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Shades of Hope: A Program to Stop Dieting and Start Living Hardcover – March 6, 2012
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Tennie grew up the daughter of a violent Deputy Sheriff in the dusty plains of Odessa, Texas. Described as morbidly obese by a doctor at the age of 13, she suffered from an eating disorder that went un-diagnosed and un-treated for decades.
In recovery from bulimia and compulsive overeating and a survivor of abuse, Tennie has grown up to become an internationally esteemed therapist, mother of four and the CEO of the residential treatment center, Shades of Hope.
Co-founded by Tennie in 1987, Shades of Hope is an all addictions treatment center specializing in the treatment of eating disorders; offering experience, strength and hope to the women and men desperate to recover from the disease of addiction. The mother of a recovering anorexic, Tennie has a unique insight into the nature of disordered eating, as featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network's documentary series 'Addicted to Food'. Her expertise manifests itself through her work in anger reduction, family sculpting and intensive addiction recovery workshops.
She is often heard telling new clients, "If you want what we have and are willing to let go of control, then you have taken the first step toward recovery. Hold this miracle in your hand as a possibility."
Under protection of the ancient live oaks of Buffalo Gap, Texas, you will find the peaceful serenity gardens of Shades of Hope and the mustard seed miracle that is Tennie McCarty.
Top Customer Reviews
Having recently been one of those 6 day clients, I had many of the feeling, thoughts, and expierences that Ms. Tinnie describes - its more that just a meal plan - having only eaten 2 veggie in my life before I went to Shades -I ate them like I was taking a liq. medication cause that's part of the plan -- have I had stumbles sure - when I think - I can't do this - I realize that is my old Eating disorder talking and I "sit with it", "hold it as a possibility" and as Ms. Tinnie third saying would pop in my mind -- "you can allways change your mind" You might ask why I bought the book since I had been at Shades --- recovery is a moment by moment affair at times, this plan allowed me to find the "courage to say in a quiet voice - I will try agian tomarrow" However I am still young in my journey and having a copy of this book for me is required. This book is a treasure, its about the passion, struggle and plan for recovery from an eating addiction, it's a plan I have taken and MAYBE after reading this you will to.
This book deals with the latter theory. Because of that reason, this book was not for me.
I have done the exercises in this book many (MANY!) times and I was a bit disappointed to see the same cliched therapies recommended (look at yourself naked in a mirror, tell yourself, "I love you", write a family history of all that was said and done that adversely affected you, define your role in your family and how this role has contributed to your addiction, etc.) I've been there and overdone that.
This book would be great for someone who follows the premise that they have a problem with food only because of problems they have not worked through and released, that have built up into crippling fears and feelings that the addict cannot deal with without picking up his or her drug (in this case, food). I think for a compulsive overeater who can relate more to emotional eating, rather than food addiction, might get a lot from this book.
People tend to underestimate the power of refined food addiction. Tennie gets it.
People also tend to be confused about how to treat it. Tennie understands that abstinence is the core of any substance recovery program.
Shades of Hope relates the profound dysfunction of refined food addiction in a way that few people understand.
Tennie and her staff are shown to be courageous in helping clients see that their chemical dependency on refined foods has not diminished their worth. Shades of Hope the book and the facility show that refined food addicts can regain all of their confidence and move forward in life no matter how devastating their addiction has been.
I am very proud of Tennie for organizing this book and letting the world see that recovery from refined food addiction is possible with the right treatment. Clear-headed abstinence, a balanced food plan, and lots of tender loving care.
Bravo to Tennie and her staff.
Joan Ifland, PhD
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very nice read, I keep it in my desk and when I have the urge to eat I pull it out. Its a great reminder to where I am and where I want to be on this weight journey.Published 6 months ago by Jessica Martin
Got because of the RUBY movie (the women who lost 100 lbs.) It's good but better if you do it in a group like on the movie. That may be just me though...Published 11 months ago by Janet
I felt as if the writer was judgment right off the bat. Assuming that every person who is overweight doesn't truly love themselves or they're hiding some deep rooted issues. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jenna Leigh Harriman
This is the definitive work on eating disorders and how to change, written by someone who knows of what she speaksPublished 15 months ago by juls
I enjoyed this and took some wisdom away from reading it, but I personally felt that the book was geared toward people with severe emotional baggage/past trauma. Read morePublished 16 months ago by kearapalmay