We humans have an emotional dependency on food. We eat chocolate when we’re sad or depressed, but most of us don’t know why it makes us feel better when we do.
Yet, that relief is usually temporary, and worse, can thrust us in the opposite emotional direction – it’s not a long-term solution to coping with the stresses of life, and can end up causing more stress in the form of unwanted weight gain and other health problems.
In Eating Myself Crazy, former bulimic, lifestyle consultant and life coach Treena Wynes not only tells her story of food addiction and how a personal crisis sparked her path to recovery, but also shares valuable information for others struggling with emotional eating issues.
A handy and intimate guide told in plain English (mercifully low in saturated medical lingo), this pocket-sized book first shares simple easy-to-swallow bites of important mind/body facts related to food and emotion to educate the reader. Next, the author encourages the reader to dig deep to uncover deeply hidden reasons for seeking out emotional relief in food. Finally, Treena offers simple and flexible strategies and tools that can be used to suit any individual’s lifestyle and needs.
Helpful tools include an eating journal, recipes and menu plans to wean people away from addicting foods, and shortcuts to overcome a wide range of specific lifestyle challenges.
An experienced and active coach, speaker, workshop trainer and blogger, Treena’s goal is to help empower people to overcome their dependence on food to cope with stress, and to do it in a way that demystifies, simplifies and de-jargonizes the vast and often conflicting barrage of information we face in today’s information bloated society.
Eating Myself Crazy is an information toxic cleanse in a neat little package.
Wynes starts this useful debut book with a confession about how emotional eating shaped her own life, first as an overweight child and later as a young bulimic adult. It wasn't until her pregnancies that she was able to stop purging, which she calls her "disgusting little secret." That's when she became determined that her "character and self-esteem were no longer going to be defined by a number on a scale." Now a social worker and lifestyle coach, Wynes breaks her book into short pieces intended to help readers understand and then change their thoughts about food. She explains the myths surrounding fat-free and sugar-free foods, preservatives, fiber, toxins and food labels, for example. She also offers an eating and detoxification plan along with healthy recipes. Wynes' advice for conquering emotional eating suggests stress modifiers that can help people feel pleasure, comfort or calm without reaching for a tub of ice cream. Her recipes are quick, easy and accessible, and the final 15 pages are left blank so that readers can write their own "victory journal." The book is an excellent resource for readers looking to rectify and control bad dietary habits. Canadian distribution: GTW. U.S. distribution: Altavoz.