The Rules of Normal Eating

The Rules of Normal Eating

by Karen R. Koenig


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Written in easy-to-understand, everyday language, The Rules of "Normal" Eating lays out the four basic rules that "normal" eaters follow instinctively — eating when they're hungry, choosing foods that satisfy them, eating with awareness and enjoyment, and stopping when they're full or satisfied. Along with specific skills and techniques that help promote change, the book presents a proven cognitive-behavioral model of transformation that targets beliefs, feelings, and behaviors about food and eating and points the way toward genuine physical and emotional fulfillment. Readers learn how to reprogram their dysfunctional beliefs, manage uncomfortable feelings without turning to food, and establish new eating habits that tune their bodies into natural sensations of hunger, pleasure, satisfaction, and satiation. Filled with humorous insights, compassion, and practical wisdom, the book outlines balanced attitudes and patterns that benefit all types of eaters.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780936077215
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 01/14/2005
Series: Learn Every Day Series
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 189,926
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Karen R. Koenig
Contributor residences (Roxbury, MA):
Psychotherapist and educator, former chronic dieter and world-class binger, Karen Koenig, LicSW, M.Ed. transformed herself from overweight and unhappy to fulfilled and weight-comfortable by learning to become a "normal" eater. She is a clinical social worker in private practice with more than 20 years' experience helping hundreds of compulsive, emotional, and restrictive eaters learn to eat normally.
A skilled and dynamic teacher, Ms. Koenig runs graduate social work and psychology continuing education programs in eating and weight management, where she teaches her "normal eating" model. She is a founding member of the Greater Boston Committee of the Massachusetts Eating Disorders Association, and is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers, Massachusetts Chapter Private Practice Committee.
As a frequent contributor to Focus, NASW's state publication, Ms. Koenig has written columns on eating, weight, and body image problems. Her personal essays have been published in The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, and other local and national publications. She was a semifinalist in the 1999 Massachusetts Film Office Screenwriting Contest and received a Certificate of Achievement in the 1996 Writer's Digest Literary Short Story Contest. Over the past three decades, she has been interviewed on radio, television, and in print and served as spokeswoman for groups such as 9 to 5, Organization of Women Office Workers, the FACE Program, and the Self-Esteem Boston Educational Institute.

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The Rules of Normal Eating 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a psychotherapist who specializes in food and body image disorders and I was absolutely thrilled when this book came out. I recommend The Rules of Normal Eating to all my clients who struggle with emotional and compulsive eating and I have used the book as an adjunct to my groups. I have seen first hand what a difference this book makes in people¿s lives. First, the book is very accessible. It¿s easy to read and to understand. Karen's writing style is comfortable and engaging and she has a great sense of humor. She also speaks from personal experience which makes the reader feel like she¿s not just some authority on the topic, but someone who knows exactly what you¿re going through. Second, Karen offers practical tools that if followed can help readers fundamentally change their relationship to food. She shows readers how to examine and challenge their beliefs about food, their body¿s and themselves. Readers discover healthy new ways of thinking. She offers practical and effective strategies for listening to and trusting the body, working through uncomfortable feelings and caring for the self. Karen does not pretend that doing this work is easy. She has great empathy for how difficult it is to honestly examine one¿s relationship to food and one¿s deeply held beliefs and make necessary changes. But she stays with the reader every step of the way, giving amazing suggestions, support and compassion. FIVE STARS!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Karen Koenig¿s little book captivates the reader with just the right combination of heart and mind. She speaks in the first person, making a firm connection with the reader and offering hope. She reaches out to eating sufferers of all types providing sound prescriptions for recovery from one of the most prevalent disorders of our time. (Statistics tell us that 63% of Americans are overweight and 25% are obese). And she does so with compassion and with a sense of humor. I have prescribed the book as an adjunct to therapy for all of my clients with concerns about food, people who sorely need replacement literature for the diet industry¿s propaganda. It is an eye-opener for the average person worried about taking off a few pounds and who has experimented with diets. It dispels myths about dieting and counters with rules that work about how to develop a normal relationship with food, a relationship most of us had as youngsters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This amazing book (though not a diet book) has helped me lose 15 lbs and I have never eaten more candy or cake in my life. Koenig brillantly writes this book and emphasizes the importance of choosing the most desirable food you can and not eating when you are not hungry. This book is wonderful to read. I often found myself saying, 'Hey, how did she know that!' One example is when she says, after a stressful day, you go home to raid the refrigerator, all while saying 'Well I deserve whatever food I want.' It's as if Koenig is (if not reading your mind) speaking directly to you. You can forget that you are reading and not conversing with a person. I have learned so much from this book, from learning how to recognize when I am full to realizing that I deserve everthing in the world, yet should not eat if I am not hungry. This book has become my eating bible and I tell everyone I meet how amazing and inspiring this book is. You must go out and buy this book. It will be the best $15 bucks you ever spend!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This for me was not just about eating. I found this to be a 'fun' and enlightened read for anyone wanting to master moderate and sensible living. The author speaks with authority and compassion and injects a fair amount of wit and humor. The material is presented in a very progressive and logical format .A joy to 'devour'.
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nrocpop More than 1 year ago
This book has been helping me learn a few things about myself. Whether or not it helps me normalize my eating and my weight, time will tell. I have definitely been getting something out of it.
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Johnnytwins More than 1 year ago
I realize this is a self help book but it did not get to the point until the last quarter of her book. The first three quarters was a waste of time.