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The Emotional First Aid Kit: A Practical Guide to Life After Bariatric Surgery, Second Edition [Kindle Edition]

Cynthia Alexander
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Written by Cynthia L. Alexander, PsyD

The second edition of this book is written for anyone who wants to change his or her life through bariatric weight loss surgery. Learn realistic and practical strategies for dealing with emotional difficulties encountered before and after your weight loss surgerystrategies that help you:
* Relieve stress without using food
* Modify unhealthy behavior
* Overcome hurdles to establishing a consistent exercise program
* Deal with negative reactions by friends, family, and spouse to your weight loss
* Prevent relapse...and more.

Dr. Alexander is a psychologist with the Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston and the 17th Circuit Court of Florida.

Product Details

  • File Size: 452 KB
  • Print Length: 235 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0976852659
  • Publisher: Matrix Medical Communications; Second Edition edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054RXXS0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,732 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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236 of 240 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The one weight loss surgery book that really matters January 19, 2007
Over the last year I've purchased many of the more popular books on weight loss surgery. Many are quite good. This book in particular is superb and I would argue the most important of all for long term success. It gives a non-sugar-coated view of the challenges that lie not just beyond the surgery, but where the rubber really meets the road: a year or two or after the surgery. That is when the real work seems to start, and ultimate success or failure is decided. Those that think that gastric bypass is an easy-out or 100% reliable solution will find this information illuminating.

The book presents a consistent and realistic portrayal of where the secrets to long-term success lies. There is no magic bullet. This is a lot of work, and it requires one to be on guard for those nasty food habits we've learned. Emotional eating, food-centric social situations, loss of motivation (especially with exercise) and a host of other challenges will always be lurking in the chronically obese person's life. This book offers some simple guidelines for managing those challenges, and advice on when to look for help from others. I recommend that every person either contemplating this surgery or anyone who has already had the surgery consider this book.
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79 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing resource September 20, 2007
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this book is an invaluable reference to me. i had rny just under two years ago and this is the first book that put everything into perspective in an intelligent, thought provoking soundbyte format. i can pick up this book and easily read just a page/point easily. also, many of the tips and mind negotiating tactics/realities could work with others not related to weight loss surgeries.

some of the other bariatric books are merely personal accounts or glossed over tidbits, but this helps you deal with the actual mental battles you have to struggle with on a day to day basis as an obese person considering surgeryor formerly obese individual. the surgery is a tool, all the mental deamons are the same, and this books helps acknowledge them and teach you how to put them into place.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Emotional First Aid Kit / Bariatric Surgery August 8, 2008
I am a Bariatric Coordinator at a medical center in Nebraska. I have many books on bariatric surgery related to care and experience of the patient through all phases of surgery and aftercare. This by far is the best book I have found. It is very forthright and practical! I have members of my support group reviewing several copies that I ordered. We are strongly considering using this book for discussion at some of our support group meetings in 2009. I would encourage you to get this book because it really gives you a common sense approach to bariatric surgery as a patient. Thanks.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional First Aid Kit June 23, 2008
The Emotional First Aid Kit: A Practical Guide to Life After Bariatric Surgery

I am absolutely thrilled with this book. I had bariatric surgery nearly two years ago and recently found myself falling into some of my old habits. When I located this book, I thought it might not help, but couldn't hurt.

This book is jam-packed with relevant information for before and after surgery. Some chapter titles are: Stress Relief and Comfort Without Food; Beginning a Consistent Exercise Program; Behavior Modification; and Weight Maintenance. The chapters have lists of tips and some have an activity that helps to see where I am going wrong.

This is the best book regarding bariatric surgery that I have read, and I have bought and read many!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST read for pre-bariatric patients!!! June 18, 2008
I only wish I had this book prior to my surgery. It would have been a great help. That said, I do highly reccommend anyone considering WLS to pick this book up. Anyone in general wanting to turn over a new leaf and taking control of their weight should also read this book. It was great in helping me understand what trigged my eating and how to avoid making the same mistakes post-surgery that I had been making pre-surgery. The text is easy to follow, makes sense, and isn't sugar coated in that patronizing way someone who has never had a weight problem uses when tallking to the weight challenged. Definitely worth the price.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful October 20, 2012
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I really like this book. The author does not get wordy about the why and whatevers of how you came to be overweight. She just gives some straightforward and practical advice on how to deal with bariatric surgery and weightloss. Some people may not like it for that very reason. I use the book on a regular basis along with two other weightloss books to help me deal with keeping myself motivatedto exercise and stay on my eating plan. I highly recommend this book to anyone considering the surgery. It is not easy and the fight is lifelong when it comes to dealing with food addiction and the problems that accompany it. This book helps me with that.
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing: Not a motivating or helpful guide. September 10, 2008
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I was dissapointed with this little book. Treatment of a really important componant of weight loss surgery, your emotions, was superficial. I felt it smacked of someone who had no personal experience of being overweight - I could be wrong. And while it's not essential that the author have had direct experience of being overweight, I just got the sense that the author didn't have a realistic view of what is required to overcome the emotional baggage that someone who has got to the point of having weight loss surgery has.

This is a light-weight book (no pun intended) that didn't provide me with any realistic useful tips to use on my weight-loss journey. The constrant referals to seek out professional help made the value of the book redundant.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for pre op WLS reading
Found this book easy to read and quite helpful in preparing emotionally for WLS.
Published 6 days ago by Phyllis Schenk
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful to those considering beriatric surgery
A very good read for anyone who is considering this surgery. From what I understand, technically, the surgery works great. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Gregory A Wunderle
5.0 out of 5 stars Good info even if you haven't had the procedure
My sister has had the gastric bypass (doing very well, I'm proud of her), and I wanted to learn more about what she'd be going through. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Rhonda Sato
3.0 out of 5 stars Emotional First Aid Kit
I bought this when I was contemplating a lap-band and it contains good info to help prepare one for the surgery and the aftermath.
Published 1 month ago by Satisfied customer
4.0 out of 5 stars The emotional + first aid kit
Inspiring and helpful guide to losing weight and developing positive self esteem. I recommended the book to my sister and she is getting a lot out of it too.
Published 1 month ago by Rheta B. Perez
4.0 out of 5 stars Great resource
This book would better help those prior to weight loss surgery or those that have recently had surgery. It is a great resource to help you be successful in the long run.
Published 2 months ago by K. D. Askins
2.0 out of 5 stars Not great
The book does make some good points, but it essencially makes the point that if you cant control your eating habit on your own dont have the surgery. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert B.
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read!
This book gave me a lot to think about before surgery. A must read if you are planning to have weight loss surgery.
Published 2 months ago by Yasmine
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Really Worth The Money
I bought this book for my sister who is preparing for surgery because I thought it would be an excellent book to help her prepare. Read more
Published 2 months ago by L. Cullens
4.0 out of 5 stars a good way to retrain the brain
If you doing WLS, read this, and do the exercises.

Cynthia Alexander has a way of writing where it is almost like she is talking to you, not any WLS, but you. Read more
Published 4 months ago by The Sassy Lady
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