Hi, I'm also new to the team and recently bought SY. It's very imformative and open my eyes a bit to what's really going on. I binge and never thought it was because of a certain emotion but this book is really opening my eyes.
Others may be able to answer your question better than I can but, yes, I would say that he will get into ways to overcome emotional eating.
For example, from page 193:
"Each time you use a nonfood way to deal with problems and feelings, you cut the link to using food as a tranquilizer, you get stronger and more powerful, and that's our goal. When you have chosen alternatives to food enough times, your confidence will grow, and food will no longer be the obvious or only choice for how to deal with life."
Before this part, he puts one through a long process so that when you get to this paragraph, you have alternatives (tools) to use instead of eating.
Further on, he talks about things I find really true for myself, such as:
I'm a phony. I'm a pretend adult and don't deserve the full rights of adulthood. I know the good stuff about me isn't real.
The above lies that our head tells us (and we believe) reinforce our self doubts and send us straight to food.
One of the goals is to capture the pause before you overeat.
I have jumbled up a lot of different stuff and I have over-simplified things here but, as usual, we have to do the work and there is no simple list of do this, this and this--and then, viola, you won't overeat.
Welcome, Jill! Let's see what we can do to get closer to overcoming emotional eating.
"Oh, earth, you are too wonderful for anybody to realize you." --Emily in Our Town by Thornton Wilder
I have read up on Dr. Roger Gould and he is a very well respected "scientist" and not just a "Pop" Psychologist out to sell a book. That is what impressed me so much about him. I think he has a true understanding of what we go through in the WIDE range of emotional eating behaviors. As I've read the book, I realize I have not been a serious EE, but I did have emotional attachment to COKE, since in my childhood, my father would buy me a Coke as a reward for "being good" when we went to town with him. Dr. Gould helped me to see some "connections" with feelings and eating and I really appreciate his CLEAR explanations and his lack of "put downs" to people who have the problems.
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Welcome! I agree with Oolala, I often find something new (a book, a diet, a positive saying, whatever) and think it's just going to change everything. I think I've finally realized that I've had emotional eating issues for 10 years. No new fangled thing is going to cure me overnight. Each new thing may shed light on the situation but there is not a "magic fix". I do think SY has a lot of good information and I am really just in the early stages of delving into it so I'm excited about it but I really have gotten disillusioned with expecting anything to fix my issues. I think that is just going to come with time.
Well, you've got the right name! I know you probably feel that you are so sick of overeating and you want to be over it right now, but it might not happen that way...and it might! I will be posting challenges later today for July. One will have to do with examining the emotional underpinnings of eating and one will be a habit that has to do with an eating behavior. They will be baby steps because so many people are new to this. The more advanced ones can always step things up for themselves until we are very established.
I don't want to discourage you, but I also don't want you to expect SY to suddenly make things easy, because it's unlikely it will be smooth sailing from here to skinny! In reading the posts, you'll see that people go through bouts of exhilarated ease with their eating and also vary in their adherence to the habits they want to make permanent. But, for myself, the trend is still downward, so that I definitely weigh less than I did six weeks ago and I am hovering around that lower weight, not going back up to near where I was.
The most important thing is to find the balance between being gentle with yourself re: self criticism and motivating yourself to fight the tough fight. No matter what, we are on your side!
*"The goal of weight loss is incompatible with recovering from disordered eating." Center for Clinical Interventions *The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats. Six years and counting! nosdiet.com/ *Be happy with this moment. This moment is your life. *Get to the next meal hungry! www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i ndividual.asp?gid=1323
Almost through the book (thought I'd read it through once first). I'm really frustrated with eating in general, and hope SY will guide through. I'm SO glad there is a Spark people team about this! I've been on Spark for a long time, but I never stick with anything bc of EE.
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