Sheryl Canter earned an M.A. in Counseling from New York University in 1980, and led her first support group for emotional eaters at the N.Y.U. Counseling Center. In 2002 she started the Normal Eating Support Group, an online community whose popularity led to the writing of this book. To join, visit NormalEating.com.
Normal Eating For Normal Weightby Sheryl Canter
Normal Eating is a uniquely effective step-by-step program to free people from compulsive urges and emotional eating. It draws from the Zen principle of mindfulness, 12-step wisdom on addiction, intuitive eating (the non-diet approach), cognitive psychology, and solid nutrition. Author Sheryl Canter analyzed the natural recovery process and broke it into stages, with each stage building on the last. The result is a gentle, step-by-step guide that greatly improves the odds of success. The book lays out the program in detail. An accompanying online support group lets you ask questions of the author, and apply the ideas to your own life. Visit NormalEating.com to join the support group, read the blog, or sign up for the free newsletter.
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I cannot recommend this book enough. Sheryl Canter is an expert on how to learn to eat normally rather than diet all the time. her approach is wise, kind, helpful and informative. The book gives guidelines that are easy to follow and very powerful. There is also an online support group which is very useful as well. After years of dieting and doing all sort of rule based programmes, I am finally practing a method of eating which feels sane, exciting and workable. If you are in any way wanting a more sane and joy filled approach to eating, then please read and buy this wonderful book.
This book is a real gift to anyone struggling with weight issues. It presents a clear, well-structured method for getting off the diet roller coaster and finding peace (even joy!) with food, exercise, etc. No nonsense - every word in the book is sensible, meaningful, and grounded in reality. The author, a highly qualified professional, also offers an online forum that is just fantastic. For a minimal fee, one can interact with many other people on the same path and gain constant inspiration from the huge backlog (many thousands!) of posts available on every conceivable aspect of this process. The author is a very active participant, providing wise, sensible advice and guidance, and the members of the forum offer wonderful warm support. How nice to have this at one's fingertips every day. I can't say enough positive things about the book, especially combined with the beautiful interactions with the people on the forum, whose success and enthusiasm are so wonderfully contagious. Most highly recommended!
I know it sounds ridiculous, but this book and the accompanying website changed my life and set me on the path to good physical and mental health. I am no longer on an endless roller coaster of dieting and binging. I don't spend countless hours pouring over diet books and magazines or reading menus (yes, I read menus). I am finally ALIVE and ACTIVE. I used other non-diet books and resources as well, but this book was the keystone. I highly recommend it to anyone who seeks to be more healthy and struggles with excessive dieting or compulsive eating. If you want to lose 10 lbs. by next weekend, this is not the book for you. But who wants to do that when you can have an entire life free of compulsion?
The title implies that eating normal will result in people being considered to be in the "normal" weight category, as currently defined. This is impossible. Fat people are already eating normally. Give this one a pass.