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Food Rehab: Introduction

Thursday, June 27, 2013

I've talked a bit about it before, but I'm reading David Kessler's "The End of Overeating" book and loving it. I'm learning SO MUCH about what I'm realizing is my addiction: overeating/food.

Kessler has done an amazing job of talking about the facts behind the obesity problem: our bodies' desire for carbs and sugars, how our body responds to that, and the food industry's bloating of portions and sugars/fats/salts to make this food even MORE appealing. I highly recommend this book for everyone trying to lose weight.

But what takes this book above and beyond your typical non-fiction is its focus at how to solve the problem for us overeaters (conditioned hypereaters, as Kessler calls it). He gives us the theory for success and some basic pointers. Even better? He tells us that there is no one method that will work for everyone. You have to find what is your weakness and figure out how to fix that.

And I thought, "What if I did a series based on his ideas for Food Rehab, really looking at my life and how I'm changing it?" I don't know if it will work, but I'm going to give it a shot!

So, this series will be about my Food Rehab. I'll talk a bit about what Kessler shares and then talk about how I am handling it and how I will handle it when I reach maintenance.

Topics will be:

Planned Eating - Eating regularly, establishing portion control, finding satisfying foods that will make me full, and eating foods that I like to eat

Getting a Handle on Emotional Eating - Admitting when I am sad instead of using food as a way to temporarily "cheer up"

Avoiding Food Triggers - Finding out what my tempting foods are, refusing my tempting foods, making alternate plans to avoid my weak spots, limiting exposure to tempting foods, remembering my motivation, distracting myself from tempting foods, learning active resistance

Dealing with the Urges - Employing thought stopping, giving negative associations instead of positive ones to foods I am tempted by, mentally talking away the urge to eat

Exercise - Give myself the reward without the added paunch to the gut

So feel free to join me - oh, and don't forget to check out Kessler's book if you haven't already!!
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    Thanks again, my library did have it! emoticon
    1695 days ago
  • MAW_OH
    Thank you for the tip! I will be ordering this book. emoticon
    1697 days ago
    This is a great idea.
    1698 days ago
    Looking forward to reading your future blogs.

    1698 days ago
    Love your blog posts :)
    1698 days ago
    Thank you for another inspiring and helpful post!
    1699 days ago
  • BRADMILL2922
    Sounds good to me. Look forward to reading what you have to say!
    1699 days ago
    My copy was shipped yesterday! Can't wait for it to come and your blog series.
    1699 days ago
    I am on your wavelength....when I searched for Kessler i found another title published in 2013. I suspect it is a reduction of the Overeating book.

    I am into the Food rehab concept...perhaps you would like to start a team? or check if there is already one? I would join :)
    1699 days ago
    sounds interesting. Good luck emoticon emoticon
    1699 days ago
    Looking forward to it! I enjoy your blog.
    1699 days ago
    Well, it looks like I have another book to buy and read!!! I'll be very interested to read your blogs on Food Rehab.

    Part of it, I've already gotten down pat and didn't even know it. I know what my trigger foods are, all fast foods, I haven't had any since Nov 2012, and I don't intend too. I know if I walk into a fast food place, I'll binge and undo all that God has already done, and I'm not about to mess with the work that God's doing in me now!!!

    Another food trigger I have is all junk food too!!! That even includes popcorn, and I know that in moderation it can be good for you, and fill you up. But I know, just like with the fast food, I'll just binge.

    I use to emotional eat, and just plain EAT, EAT, and EAT some more. But now that I realize that this is a life style change, I don't do that anymore. No more sitting in front of the TV and mindlessly plunging my hand into a bag of chips, cheese crackers, or whatever!!!

    There have been so many food changes in my life, and I don't even miss them or crave them any longer, and all I can say is, "PRAISE THE LORD!!!"


    - Nancy Jean -

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    1699 days ago
    Interested in reading about your observations.
    1699 days ago
  • COCHESE321
    I loved that book. I think I will read it again. That and Michael Pollen's "In Defense of Food" and "The Omnivores Dilemma".

    I will be very interested to read your blogs on the subject.

    I have found that I need to have a maintenance plan in place long before I reach maintenance. Those same things that it takes to attain my goal with the the very things it takes to maintain my goal. This time, every pound I lose I want to maintain - even if I haven't reached goal yet.
    1699 days ago
    Sounds like a very interesting book, I'm excited to follow your progress!
    1699 days ago
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