“Stop Overeating TODAY” Book Review & Giveaway, Part 1

love2eatinpa, 17 March 2010, 44 comments
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I was fortunate enough to be asked by author Camille Packer McConnell to read and review a book she published last year called “Stop Overeating TODAY! 33 Tips That Will Change Your Life“.

McConell is a recovered anorexic, bulimic and overeater. She got tired of living her life eating disordered, so she retrained her thoughts and actions, and succeeded in overcoming her eating disorders. She wanted to give back to the people who helped her, so she volunteered as an eating disorder recovery mentor and learned how to assist other sufferers with the difficult process of retraining the mind and establishing new habits.

Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on her book and start reading. I was not disappointed. It was full of great, down-to-earth, do-able tips that I definitely plan to employ in my recovery. I would like to share them with you.

Though I will not go through all 33 tips here, I will touch upon the ones that spoke to me the most. So it’s not too much info all at once, I’m going to break it up into two posts:

1. Tip #7 – Slow Down, Savor the Flavor and Enjoy Each Bite
Yes, we all know how important it is to eat slowly and enjoy our food instead of scarfing it down, but McConnell offers a great tip for accomplishing this – eat with your non-dominant hand, it forces you to slow down and subsequently enjoy your food. She also suggests taking sips of water between forkfuls to get out of the rhythm of stabbing food and eating it.

2. Tip #8 Get an Accountability Buddy Who Reacts Quickly
At the first moment you start to think that you are full , get rid of your food immediately. When you want to avoid overeating when you are around others, have your friend, spouse, roommate or family member take your plate away when you say a certain phrase like – “I’m full, I don’t want to eat this anymore.” At first it’s a little shocking to have your plate snatched away, but then you will feel gratitude and relief. (I can relate to this… a few posts ago I wrote about how at a dessert buffet I was at first angered that my husband stood between me and the dessert table. But after we left, I was glad that he had positioned himself there.)

3. Tip #12 Play an Empowering Role
Identifying yourself as someone who is working on self-improvement is much more empowering than calling yourself a failure. Choose a role that empowers you instead of playing the victim (to food).

4. Tip #14 – Say No to Peer Pressure
If someone is pressing you to continue to eat while you are full, give up trying to please them and do what is best for yourself. You will feel more at peace at mind at the end of the day if you are true to yourself instead of trying to endlessly please others. Play an empowering role by saying “yes” to your needs.

5. Tip #19 – Food is Not Your Friend
Overeating is not your friend. It leaves you feeling sick, disappointed, hopeless and sometimes disgusted. It turns it’s back on you. You can’t rely on food to give you excitement or console you. Don’t expect food to solve life’s problems.

6. Tip #23 – Cover it With a Napkin
If you are done eating, or don’t want to eat anymore of the food on your plate at a restaurant (or at any event in my opinion) take the napkin from your lap and put it on your plate. That way the food is no longer distracting you and you can enjoy the conversations around you.

Again, this is only a brief glance at six of the tips. I will do the other six tomorrow. The book is an easy read, written in plain, down-to-earth language. It would be great to review certain passages before going out somewhere or simply when you feel like bingeing.

Giveaway time! Ms. McConnell has promised to send a book to one of you! All you need to do is write a comment after today or tomorrow’s post and I will choose a commenter at random and the book will be sent to you. The last day to leave a comment is Sunday, March 21. I will announce the winner by Wednesday, March 24.

To read more about the book and the author, check out www.stopovereatingtips.com

FTC Disclaimer: Ms. McConnell sent me a free book for review on my blog.

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  1. christie @ honoring health
    17 March 2010, 6:39 pm

    Looks like a book I would really enjoy!
    .-= christie @ honoring health´s last blog ..A Little Help in the Kitchen =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    it does have some really good info in it!

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  2. Lisa
    17 March 2010, 6:55 pm

    Wow! This book looks like a winner-I would certainly love to read it! The tips you posted are awesome and I will be eating dinner with my right hand tonight! LOL!

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i’m so glad you are already putting one of the tips to use! let me know how it works out.

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  3. Lia
    17 March 2010, 7:01 pm

    I especially like tips # 12 and #19. As a recovered anorexic who recently swung in the opposite direction, I’m really interested in stopping NOW. Your blog has been helping and I bet this book would too.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i’m glad that those two spoke to you, lia!
    thanks for stopping by.

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  4. Alicia
    17 March 2010, 7:59 pm

    great post! I look forward to reading the rest of the tips in your next one. I love tip number twelve.
    .-= Alicia´s last blog ..restaurant review: Chinato =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks! we all give too much power to the food and act like we are victims of it. it’s interesting how changing our mindset could make so much difference in our lives.

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  5. Jody - Fit at52
    17 March 2010, 8:32 pm

    What a cool book & sounds great. I am so into saying NO to peer pressure & since we all go out a lot or many of us, this has been HUGE for me! All the points are great & people should really pay atention to that slowing down!

    Although I would love to win, I will take myself out since I bet many of your readers might need it more than I do.

    Can’t wait to read part 2!
    .-= Jody – Fit at52´s last blog ..What Should I Do with the Rest of My Life? GIVEAWAY! =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    good for you for having no issues with peer pressure. i mean, really, who is going to mess with you when they know you can kick their butt?!?! lol!!!
    you are sweet to back out of the giveaway =), thanks for your generosity.

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  6. Carly
    17 March 2010, 9:41 pm

    The book sounds interesting – balanced, and from a personal perspective. Tip #7 is definitely one that I need to focus on!
    .-= Carly´s last blog ..NEDAwareness Week =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i am guilty of eating too fast too, you’d think i was in a race. i’m definitely going to try eating with the opposite hand!

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  7. Kaylee
    17 March 2010, 11:58 pm

    Haha, I remembered how angry I would get with my brother when he was in the kitchen because heavens knows I can’t binge with someone in the kitchen to watch me heave it all in. But I never thought of twisting it into something to be thankful for. Ahh, how the brain works confuddles me sometimes. 😛

    I’d love to read the book, tho! If I don’t get my hands on it (nudgenudgewinkwink), I’m going to harass my library to get it, lol.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i remember that feeling very well, kaylee, wanting everyone to leave so i could shovel in the food without an audience.
    it is amazing that we have the power to empower ourselves instead of feeling like a victim to the food.
    thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Molly
    18 March 2010, 1:22 am

    I’m a new reader and loving your blog! Thank you for sharing something so personal. I have been searching for something to help me gain control. I was just discussing with my husband tonight that if I had some tools to help me work through the tempting times I could stop the cycles of “all or nothing”. I would love to read the book in its entirety. Tip #19 is my new mantra. If I can just remember that before a “bender” as I call them, then I can stop before I start. Thank you again – you are inspiring! Congratulations on your success!

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    glad you dropped by, molly! i love that #19 spoke to you. you never know what thought or mantra is going to be the one that gets you over the hump. i hope it works for you.

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  9. Stephanie
    18 March 2010, 9:18 am

    I would love to read this book! I think it would help me tremendously!

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    it does have a lot of common-sense stuff that we all can do.
    thanks for coming by, stephanie!

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  10. jamie
    18 March 2010, 10:19 am

    That eating with your non-dominant hand idea is great! I’m going to try it in hopes that it will slow me down! Would love to read the rest of the tips.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i’m going to try that one tonight with dinner. i really need help to stop inhaling my food as if i’m going to be the one to win some magnificent prize if i finish first. glad you stopped by, jamie!

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  11. Diana
    18 March 2010, 10:51 am

    When my good friend told me she was dissapointed in me for buying chips (the ones I ate every single day and said last time we were together were the last ones I’d get for weeks), I was shocked and hurt. How dare she?? But, I appreciated that she cared enough to say something. And, got me thinking that I need an accountability partner…someone not affraid to speak up when I’m doing something wrong! Something I said i wouldn’t do.
    Covering with a napkin isn’t enough for me usually. I either tell the waitress to remove it immediately or throw it out myself. That way I CAN’T eat it.
    Love the tips 🙂

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    that is a good friend, diana, though i’m sure it pissed you off at the time. i’m sure in hindsight you were glad that she said that and made you think twice about what you were doing. accountability is important and can be very helpful, although in the heat of the moment, it is quite shocking and angering. i haven’t tried the napkin thing yet, but plan on trying that one.

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  12. Lisa
    18 March 2010, 3:24 pm

    Those are very good tips…

    Thanks for the comment on my blog too. I really think I’m going to have to go back to how I lost it before. Intuitive eating is just too gray for me right now…

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i think you have to stick with what works. right now, weighing & measuring and calorie counting are working, so that’s what i’m stickin with.

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  13. Holly
    18 March 2010, 3:28 pm

    Wow – what an amazing book!! I LOVE all of the tips listed so far. I definitely agree about the napkin thing – I often do that at restaurants. And I never even thought about eating with my non-dominant hand! That is a great idea. The one I have to work on the most is not caring what others think – I often feel guilty when/if people give me a hard time for not eating cake at the office, etc. And I know I shouldn’t. I’m a work in progress on that one!
    .-= Holly´s last blog ..Black Bean Enchiladas =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i’m so glad you are finding the tips helpful, holly. you never know which one can make a big difference!

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  14. POD
    18 March 2010, 4:04 pm

    I think I’d need someone to slap me upside the head with the book each time I started to eat too much.
    .-= POD´s last blog ..What’s All that Racket? =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    lol! now that could work too! talk about a good friend! =)

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  15. Ameena
    18 March 2010, 5:06 pm

    This sounds like an amazing book! The tips are really useful, especially the napkin idea. I actually just hand my plate to a passing waiter so I’ll stop nibbling away!
    .-= Ameena´s last blog ..The Easy Way Out… =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    that’s another great tip, ameena, thanks!

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  16. Michelle
    18 March 2010, 5:41 pm

    I am new to your blog and have really enjoyed this post. I like the idea of eating with my non-dominant hand and actually tasting what I am eating. I think I will try this at my next meal. Now if I could only overcome the guilt of leaving uneaten food on my plate…

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i’m glad you stopped by and are enjoying the tips, michelle. good luck trying your other hand.
    have someone take the plate away from you so you don’t see the leftovers.

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  17. Carol Adams
    18 March 2010, 7:40 pm

    Sounds like a very practical book that again teaches one to love themselves etc… I would buy it for sure

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i agree!

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  18. Camille McConnell
    19 March 2010, 12:32 am

    Wow!! I am so honored. I am so glad you all like my tips. It makes me laugh that so many have mentioned the eating with the non-dominant hand. Originally, my editor wasn’t sure we should keep it in there – she said it was silly. I am glad we kept it!! It may be silly, but who cares, if it works, right?

    For all of you who don’t win the book and are interested, use the discount code “free123” and save 15% using Google Checkout. I wish I could send each and every one of you a free book!!

    It’s so rewarding to see all the awesome feedback. Best of luck to all of you in your healthy eating endeavors! 🙂

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    that is so funny that your editor wanted to take that one out! thanks for the background scoop! =)

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    Jess Reply:

    Thank you for writing this book, Ms. McConnell!

    In youth, I was taught (and self-taught) eating behaviors that made me obese throughout most of my life. I was sure I was a “normal” eater, because I didn’t know any different. Now that I do, it’s wonderful to have the type of forehead-slapping epiphanies of what normal eating really looks like. What’s even better? The tips and tricks you offer are simple, sensible, and achievable. Even practicing one tip will change that day’s eating in a positive way. When we make the conscious effort to put food in its proper place–as a part of our lives, not the center of our lives–we are able to live outside of food obsession for that day.

    To maintain my own abstinence from compulsive overeating, I constantly seek new food behaviors which can emulate normal eating behavior. I’m already using Tip #12 and #19, but it took a lot of time, trial-and-error, and OA to do it. It’s empowering to admit I’m a food addict because I am working from a place of awareness. That awareness, however, has left me bereft of eating rules. The rules I used for decades involve using food as a drug, not as nourishment.

    It’s relieving to see tools to achieve sane eating for insane eaters in print, so I can return to them when I’m challenged by my old habits.

    This book (Stop Overeating Today!) offers tips I never thought of doing–things I have *actually seen normal eaters do*. I look forward to supporting your writing career by finding this book today, if I can. I’m very excited about reading it cover to cover!

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i love having the book as a reference too! it’s really easy to see the tips. you can wait to see if you win the book, jess, or just click on it on the book carousel on the right of my blog and get it off of amazon. =)

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  19. Jess
    19 March 2010, 10:55 am

    Yeah, I’m buying this book. The tips you shared from this book really hit home with my eating disorder, and I look forward to supporting the author.

    We live in an “Act as If . . .” world as COEs. I always can use tips to make abstinence easier. So thank you for reviewing this . . . and thank you, Ms. McConnell for writing it!

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    they really hit home for me too, jess. like you, i’m open to any little nugget i can get my hands on that will keep me in recovery. don’t buy the book until i announce the winner though, you never know…. =)

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  20. Bobbie @Anonymous Fat Girl
    20 March 2010, 7:50 am

    Interesting tips. The cover your food with a napkin one is a tip I’ve never heard or tried. Definitely going to use that one. 🙂
    .-= Bobbie @Anonymous Fat Girl´s last blog ..D.C. trip in a few weeks + childhood obesity & Mrs. Obama’s efforts =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    oh good, i’m glad you found one that resonated with you. good luck with it!

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  21. Diane
    29 March 2010, 7:15 am

    I’ve bought the book but it hasn’t come yet – the one I like from this post is Food is Not Your Firend – That is so true – it isn’t – it masquerades as your friend I think. It calls to you – you’ll feel better – I give you pleasure – come eat me. Welll, not really of course but my thoughts create it. It doesn’t, in the end satisfy – it leaves you unsatisfied and self-hating – so you try more – LOL – that is actually quite funny to me – yet it can describe me.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i know, it’s a great way of looking at it, isn’t it? your friend would not make you feel sick, bloated and disgusted with yourself. if all us ed’d people could just hang on to that perspective…

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