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Calm Energy: How People Regulate Mood with Food and Exercise Paperback – May 15, 2003
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"Thayer's profoundly valuable research on energy and tension, the two decisive factors in mood, provides a practical set of guides for functioning up near our best, and feeling like it."--T George Harris, Founding Editor and Past Editor-in-Chief, Psychology Today
"As always, Robert Thayer is at the forefront in the new science of mood, its consequences, and its regulation. His research can (and has) changed the way people live their lives."--James A. Russell
"Thayer proves that we can manage our moods by simple lifestyle interventions--he scientifically vindicates the food-mood connection! I would like to recommend this book to all my colleagues and patients."--Ronald Hoffman, President of the American College for Advancement in Medicine
About the Author
Robert Thayer is a well-known mood researcher and Professor of Psychology at California State University, Long Beach.
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Many of us are stress overeaters. And there are a number of books on the market that mention how we have emotional roadblocks that keep us from becoming slim. But few of these books discuss this issue in the depth that "Calm Energy" does.
And few give helpful solutions.
The author Robert Thayer Ph.D describes in detail how when we are feeling tense, tired, or depressed we often turn to high fat sugary foods. Citing a number of studies Thayer explains why we do this.
Then Thayer explains simple solutions. According to Thayer, "exercise is the single best way of coping with the tension and fatigue that inevitably result from stress." He describes simple techniques you can do when your urge to eat, what you don't need seems to overwhelm your body. A brisk 5 minute walk is one idea.
One paragraph in the book made a huge impact. Thayer recounts how a taxicab driver was very calm despite bad traffic, radio calls etc. The driver used worrybeads to release tension. According to Thayer small systemic movements like moving beads or squeezing soft rubbery objects can help relax your body.
I quickly hijacked my 14 year olds stringed bead bracelet and by manipulating the beads slowly released some stress and managed to avoid a trip to the kitchen to gobble up some goodies I didn't need! Simple, effective technique that I will use more often.
Overall an excellent look at the mood food connection with super tips on what you can do to destress and become healthier.
The book's insights are relevant to all ages but is especially important to seniors who increasingly need more exercise in their lives. This is a significant contribution which can be put to immediate use.
Jay Schlechter, PhD. Author of "Intimate Friends: An Antidote to Loneliness."
The author addresses the perplexing question of why people who know better still eat unhealthfully and do not exercise. I have often wondered myself, if I know exercise or meditation or whatever makes me feel so much better, why don't I just do it everyday? The concept of Calm-Energy vs. Tense-Tiredness is very convincing and useful. Also, the book puts the idea of "emotional eating" in it's larger context. Compared to the treatment emotional eating gets in the popular media, this is much more interesting and makes it seem very possible to intervene and change habits.
This is not a standard self-help book and doesn't give the clearest instructions on how to apply all this information to your everyday life. Rather, it gives you knowledge, understanding, awareness and--with the extensive footnotes and references to research--confidence that this guy really knows what he's talking about. I'm planning to read his "The Origin of Everyday Moods" next.