Food: The Good Girl's Drug: How to Stop Using Food to Control Your Feelings

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A guide to ending compulsive emotional overeating and establishing a healthy relationship with food.

Sunny Sea Gold started fighting a binge eating disorder in her teens. But most books on the topic were aimed at older women, women she had a hard time relating to. Calling on top psychiatrists, nutritionists, and fitness experts, Sunny offers real advice to a new generation fighting an age-old war. With humor and compassion from someone who's seen it all, Food: The Good Girl's ...

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Overview

A guide to ending compulsive emotional overeating and establishing a healthy relationship with food.

Sunny Sea Gold started fighting a binge eating disorder in her teens. But most books on the topic were aimed at older women, women she had a hard time relating to. Calling on top psychiatrists, nutritionists, and fitness experts, Sunny offers real advice to a new generation fighting an age-old war. With humor and compassion from someone who's seen it all, Food: The Good Girl's Drug is about experiences shared by many women-whether they've been struggling with compulsive overeating their whole lives, or have just admitted to themselves, that yes, it's more than just a bad habit.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425239032
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/5/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 307,017
  • Product dimensions: 5.55 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Sunny Sea Gold is deputy editor at Redbook and former health editor at Glamour and Seventeen. Her writing has appeared in Real Simple, Best Life, Psychology Today and many other publications.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Foreword Jennifer Nardozzi xv

part 1 understanding what's going on between you and food

1 Would Someone Please Explain Why Can't I Stop Eating? 3

What is Binge Eating Disorder, and Do I Have It? 8

What Eating Disorders Can Do to Your Body 10

What Exactly Is a "Binge," Anyway? 11

How Many People Binge Eat? 14

Are All Bingers Overweight? 17

Does Food Make You Miserable? 19

2 Sound Familiar? A Few Things Emotional Overeaters Have in Common 22

Eating in Secret 23

Lying About What We Eat 27

Vowing to Start Over 30

Eating Crazy Stuff 32

Choosing Food over People 34

3 Oh, So That's How We Got This Way 39

Your Genes 40

Your Family's Economic Situation 42

Your Family Traditions 44

Your Mom's Relationship with Food and Her Body 46

part 2 let the healing begin! how to start getting sane about food

4 It's Not About the Food: What the Real Problem Is, and How to Fix It 57

What's Self-Esteem Got to Do with It? 58

Do You Expect Perfection? 60

Exercise: What Are Your "Shoulds"? 63

Do You Suffer from Black-and-White Thinking? 68

Exercise: What Irrational Beliefs Do You Have? 72

How Traumatic Experiences in Our Pasts Push Us Toward Food 74

Exercise: What Are You Avoiding? 81

5 Yes, You Can Interrupt a Binge 84

Trigger: Stress Overload 86

Exercise: Impulse Substitution 90

Trigger: Anger 91

Trigger: Anxiety!!! 94

More Binge Triggers 98

A Very Real, Very Serious Binge Trigger: Depression 99

Strategies for Avoiding a Binge and Getting What You Really Need 100

6 The Emotional "Toolbox" Every Young Woman Needs 110

Tool: Physical Activity 112

Yoga: The Perfect Exercise for Binge Eaters? 117

Tool: Support 118

Tool: Therapy 123

Therapy 101: What Is It, How Do I Pay for It, and Where Do I Get It? 127

Tool: Reading 130

Tool: Meditation 132

Meditation 101 135

Tool: Spirituality 137

7 Learning to Love Your Body (or at Least Not Hate It) 144

Body Image Quiz 145

For Women, Body Hate Starts Early 147

Society's Idea of What's Beautiful 149

Media Images 101: A Quick Reality Check 152

Sometimes Body Image Isn't About Your Body at All 154

Exercise: The "Then What?" Game 155

Exercise: Track Your Negative Body Thoughts 159

Creating Your Own Idea of What's Beautiful 160

8 Healthy Girls Don't Diet 165

But What if I'm Truly Obese? 172

Get Back in Touch with Your Hunger 173

Exercise: Start a Food and Hunger Journal 175

Create a Plan for Feeding Yourself Well 176

Eat a Balance of Foods 182

Give Yourself a Fighting Chance! 186

Know that the Way You Eat Will Change Again and Again 188

part 3 living your life without relying on the good girl's drug

9 How to Deal with Friends, Loved Ones, and Food Pushers 193

Food and Your Friends 194

Should You Tell People You Date About Your Food Issues? 199

Dealing with Loved Ones Who Don't Get It 203

10 What Life Is Like When You Get Sane About Food 209

What Does Being "Recovered" Really Mean? 210

Why It's Important to Celebrate All Your Little Victories 213

Letting Go of the Good Girls's Drug Is Hard, but It's So Worth It 214

Resources: Where to Go for More Help 219

Support Groups 101: How to Find One Near You 219

Further Reading: Recommended Books 221

Online Resources: Recommended Websites 222

Eating Disorder Treatment Centers: Inpatient and Outpatient Programs 223

Sources Cited 225

Experts 229

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2011

    Reassuring and Helpful

    This book helped me in a major way - it made me realize that, while the amount of food I manage to cram into my stomach is by no means healthy, I'm not the only one in the world who finds herself mindlessly eating when s/he feels less-than-perfect. I personally think it's a lot easier to take something like this in hand when you know that you aren't the only person who has ever had to deal with it, that there are many, many other people going through the same thing you are.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2011

    Amazing

    This book was incredibly helpful! It helped me work through why I emotionally eat and how to recover and love myself again. I recommend it to anyone who has every struggled with binging or emotional overeating.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2013

    I'm currently in recovery from an eating disorder and found this

    I'm currently in recovery from an eating disorder and found this book extremely helpful and also very motivational.  Sunny gives you hope.  After reading this book I felt like eventually there will be a day when I love my body.  

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    The girl eats the rest of the leash and killed her bacon pig (it was cooked) and ate it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    Expected Better

    The book is not really a how to guide (although it does contain some useful tools to help realize why you might over eat). Instead its written as a "here's my story" book from the actual author and several other women she interviewed. There is also way to many mention's of the authors fee based website that she assures you will help you in your weight loss efforts. Not impressed but the advertising or lack of concrete information.

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    Her really low cut shirt shows some of her bra and her jean ahort shorts r loose on her.

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