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Outsmarting Overeating

Boost Your Life Skills, End Your Food Problems

(New World Library, 2015)

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.

Readers' Reviews

“Obviously, Outsmarting Overeating provides Karen Koenig's practical counsel to people who love to eat, but it is much more than that. I think it is a book for all people who hunger for a more contented life. Anyone reading it can do what I did. I chose what I most depend on to feel good and plugged in the name of that idol to replace the word "food". This was beneficial because the book is full of applicable instruction. It's a training course for life. Ms. Koenig includes a before and after life skills assessment exercise as well as several "Get Smart!" inserted questions to consider in each chapter . This all led me to dig deeper for the truth that would set me free. The book is written in an amusing, personal, warm voice, so it is an enjoyable read.”

“When I first got Outsmarting Overeating I scanned through a bit of it and put it down. Over and Over. Because it is not a "breezy" self help book, I was not reading it steadily and certainly not from cover to cover. But again, and again I would be hooked by something the author would say. She is coming from a very different angle - the angle that I apparently needed because it is transforming me. Yes, I fought it, but when I actually started using her suggestions I noticed that I was getting to some core issues that I have avoided for many decades.”

“Two important messages of Outsmarting Overeating are: Be kind and compassionate to yourself. And remember to take baby steps as you begin to think differently about eating, fitness and lifestyle. This book is a gold mine of information for anyone who needs guidance regulating their eating habits.”