This book is not another eating plan. Izadi assumes, rightly I think, that we readers know diets, foods, calories, nutrition, etc. We've read the books and tried the diets. We don't need to understand dieting. We already do. We've lost weight (and gained it back) many times. What we need to understand is ourselves, why some diets work for us, why we quit, why our motivation changes, and why we over eat in the first place.
Izadi concentrates on helping us look deep within as we move to change eating habits. We become aware of our self beliefs and increase our self awareness over all. She has included many writing exercises to help us become aware of our feelings and thoughts. I really like her mind mapping exercises. They were very helpful in creating my own eating plan, one I know I will follow.
This is a very good book for people who want to understand their relationship with food. It provides the foundation we need to develop our own goals and eating plans we know will be best for us. Izadi offers very practical ideas to help us shape our thinking about our bodies, prevent self sabotage, deal with our beliefs from childhood, and much more.
If you already know the how of losing weight but want to understand the why you do what you do, this book is for you. You'll learn how to treat yourself with forgiveness too.
You can read an excerpt here.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Shahroo Izadi has a BS in Psychosocial Sciences and a MS in Psychology and has worked in many areas of social science and addiction recovery. You can find out more at https://www.shahrooizadi.co.uk/ Photo by Lloyd Sturdy
St Martin's Essentials, 208 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.