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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572246766
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572246768
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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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

From the Publisher

In 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food, Susan Albers, eating disorder specialist and best-selling author of Eating Mindfully, presents fifty exercises readers can do to soothe themselves, calm stress, and end emotional eating.

More About the Author

Susan Albers, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic specializing in eating issues, weight loss, body image concerns, and mindfulness. She graduated from the University of Denver, completed an internship at the University of Notre Dame and was a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University. Albers is the author of Eating Mindfully, Eat, Drink, and Be Mindful, Mindful Eating 101 and 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food. She is an AOL Diet & Fitness coach. Her work has been quoted in O, The Oprah Magazine, Family Circle, Self, and The Wall Street Journal, and she conducts mindful eating workshops internationally. She was a guest expert on Dr.Oz. Visit Albers online at www.eatq.com and www.eatingmindfully.com

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Customer Reviews

The book is about 200 pages but a relatively easy read.
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This book has been great in helping me understand the difference between stress eating and emotional eating; yes, there is a difference.
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I'm so glad I read this book and put the suggestions into practice.
Tori Wolfe

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93 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Tori Wolfe on March 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
I've lost all the excess weight because of this book! The suggestions have saved me thousands and thousands of calories. It is a list of things to do instead of eat.

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.
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136 of 142 people found the following review helpful By Jason Greif on October 30, 2009
Format: Paperback
As a psychologist, I'm frequently on the lookout for books that can help the people I work with. Dr. Albers's book is an excellent resource for people who are struggling with eating issues. As many people struggle with eating mindlessly (when they're not hungry or are upset, for example), it is important to learn other ways to cope with difficult emotions. She gives an overview of mindfulness and then details 50 exercises focusing on different ways to redirect the impulse towards self-destructive behavior. Many of the exercises in this book would work well for people dealing with other problems too, such as substance abuse.
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97 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Mary M. on October 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
I saw this book in the Washington Post. A few days later I actually hear the author on the radio. She seemed to make a lot of sense. I was surprised at how much this book described my stress eating to a tee. I can identify with many of the stories. I keep the book in the kitchen and read it when I'm tempted to eat because I'm nervous or stressed out (which is often!). It's helped me a lot.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 12, 2012
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As a man, if you had told me I would have my life changed by book titled soothing yourself, I would have said "what a girl" comment. Well I had my life changed. I have lost over 100 pounds four times in my life and gained it all back three times. This time I am determined not to do that so I was looking for every avenue for help. This book was recommended by Over Eaters Anonymous. This book told me why I eat when I am not hungry. I knew I was eating because I was bored but didn't know why or more importantly how to stop it. This won't be easy but for the first time in my life I understand the problem and feel that I have a solution that can work. Anyone who eats when they are not hungry for any reason (not just boredom) will see themselves in this book and will see a path to salvation. Most of the doctor's clients are female and most of the examples are geared toward women but all of the explanations and solutions make sense for me. If you think controlling your eating is about will power you are WRONG! I have already given this book to my wife who said it taught her a lot.

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.
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82 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Cool Crone on June 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
I love this book! It gets to the heart of mindful eating without invoking God or angels or the Secret or deep Buddhist philosophy. The writer give solid, concrete ways to self-soothe so that the reader becomes enabled to eat mindfully. There is no delving into any dieting theory, just practical tools to end the problem of emotional overeating immediately. Isn't that what we are all looking for in weight loss books?
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64 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Sally the Great on October 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
I am writing my from our family Amazon account. I am a fan of Dr. Albers' first book, Eating Mindfully, so I bought this one. This book is ideal for stress and boredom eaters. I am a mom who has a lot of stress and a zillon things to do. I don't have much time to take care of myself. I found that this is the perfect book for me. It is filled with easy, quick and inexpensive things to do when I am having a donut craving. These techniques really helped me.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Cathyd1000 on August 27, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a very helpful book if you are looking for things to help to distract you from thoughts of eating, out of non-hunger. I wrote down the page numbers for each idea and put them in a bowl, and picked one out when I needed that distraction.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Booknerd76 on November 18, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
After reading Fast Weight Loss: Do It Now and Be Healthy by Stephen Williams, I knew that I needed to find a replacement for some of the mindless eating habits I've managed to develop over the years. Eating has become an emotional support for me, and although I have been aware of this fact for a while, I have never actually managed to do anything about it until now. Maybe it is just the phase of life that I am in, and maybe I finally realized that I need to be healthy to keep up with my three active kids...whatever the reason, I decided to get '50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food' and see if I could actually make a difference in my way of thinking about food.
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.
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