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Goodman suffered with a binge-eating disorder for more than 15 years, sometimes consuming 8,000 calories in a day and spending the next few days burning them off (for reference, a McDonald's Big Mac and Super Size French Fries add up to 1,210 calories). Now that Goodman has overcome her disorder, she's penned this candid autobiographical account of her food obsession, demonstrating that there is an escape route from binge-diet cycles. Based on the idea that "it isn't so much about what you're eating but how you are eating it," Goodman's method is to structure eating habits by keeping two journals. One diary monitors how, when and where food is consumed; the other documents the "dialogues inside your head." For Goodman, food is not the real problem; since "what sits behind food is a feeling." She describes in detail how therapy helped her find those feelings and work through them. In later chapters, Goodman discusses her strategies for food management, and uses personal anecdotes to illustrate such issues as eating only when you're hungry, eating in restaurants, eating junk food in moderation, and preparing for and accepting binges. Fellow sufferers will find Goodman's experience familiar, but her recommended recovery program is somewhat over-simplified. And her conversational, occasionally humorous style eventually becomes repetitive, although some valuable nuggets are buried between descriptions of dinner parties and therapy sessions.
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About the Author

Nancy Goodman is a mother and wife who overcame her lifelong obsession with food. Her story was featured on the Web site of bestselling author Caroline Myss and got an overwhelming response that led to the publication of this book. She has created a health and fitness program for children called Core Kids and speaks to many women’s and health groups.

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  • Publication Date: April 1, 2012
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Carla Baku on September 14, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I bought the book on a whim; when I found out that Nancy's battle was with about 15 pounds I buried it on the bottom of my "to read" pile. I dug the book out later to give it a reasonable chance, and I must say that her candor and warmth won me over on many levels. While I don't believe that food issues are exactly the same for someone who wants to lose 15 pounds vs someone who need to lose 100+ pounds, there are some valid points where the obsessions cross.

The idea of eating when hungry and stopping when satisfied has been explored before (thinking here of Geneen Roth's good work). The idea of finding out what is really going on with emotions has been well done (Laurel Mellin is the QUEEN in this concern; if emotional overeating is a problem for you, please read her book "The Solution.")To be fair, though, Nancy Goodman makes these issues very personal, which makes the book quite readable. It is obvious that she has worked hard and come far in her journey, and I for one commend her for her honesty and genuine heart to help others. I do have some concern that Nancy is still tied very tightly to food; true freedom, it seems to me, lies somewhere beyond the need for things like "structured" binges.

One other concern is some of Nancy's nutritional advice. In addition to the inference she makes linking dairy and cancer, there are many places in which she seems to use her personal food preferences as nutritional gospel. For instance, she fairly dismisses fruit, saying that it is "full of sugar" and doesn't have much in the way of vitamins. Yikes!
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 2004
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There, I have told you what this book is about. You can save your money. Ok, I have read every single diet book out there and still have my extra pounds. So I read the great reviews and thought, I'll try this one. Well, what she has to say is that feelings matter. Yes, I knew this. She writes this book from her journals during therapy (I am guessing) and connects her eating to her emotions, and tells us all the details of her emotions, and therapy. Very very little on how she loses her 15 pounds. Some very iffy advice, including the advice that dairy causes cancer. Twice the recipe for a baked apple with low sugar maple syrup (nutrasweet if the iffy one in my opinion). Yep, 15. She was abandoned, she was molested - she has some real issues, but they were of no help to me on my journey. If you are seriously interested in connecting (and dealing with) feelings with weight loss try "The Solution" by Laurel Mellen - another good tip is "I Wish I Were Fat, I Wish I Were Thin" by Michele Joy Levine. If you are interested in what goes on in therapy read Irvin Yalom's latest book, or "Inside Therapy". This was a total waste of time.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By loyola james on September 20, 2005
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To prevent repetition, please read Carla Baku's review because I believe that the review highlighted some very important aspects of the book that the reader should acknowledge. If you are looking for a book that you can relate to because you have similar experiences with food and emotions as Nancy had, you've found it. I am still amazed at her ability to share and then publish some of her experiences. I have gone through very similar experiences and I can barely write about any of it on paper, let alone share with anyone else. If you are a person who is looking for a solution or an answer to what might be your problem with food... this is the wrong book. It is a comforting book though if you are someone with similar issues like Nancy because it makes you realize that you are definatly not alone. Nancy talks how she goes to see a therapist or a counselor and at first it was really difficult, difficult to admit her problems and difficult for her to face someone and to ask for help. Nancy realizes that her family and her marriage interplay with her issues with food. What I realized at this point was the power of asking for help. Not the kind of help from the late night infomercials selling equiptment that already filled my basement, not the kind of help from the latest diet books or solutions, but the kind of professional help like Nancy sought out and helped her to overcome her issues with food. Like I did and before I knew it, my issues weren't around food at all, food was just the distraction and for me is no longer a problem anymore. I think an important part of the book is the challenge and the power of asking for help. After 2 years with an eating disorder, I asked for help and found a therapist. Its the best thing I've very done for myself.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 1, 2004
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Having visited Nancy's website, and read some impressive endorsements, I was very keen to read this book.
At the outset I was impressed by her fresh and unique voice. It's clear Nancy is genuinely motivated to reach out and help her audience. Her honesty about her own journey is absolutely amazing. It seems like nothing is held back. As I read the first few chapters, I really believed that I had encountered some one who had really overcome a food obsession and could shine a light and lead a way for me.
But as the book progressed, I started to get concerned about some of the mixed messages. For example, whilst this book at first appears to offer a non-diet solution, Nancy talks about calories a lot. And I mean A LOT. It's obvious that she tracks calories during the day, writes everything down and still exerts an awful lot of control and energy over how she eats. It doesn't square with the 'life after food onsession' that I was hoping to discover. . My concern is that the readers who are searching for a 'quick fix' will just take in the chapters on food, try to copy Nancy's approach and end up more concerend about calorie-counting than they had been at the beginning and miss what is a valuable message about uncovering the feelings behind food.
It is clear that Nancy has found a way to successfully manage her weight long term. Now 15 lbs lighter that when she embarked on her own quest for a life past bingeing, she has found a way of living at her ideal weight and is clearly a lot happier. However, as far as I can tell there is an awful lot of monitoring and calorie counting going on. From what I can glean Nancy consumes about 1600 calories a day - 400 less than the doctors recommend for adult women. Sounds sort of like a diet to me...?
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