It's Not What You're Eating, It's What's Eating You: A Teenager's Guide to Preventing Eating Disorders-and Loving Yourself

It's Not What You're Eating, It's What's Eating You: A Teenager's Guide to Preventing Eating Disorders-and Loving Yourself

by Shari Brady LPC, CADC


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Life as an adolescent is scary and confusing. In a weight-obsessed world that dictates what a “perfect body” should look like, teens who are insecure about their bodies see food as the enemy and reason they can’t fit in with the popular crowd. Plus, in a volatile season of quick romances and breakups, strained or broken family ties, and academic expectations, food and emotional eating can be a teen’s only coping mechanism to soothe a broken heart or deal with poor grades.

Part accessible self-help guide and part constructive hands-on workbook, It’s Not What You’re Eating, It’s What’s Eating You teaches young people who struggle with low self-esteem and body insecurity to stop focusing on food as an answer to life’s problems and to start getting to know themselves and what they value and want in life. Covering addictions and disorders like anorexia, bulimia, obesity, and binge eating disorder, this book also shows teens how to stop negative thought patterns, maintain meaningful and healthy relationships, indulge in self-care, love their own bodies, be happy, and take charge of their lives.

With personal anecdotes, practical tips, and hands-on writing exercises, author Shari Brady redefines our dysfunctional relationship with food. Instead of allowing food to dictate our emotions, let it nurture and nourish our bodies and souls, as it is meant to!

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510722620
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 01/09/2018
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,047,492
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)
Age Range: 10 Years

About the Author

Shari Brady, LPC, CADC, is a licensed clinical therapist focusing on addictions, eating disorders, and adolescent issues. She suffered from anorexia during high school and is now recovered. Her fiction debut, Wish I Could Have Said Goodbye, covers the topics of addiction and co-dependency. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Part 1 Your Relationship with Food

Chapter 1 What Is Emotional Eating? 3

Chapter 2 Why Are You Eating or Not Eating? 18

Chapter 3 Let's Talk About Eating Disorders 25

Chapter 4 When Things Fall Apart-Why Do We Eat or Not Eat to Fell Better? 32

Part 2 Your Relationship with Yourself

Chapter 5 What Are You Thinking and Feeling? 39

Chapter 6 Our Feelings and Eating 61

Chapter 7 Body Image 79

Chapter 8 How to Nurture Yourself without Food 84

Chapter 9 Who Are You? Finding Your Sense of Self 89

Chapter 10 Your Life Values 95

Chapter 11 Bringing Your Values to Life 104

Chapter 12 Let's Talk about Goals 112

Chapter 13 Listening to Your Body-Mindfulness and You 121

Chapter 14 What to Do with the Pain in Your Life 128

Part 3 Your Relationships with Others

Chapter 15 Emotional Risk and Relationships 143

Chapter 16 Assertiveness 152

Chapter 17 How to Deal with Difficult People 159

Part 4 Putting It All Together

Chapter 14 What Is Your Why? 167

One Last Thought… 173

About the Author 175

Where to Go for More Information 177

References 179

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