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Overcoming Overeating: How to Break the Diet/Binge Cycle and Live a Healthier, More Satisfying Life Paperback – December 13, 2010
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- HARRIET LERNER, Ph.D., author of The Dance of Anger
"It gives the reader all the inspiration they need to stop dieting and begin living a rich, full, self-accepting life."
- GENEEN ROTH
"A refreshing, upbeat approach to eating and living. Hirschmann and Munter use their considerable expertise and insight to provide a wealth of practical advice about how to stay off the diet treadmill."
- DR. JANET POLIVY and DR. PETER HERMANN, Authors of Breaking the Diet Habit
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Then a friend (overcoming bulimia) recommended "Intuitive Eating" (2003 edition) and Overcoming Overeating. Little did I know I had already vocalized the ideas in these two books. And little did I know these books would change my life.
I must admit, Overcoming Overeating was hard to get into. The forward was dry and written in a very formal tone. Chapter one read like a textbook. But, I stuck it out because what I read did make sense.
I am so glad I stuck with this book! Overcoming Overeating discusses in moderate detail eating disorders, one of which is called binge-eating disorder. I saw myself in every example of these people. I had no idea I had an eating disorder, though I became certain after reading this book, that I do indeed have this medically-recognized disorder.
This discovery was freeing and painful at the same time. I was so relieved that now all the puzzle pieces fit. I had already started the work on my own before this book, but by the time I was finished I was ready to work on my disorder with my therapist. The two days following the completion of the book, I was flooded with emotions... anger, sadness, regret, joy, peace etc. It was almost overwhelming.Read more ›
The authors point out that people generally eat for two reasons; physiological (the physical body telling us we are hungry), and psychological (eating for enjoyment despite not being physically hungry). Anyone who has been unable to resist that piece of cake or bag of chips even after a fulfilling meal will be able to relate immediately. Demand feeding, the art of feeding your body only on a physiological level, is presented as the only viable and lasting strategy for a healthy relationship with food. Demand feeding also encompasses the notion that separating the two modes of eating forces one to confront the real issues that cause psychological eating, permitting one to address those issues first.
The message put forth really hit home for me in its description of how bad habits generally are developed. When we are babies, we cry for food only when we are truly hungry at a physical level. These are instincts we are born with.Read more ›
Then, I happened to read an article in Shape magazine that summarized the themes of this book. I was so struck by its approach that I promptly bought the book. And WOW -- my attitude changed dramatically -- and the compulsive overeating, a problem I couldn't imagine my life without, soon ceased.
The book's principle is, in essence, forget about the relentless calorie-counting, the food-diary-keeping, the constant eating-controlling. (Thank goodness! because those never helped me and indeed may have fueled my compulsion.) Instead, it taught me to 1) be kind to myself during and after a binge, rather than heap insults on myself; and 2) learn to tune into stomach hunger instead of "mouth hunger," and trust your body to ask for what it needs. Yes, this sounds absurdly simple to me now, but you cannot imagine how this thought shift impacted me -- and the book explains it in a way that helps you understand your overeating AND to do something about it.
Now, as a thin person and (so much more importantly) a person not obsessed with food every waking minute (and many "sleeping minutes"), I cannot recommend this book enough. In the last ten years, I've pushed this book on every overeating friend who's asked how I managed to change, so I thought it only appropriate to share my thoughts via an Amazon review.
This is one of the four books that has dramatically and forever changed my life.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is very helpful in setting you up to understand why you over eat and how to deal with it!Published 1 month ago by Darlene Harmon
"At the core of each diet is a resounding, "NO MORE."
I can still remember this line, more than 27 years after reading. This book changed my life. Read more
I've read several books on the subject of intuitive eating and anti-dieting. Overcoming Overeating is my absolute favorite because of its clear, consistent, and simple message. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sarah Crawford
I LEARNED A LOT WITH THIS BOOK. IT MADE ME AWARE OF MY EATING HABITS AND NOW I THINK BEFORE I EAT.Published 11 months ago by juanita jimenez
Fascinating approach to the topic of overeating. I have a close relative who has struggled with overeating for decades. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Reuben J. James