50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food
A good book that tackles some aspects of food addiction and overeating is called
50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food by Susan Albers
I say this is a "good" book because it's certainly not advanced reading on the subject of food addiction. It doesn't go into how addiction works on our brain and the like. What the book does do, and does well, is give someone who is looking for help with overeating some tools to be more "mindful" about what they are doing with their minds and bodies. This is more about making some lifestyle changes than getting down to causes and conditions. So, it really depends on what you're after. In fact, many with addiction problems would rather try something like this first before ever considering taking a look at internal conditions. And, these "changes" on the outside may be sufficient for some. So, Alpers gives you 50 examples, which should be sufficient.
“If you use food as a way to zone out, try out alternative ways to get a short mental break. Focus on repetitive, monotonous tasks. But first, get into the right frame of mind. Sit down. Give yourself permission to zone out.” - Susan Albers
The above was taken from one of the fifty listed in the book. This isn't a long book and it's ideas and suggestions are varied. Yoga may sound like a great idea to some and out of the question to others. That's ok. Move on to the next one. Alpers does acknowledge that food is often used as a source of comfort and a way to deal with emotions. However, I'm not sure that taking up golf or painting is always going to be a suitable substitute. In conjunction with therapy or another recovery program, I think that this book could provide some amazing ideas for people who are looking for distractions and to re-focus energies and attentions. If you are looking to add to your food addiction books library, I'd still give this one a look.
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