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!

Looking for more helpful info on healthy eats, interesting reads, ways to look and feel good at any age?  Follow us at Nearly All Things.  Get a daily email by signing up on our blog, see a snippet of our post on your Facebook feed, or watch Ashlee’s crazy Instastories on Instagram.  A little info goes a long way!

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

Want to be in the know about great shows, books, and way more things than we care to discuss in this sentence?  Check out our blog and follow us here, on Facebook, and on Instagram.  And, tell your friends about us – they want to be in the know too 🙂


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.


You don’t have to be!  Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, or here on our blog. We believe that looking good, feeling good, and having fun is important at any age. Oh, and we promise not to use your email for anything other than our posts.  And, if you like what you see/read – please share with your friends.  We appreciate it!  💕

Book Review: When Life Gives You Lululemons

If you enjoyed reading The Devil Wears Prada or seeing Meryll Streep’s iconic performance in the movie over a decade ago you will not be disappointed by Lauren Weisberger’s latest book, When Life Gives You Lululemons.  Book Review When Life Gives You LululemonsWhen Life Gives You Lululemons  follows Emily (think Emily Blunt’s character in The Devil Wears Prada) after her stint as Miranda’s Priestly’s assistant.  Years later, we find Emily running a successful PR firm that specializes in advising celebs on what to do after they’ve made a poor decision (I know, what celeb would ever do that?).

When Emily’s much younger competitor starts to undercut her business, Emily finds herself in the suburbs of Connecticut staying with an old friend and coming to the support of one of the Runway models she worked with years ago.

When Life Gives You Lululemons  captures the difficult choices that women face as we enter different phases of our lives – questioning our changing roles as wives, mothers,  friends, and professionals.   Sound heavy?  It isn’t.  Weisberger intermingles this with the ultimate guilty pleasure – revenge.  This is a book that we can all connect with on some level and will have you walking away smiling.  A great read for the summer!  And as Miranda Priestly would say, “that’s all…”

New to Nearly All Things?

You don’t have to be!  Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, or here on our blog.  We promise not to use your email for anything other than our posts.  We’re sharing secrets for feeling good, looking good, and having fun  – so don’t miss out!  And please share too –  it really helps to promote our blog so we can keep posting more articles for you 😉

Book Review : Crazy Rich Asians

Rachel Chu is happy.  She is a professor of economics at NYU and dating her amazingly handsome coworker that has changed her mind about Asian men.  When he asks her to visit Asia with him for the summer and meet his family, she is sure that he will be popping the question. However, upon their arrival in Singapore, it becomes apparent that Nick has been keeping quite a few secrets about his family’s extraordinary wealth and the fact that he is Singapore’s most prominent bachelor. What Rachel envisions to be a fun and exciting summer, turns into a lesson on the intricate hierarchy of wealthy, Asian families in Singapore.   Rachel is left questioning if there is a place for her within this absurdly affluent society.

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan is a light-hearted sneak peek into the lives of Singapore’s wealthiest.  From private jets and yachts, couture fashion, priceless art, and over-the-top weddings, Kevin Kwan paints a fantastical, yet surprisingly realistic portrait about the unique personalities of the ultra-wealthy and the emotional price tag associated with having it all.  A great, quick read for your next summer trip!

New to Nearly All Things?

You don’t have to be!  Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, or here on our blog.  We promise not to use your email for anything other than our posts.  We’re sharing secrets for feeling good, looking good, and having fun  – so don’t miss out!  And please share too –  it really helps to promote our blog so we can keep posting more articles for you 😉

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?




Book Review: The Beauty of Dirty Skin

The Beauty of Dirty Skin, the Surprising Science of Looking and Feeling Radiant from the Inside Out by leading dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe is a must-read for anyone looking to slow down the aging process and improve their skin’s appearance.  Not only will you learn which foods, actions, and products may be impeding your skin care, but more importantly, you will learn why.

In her book, The Beauty of Dirty Skin, Dr. Whitney Bowe explains the interrelatedness of our gut, our mind and our skin. Research over recent years has been telling us that what we put in our mouths matter. In this book, you will learn the science behind our gut and how that plays a role in our skincare.  In her three-week plan, you will learn how to attack skin issues, through improving your gut’s natural biome and how to take simple, actionable steps to clear your mind and diet for better, and clearer skin.

Although the scientific explanation can get a bit lengthy at times, we found it useful for understanding why you need to change your approach to skincare.  Once you get through the science behind this , she divulges want you really want to hear – what you should eat, what type of vitamins you need to take, proper skincare products, how to exercise and why you need to meditate. Some of the information Dr. Bowe presents may already be familiar to you, but there is so much more to learn from this book.

Both of us loved this book and we think you will too. Here’s what Ashlee had to say:
Listen, I have tried it all… seriously.  I love her plan.  It made me feel like I could really do this.  SO, I am.  I know you are thinking you have to give up all those things you love but I promise you can still have chocolate, just have the right kind.  You can still have wine maybe not as much as you like or I like but it’s reasonable.  You can still have good food, just cut out the stuff you already know is not good for you.  I won’t lie and tell you its a cake walk – but is it doable?  Yes!
Ashlee, inspired by the book is currently on day 8 of the program and will report back when she’s finished to let you know how she feels, if it changed her skin for the better, if her mind is more clear,  and if she lost any weight (an added side bonus of this program!).
Here’s what Libby had to say:
I’m always reading articles and books on how to improve my health, stay fit and how to improve my skin as I age.  This book combines all of those topics and showed me what I was missing, especially when it comes to the importance of probiotics for my gut and in  my skincare line-up.  I am following Dr. Bowe’s advice and have already seen improvements to my skin.  I’m really excited to have this book as a reference for vitamins, advice on probiotics, recipes, and natural masks that i can make at home to combat specific skin issues. 
The beauty of this book is that it finally gives us what we are all looking for  – a manageable way to take care of our skin for the long haul.  The book will be released April 17th, 2018.  You can preorder it from Amazon here. 

 Join us on this journey to a healthier gut, mind, and skin. Come back and post when you are finished reading it. We’d love to hear from you!  Also, our posts for the next several weeks will include some cool things we learned from this book and associated product reviews.  Make sure you follow us so you don’t miss out!   We will also be posting a give-away of The Beauty of Dirty Skin on Instagram – so follow us there if you aren’t already. 

About the author:  Dr. Whitney Bowe is Medical Director of Integrative Dermatology, Aesthetics & Wellness at Advanced Dermatology, P.C., in addition to being a distinguished research scientist and a thought leader in her field. She is one of the most in-demand dermatologists in America and has lent her expertise to programs like Good Morning AmericaThe Rachael Ray Show, The Doctors, and Dr. Oz. She and her work have been featured in publications including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Allure, InStyle, VogueElleReader’s Digest, and O, The Oprah Magazine.