Let Go of Emotional Overeating and Love Your Food: A Five-Point Plan for Success

Arlene B. Englander. Rowman & Littlefield, $36 (172p) ISBN 978-1-5381-1119-2
For those who use food to self-soothe, Englander’s approach to a healthier relationship with food might be a good fit. A psychotherapist and self-confessed compulsive overeater, Englander convincingly and appealingly observes that “it’s great to be free from dieting yet still be slim and fit.” In fact, throw out the concept of diets, which Englander says are counterproductive. Diets turn off “our awareness of hunger and satiety,” so instead, Englander focuses on learning how to savor meals. Englander asks thoughtful and probing questions throughout, while also making liberal use of anecdotes to provide encouraging and empirical examples of healthy behaviors. She puts forward the mnemonic device SELF (stress, exercise, love your food, fluids and healthy foods) as a way to remind oneself to make behavioral changes, such as not always totally clearing one’s plate, or learning to enjoy exercise. Quick discussions of how childhood affects lifelong attitudes toward food and how work environments can encourage overeating provide additional food for thought. Englander provides readers with a start on the right path to healthy eating. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 10/15/2018
Release date: 08/01/2018
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