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Your Diet Is Driving Me Crazy: When Food Conflicts Get in the Way of Your Love Life Paperback – April 22, 2004
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Although its title implies that this book will address the conflicts that arise when one half of a couple goes on a diet like Atkins or The Zone, dietician and nutrition expert Sass and freelance writer Maher instead explore how one person's unhealthy relationship with food can ruin his or her love life. Sass differentiates between food pet peeves, such as eating with the television on or leaving the milk out, and more serious food conflicts: e.g., when one person becomes a "food cop" who monitors every morsel going into the other's mouth, when a couple can't find time to eat together, when a vegetarian and omnivore become romantically involved, when an individual needs to change his or her diet for health reasons, when one partner unconsciously makes the other overeat or when one person has an eating disorder. To help couples facing any of these critical problems, the authors present the SANITY model, an acronym for "See the problem"; "Ask your partner to understand the problem"; "Negotiate a compromise"; "Imagine creative solutions"; "Take advantage of outside resources"; and "Yuck it up... to dissolve tension." This hard-to-remember acronym may be too vague to be of any use, but the charts, quizzes, role-playing scenarios and direct advice dotted throughout the book are useful. If readers can see past the misleading title, they'll find a wealth of information to help them laugh all the way from the kitchen to the bedroom.
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An eye-opening read about...the divisive role food can play in a relationship. Heart-healthy advice, in more ways than one! -- John Gray, author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus
Finally, a book that encourages couples to understand the vital role food plays in their relationship. -- Lucy Danziger, editor-in-chief, Self magazine
In a publishing world that regularly unleashes a flood of diet books...this volume...comes as a welcome surprise. -- The New York Times
Top customer reviews
Bravo to the authors of this book for creating a terrific guide for the millions of couples out there who are not in sync when it comes to their diets and who struggle to build a home where food issues don't sabotage their lives. Anyone in a relationship will benefit from the sound advice offered in this excellent guide.
It also talks about "food cops." Those are people that tell you what to eat and when to eat it. My wife used to do that a lot with me, but since reading the book she understands why it upsets me.
The book gives a lot of tips on how you and your wife can compromise on the foods you eat to keep a happy relationship. I still wish my wife would have a pizza with me once in a while, but at least now I understand why it's not a good idea to just bring one home without asking her.