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The Taming of the Chew: A Holistic Guide to Stopping Compulsive Eating Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1998


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"At last a book that makes sense. The Taming of the Chew is a sensible, refreshing, comprehensive book that not only explains compulsive eating behavior but also is filled with practical, realistic ways to manage this problem. It is clear to me that Denise Lamothe really cares. I'll be keeping her book at my bedside at all times and referring to it often." -- Amy Rae Perez

"Denise Lamothe has succeeded in integrating many divergent theoretical perspectives into a coherent philosophy and method for overcoming overeating. Humanistic Psychology, Self-in-Relation Theory, Cognitive-Behavioral techniques, addictions theory, Holistic Medicine, and spirituality are skillfully interwoven with poignant personal accounts of her clients' and her own experiences with overeating and recovery. She has created a thoughtful plan for regaining control over food. This is a very personal book: Readers, both overeaters and therapists, will find words of wisdom and ideas for action within it. I will definitely be recommending it to my clients." -- Marc Wilson, Ph.D., NH Certified Psychologist, Eating Disorders Specialist

"Denise Lamothe's The Taming of the Chew looks at compulsive overeating in an open honest manner. Although geared towards a female audience, the book can easily apply to men who also struggle to "Tame the Chew." This book is useful for both lay persons and trained professionals and I have chosen it as suggested reading for the students in my Addictive Disorders class." -- Wayne K. Cunningham, RN,MA,LADC

"Finally a book which views psychological and physiological dependencies on a number of levels. It combines practical holistic knowledge with compassion and common sense. Not only fast and easy reading but The Taming of the Chew is a valuable resource for all of us!" -- Joan L. Day, M.S. in Natural Health

"I did not realize the depth of obsession experienced by my patients with eating disorders. This insightful presentation has made me more aware and hopefully more effective as a health care provider." -- Laurie Kelleher, Physician Assistant

"My eyes have been opened to the overwhelming issue of food obsession. I have learned much about self-care techniques and personal "response-ability" which will be helpful in my work with clients as a massage therapist. Denise Lamothe presents this valuable information with much insight, compassion, warmth and practicality. Her willingness to share her personal experiences enhances the material presented. A consciousness-raising work well worth reading!" -- Sharon A. Piantedosi, RN, CLMT (certified licensed massage therapist)

"The Taming of the Chew is an easily read book full of marvelous, practical ideas in which Denise Lamothe combines much insight, experience and research. The focus is not only on eating issues but also on learning to love yourself. Only when you have learned this will your Chew be Tamed." -- Jane Bunker, RNC

"This book goes way beyond common knowledge. It covers compulsive eating issues in a truly holistic way, offering helpful suggestions to manage eating problems on physical, emotional, social and spiritual levels. It is amazingly comprehensive and validating and is a valuable resource for anyone - practitioners, clients and educators alike. I highly recommend it!" -- Mimi L. Smith, LMSW

"...It is clear, direct, readable, humorous and giving! It is indeed a gift towards the healing of the planet!" -- Betty Warren, Leader, Wilderness Transitions, Sausalito, California

"...tells the truth about compulsive eating, and then gives solutions that get to the bottom of the problem..." -- Christiane Northrup, M.D., author: Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom - Yarmouth, Maine

From the Publisher

This work was a joy to publish. The enthusiasm of the author and the receptivity of this title in academic circles and with the general public was astonishing!!! Over 2000 copies sold with very little marketing in the first 18 months -- Extremely unusual!!!
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Questover Books (June 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966365305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966365306
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,044,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dr. Denise has emerged from the adversities of being a homeless college drop-out, survived multiple eating disorders and single-parented three children to craft a life of balance and joy. She is a former motorcycle racer and she speaks from experience! Dr. Denise has spent her career encouraging people to make wellness a priority in their lives. She is the "go to" person for anyone seeking to develop a healthier lifestyle.

She is absolutely amazing! She is an international professional speaker, weight loss analyst, emotional eating Expert, Clinical Psychologist and Doctor of Holistic Health. She is the author of the popular books, The Taming of the Chew: A Holistic Guide to Stopping Compulsive Eating and The Appetite Connection: Six Steps to Your Delicious Life and The Body You Long For. She has been quoted in many publications including "O" the Oprah Magazine and is the founder of Emotional Overeating Awareness Month She has appeared widely on television and radio.

Dr, Denise has been the Professional Spokesperson for Bach Flower Remedies, the emotional eating resource for Ann Louise Gittleman and a health and wellness expert on many websites.

She practices in Exeter, NH offering telephone consultaions, education, individual and group therapy with a special focus on helping people to create balanced, joyful lives.

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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After reading Denise's book, I've applied many of the wonderful self loving points as part of a daily recovery system. I can now put to rest the time I've spend searching for just the right book to help put me in a world where I could "tame my chew". I highly recommend this to anyone who has struggled with or knows someone with an eating disorder, or similiar tendencies. Denise has done an extremely wonderful job of putting things in perspective.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By OpinionNinja on July 27, 2007
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I was disappointed with this book. [...]
There is nice information included in "The Taming Of The Chew." Nice. Like talking to an understanding friend. But this book just isn't useful. If you are serious about ending compulsive eating, don't look for it inside this book.

I'm fifty-eight years old and never had a weight problem in my life . . . until two years ago. Suddenly I found myself snacking and cleaning my plate (which I'd never done before). It was making me angry at myself, and left me feeling sick. And I began to gain some weight. Two therapists could not figure out what was going on, so I began reading books on the subject.

The best book I've found concerning compulsive and obsessive eating is "The Hunger Within." [...]Again, "The Taming Of The Chew" is very much like talking to a friend. But if you want quick, real-life help, try "The Hunger Within."
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Miss Mary on April 15, 2008
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I have suffered from binge eating/compulsive eating for about eight years... I have read a lot of literature, tried a couple apathetic therapists. I realize it is only up to me to really change my attitude, thoughts and of course actions. ANYWAY I purchased this book to help get in touch with my emotional and spiritual reasons for over eating, but it gave me less than satisfactory explanations. "Don't blame yourself" general answers, yeah I got that. Nothing to do with actual steps or specific roots to the problem.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Raught on December 11, 2007
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After reading this book, I find that it hits close to the truth. What I like about this book is that it offers other books that delve further into specific issues. I find that it answers basic questions and allows for the reader to pick their specific issues and which books that may help the reader on that journey. Which is important because if this book held all of that information, it would be too large and readers would be daunted by that fact to even read it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MusicRules on August 5, 2013
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As a lover of chocolate, it takes all my will power to avoid it. It is so easy to reach into the bag for another piece and eat it quickly without a second thought about the mindless eating.

It discusses positive methods of dealing with temptations to eat more than what is really needed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bambalam on March 4, 2013
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This is the end to a lifetime of dieting, and feeling out of control. Very clear and thought provoking, I recommend it to everyone!
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By Lexington on August 11, 2012
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This book is an interesting read and explores a lot of good concepts. It gives you a way to look at over eating in a holistic way connecting it to other issues going on within a person. It is a good read and although not all concepts are relevant for everyone it has a lot of good ideas for dealing with over eating.
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