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50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food Paperback – September 1, 2009
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"A thoughtful volume filled with practical solutions for emotional eaters everywhere."
—Madelyn H. Fernstrom, PhD, CNS, founding director of UPMC Weight Management Center, professor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
"Albers's soup-to-nuts list of creative, accessible, self-soothing tips will undoubtedly help anyone who has struggled with dieting, food, or body image. Beyond that, her exercises in mindfulness, deep breathing, and journaling are top-notch tools for finding balance in life overall."
—Leslie Goldman, author of Locker Room Diaries
"Albers has done it again! 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food makes complex psychological concepts simple and accessible. I highly recommend you buy this book if you have ever turned to food for comfort and want to learn a new way of coping."
—Kathleen Burns Kingsbury, LMHC, CPCC, coauthor of Weight Wisdom and founder of KBK Connections, Inc.
"You don't have to be worried about your waistline to reap life-changing benefits from Albers’s easy-to-follow guidance. Reading this little book will boost your mood, reduce stress, and provide soothing alternatives to that next dessert! I highly recommend it."
—Amy Weintraub, author of Yoga for Depression and director of the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute
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I used to think that I was a compulsive eater, but really, I didn't have any alternative behaviors to lean on in times of boredom, loneliness, or stress. The book taught me how important it is for my mental health to have hobbies, do puzzles, and play games. I used to think that those were frivolous and childish pastimes. Now I know it is a sign of a mature person who has positive coping skills. I have expanded the list to include what I really enjoy and what I can really get absorbed in. Computer Mahjong, the Rubix's Slide, clicker training my dogs, and blogging (I think blogging is suggested in the book). I'm so glad I read this book and put the suggestions into practice. I can't recommend this book enough.
Also, if you are stuggling with an addiction of any kind, I believe you would benefit from this book as well.
The book is about 200 pages but a relatively easy read. Make certain to take a pen or highlighter when reading. After I finished it I typed up the key notes I highlighted so I can constantly review them. This won't make eating only when you need fuel an easy task, but without this book the task is impossible.
Most women will attest to the fact that there are times in our lives where we simply don't put ourselves first, and the result is that we give ourselves poor care and attention. That is exactly what I have been doing for about 13 and a half years, or exactly the length of time since I first became a mom. I joke that my needs aren't important, but they are, and by neglecting them I've managed to put food in a place that it isn't supposed to be. It has been a friend, an enemy, and a way to get back at the world...but not any longer!
Susan Albers has compiled a thorough, engaging list of alternatives to food for soothing the mind, soul, and body. Her words of wisdom range from practical tips, to ones that most of us wouldn't think of, like breathing techniques to determine if we want to eat because we are hungry, or if there is another reason.
I really like the self-image advice and the relaxation tips in the book. I am so hard on myself, that my mental self-image has been really distorted through the years.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you are having issues with weight this is the book for you!! It gives you so many insights and tips great read!Published 5 days ago by Mari
I love this book because it gives great ideas to avoid over eating or emotional eating. It provides some rationale as to why you might be over eating. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Lindsey Asmus
Great and honest ideas for Foodies! The natural way to avoid gaining extra weight.Published 13 days ago by On The Fly
This is a gem. I am recommending to all I meet in my classes who ate struggling with stress. Even if stress eating is not the issue, the anti-stress ideas are marvelous. Read morePublished 19 days ago by C. Bussell
This a very useful book that offers some real soothing strategies.Published 3 months ago by Ann Stone