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Giving up Junk-Food Relationships: Recipes for Healthy Choices Kindle Edition
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"This debut self-help book asks readers to think twice about what they eat—and how they fall in love.
The market for self-help books about love and sex is seemingly insatiable. So, too, is the market for health and diet books. Life and relationship coach Barnes cleverly combines the two genres into one book that outlines the steps to maintain healthy bodies and healthy relationships. Barnes argues that just as chips, pizza and candy make us sick, so do relationships that fulfill temporary emotional cravings. They may feel good in the moment, she writes, but they soon lead to an emotional “crash” akin to a blood-sugar dip. Using templates created by the food industry to distinguish types of foods and portion sizes, Barnes reimagines love lives as a series of ingredients that make up a “Well-Balanced Meal,” or a lovely, decadent “Dessert” (Barnes’ term for casual dating). Self-respect, forgiveness, communication and proper boundaries make up a deliciously satisfying romantic partnership, she writes, while self-doubt and criticism are junk foods to be tossed out immediately. The author extends this conceit all the way through the book, expounding upon emotional “Food Poisoning,” “Between-Meal Snacks” (rebound relationships) and “Forbidden Fruit.” Although her numerous quizzes may strike readers as a bit trite, her food metaphors are so original that they give renewed taste to stale concepts. Barnes isn’t a nutritionist, but her health and diet tips are common-sensical and avoid the didactic tone of many diet books. She even destigmatizes such issues as sex addiction and emotional wounds by filtering them through the lens of nutrition, allowing readers to examine their own inner physical and emotional workings more objectively.
A welcome addition to the self-help genre that aims to heal body and mind."--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
Giving Up Junk-Food Relationships:Recipes for Healthy Choices is the first book in her Relationship Recipes series. For more information, please visit DonnaBarnes.com. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- Publication date : January 28, 2013
- Print length : 220 pages
- Publisher : iUniverse (January 28, 2013)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- File size : 2075 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- ASIN : B0792VQ5FF
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,327,452 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Amazing book !!!
It's packed with the kind of wisdom about good and poor relationships that has the power to change someone's destiny for the better. I totally understood the comparisons of how we become what we eat. If we eat healthy food on a regular basis, we will have a healthy body. The author shares that the same applies to our relationships. If we interact with emotionally healthy people, who treat us with genuine love and respect, then those relationships have the potential to stand the test of time. The problem seems to be in discerning what is a healthy relationship and what's considered Junk-food.
The author does an excellent job of educating her reader of what the many signs of a relationship that's headed for disaster look like. She also gives remedies that have the potential to bring healing into an unhealthy relationship.
Being able to tell the difference between a potential loser and a keeper can be clouded by our own denial. I certainly can see more clearly now what the warning signs are of an healthy Junk-Food relationship. I also feel I've been equipped with the proper "verbal" diet plan that can help mend a relationship that's been heavily weighted down due to poor communication skills.
The author created a test that offers multiple choice answers. When the test is completed you are able to score your results. If you score low, you are in a "Junk-Food" relationship and should consider finding someone with healthier attributes to spend your time with.
I found the book to be intuitive, creative, informative and an asset worth holding on to for future relationship references.