Book Review: Let Go of Emotional Overeating

Let Go Of Emotional Overeating

I thought I already knew a lot about how to avoid emotional overeating and what I was suppose to do.  And so, I must admit it took some time for me to pick up this book. But, here in black and white, the book Let Go of Emotional Overeating and Love Your Food by Arlene B. Englander, showed me that I still had much to learn.  In her book, Arlene gives tricks and tools on how to be a better eater and love your food again.

You might be thinking like me that this is not for you.  But, I found so many new ways in which I can improve how I handle eating. Why do I pack my face full until I can’t take anymore? What feelings am I pushing down or not taking control? Why is it that crappy food is the go to “feel better” thing to do rather than healthy food?

It’s funny because I thought I was fairly in control.  I pride myself on being a healthy eater, avid exerciser and joyful person.  When I started to use some of the techniques in this book, and take the time to really focus, I realized I was not in as much control as I thought. I was using food to mask feelings or just plain escape. I literally made some kind of a bad food choice EVERYDAY!

Let Go Of Emotional Overeating
Let Go of Emotional Overeating and Love Your Food – $36

Let Go of Emotional Overeating and Love Your Food gives many examples of personal accounts and stories in which we can all relate. It teaches awareness, building techniques that are doable if you are willing to put in the work. This was yet another area I found I struggled. More work? Who really wants to pay attention to eating? You need to eat to live, right? Well, for lots of us we live to eat. The work is constant, it requires you to be on duty all the time. Paying close attention to each meal, each snack, how much, how little and even how bad. That is work. Well friends, if you need to lose weight or want to be healthier you have to do the work. Plain and simple.

You have to truly learn to “love your food” and savor your meals. This book offers ways to achieve this. I learned so much about myself and the patterns that need to be broken. I will work on this because I want to be healthy for my family and myself.

This book is not about dieting, it is about making a life choice. A line I love in this book is “If letting go of diets and the dieting mentality is scary to you, it’s possible your belief in this myth is contributing to your concern.” I think I have tried every diet, always trying the next new thing. What if I let go of that? Could I just be healthy or do I need that diet to be healthy? If I need that diet, then its actually controlling me.

I recommend this book if you need to make some healthy changes and need a guide to do so. I will leave you with another line from this book – “Making small changes to your eating patterns, ones you can build on slowly over time, is truly the best pathway to lasting weight loss.”  You can control you!

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5 Shows to Binge Watch this Fall

We know, we know, fall is a busy time for everyone.  But, if you have some time in the evenings or on the weekends, here are five shows we feel are worth binge-watching.

  1.  Ozark on Netflix.  The second season is out and it is well worth the watch.  I mean, do we need to say anything more than Justin Bateman?

2.  Atypical on Netflix.  If you liked reading The Rosie Project, you’ll love Atypical.  This heartfelt drama revolves around a highly functional autistic son.   You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll love it!  This family will get you begging for a second season.

Atypical on Netflix 3.  A Million Little Things on ABC.  Another heartfelt drama (we couldn’t resist).  This one will get you thinking about the value of friendship and what’s truly important in life.   Way to go ABC!

A Million Little Things

4.  The Night Of on HBO.  If you liked the podcast Serial, this is the show for you.  This compelling, fictional mystery series (that won five Emmys) is about a Pakistani-American college student that has been implicated in a NYC murder.  Did he do it?  You tell us.

The Night Of

5.  Westworld on HBO.  If you are a sci-fi junkie, this one is for you.  Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, and hottie James Marsden star in this series that follows the “dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin”.  Huh?  Watch it, you’ll get it….or you might not 😉 Try the first episode for free by going here.

Westworld on HBO

6.  Okay, we said 5, but we can’t forget about Friends.  My kids are even binge-watching it these days.  Appropriate?  Probably not, but so funny. And, a great conversation starter with the kids 😉Friends

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Book Review: Girl, Wash Your Face

 

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis is an inspirational book for women who are just “getting by” in the present or maybe even stuck in the quagmire of their past. Through her emotional and sometimes heart-wrenching experiences, Rachel Hollis offers a new perspective that will motivate you to get up, wash your face and move on to a more promising future that we all can have,  and more importantly, we all deserve.

In her book, Hollis looks at the common lies we all tell ourselves – something else will make me happy, I’m not good enough, I’m not a good mom, I’ll start tomorrow, I should be further along by now, I am defined by my weight, I need a drink, I need a hero, and many more.  With each chapter, she deconstructs the lie, offers her personal narrative and encouragement, and ends each chapter with “things that helped me…”

Girl, Wash Your Face reads like a conversation coming from one of your really good girlfriends…the kind you want with you at your lows and your highs. She’s witty, truthful about her own experiences, and most importantly, isn’t afraid to tell you to “cut the crap”.  We all need a friend like this. 

Overall, this is a great motivational read if you are feeling stuck or remorseful about past actions or events. As women, we are always so tough on ourselves.  This book will make you realize how many lies we play over in our head and offer you a new path of thinking.  This is a great book to remind you that we can hit the reset button because it’s never too late.  A must read!  Buy it here.

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Just Added to My List of Favorite Books

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is an amazing book about a quirky, young woman named Eleanor Oliphant, who constantly finds herself outcast due to her odd social behavior.  With a stable career and a decent living situation, Eleanor is completely content to go on existing on the outskirts of all social circles.  That is until unexpected circumstances arise which create new social opportunities and force her to look more closely at herself and her past that she can’t completely remember.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is a heart-warming book about pain, loneliness, truth, and hope.  A combination that is rarely found nor presented so well in a novel.  This is a must read and might even be a read-again.  But hurry, Reese Witherspoon’s company Hello Sunshine, not only picked it for their book club, but is also producing it as a movie (currently in development).  Read it first, then grab your girlfriends and go see it when it comes out.  I mean, how could Reese Witherspoon be wrong about a book?

 

 

 

Top Gift Ideas Under $50

Here is a little something for just about any tween, teen, or adult on your list this year – and just so you don’t break the bank we made sure each is under $50 ….  you’re welcome 😉

Click on the product titles below to see more product details:

T-Shirt and Jeans Reversible Tote – $29
Kiehl’s Men’s Starter Kit – $43
Twig Set of 3 Cheese Knives – $39
Monogram Spirits Decanter Cathy Concepts – $42
ChenFec Unisex Beanie Bluetooth Musical Hat with Speaker Mic
ChenFec Unisex Beanie Bluetooth Musical Hat with Speaker Mic – $16
MadSportsStuff Basketball Net Athletic Crew Socks – $16

 

7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens
7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens – $12
Double Eagle Camping Hammock Set – $26.99
Skyjo
Skyjo – Ultimate Card Game – $19.95
Holy Lama Spice Drops Tea Collection
Holy Lama Spice Drops Tea Collection-$39.99
Large Pour Over Coffee Maker by Coffee Gator – $35.37
Duck Rabbit Roasted Coffee – $12.95

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Here’s a Show You Need to Bingewatch Next

Looking for a new series to bingewatch?  We have it for you!  Ozark starring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney is a little bit of Breaking Bad,  a little bit of Narcos, and a little bit of Silver Spoons (C’mon, I had to put that in there for Jason Bateman – he’s come a long way since his role as Derek :))

Image of Ricky Schroeder and Jason Bateman on Silver Spoons

If you have not caught up on Ozarks already on Netflix now is the time. We enjoyed this series for many reasons but mostly due to it’s crazy storyline where Marty (Jason Bateman), known to many as a respected financial advisor and family-man, is not what he seems to be.  He decides to move his family to the Ozarks to launder money for the second largest drug cartel in Mexico.  What could go wrong with that?

We love stories where regular people actually do some pretty crazy things.  Marty’s character is similar to Walter White from Breaking Bad. (If you have not watched that you really better get going because you have a lot of Netflix to catch up on.)  Watching the crazy unfold in this series was similar to Breaking Bad – there’s intrigue, a little stress, and we found ourselves rooting for a guy doing bad things.  As you move along through the series you realize deep down he is trying to save his family.

With every dirty deed he does, the plot gets more twisted.  More players are added that are just as dirty (in their own way).  What you have is many little stories, all pretty messed up, forming one big cluster!  Makes for some great TV.  There are some pretty evil things that happen during this series so be prepared.  Watching this show will make your life seem a lot less crazy!  See the trailer below.  We highly recommend it!

The good or bad news, depending on how you look at it, is that there is only one season available on Netflix.  Fortunately, according to Variety.com Netflix has renewed Ozark for another season.  Yay Netflix!

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