One of my good friends told me a few years ago — right after we met actually — that she wanted to write a book. I’ve heard a lot of people (including myself) say that they want to write a book. But this friend actually did. I mean, it makes sense: she’s a highly trained life and wellness coach. She specializes in helping people achieve goals. And she achieved one of her own. I was super proud of her. I had been excited for this book to come out ever since she let me read a preview; I remember precisely where I was when I read it. I was on a plane headed and I distinctly remember thinking, “Wow. This one is different. I’ve read a lot of ‘diet’/healthy eating/French Women Don’t Get Fat’ type books…but this one is…different.”
This is the first book about healthy relationships with food – and I’ve read a LOT – that I felt, “Yeah! Exactly! You get me!” I have struggled with emotional eating in the past. I haven’t talked about it much on the blog but I know it’s come out in some of my posts, like My Thoughts on the Scale and Loving & Accepting My Curves. I am now at a place where I don’t struggle with emotional eating nearly as much as I did in the past. Hardly at all actually, and when I do start to emotionally eat, I’m pretty good at identifying it, identifying why I’m doing it, and stopping it. It took me about 3 years from the time I first really identified the issue (errr, actually, my nutritionist identified it for me, and I sobbed realizing it was true) for me to really overcome it. But not everyone has access to a personal nutritionist, and a lot of times, nutritionists won’t also act like a counselor like mine did. So go get this book.
Meg combines the counseling aspect that so many books in this genre lack with practical advice to correcting damaging behaviors in the short-term, while simultaneously working to correct them in the long-term. She doesn’t ignore the root of problems associated with emotional eating like most healthy diet/food books do. I think I highlighted at least 1/2 of the book; there were so many things I wanted to be able to reference later.
Even now, when I’m at a good place — where I’m not analyzing every morsel I eat, beating myself up over my food choices, weighing myself constantly, working out 2x a day, feeling guilty for skipping workouts — I still found this book tremendously helpful. So many of her tips and exercises can apply to other struggles in life. For example, she addresses programming and how it relates to emotional eating, and how you reinforce behavior that you want to get rid of by saying that you ARE that type of person, over and over. One day, I was complaining to Meg one day how I’m always late and that I’m messy and I hate it. Meg asked me, “Do you think that’s part of your programming?” WOAH – she totally pulled a concept from her book out on me, and it was awesome. And since that day, my house has been cleaner and I’ve been on time more often. (Except tonight to book club – I was 30 minutes late. Whoops.) And, of course, the lessons learned from this book are still helpful on the days when I do struggle with my eating habits.
In short, I highly recommend this book.
Lucky for you, Meg has graciously offered to give away two copies of her book! To enter, simply leave a comment on this post. Anything will do, even if it’s “Maizey is the cutest dog ever ever ever.”
Contest ends when I post the next Weekender post, likely on Sunday 3/17.
Note: I received this book free of charge, but all opinions and commentary are my own and represent my honest opinion. Also, my honest opinion is that I’m super lucky to have Meg as a real-life friend because having a close friend who is also a trained life coach is a huge perk. Thanks Meg, for everything.