- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Sourcebooks (February 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1402205449
- ISBN-13: 978-1402205446
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
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About the Author
Judith Matz, LCSW, and Ellen Frankel, LCSW, are clinical social workers and sisters who grew up in the Chicago area. In 2004 they published Beyond a Shadow of a Diet: The Therapist's Guide to Treating Compulsive Eating.
Judith is the director of the Chicago Center for Overcoming Overeating, Inc., an organization dedicated to ending the preoccupation with food and weight. She has worked in the area of eating problems since 1986 and is a frequent speaker at workshops and conferences on the topics of compulsive eating and body image. She has a private practice in Skokie, Illinois.
Ellen has worked in the field of eating disorders sice 1987 in both outpatient and residential settings. Her book Beyond Measure: A Memoir about Short Stature and Inner Growth will be published in 2006. In additon to writing full time, she speaks at conferences and serves as a consultant. Ellen lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts.
You can visit their website at www.dietsurvivors.com.
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I highly recommend this book for someone struggling to come to peace with food, eating, body weight, and as the book states, acceptance and self care.
There is much more. Get the book. You will be so glad. I thought I would have an unhealthy relationship with food the rest of my life. Now I know that it doesn't have to be that way.
Key issues the book focuses on: "Dieting" creates a mental & physical cycle that studies have proven to be inherently flawed & which inevitably backfires. Women must honestly stop striving to reach impossible sizes & standards set by the media - focus instead on finding your body's natural weight (sorry, but that might not be a size 0). What does work is tuning into your body's natural signals of hunger, eating what you honestly crave & stopping deprivation or "forbidden or bad foods," which ultimately cause you to want them more. Also, approaching exercise in a different way -- yes, you will still need to move your body -- but instead of forcing hours at the gym on the treadmill, focus on activities that you actually enjoy and that don't feel like hard work (ie. bowling, walking, bike riding, dancing, etc). Moving your body as often as you can (even if it's just a little bit here & there) will start to make you feel better about yourself, relieve daily stress & help you to become more healthy & in tune with your body needs. If you tune into & satisfy the rest of your body's needs & mental health or well being, losing weight will naturally follow.
The book is also filled with great, realistic examples -- not idealistic tales of other people who struggled "just like you" and found great success. These are real lessons that you can begin trying right away & examples that you can actually relate to. As a person who has struggled with being overweight since childhood, I have read a lot over the years about nutrition, dieting, joined various weight loss programs, exercise regimes, etc. -- all to no avail. Why can I achieve other life goals except for losing weight & keeping it off, which is so dear & important to me? This book has finally given me new information & key insights as to why I keep failing at my dieting efforts. Like many women, I've simply been coming at it from the wrong approach. When you treat the real issue of the mind, spirit & body -- losing weight will happen.