50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food

50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food

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by Susan Albers
     
 

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Food has the power to temporarily alleviate stress and sadness, enhance joy, and bring us comfort when we need it most. It's no wonder experts estimate that 75 percent of overeating is triggered by our emotions, not physical hunger. The good news is you can instead soothe yourself through dozens of mindful activities that are healthy for both body and mind.

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Food has the power to temporarily alleviate stress and sadness, enhance joy, and bring us comfort when we need it most. It's no wonder experts estimate that 75 percent of overeating is triggered by our emotions, not physical hunger. The good news is you can instead soothe yourself through dozens of mindful activities that are healthy for both body and mind.

Susan Albers, author of Eating Mindfully, now offers 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food, a collection of mindfulness skills and practices for relaxing the body in times of stress and ending your dependence on eating as a means of coping with difficult emotions. You'll not only discover easy ways to soothe urges to overeat, you'll also learn how to differentiate emotion-driven hunger from healthy hunger. Reach for this book instead of the refrigerator next time you feel the urge to snack-these alternatives are just as satisfying!

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"A thoughtful volume filled with practical solutions for emotional eaters everywhere." —Madelyn H. Fernstrom, PhD, CNS

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608821181
Publisher:
New Harbinger Publications
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
65,552
File size:
277 KB

Meet the Author

Susan Albers, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic Hospital, where she specializes in eating issues, weight loss, body image concerns, and mindfulness. She graduated from the University of Denver, completed an internship at the University of Notre Dame, and was a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University. Albers is author of Eating Mindfully, Mindful Eating 101, and Eat, Drink, and Be Mindful. She is an America Online diet and fitness coach. Albers' work has been quoted in O, The Oprah Magazine, Family Circle, Self, and the Wall Street Journal, and she conducts mindful eating workshops internationally. Visit Albers online at www.sootheyourselfwithoutfood.com.

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50 Ways to Soothe Yourself without Food 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
No-one_special More than 1 year ago
I took this out of the library first (something all you one-star reviewers could try before buying) and am back to buy it. One reviewer called it repetitive and boring. I don't know what the reader was expecting, it does not present itself as entertainment reading. There is a certain amount of repetition but I found helpful to flesh out a new way of thinking about what I have been doing- and a new way of responding to the knee-jerk food decisions I sometimes make. A compendium of methods and practices, it is not meant to present large amounts of new information but to present many closely related alternative techniques to be USED. I also read it cover to cover first, but I think its primary use will be as a reference- which is why I'm buying. I anticipate trying different methods over time. One of the best things about the book in my mind is that it can be used for any kind of behavioral change or simply for managing difficult emotions and stresses- something we ALL have whether or not our patterned response is a trip to the fridge. Note that it is NOT a diet book. Nor is it a cure-all, the user has to WANT to change and make the effort to use another way. THIS IS KEY. But, the book does provide "another way"- many other ways- which are far more substantial than much of the advice I've seen elsewhere. For the motivated dieter this will be a great companion to handle the discomfort which changing habits almost always causes. This book DOES assume you will experiment and work to discover your own patterns and what works for you, but it does not extensively explore the deeper reasons food habits are formed and suggests therapy for those who many need that. While I knew that breathing and meditation exercises help, the book describes many different exercises to try in every category. For the most part, it is practical and concrete. If you are not sure about it, preview it from your library or from inter-library loan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
50 ways to soothe yourself without food is an easy to read, practical solution for anyone who has struggled with emotional eating and for anyone who has an interest in mindfulness based stress reduction. The techniques in this book can be applied to not only over-eating, but to a broad range of emotionally driven responses! It's about soothing yourself in a positive, healthy way for your mind and body. This book will help you to develop appropriate coping skills for those hard to handle emotions that come up during stressful situations. In comparison to other self-help books, 50 ways to soothe yourself without food teaches the basics behind why people self-soothe with food, how to recognize and begin to change specific thought patterns that may trigger emotional eating, and different self soothing techniques to meet the needs of anyone who is ready to live a healthier and more productive lifestyle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful, practical, no-brainer ways to get through what could be a binge without eating!! A book every compulsive overeater should have. Can't say enough good things about it!! I've used many of the activities already.
AliceOne More than 1 year ago
Really liked this book and I even created a container with each of the 50 ways so that I can use them to help me from overeating. I have bought this book for my sister and friends as well! If you are an emotional eater, this is a great resource!
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Excellent book.
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Glennsgal More than 1 year ago
Book repeats itself over and over and over.....trudged through it hoping it would get better...it did not. Pick up a magazine, costs less and same info with less pages.