Life Is Hard, Food Is Easy: The 5-Step Plan to Overcome Emotional Eating and Lose Weight on Any Diet

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This book reveals how you can cope with your feelings of frustration, boredom, or loneliness, and offers a unique step-by-step program to stop your emotions from interfering with your eating habits.
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Life is Hard, Food is Easy: The 5-Step Plan to Overcome Emotional Eating and Lose Weight on Any Diet

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This book reveals how you can cope with your feelings of frustration, boredom, or loneliness, and offers a unique step-by-step program to stop your emotions from interfering with your eating habits.
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The traditional emphasis on diet and exercise fails to address the underlying psychological causes of overeating, argues this engaging self-help book. Instead of eating to satisfy physical hunger, we indulge in "emotional eating" to make up for low self-esteem, to distract ourselves from unpleasant moods (anger and frustration make us crave crunchy, chewy foods, while loneliness and depression demand creamy comfort foods) or to act out and defuse suppressed feelings. Spangle, a registered nurse and weight-loss counselor, recommends a number of techniques, including writing projects, hugging exercises and positive-thinking mantras to help overeaters unearth and deal with their food-related emotions, and gives practical advice on sticking to weight-loss regimens. She writes insightfully of the ways people interact emotionally with food, and includes first-person confessionals from her clients; by turns poignant ("[eating] helps me stop thinking about how much I hate my life" says one lost soul) and lascivious ("I pull out a stack of curved golden morsels" writes a woman on a Pringles binge, who finds the munching sounds "soothing, like water lapping softly on the beach"), these attest to food's psychic power. But her tips are sometimes silly ("Pound on your pillow until your arms are too tired to lift food to your mouth") and her five-step-plan to combat cravings (which, with some practice, you can "flash through" in "less than a minute") can seem inadequate to deal with the emotional traumas she feels are at the root of obesity. (Jan.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895261458
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing, Inc., An Eagle Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/15/2003
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 500,997
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.88 (h) x 1.18 (d)

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  • Posted August 24, 2012

    Highly Recommended !!!!

    This book was recommended by a support group that I have been working with to lose weight. I was very surprised when I started reading it, since most of these kind of books are pretty much the same, that this book is different in that it really gets to the problems most of us have when trying to lose weight. It really points out the mental and physical pit falls we face in losing weight.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2003

    Life is Hard, Food is Easy - the most insightful book yet

    I could not put this book down. The author seemed to be talking to me! I have read many 'diet' books in the past. This book describes the true reason behind overeating. She walks you through why you must deal with the problems within before you can be successful on any diet program. Reading this book finally put all of the pieces of the puzzle of losing weight together. I have recommended this book to my friends who are struggling with weight problems.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2003

    Awareness is the key

    Ms. Spangle guides the readers into exploring their minds, moods, feelings and emotions in order to shed pounds permanently. This book is not another eat less, exercise more weight loss book. I agree with the ideas in `Life is hard food is easy¿ because in my experience of living healthfully, our thoughts are the keys to success. Life is hard, food is easy has thoroughly address this issue and provides the readers with many tips and suggestions they can apply in order to better understand their relationships with foods and bodies. In my own experience, even how hard we exercise and eat right, the weight loss won¿t be permanent if we fail to master our deepest thoughts and feelings. In this book, Ms. Spangle assists us on the journey of reconnecting with ourselves, understand, probably, for the first time why we eat when we are not even hungry, or why we eat more than our bodies need. She makes us realize that overweight is not just simply overeating. Here, she inspires us to discover our true, beautiful and unique selves. Her writing empower the readers to live their dreams of healthier and slimmer lives. Wishing you happy reading and life of peace and well-being.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2012

    Great learing tool

    Best self help/dieting book i have ever read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2007

    MP, Reader

    This book is excellent. I have bought cassette tapes, lots of books and have surfed the web for information on this topic over the last 2 decades. I have never found anything as wonderful as this book. I feel as though I have finally found what I have been searching for.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2006

    So glad I found it

    I would recommand this book to anyone that eats because of stress, depression, bored, etc. This book made me really think and gave good advice to realize why I eat the way I do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2004

    Great Book for Binge Eaters!

    I am a Binge Eater and this book really helped me a lot to find out why I binge and excersies I can do to make my binges smaller and smaller so now I can stop them right away or even stop before I start.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2003

    A great book!

    This book isn't another fad diet -- it focuses on WHY we reach for food, no matter what we weigh. The author will make you think. And she has practical suggestions for breaking through emotional barriers and taking care of ourselves instead of eating.

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