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Use Life Skills, Not Willpower, to Stop Overeating
The reason you turn to food when you’re stressed or distressed is that you don’t have better ways of managing life’s ups and downs. According to Karen R. Koenig, an expert on the psychology of eating, you can transform your eating habits — and your life — by developing effective life skills. When you have enhanced skills, you won’t need to turn to mindless eating to make it through the day and will get the best out of life rather than letting life get the best of you. With Koenig’s guidance, you’ll learn how to establish and maintain functional relationships, take care of yourself physically and emotionally, think rationally, and create a passionate, joyful, and meaningful life. When these behaviors take root and become automatic, food becomes what it is meant to be: nourishment and one of life’s many pleasures.
Karen R. Koenig, LCSW, MEd, is a psychotherapist with private clients, educator, eating coach, speaker, and expert on the psychology of eating. For the past 30 years, she has successfully treated people with major, long-term eating and weight problems. The author of six previous books, her writing has also appeared in social work journals (including Social Work Today and Eating Disorders Today and major newspapers (including The Boston Globe. She is frequently quoted as an expert in popular magazines and major newspapers. A founding member of the Greater Boston Collaborative for Body Image and Eating Disorders, she served on the Professional Advisory Board of the Massachusetts Eating Disorder Association. She has taught seminars and lectured at Simmons College School of Social Work, Boston University School of Social Work, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, the National Organization for Women, the University of South Florida Department of Social Work, and the Manatee Women’s Resource Center. She lives in Sarasota, FL.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1 Life Skills Preassessment 5
Chapter 1. The Definition and Purpose of Life Skills Is Excelling at Cleaning My Plate a Life Skill? 11
Chapter 2. Wellness and Physical Self-Care You Mean My Body’s Not Like a Self-Cleaning Oven? 29
Chapter 3. Handling Emotions I Thought That’s What a Spoon and Fork Were For! 47
Chapter 4. Living Consciously I’m Conscious Only of Wanting to Go Unconscious! 67
Chapter 5. Building and Maintaining Relationships I Already Have a Great Relationship...with My Refrigerator! 85
Chapter 6. Self-Regulation There’s Something Besides an On-Off Switch? 103
Chapter 7. Problem Solving and Critical Thinking Is Critical Thinking Different from Thinking Critically about Myself? 123
Chapter 8. Setting and Reaching Goals What If I Can’t Get There from Here? 141
Chapter 9. Balancing Work and Play All Work and No Play Makes Jack . . . Crave a Snack! 161 Life Skills Postassessment 182
Chapter 10. Integrating Life Skills into Eating Normally” I Get It Gain the Life Skills, Lose the Food Problem! 189
Acknowledgments 203 Notes 205 Index 209 About the Author 217