“Stop Overeating TODAY!” Book Review & Giveaway, Part 2

love2eatinpa, 18 March 2010, 30 comments
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Today I’m giving the rest of the tips that particularly spoke to me from this great book I read by Camille Packer McConnell, “Stop Overeating TODAY! 33 Tips That Will Change Your Life.”

Once again, 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.

The book is full of great, down-to-earth, do-able tips that I definitely plan to employ in my recovery.

Here are six more to follow the six I gave yesterday:

1. Tip #25 Take After Dinner Conversation Away from the Table
It is not uncommon for a group of people to finish eating dinner together and just sit at the table and talk. Inevitably, despite being full, because the food is sitting right there, you start eating more just because it’s there (hand raised! big problem for me.)Camille’s tip seems like a no-brainer, but take the conversation to another room and do the dishes later.

2. Tip #26 Stay Away From Trigger Foods
Some people are triggered by first bites, others if they are even in the same room with their trigger foods. Whatever your situation, don’t consider this a weakness, focus instead on the strength and wisdom you have to avoid the food, then follow through! Over time you may lose interest in these foods, but for now, keep your distance and respect yourself for taking the initiative to make a change.

3. Tip #27 Visualize Yourself Doing the Right Thing
Next time you feel tempted to overeat, visualize yourself doing the right thing. Create the entire scenario in your head, from start to finish – what will you do to resist overeating, where will you go, see yourself eating only a certain amount. Decide now! You have the power to create the outcome you want, so visualize it!

4. Tip #28 Discover What Your Body is Really Telling You
We’ve heard this before, but it’s certainly worth mentioning again. Instead of just eating because you feel like it, tune in to the bigger picture – are you bored, annoyed, happy, sad or tired. When you realize what you REALLY want, go and meet that need instead of hoping that food will take care of everything.

5. Tip #29 Think in the Third Person
It sounds strange, but actually makes a lot of sense. Imagine yourself having a conversation with a friend. It is easier to spot irrationality in other people than it is to see in ourselves. Here’s a quick example – If a woman is tempted to delve into a pint of ice cream and consume the entire thing (been there, done that!), she would think about her situation from the outside looking in. She may observe: “She wants to eat the entire pint of ice cream. She is feeling exhausted after a long, hard day at work and she feels like doing something nice for herself. She wants to feel relaxed and appreciated. She thinks that eating that entire pint of ice cream is going to help her to feel better.” This may feel crazy at first, the author says, but give it a try, it may be the most powerful tip for you.

6. Tip #33 Conclusion – Never Give Up
In trying to overcome any bad habit, we all experience failures and success. There are two things to remember that can inspire us to never give up:
1. We need to remember to have compassion for ourselves, we need to give ourselves credit for each small success.
2. When we feel angry at our weakness, we need to turn that anger away from ourselves. Instead of being angry with ourselves, we can be angry at how overeating is keeping us from living the life that we want. Visualize success.

Again, this is only a brief glance at six of the tips. 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.

Ms. McConnell has promised to send a book to one of my readers. All you need to do is write a comment and I will choose a commenter at random and a 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. Jen
    18 March 2010, 7:39 pm

    Count me in. Thanks!

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  2. Gina Fit by 41 Maybe 42
    19 March 2010, 12:16 am

    Wow. Thanks for the tips. It looks like an inspiring read.
    .-= Gina Fit by 41 Maybe 42┬┤s last blog ..Here a Doc, There a Doc, Everywhere a Doc Doc =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    it was really was, gina, i feel more empowered.

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  3. Jess
    19 March 2010, 1:53 am

    I really like the tricks. A mix of common sense and uncommon sense to help the recovering COE maintain abstinence. Thank you for reviewing this, L2EinPA.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    my pleasure! we COE’s will take any and all tips we can get, you never know which one(s) will be the one that really helps us.

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  4. Patsy
    19 March 2010, 4:04 am

    This sounds like a terrific book, but I’ll understand if the author doesn’t want to post to the UK! ­čÖé
    .-= Patsy┬┤s last blog ..The Truth… =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    you never know! =)

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  5. Barb
    19 March 2010, 5:00 am

    Love the third person idea — worth a try!

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i thought that one was really interesting too. it does make a lot of sense if you have the wherewithal to think about it like that first.

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  6. Lara (Thinspired)
    19 March 2010, 8:56 am

    These really are great tips. I would LOVE to read that book!

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    it’s definitely going to be a go-to for me. i think these tips can really work.
    thanks for stopping by, lara!

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  7. Diana
    19 March 2010, 9:16 am

    #26 is one that I definatley try to do! But, then you hear others say don’t give the food power over you like that! But, I agree with McConnell…if I have potato chips in the house I will eat them all. Calling my name.

    #29 seems really strange…but, I could see it working a little better. I may need to try this one!

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    yup, #26, i think, is when you are first starting to get a hold of your behaviors, when you know you cannot be in the presence of certain foods you just have to stay away from them. once you start to recover/improve, then i think you can move to not letting the food have power over you. #29 does seem odd, but i can really see how it could work if you take a moment to do it. good luck!

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  8. Brittany
    19 March 2010, 9:40 am

    These tips are FABULOUS! Sometimes you just need to STOP and think about what you’re doing! I used these last night and they really helped!

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    brittany, that is awesome! keep up the good work. you can do it!

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  9. Holly
    19 March 2010, 1:06 pm

    I will definitely try thinking in the third person. I have never thought to do that! I have tried the visualization thing and can definitely attest to this. Sometimes, if it’s even a possibility in my mind that I can binge, it’s usually going to happen. But lately I really try to fight that, visualize myself resisting any triggers, and it works WONDERS. But like anything, you really have to believe it will happen!

    Thank you so much for sharing these tips!
    .-= Holly┬┤s last blog ..Black Bean Enchiladas =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    your welcome! i know, holly, thinking in the 3rd person seems odd, but i think if you put your mind to it and really pose those questions to yourself, it could very well stop the binge.

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  10. Charlotte
    19 March 2010, 1:06 pm

    Looks like a great book filled with wonderful tips I could use to help me fight my eating disorder.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i feel sure that it will help me, hopefully it will help you too, charlotte.

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  11. Lisa
    19 March 2010, 1:10 pm

    It’s all about never giving up. This process can be long and daunting. We just have to keep picking ourselves back up. I like the comment about being angry with the behavior instead of ourselves as well. Good way to look at it..

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    you are right, lisa, we never can give up because being healthy is more than worth it. and yes, i found that interesting too – being angry at the behavior instead of ourselves. it’s all in the perspective, huh?

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  12. Jody - Fit ta 52
    19 March 2010, 6:07 pm

    Never give up! That is for sure! This book sounds great & there has to be things in there for anyone. Maybe we all will not do each one but plenty to choose from if you want it bad enough!

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i totally agree!

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  13. amanda
    19 March 2010, 10:51 pm

    This looks like some great tips. I could really use them more than ever after my food coma vacation.
    .-= amanda┬┤s last blog ..Las Vegas Food Porn =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    lol! i hope some of them work for you, amanda!

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  14. Rebecca Edgeworth
    20 March 2010, 3:10 pm

    Her tips for visualization are ones I have not seen before – would definitely be an interesting read.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i thought that was pretty interesting too. i know that elite athletes visualize themselves excelling, so why not apply it to food situations?

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  15. Laura T.
    21 March 2010, 10:10 am

    i would love to read this book!

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  16. Diane
    25 March 2010, 8:09 pm

    I do very well until I walk in the door after work – “She is feeling exhausted after a long, hard day at work and she feels like doing something nice for herself. She wants to feel relaxed and appreciated.” Oh my that resonates for me – that is exactly what I want. So I made a list of what actually does help me feel relaxed and appreciated. Working on doing those things instead of starting down the road of compulsive sweet eating which never works anyway. Have put in a order for the book – these look like great tips to think about and can be a good journal entry starter. Thanks very much.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    you’re so welcome! i’m happy that you found a “nugget” that really resonated with you, diane! and good for you for actually making a list of what relaxes you and makes you feel appreciated. that is so huge!

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