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“In But I Deserve This Chocolate!, Susan Albers insightfully points out our fifty best diet-derailing excuses and shows one or two easy ways to tackle each excuse. The result is a punchy, inspiring book that is full of new ideas and practical tips for getting us past our most diet-destroying excuses. Fifty cheers!”
—Brian Wansink, PhD, professor at Cornell University, director of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab, and author of Mindless Eating



“These tips can spur you toward success on your personal health journey by teaching you how to make your thoughts work for you.”
—Ashley Koff, RD, dietitian and author of Mom Energy



“Changing how we think about food, eating, our weight, and our bodies is a critical step in successfully overcoming struggles with eating and weight. But I Deserve This Chocolate! offers a wealth of practical exercises that can help end common thoughts that keep us stuck in such struggles. It’s a logical and easy-to-use addition to Susan Albers’ valuable series on mindful eating. We’re grateful to have this new resource for the women who come to us for help.”
—Marsha Hudnall, MS, RD, director and owner of Green Mountain at Fox Run, a women’s retreat for healthy living without dieting



“With Albers’ newest book, we learn how mindful eating is like jumping into a chilly pool on a hot summer day: Dipping your toe in might feel uncomfortable, but once you dive in, you never want to leave. She compassionately guides, challenges, educates, and empowers readers. You think you deserve chocolate? You deserve this book.”
—Leslie Goldman, author of Locker Room Diaries: The Naked Truth About Women, Body Image, and Re-imagining the ‘Perfect’ Body



“Giving the body what it needs is the foundation of self-care, whether your body needs nutrition, movement, sleep, relaxation, or even chocolate. When we meet these needs in a mindful way, we take away the power of the internal critic that can often derail our ability to find overall wellness. Susan Albers’ easy-to-understand mindfulness methods will fully engage readers who are interested in balanced, healthy eating.”
—Chevese Turner, CEO and founder, Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA)



“Susan Albers has done it again! But I Deserve Chocolate! exposes private thoughts about food that commonly lead to self-destructive overeating behaviors. She then offers simple ways to change negative patterns and resume our personal journey to a healthy, balanced lifestyle. This book is a gift to anyone with food control issues and I highly recommend it!”
—Denise Lamothe, PsyD, HHD, clinical psychologist and author of The Taming of the Chew and The Appetite Connection

From the Publisher

Bestselling author and mindful eating expert Susan Alber presents But I Deserve This Chocolate!, a pocket guide to outsmarting the fifty most common diet-derailing excuses thaabotage weight loss and encourage mindless eating.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608820564
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608820566
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 0.6 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I had this book on the passenger side seat of my car during morning school drop-offs. As I pulled into Starbucks, it called to me "But, I deserve this pumpkin scone!" This book was like someone reading my mind. It identified all the reasons I tell myself I can't get started eating healthier today. For instance, here's my favorite excuses: I'm too tired or stressed out. Who isn't on the run? As a mom, I always put my kids needs before my own - swimming, homework, doctors, scouting, etc... This book was sensitive to the fact that I don't have much time or energy. I liked that I can pick up this book and read small parts of it whenever I have a few minutes. For example, I recently had about five to seven minutes while waiting in the grocery check out line (without my kids!) and I was able to read "It's Okay if I Eat this Because...Thoughts." I also liked that this book was down-to-earth and used realistic examples and quotes. As always, Dr. Albers books are compassionate and can help you get started. I loved this book as much as 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food.
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Sometimes the biggest battle with losing weight and embracing a healthier lifestyle is in the mind because of the self-talk we use to justify not doing what we know we should. Things like "I'll start a diet tomorrow" or "I can't afford to eat healthy." The author calls these detour thoughts; the kind of thinking that gets us off track and enables us to avoid doing what we know we should. Sometimes the thoughts are judgmental such as "I'm so fat", "I have no willpower", or "Why try? It won't work anyway."

The author takes each of the fifty excuses in this book and refutes them while also showing how to replace self-sabotaging thoughts with proactive ones that lead to success. The book begins with a chapter on mindful thinking which I found very helpful, especially the insights as to why we make excuses and are our own worst critics. Being aware of what is going on and what choices we are making helps us see the reality instead of resorting to the excuses. Albers writes, "...you do have the power to choose how you respond to whatever positive or negative thoughts happen to pop into your mind. It doesn't sound like a grand solution, but being conscious and mindfully aware of your thoughts can take you a long way."

The chapters addressing the excuses are short and can be read several at a time or one at a time as a daily focus. Each entry is followed by an "On Second Thought" section that prompts the reader to take action on something whether it be to create a discipline of reading the ingredients on a package, journaling prompts, suggestions for eliminating mindless eating in front of the t.v., etc. All are very helpful and practical.

I like this book and it is one I will keep on hand to review.
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I belong to Spark People & one of the groups is doing a review of this with discussions & hints to help each other along the road to weight loss & increased physical fittness. This book hits all of us over the head by delivering all the excuses we have used along the way & discounting every one of them quite effectively.
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I have thoughts about food all the time. Something upsets me so I am justified in having that soda or chocolate or whatever is handy. My greatest problem is the old Puritan saying "Waste not want not". So often I find myself eating the "whole thing" because that little saying is going around in my head. It came from my mother and father who lived through the great depression and food was something you absolutely did not waste. It became a moral issue, it was wrong to waste food.

This book provided something I really needed! Susan Albers lists 50 excuses for going ahead and indulging in whatever food it is that tempts you and then offers "Second Thoughts", about how to derail that excuse. She offers many technniques and counter thoughts to help a person resist the urge.

Albers bases her remedies on the concept of mindfulness. Being mindful, stepping back and taking a look at the excuse, and neutralizing it by re-framing it or approaching it in a mindful manner. For example the thought "I can't let it go to waste". She counters it with the second thought, waste or my waist? Whch is more important? My sister-in-law had a good thought about that, "It is better to waste food outside the body than inside it." When you think about it, eating too much is really wasting it inside your body, it certainly is not helping you.

I found this book to be very helpful and it is good for anyone who has problems with food cravings. -- Valerie Lull, Author, Ten Healthy Teas
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By Kim Bell on September 12, 2011
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I found this book to be very helpful because she really did capture the majority of the diet excuses that run through my head and give me ways to work around it. I put it in practice immediately and have found that just eating mindfully as she describes and using her tips to work around my excuses have made a big difference already. I'm glad I found this book! I also started reading 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food from the same author, which has also been good so far.
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