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Impressively informed and informative, exceptionally 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, and a potentially life changing read for anyone having to deal with weight control health issues, "Why We Overeat and How to Stop" is unreservedly recommended for community library Health/Medicine collections.
Midwest Book Review
Author promises 'a better way' with regard to achieving a healthy relationship with food, and delivers far more than promised. Author has a fine way of pointing out where we don't serve our best interest, and wisely continues with multi-pronged methods to make better choices ... we never feel shamed. Author's writing voice is engaging and instructional, natural in conversation style yet still bearing a tone of authority we're all too happy to listen to. A fulfilling book filled with relatable and resonant ideas ... exceptional insights.
Judge, 25th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards
I have studied the issue of overeating since 2001, and since 2004, I have worked with nearly 1000 clients who have sought counseling/therapy to address it. I bring much personal experience to the topic because I used to be just as lost as anyone when it came to overeating. Having lived with it myself for decades and then focusing on it in my profession ever since beginning my own recovery in 2001, I know this topic literally inside and out.
Why We Overeat and How to Stop is my best effort to share all that I've learned. It includes a clear explanation of why we do what we do, and an honest look at the typical pitfalls, obstacles, and frustrations that most people encounter along the path toward change, along with new solutions and strategies. It also presents lots of detailed information about how to not only get better results, but to be happier in the process.
This book comes with a built-in support system, a Facebook discussion group which has been established to give you a forum in which to explore the material further if you wish. This is an online community where you can ask questions and discuss anything you need to in order to move forward more effectively. The group is visible to anyone on Facebook, but posts are visible only to members of the group, and all members are authenticated by the moderation staff prior to admission. Feel free to contact me via my Facebook page or my business website if you have any questions or have difficulty finding the group.
I have been saying for years that food consumers each need to have their own personal "food coach" who follows them around to help us balance the effect that a multi-billion-dollar food marketing industry has on us, in which it's each individual against a highly sophisticated machine that is urging us to eat as much as we can, and which skillfully hits at our vulnerabilities. This book is that food coach. Elizabeth walks us through why our brains want so hard to ignore internal messages of moderation - they are only trying to help us survive, it's just that our brains haven't had adequate evolutionary time to adapt to our modern condition of, at least in the western world, food abundance. And she offers strategies that harness our brain's own natural skills to work with us instead of against us. There's no diet advice, no product shilling, no shaming. All around a solid, practical discussion that should leave readers feeling better and more capable of having a decent working relationship with food.
As someone who has struggled with their weight most of their adult life, this is the book that really put it all together for me. I could never understand why I continued to eat just because of boredom and why I couldn't control it. After reading this book, I am much more enlightened and looking forward to putting many of these concepts and practices into action. This book is different from all of the other books I've read - and believe me, I've read many of them!! Thanks so much for finally putting it all in one place. Great insights!
Elizabeth Babcock has written an essential must read for those of us struggling with our relationship with food. She clearly explains in common lay-person language the functions and processes of the brain when faced with food decisions. It is amazing to know that the internal dialogue we go through is is brain based and not a personal weakness. With a few tweaks of our internal conversations about eating we can overcome our overeating problems. A simple question such as "How has my body ended up feeling after doing this in the past" can help us focus on whether we want to eat a certain food or not. Many of the concepts presented in the book can be applied and modified to many difficult life situations such as depression, addiction, and bipolar disorder. Elizabeth Babcock has created a much needed look into the inner workings of the brain and how it processes information presented to it. "Why We Overeat and How to Stop" is now my go to book for handling many of life's tricky situations.
For anyone who has been struggling with their weight unsuccessfully and wants to know the "why" behind it all, this book is a must read! Elizabeth explains the real reasons why people fail at diets and what we really need to do to overcome them once and for all. She takes us inside our minds to how our emotional brain works and what steps we need to reach our goals and make our emotional brain happy.
Truly a motivating must read! So powerful, I have recommended this book to friends, family members, and even my doctor's office for people who are struggling to lose weight. Thank you Elizabeth!
I have read and re-read this book. I keep it on my coffee table for quick reference and have dog eared the pages, highlighted, underlined and circled many passages. This is not a book you will (or should) read only once and put on the shelf. It is like a handbook for life and supports making positive life-affirming choices. Elizabeth Babcock presents brilliant "light bulb moment" nuggets of information that will "click" with anyone who has struggled with making improper self-care decisions. I love the fact that her ideas resonate so well with me and can become a part of my daily routine. I highly recommend this book- it is a life changer!
To me, this book is great because Elizabeth discusses & explains, in regular words, things I hadn't known, or hadn't quite realized. She cleared up misunderstandings, and now I enjoy eating better in a good way. Elizabeth does this in ways that make sense, without pointing the finger of blame or guilt. This book gave me a new understanding of why I had been eating the way I was, and made it much easier to improve my choices. And I can still eat ice cream.