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Stop Eating Your Heart Out: The 21-Day Program to Free Yourself from Emotional Eating [Kindle Edition]

Meryl Hershey Beck , Jeanne Rust
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Book Description

Stop Eating Your Heart Out  speaks to anyone's challenges with food, weight, and emotional eating, and then offers a multitude of effective self-help tools. As the author discloses her very personal struggle with food and out-of-control eating, she is telling the story of millions of others who use food to self-soothe. The book's focus, however, is on recovery. In her wisdom as a licensed professional clinical counselor, the author enumerates methods that have worked for her and her clients over the past twenty years. Tools for recovery include Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), Inner Child work, 12 Step recovery, journaling, creative visualization, meditation, gratitude, conscious living, and so much more. Compulsive overeating is conquerable. If you, or anyone you love, want freedom from emotional eating, this book is for you.

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"Meryl Beck is a gifted woman who brings joy, healing and lightness of being to those all around her. She has lived a rich life, committed to helping others on their journey to wholeness. Meryl's Stop Eating Your Heart Out: The 21-Day Program to Free Yourself from Emotional Eating Workbook, is another of her many manifestations along her own journey to wholeness. Her work is truly inspirational, uplifting, and filled with amazing advice and activities to assist one's own transformation to a life free of self-imposed limitation and addiction, breaking away from who you've been to becoming the happy, healthy YOU!! Meryl's teaching changes lives. All your dreams are closer now!"

~Mark D. Naseck

Author | Teacher | Healer | Mystic | Shaman | Yogi | Sufi | Lover of Life

From the Author

My story is best told in this short video..

Enjoy my vulnerability and open your mind and heart to the hope and promise it inspires.
Meryl Hershey Beck, MA, M.Ed., LPCC

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  • File Size: 919 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Conari Press (April 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007EF7OTY
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Start filling your heart up April 28, 2012
By Deb
Do you identify with any of these statements?
--I am preoccupied with food, eating, and weight.
--I am aware that my eating patterns are not normal.
--I eat when I am not physically hungry.
--I eat very little in pubic and binge in private.
--I eat to comfort myself and relieve distressing feelings.
--I tend to eat more when I am stressed, anxious, or depressed.
--Food has become my friend, my lover, or my drug of choice.
--I feel ashamed of myself due to the quantity of food I consume.
--I feel powerless over my eating behavior.
(The complete list of statements can be found on pp. 16-17 of Meryl's book.)

If so, then you may very well be an emotional eater.

Although that reality may be hard to accept, the hope that Meryl's book offers is undeniable. As she states:
"The goal of this book is for you to have freedom from emotional eating. This means that your relationship with food will change; it will no longer be your best friend or your worst enemy--food will just be food, used for pleasure, at times, and for nourishment. Being freed from emotional eating also means you are able to feel your feelings and deal with them rather than numbing yourself with food...And the more you come to love, accept, and appreciate yourself, the more food will just be food--rather than your drug of choice." (pp. 76, 160)

And, she delivers on this hope with a 21-day plan to help you break free from the trap of emotional eating. As a recovered emotional eater, she's made it though this process herself, and as a therapist and author, she now shares this program with others. You'll have to get your hands on your own copy of this book (I highly recommend it!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stop Eating Your Heart Out April 9, 2012
I really would give this book 4.5 stars. The only reason is that some of it is based on OA/AA. I don't think that's bad in any way but some of the techniques is just not for me. But, that being said, overall I really liked this book and like the techniques she outlines to do to get over emotional eating. There is a good bit I can use in this book. Some I already heard before but there is plenty that just makes sense to overcoming your emotional/overeating addiction.

There are things in the book about dealing with past issues, the present, keeping journals, food mood diary (which makes alot of sense to me), and I love guided imagine methods. I wish I could find some good tapes on them though. Any suggestions let me know.

I never heard of the left/right hand method but it's interesting for sure. If you want more explaination you will have to read the book. I don't want to give it away.

Love the section in the back of references and the author put a recommended reading section in the back to read further about eating disorders, weight control, etc.

I will read more from this author for sure.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Started Out Good May 26, 2013
By Hannah
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The book started out good, it was like the author was writing about me! Then it got into nurturing your inner child and meditation. If you like that kind of thing then you'd love this book! But for me it really went down hill and didn't help me much at all.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Here I am on my first anniversary after doing the program in this book with a 126 pound body and a new attitude toward food. Whew! I could cry just thinking what a relief this is. After 40 years I've finally ditched the diets and deprivation-binge cycle and now just focus on nourishing myself. I'm not perfect-- went for the Cheetos instead of a decent meal on a stressful day running around town this week-- but the little glitches balance out quickly now. I ended up giving the rest of the bag away, thinking that this was an old habit that I had to have one last unsatisfying fling with, and went back to craving kale salad. Really! I made it through the winter, which is usually my "pack it on" time and am entering summer fitting into my clothes. More importantly, I'm feeling lots of love for my precious body.

A couple of things to know: I don't suppose that just reading this book would do much by itself. You have to *do* the exercises. Not necessarily 21 days in a row --that would be ideal, but you can fit them into your actual life, and I admit I only got through #17. But that was good enough to root out enough of my emotional eating issues to make a decision to quit my seasonal dieting and move on to healthy eating that I can enjoy and sustain. As a companion with "Stop Eating Your Heart Out" I would recommend something a book the "Clean" program by Dr. Junger, to get in balance, drop extra weight and make a transition to healthy eating. I used that to take off 15 pounds in a month last summer, and because of the Emotional Eating work I had done it was a remarkably smooth process. I've also found The Gabriel Method book helpful to support weight stabilization through giving our bodies what they need and want.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Than A Guide to Stop Overeating May 9, 2012
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I wish I had this book years ago, when I was still struggling with compulsive eating. Like many overeaters, I was fixated on diets, which only makes the problem worse.

Stop Eating Your Heart Out sheds much needed light on why we are driven to pizza or ice cream or a binge when we really aren't even hungry. This book weaves the author's story of healing from her own compulsive eating with step-by-step guidelines for assuaging the emotional and spiritual pain that drives us to food as drug or diversion.

Each chapter explores issues that can drive unhealthy behavior around food and then provides tools for relief from the emotions and patterns that keep us from satiety. Meryl discusses the importance of knowing your eating history, cultivating a support system and learning forgiveness and gratitude. She gives a list of practical alternatives to eating, meditations and visualization techniques.

Meryl discusses her evolving relationship with spirit and how this helped in her struggle. Rather than leave this on an esoteric level, she gives tools for connecting with a higher power (even if you don't believe in God), including time in nature, use of breath, prayer and meditations.

I was particularly impressed with the chapter on energy psychology or energy medicine. Here she explains this powerful but little understood tool for healing. She lists various energy therapies and then provides a step-by-step guide to using EFT, one of the more popular techniques for releasing uncomfortable feelings. From there she guides the reader through an energy therapy process she developed herself. RITT is the author's own process for clearing urges for tempting foods (think chips or chocolate) along with triggering emotions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, inspiring, practical
Excellent, inspiring, gives practical tools.
An instrument of personal growth. Links to web sites to get further information.
Highly and warmly recommended. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Joy27
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Program!
I was very excited to receive this book. I liked how you started with a good foundation and then built upon it day by day. Read more
Published 4 months ago by The Pascale's
5.0 out of 5 stars You've provided the world with a great gift
Thank you, Meryl! I bought this book nearly a year ago (along with a Julia Childs' cookbook -- go figure), but only found time to read it more recently. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mesquite13
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time.
Another obvious diet book....waste of money!
Published 6 months ago by Leslie
1.0 out of 5 stars Self indulgent and frankly a little too hippy for me
Has some general insight that some may find useful, but to get to it you have to read a LOT about the authors personal issues. Read more
Published 7 months ago by E. Stasny
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This was clear, easy to understand and comprehensive. I highly recommend it.
Published 8 months ago by Susan MillerTully
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are struggling- this is 'the miracle pill' book!
I wish I could give this author a hug- this book was truly life-changing for me! Finally, someone gets it. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars I was a bit surprised by the amount of focus on 12 step programs which...
Spoken from the heart, this book is filled with helpful information. I was a bit surprised by the amount of focus on 12 step programs which is not necessarily bad, a good type of... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Gift of Wisdom!
Meryl Hershey Beck has developed an easy and new system of healing and changing behaviors. You may not be aware of habits that can be developed over a lifetime in order to numb... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific book I found the story heartwarming
Terrific book
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Meryl Hershey Beck, MA, M.Ed., LPCC spent her early professional life as a high school and community college teacher. In 1990 she became a licensed counselor (LPCC) specializing in 12-Step Recovery and eating disorders and soon designed and implemented a successful outpatient Food Abuse Treatment week. After she discovered energy techniques, Meryl began writing about and teaching energy modalities to mental health practitioners nationwide beginning in 1998. An authority in this field, she has presented at workshops and conferences internationally. Her book, STOP EATING YOUR HEART OUT: The 21-Day Program to Free Yourself from Emotional Eating, tells her story and presents many tools to skyrocket personal growth and alleviate emotional eating. Known as "The Queen of Emerging of Joy," Meryl teaches coaches, therapists, nutritionists, and other health care professionals ways to break the chains of emotional eating and live an authentic, joy-filled life.


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