Food is considered a necessity which we require to live. When does it become our nemesis? Sure, the necessity is there, but there are so many tempting foods out there that we know aren’t good for us, but we can’t resist the urge to indulge. Sure, you eat because you’re hungry, but might you also be eating when you’re stressed out? Had an exceptionally bad day at work? Or just bored? Do you know how to enjoy your food, not only for the sake of making you feel better? Those treats you like to indulge in aren’t bad, they just need to be eaten in moderation.
Eating has grown to become an enjoyable pastime. Gathering together on holidays and special occasions. Bringing the family together and creating family traditions with meals you prepared, passing on those secret family recipes to the next generation. Cooking simply to fulfill a need isn’t the way the majority of people look at food today.
If you are emotionally eating to fill a void in your life, why do you turn to food? Do you realize you are even doing it? It can effect men as well as women. This book is going to explain what exactly emotional eating is, why you do it and how you can control it. For the sake of your health, don’t let food control you anymore – take back your control.
A fascinating and scientific look into why we eat what we eat. I am a food addict, and I think it’s the hardest addiction in the world, because we don’t have to take drugs or drink alcohol, but we do have to eat. There is no such thing as being a recovering addict. The best you can hope for is to be a functioning addict—because food is always there. I think the author would disagree with that, and say you can be cured by altering your diet. With respect, I would say that is retraining and reconditioning—not a cure. That cliff is still there, and you are still standing on it—just a couple of stones lighter.
The writing in this book is excellent. It is very intelligent and comes from a place of knowledge. It looks at every aspect of overeating from a physical, emotional and mental perspective. It puts the facts across in a no-nonsense, clear way that is easy to understand without being patronisingly simple.
I was surprised at the level of science in the book. We go deep into the physiological make-up and biology of the gut and it’s workings. We look at various and often opposing hormones and are shown how they work and directly relate to weight—and more importantly, hunger.
This is one of the best books I’ve read on the subject. We all know ‘Eat less/excerscise more,’ but this author understands how difficult that is for some of us. He takes a common sense approach to making tiny changes. He doesn’t ask you to step away from the cookie jar. He says ‘Don’t have four cookies, take three.’ There are tips on retraining your body to expect and want—then need, less food. He reminds us how good it is to get out of the office and go for a walk. We look at the endorphins that are released and why that makes you feel good, and proud, and better than you have all week.
This book made me want to walk. Did I do it. No. But I will, it’s still winter here in bleak old England. We’re waiting for the weather to get warmer and then the dogs will get longer than their ten minute run—if only at the weekend when life is slower.
There are good foodies—and not so good foodies. We, fall-at-the-wayside, foodies should have this book on our nightstand at all times. No, not to stand your slice of cake on.
It is inspiring. It is informative and intelligent and it shows you why you do what you do, and it gives you the tools you need to fix it. All you have to do is open the tool box and choose a wrench not a litre of ice cream.
I highly recommend this to anybody who wants to make a real difference in their lives. Brilliant book with some sage advice.
Jason Newman’s other book is about alcohol consumption. And I believe there is a new one in the offing regarding mental and physical wellbeing.
Katherine Black / Susan (Sooz) Simpson
Founder of Best Book Editors
Katherine has held almost every single job imaginable, from painting gnomes to zookeeper. She spent most of her life in the caring profession and has managed both a nursing home and a care agency. But her passion for the written language always brings her home to novel writing.
Born in Tyne-and-Wear, North-East England, she has settled in the beautiful Lake District, Cumbria, with her partner, two dogs, a cat, an iguana and a python (just don’t ask her which of those six things is her favourite!).
She specialises in content creation and social media outreach, and has been a developmental editor for hundreds of clients. She owns and operates bestbookeditors.com where she helps foundling authors polish their skills. However, after being diagnosed with a dramatic brain condition in 2022, she has had to let 23 staff go, and scale back the business. BBE is still very much open, we are just fewer and can’t take as much work on.
Katherine Black is the author of psychological thriller/detective/fantasy adventure novels.