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Post by ButterscotchCherrie » 27 Aug 2019, 04:54

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Let Go Of Emotional Overeating and Love Your Food" by Arlene B. Englander, LCSW,MBA.]
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Are you happy with every aspect of your bodily appearance? This can be hard when we are deluged with messages that impose an almost unattainable standard of perfection. The diet industry is worth billions. At the same time, food products are pushed at us that have been designed to induce the so-called "bliss point" because of their fat, sugar, and salt content.

In the self-help book Let Go Of Emotional Overeating and Love Your Food, licensed psychotherapist Arlene B. Englander can help you to navigate these and other risk factors for dysfunctional eating. A former emotional overeater herself, Arlene has helped her clients to stop dieting and love their food. In the book, she presents a plan that will enable you to leave behind the deprivation of restrictive diets without falling into counter-restrictive overeating, whether out of defiance or resignation. She also gives tips on how to stick to the plan when spending time with the family that may have caused the eating issues (I know mine did), at parties, or on vacation.

Those are situations that may cause stress. The chapter on stress was my favourite. Although I have read a lot about coping with stress over the years, the suggestions here for dealing with pain-producing thoughts were essentially new to me. I put them into practice right away, and they worked a treat. Compassion is front and centre, and the plan is holistic.

Coping with stress is just one aspect of the plan; the others are equally appealing. At the outset, Arlene advises you to buy a moderate amount of the food you are craving (a chocolate bar, for instance) and be present in the moment while savouring it. This was a homework assignment I was keen to do. I also followed all the other recommendations in the book immediately and felt amazing as a result. I have found delight in food, company, and more since starting the plan.

Along with the book's actionable advice, I loved its use of acronyms. These are fun and ensure that I can call the plan's principles to mind readily. They are part of the one-minute monitor that is the cornerstone of the plan.

While I am so happy to have found this plan, I did notice that some of the information in the book was not up to date. It doesn't seem to take account of the new scientific findings that bust myths about weight and health. For example, the body mass index (BMI) has been called into question as a gauge of health. The author seems to imply that fat people got that way because of overeating, but as I understand it, this may not be the case. In general, the book was a little too slanted towards associating weight loss with being healthy. However, Arlene absolutely does promote self-acceptance and freedom from perfectionism. She mentions various books on the subjects she discusses, including some towering self-help classics. It would have been helpful to gather these together in a bibliography at the end.

I loved so much about the book that I would not deduct a star for these slight negatives. It was clearly written and excellently edited. I rate it four out of four stars. I recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone who is fed up with dieting or overeating. It will empower you to tackle the emotional roots of these, gaining infinitely more pleasure from food and life. You will learn how to stop eating when satisfied and how to avoid using food to soothe emotional pain. It's working for me!

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Post by Fazzier » 05 Sep 2019, 02:36

Even though I've never experienced dysfunctional eating before, this book seems like an informative read to those who are experiencing the same. I like the fact that it has actionable advice, and that makes it a practical self-help book. Thanks for sharing!

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Post by Michelle Fred » 05 Sep 2019, 04:18

I agree with the author that fat is caused by food; no one has successfully lost weight without diet modifications. That said, I enjoyed your review, it's so detailed.

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Post by Radiant3 » 05 Sep 2019, 07:47

This book sounds like an excellent read for those struggling with issues relating to food and body acceptance. Thank you for the thorough review.

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Post by ButterscotchCherrie » 05 Sep 2019, 08:43

Fazzier wrote:
05 Sep 2019, 02:36
Even though I've never experienced dysfunctional eating before, this book seems like an informative read to those who are experiencing the same. I like the fact that it has actionable advice, and that makes it a practical self-help book. Thanks for sharing!
It worked well for me in practice. Thanks for your comment!

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Post by ButterscotchCherrie » 05 Sep 2019, 08:44

Michelle Fred wrote:
05 Sep 2019, 04:18
I agree with the author that fat is caused by food; no one has successfully lost weight without diet modifications. That said, I enjoyed your review, it's so detailed.
True, though I guess they don't have to be restrictive. Thanks for commenting!

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Post by ButterscotchCherrie » 05 Sep 2019, 08:45

Radiant3 wrote:
05 Sep 2019, 07:47
This book sounds like an excellent read for those struggling with issues relating to food and body acceptance. Thank you for the thorough review.
It contained a wealth of information about those topics. Thanks for commenting!

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Post by Brendan Donaghy » 06 Sep 2019, 03:03

I probably won't read this book, but I really enjoyed reading your review of it. Excellent stuff, thanks for that!

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Post by ButterscotchCherrie » 06 Sep 2019, 03:08

Brendan Donaghy wrote:
06 Sep 2019, 03:03
I probably won't read this book, but I really enjoyed reading your review of it. Excellent stuff, thanks for that!
Many thanks for your kind comment!

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Post by MatereF » 06 Sep 2019, 14:38

I love that one of the authors' suggestions in the book worked for you. As someone who has constantly struggled with matters weight, this is a book I would read. Thanks for such a wonderful review.
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Post by maggi3 » 06 Sep 2019, 16:14

As someone who has struggled with “emotional eating” and heard much of the same advice over and over, I’m glad to hear the author has something new to offer. It’s also important that she addresses the psychological aspect of dysfunctional eating. I’ll have to try this one out. Thanks for the review and recommendation!

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Post by ButterscotchCherrie » 07 Sep 2019, 13:42

MatereF wrote:
06 Sep 2019, 14:38
I love that one of the authors' suggestions in the book worked for you. As someone who has constantly struggled with matters weight, this is a book I would read. Thanks for such a wonderful review.
As I said, I'd highly recommend it. It offers such a welcome alternative to the privations of dieting. Thanks for commenting!

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Post by ButterscotchCherrie » 07 Sep 2019, 13:44

maggi3 wrote:
06 Sep 2019, 16:14
As someone who has struggled with “emotional eating” and heard much of the same advice over and over, I’m glad to hear the author has something new to offer. It’s also important that she addresses the psychological aspect of dysfunctional eating. I’ll have to try this one out. Thanks for the review and recommendation!
The chapter on stress was brilliant, as I mentioned in the review. I hope you find it as helpful as I did. Many thanks for reading and commenting.

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Post by corinaelena » 07 Sep 2019, 16:20

As a medical graduate, I do agree with body acceptance...to an extent. While cultivating a healthy relationship with our minds is incredibly important, being overweight can have a very harmful impact on our quality of life. I love the fact that there are these kins of books available to educate the masses. Lately, I believe there has been a very dangerous shift in our society with "health at every size" movements that focus on closing up any discussion when it comes to obesity and the health issues associated with it. I hope we will soon find a middle ground where we can all work together towards better health, with lots of understanding. Great review!

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Post by Miriam Molina » 07 Sep 2019, 18:36

Wow, let me see if this one works for me too!
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