eat by Choice, Not by Habit offers the reader the opportunity to gently look at the relationship we have with ourselves, in particular, with our food choices.

The author wants to inspire each of us to take responsibility for our lives and become more conscious of what we are doing, and how we are meeting our needs. I agree with Ms. Haskvitz that we have the wisdom within to make healthy choices, and her book gives us permission to further access this inner voice, while giving us some practical knowledge and skills.

Buy this gift for your best friend (we all need to become our own best friend), and allow a new chapter to be written in your life, one that will give you a longer, more balanced, and healthier life. You deserve it!
Marcia Breitenbach, founder of [...]
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Maybe I just didn't get it, but I found that this little booklet contains some interesting things but, in the end, nothing really new.
Moreover, in the end, it does have a slight judgmental vibe that contrasts with the perceived object of the book which is to accept and change compulsive eating patterns not by shame, our "shoulds" and deprivation, but through a natural process of becoming more aware of the feelings and needs that lead us to eat when we are not hungry.
At a given point, the author talks of how, when she worked at a Burger King, she refused to get a "heavy" (her words) couple a second helping of milkshake, because she was concerned with their health. Which led me to wonder why she was working there in the first place. It just felt a bit... well, sanctimonious, to be honest.
And all the stuff about eating healthily? It is not that that isn't important. It's just that it is a decision one has to make inside oneself, without shoulds. You either let go of the shoulds or you don't, you can't go just half way but still feel really guilty if you have the roastbeef and not the salad.
But then again, maybe I just didn't get it.
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