Thursday, March 27, 2008
TAMING THE FEAST BEAST - REVIEW
When I was training with Liz I was still having a really hard time controlling my eating. Despite eating plenty of good food and setting out each day with the best intentions, I was finding myself falling off the wagon on many days.
Liz recommended that I read this book (available through Amazon.com) and I've only recently finished it. Here is my review for anybody who struggles with compulsive over-eating, binge eating or other eating disorders.
This is one of the best books I've read on this topic. Much of its content struck a real chord with me. In simple terms it outlines several irrational beliefs/excuses/justifications that over-eaters face when they eat inappropriately. Then it goes on to dispel those irrational thoughts and gives a rational alternative/explanation instead. It explains how to identify those thoughts when they happen and most importantly how to address them and not give in to the over-eating urge. It sends a very clear message that each individual is in control of themselves and it explains how to exert that control.
What I loved about it: It was easy to read, easy to understand and I could identify with the situations in it.
What I didnt like about it: The last couple of chapters were a drag as they went into great detail about 12 step programs (as used by AA) and why the program outlined in this book (called Rational Recovery) was superior. YAWN!! I didnt really care (But the logic was sound).
Would I recommend it: ABSOLUTELY. If you are level headed and a realist then this book will appeal. Take what you need from it and ignore what may not be relevant to you. Its helped me to understand why I do the things I do and I'll certainly apply its teachings when the need arises.
Posted by Magda at 8:50 PM