50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food$33.95, Paperback
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So much overeating is caused not by hunger, but by our emotions. Eating is a common coping mechanism for stress, anxiety, and emotional turmoil, but the ramifications can be significant. A growing number of western people are overweight and many suffer from resultant health problems because, for them, food is therapy.
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!
Unlike diet books, which tell readers what to eat, 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food helps readers discover why they are eating and discover new ways to deal with life’s ups and downs. The book is broken into five categories: cognitive techniques, meditation techniques, body techniques, distraction techniques, and connection techniques.
Used alone or as a complement to a diet program, readers can turn to this book time and time again to quell the urge to snack and remind themselves of healthy ways to find peace of mind.