About The Book
What would it be like if you were able to handle the many frustrations and challenges of your life without turning to food for comfort, soothing and distraction?
Can you imagine your life free of worries about your weight and health; a life without dieting and calorie counting?
How about no more frustrating visits to the closet, wondering which size will fit today? Picture yourself feeling good every day and liking what you see reflected back in the mirror.
If you’re ready for an alternative to dieting, this book is for you. It will help you address the true causes of your overeating or imbalanced eating. I won’t ask you to count calories or weigh and measure food. Nor will I suggest exhausting workout routines. Your body has a natural weight, not overweight and not underweight. Maintaining this weight should be easy, comfortable, and intuitive.
You were born with a phenomenal mind, body, and spirit that give you a multitude of signals everyday. Emotional signals like feelings of joy, happiness, love, and contentment, and cognitive signals like empowering, positive, pleasant thoughts, let you know that your inner world is calm and serene. Physical signals like hunger, thirst, cravings, and fullness guide you to take the best care of your body and stay in balance. And spiritual signals like inspiration, purpose, and passion inform you that you’re taking good care of your soul.
Signals that are out of the ordinary, such as compulsive food cravings, weight gain, fatigue, inflammation, and pain, are your body’s way of telling you something’s out of balance. Chronic anxiety, depression, or hopelessness, and persistent negative, critical, fear-based thoughts are your mind’s way of alerting you to imbalance. Loneliness, emptiness, purposelessness, boredom, and apathy are your spirit’s way of giving
you a wake-up call.
Most likely you’ve lost some of this intuitive connection to yourself and you’re feeling imbalanced. Perhaps you’ve lost touch with your signals on many levels, and when symptoms surface you ignore or medicate them. You find yourself unable to practice suggested lifestyle changes or address health challenges because of an emotional, physical, and spiritual disconnect that sabotages your best intentions.
Your mind, body, and spirit may be screaming that they’re out of balance. This book is your repair manual. It’s your guide to learning and practicing self- and soul-care skills and body-balancing principles that will help you reconnect to yourself, pay attention to your signals, and respond appropriately to meet your needs without turning to food for comfort, soothing, distraction or excitement.
Praise For The Book
“An invaluable book that addresses the true underlying causes of overeating and weight gain. The Emotional Eater’s Repair Manual breaks new ground and offers a fresh, heartfelt approach to an age old problem. Highly recommended!”
Hyla Cass, MD, author of 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health
“So many people struggle with emotional eating and the problems it causes. In The Emotional Eater’s Repair Manual, you will find the step-by-step solution you’ve been looking for. Reassuring and calm, informative and inspiring, this book is your life line to fixing your relationship with food and gaining the health you deserve.”
Neal D. Barnard, MD, President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Washington, DC, and author of Breaking the Food Seduction and Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes
“If you are like most of us, you eat for many different reasons — to fuel your body, of course, but also for comfort, excitement, distraction, companionship and to satisfy other emotional needs. In this marvelous book, Julie Simon takes you on a journey of self-care and soul-care that will help you understand your emotional and spiritual hungers, heal your relationship with food and bring balance and happiness into your life.”
John Robbins, author ofThe Food Revolution, Diet For A New America, and No Happy Cows
“With The Emotional Eater’s Repair Manual, Simon has written a prescription for emotional eaters that is clear, frank and effective.Simon begins by explaining the problem…and the fact that another diet cannot possibly solve it. By framing the problem as emotional hunger, she is then able to explore how various forms of self-care can resolve the insanity that goes along with chronic overeating.The book is divided into three sections: mastering self-care skills, tuning up biochemistry and filling up spiritual reserves. I found it to be very well organized, and each chapter clearly made the case for skills, principles and practices that are prescribed. As I’m someone who has been medical director of a large rehab and worked with many hundreds of people with disordered eating, I have some experience in this topic.I can say with certainty that the recommendations in this book make sense and represent a very effective approach to managing emotional eating.
The book offers a recommendation for eating ‘foods consistent with your human design.’The specific suggestion for incorporating plant-based unprocessed whole foods is right on target; in my clinical experience, eating in that way offers the best chance for a resolution of the emotional eating cycle. Similarly, the sleep and exercise suggestions were accessible and right on target. Many authors have written on how to manage eating related problems and the link between emotions and what we eat. However, this book represents the best treatment I’ve read so far of a practical prescription for addressing the problem that is both scientifically grounded and easily readable.”
Omar S. Manejwala, M.D., author of Craving: Why We Can’t Seem to Get Enough
“The Emotional Eater’s Repair Manual is a must read for anyone who struggles with overeating. Julie Simon offers a beautifully written, compassion-filled guide for ending emotional eating, yo-yo dieting and poor health. She’ll show you how to nurture yourself with loving behaviors and wholesome foods and address your soul’s yearnings for joy and fulfillment. Her message is both practical and inspirational.”
Rory Freedman, co-author of Skinny Bitch
“Nearly every woman I know (including myself) has collapsed into cycles of emotional eating, and then later felt ashamed about it. Our compulsive striving for perfection, acceptance, and love from others can cause us to feel continually ‘not good enough’, depleted, and empty. In the black hole of our loneliness and pain we then turn to food to fill and soothe us. Thank goodness that Julie M. Simon’s The Emotional Eater’s Repair Manual teaches women another way. This is a compassionate and intelligent guide that can help women step out of this vicious cycle by favoring listening to one’s intuition over counting calories. By addressing all aspects of a woman’s inner and outer lives — from the science of her brain chemistry to the robustness of her social and spiritual connectedness — Simon’s anti-diet approach gives women the tools they need to finally feel comfortable in their own skin.”
Sara Avant Stover, author of Way of the Happy Woman
“[Julie Simon] writes with the compassion of a survivor as she shares the Twelve-Week Emotional Eating Recovery Program she created. . . . Simon doesn’t make quick-fix promises but she does assure readers that, at their own pace and according to their own terms, they can free themselves from emotional overeating, and that weight loss will follow naturally. . . . This book is truly unique. It packages a complete system for inner and outer change in nurturing, realistic terms with specific directions that move readers toward their goals.”
Anna Jedrziewski, Retailing Insight
“Binge, exercise, criticize thighs, repeat. Overeaters can feel awash in a downward spiral, unable to pull free and paddle to shore. Julie M. Simon’s new book on emotional eating throws a lifeline. Simon, a psychotherapist and life coach, has 20 years…Unlike the boot camp and ‘shrink the belly fat this month!’ approaches that abound in American society, Simon advocates for a gentler and more comprehensive approach. Sort out the internal imbalances, she says…and you’ll be able to heal the external problem of excess weight. Simon is an assured guide, navigating us through subjects such as self-care skills, hormone imbalances, plant-based nutrition and how to process feelings rather than turn to food for comfort. Using her techniques, a reader will be able to weave her own net of support, becoming properly nourished on many levels. How joyful to be able to finally say to your body, as Simon suggests in a journaling exercise, ‘You are safe here with me.’”
Kathryn Drury Wagner, Spirituality Health
“The Emotional Eater’s Repair Manual is the type of diet and self-help book that people who emotionally eat need to read. People who eat for emotional reasons can go on a diet and exercise program and lose weight, but often they end up right back where they were before because the underlying problems weren’t ever addressed and fixed.Julie M. Simon wrote this book based on her “Twelve-Week Emotional Eating Recovery Program” that addresses weight gain as part of an emotional and spiritual hunger and physiological imbalance. Treating someone’s problem in this way treats the whole person, not just the number on a scale, and I for one really appreciate this philosophy and outlook on it.This book doesn’t offer a quick fix to a lifelong weight problem, but it does help the reader to see their life differently, especially in relation to their eating problems. If you have struggled with your weight and are need of some help, this may just be the book that can help you with it.I highly recommend it.
Sheri Newton, http://xsherix.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-emotional-eaters-repair-manual-by.html
“The Emotional Eater’s Repair Manual may well be the last ‘weight loss’ book you will ever need to purchase. Julie Simon masterfully guides you off of the roller coaster of weight loss and emotional eating, and into a positive, healthy relationship with food. With extraordinary insight and compassion, she walks you through a personal exploration that exposes the roots of your struggles with food, and helps you to rebuild patterns of behavior that restore physical, emotional and spiritual well being.”
Brenda Davis,Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist, author of Becoming Raw