Shades of Hope: A Program to Stop Dieting and Start Living

Shades of Hope: A Program to Stop Dieting and Start Living

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by Tennie McCarty
     
 

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There are millions of people who bounce from one diet to another with no understanding of the link between emotional eating (compulsive overeating) and not being able to keep off the weight. Author Tennie McCarty was herself an overeater, food addict, and bulimic. Tennie believes that food addiction is a physical and mental problem with a spiritual solution.

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There are millions of people who bounce from one diet to another with no understanding of the link between emotional eating (compulsive overeating) and not being able to keep off the weight. Author Tennie McCarty was herself an overeater, food addict, and bulimic. Tennie believes that food addiction is a physical and mental problem with a spiritual solution. Tennie confronted her addictions to unhealthy relationships, food, work, and was finally able to find the one thing we all ultimately crave—serenity. In her work with clients, Tennie helps them uncover why they yo-yo diet, why they compromise their health with a diseased relationship to food, why their uncontrollable need for control has left them feeling broken, and what it is about their past or present that leads them to seek comfort in the oscillating consumption and restriction of food. As Ashley Judd, a former patient says, “Because if there was hope for Tennie McCarty, there was hope for me.” 

Using her trademark humor, in Shades of Hope Tennie offers real-life solutions and a step-by-step program that teaches you how to let go of the bad feelings that have imprisoned you and the never-ending cycle of diets, binges, negative behaviors and broken promises.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
McCarty and Shades of Hope, her treatment center in Buffalo Gap, Tex., are familiar to fans of Oprah, Dr. Oz, and the Lifetime TV show, Ruby. During her years of success helping overeaters, bulimics, anorexics, and multiple-dependence drug, alcohol, and food addicts confront their disease and heal, McCarty has advocated an approach based on Alcoholic Anonymous’s 12 Step Program. A folksy and straight-forward professional, Tennie has seen it all and learned from her own addiction and recovery that eating disorders respond well to addiction treatment. The book suggests: Admission, which identifies why food addicts seek to fill a void and how to face the problem; Beliefs, about family roles and body image; Decision, which offers a key 12 Step spiritual component; Action, outlining the steps required to process such emotions as anger, fear, and loneliness; Results, about making amends and embracing feelings. Unlike other diet and nutrition books, there is scant scientific information about food and addiction, i.e., why sugar, flour, and caffeine cause physiological dependence, or why “trigger foods” change brain chemistry. The value of this book lies in its wakeup call about dysfunctional relationships to food. As hopeful as this book is, the remedy it provides is one that succeeds best in a therapeutic community. Agent: Trena Keating. (Apr.)
From the Publisher
"A pioneer in her field who is highly regarded by her peers, [Tennie] combines canny knowledge with intuitive genius, welded together by the hard-earned gifts of her exquisite empathy. She is brilliant." Ashley Judd, from the foreword

"… this book will touch on you and change your life. Whether struggling with stuff like food, relationships, shopping, or bottom-basement self-esteem, Tennie shows you how to interrupt the blame, shame and guilt to find your inner good-good self, whatever that may be. The only question now is: Are you ready for her? I hope so. Here's to that hope . . . in every shade you find it!" -Brad Lamm, Addiction Specialist

"As I read Shades of Hope, I felt as though Tennie were sitting across from me sharing her wisdom. Tennie has given a miraculous gift to us all, she has brought Shades of Hope to us. . .-Shades of Hope will open your eyes, and you will start living. Start turning the pages, and begin the life you were supposed to live!"--Ruby Gettinger, author of Ruby's Diary: Reflections on All I've Lost and Gained

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101577080
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/06/2012
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
246,985
File size:
806 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
“As I read Shades of Hope, I felt as though Tennie were sitting across from me sharing her wisdom. Tennie has given a miraculous gift to us all, she has brought Shades of Hope to us. . . Shades of Hope will open your eyes, and you will start living. Start turning the pages, and begin the life you were supposed to live!” —Ruby Gettinger, author of Ruby’s Diary: Reflections on All I’ve Lost and Gained

Meet the Author

As the Founder, CEO and co-owner of Shades of Hope Treatment Center, Tennie McCarty brings over thirty years of combined professional and personal insight to the treatment of compulsive overeating, bulimia, anorexia, and other addictive disorders. She is a licensed counselor in chemical dependency, alcohol and drug addiction, and eating disorders. She is also a Certified Addictions Specialist. In 1987, she and a partner founded Shades of Hope. Tennie speaks several times each year to professional groups throughout the country. In recovery herself and the mother of a recovering anorexic, Tennie has a unique insight into the nature of disordered eating.

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Shades of Hope 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
tropical_breezes More than 1 year ago
If you have ever struggled with food or weight issues and given up hope that things will ever change or get better, you have to read this. This book will empower you will all the tools and skills you need. Tennie McCarty is an insightful and wonderfully funny person. What she and her family/staff do at Shades of Hope is truly life-changing. This has truly changed mine forever.
CBallentine More than 1 year ago
This is an incredible book. I was floored by the raw truth, not only from the clients but from Tennie herself. The exercises are designed to compliment therapy work. A meal plan is included. The idea of treating food and the compulsion that drives us to 'bad' foods and to overeating as an addiction is an amazing idea. Really enjoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago