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50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food

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Sep 8th, 2014
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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.

To get your copy of 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food by Susan Albers, check out the link below:

50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food
Author: Susan Albers

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Food has the power to temporarily alleviate stress and sadness, enhance joy, and bring us comfort when we need it most. It's no wonder experts estimate that 75 percent of overeating is triggered by our emotions, not physical hunger. The good news is you can instead soothe yourself through dozens of mindful activities that are healthy for both body and mind. Susan Albers, author of Eating Mindfully, now offers 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food, a collection of mindfulness skills and practices for relaxing the body in times of stress and ending your dependence on eating as a means of coping with difficult emotions. You'll not only discover easy ways to soothe urges to overeat, you'll also learn how to differentiate emotion-driven hunger from healthy hunger. Reach for this book instead of the refrigerator next time you feel the urge to snack-these alternatives are just as satisfying!

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