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Title:
Women, food, and desire : embrace your cravings, make peace with food, reclaim your body
Author:
Jamieson, Alexandra, 1975-
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Edition:
First Gallery Books hardcover edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Gallery Books, 2015.
Physical Description:
ix, 243 pages ; 24 cm
Summary:
"A holistic health counselor and co-star of award-winning documentary Super Size Me explores women's cravings--for food, sleep, sex, movement, companionship, inspiration--and teaches them to listen to their bodies for a healthier, fuller life. Transformational health expert Alexandra Jamieson is a woman on a mission. Having overcome her own food addictions and the weight and health problems these habits caused, she learned something life-altering: when we listen to our cravings, they will lead us onto the path of deep healing. Since her own personal breakthrough more than a decade ago, Alexandra has dedicated her life to helping other women learn to listen to the wisdom of their cravings and make food their greatest ally as they step into their lives with authentic passion. In this powerfully feminine manifesto, Alexandra dares us to face our cravings head-on, to make the self-commitment to no longer hide out behind food, self-loathing, or the limiting expectations of others. With love, deep compassion, and fearless honesty, she calls upon all of us to boldly use food as a tool to cleanse ourselves of the nutritional, emotional, physical, and mental blocks that limit our ability to live full, meaningful, and joyful lives. In this book she'll show us how:

"The prescriptive answer to WOMEN, FOOD, AND GOD, Alexandra Jamieson's WOMEN, FOOD, AND DESIRE explores women's cravings--for food, sleep, sex, movement, companionship, inspiration--and teaches readers to listen to their bodies and learn to correctly interpret the signs of imbalance in order to satisfy their needs in a healthful way"--
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781476765044

9781476765068
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A holistic health counselor and co-star of award-winning documentary Super Size Me explores women's cravings--for food, sleep, sex, movement, companionship, inspiration--and teaches them to listen to their bodies for a healthier, fuller life.

Transformational health expert Alexandra Jamieson is a woman on a mission. Having overcome her own food addictions and the weight and health problems these habits caused, she learned something life-altering: when we listen to our cravings, they will lead us onto the path of deep healing. Since her own personal breakthrough more than a decade ago, Alexandra has dedicated her life to helping other women learn to listen to the wisdom of their cravings and make food their greatest ally as they step into their lives with authentic passion.

In this powerfully feminine manifesto, Alexandra dares us to face our cravings head-on, to make the self-commitment to no longer hide out behind food, self-loathing, or the limiting expectations of others. With love, deep compassion, and fearless honesty, she calls upon all of us to boldly use food as a tool to cleanse ourselves of the nutritional, emotional, physical, and mental blocks that limit our ability to live full, meaningful, and joyful lives.

In this book she'll show us how:
#65533; Our cravings are the gatekeepers of our deepest longings and desires
#65533; Transforming habits set us free
#65533; Detoxing unclutters our bodies and minds so we may engage in our lives with more power and authenticity
#65533; Embracing our sexual selves makes us more powerful
#65533; Trusting ourselves and surrounding ourselves with a nurturing community is essential for a vital, healthy, hot life


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Holistic nutrition coach Jamieson (Vegan Cooking for Dummies) shares a healthy and healing approach to eating well and listening to the body and heart's true desires. For women in particular, this involves replacing feelings of "shame, guilt, and discomfort" surrounding food and learning to "dismantle the [inner] negative monologue" about body image. Refreshingly, Jamieson denounces typical dieting and abnegation, calling them "too restrictive" and "unsustainable," and going so far as to state that "sometimes it's OK to just eat the chocolate." Instead, she advises making eating an intuitive process and using a hunger-monitoring scale to decide when and how much to consume. The feminist perspective and focus on self-care, as well as Jamieson's honesty about her own struggles, create a compelling authenticity. This is balanced with information on the neuroscience of cravings, how to break eating habits ingrained since childhood, and smart tactics for food shopping. She offers a version of the familiar elimination diet that involves cutting out six "toxic" ingredients, one at a time, to better judge how each may be affecting you. Other topics include cultivating a fulfilling sex life rather than using food to satisfy desires, getting adequate rest, and taking a pleasure-seeking rather than punitive approach to fitness. Far from another faddish diet guru, Jamieson guides readers into revolutionizing their entire relationship with food and their bodies. Agent: Wendy Sherman, Wendy Sherman and Associates. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

The latest diet strategy has been to eat "mindfully"-that is, to think about each bite you take, to stop reaching into the box of popcorn automatically. Jamieson, costar of the well-respected documentary Super Size Me (2004), takes this concept to every area of life. She recommends examining cravings, whether for food or for sex, for shopping or texting. Her theory is that we can identify the underlying causes: we use these crutches to minimize our pain. By identifying our motivations, we can negate the cravings. This approach may well be effective, however, Jamieson is somewhat vague on how to go about uncovering our true problems. She believes in detoxing the body, not with purgatives but by giving up-serially-sugar, caffeine, dairy, gluten, corn, and soy. These tend to be found in highly processed foods and are believed to cause inflammation, which leads us to crave more. She argues that once these elements are removed from our diet, our thinking becomes clearer, and we're better equipped to conquer the urges. Mindfulness in all things is the author's mantra: if you truly listen to your body, it will tell you what it needs. VERDICT Jamieson's provocative thesis will probably be popular with the self-help crowd.-Susan B. Hagloch, formerly with Tuscarawas Cty. P.L., New Philadelphia, OH (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Introduction: Tapping into Desirep. 1
Chapter 1 What Do You Crave?p. 17
Chapter 2 How Habits Happenp. 35
Chapter 3 The Brain-Body Connectionp. 61
Chapter 4 How to Be in Your Bodyp. 79
Chapter 5 Detoxing to Discover Who You Really Arep. 96
Chapter 6 Making Peace with Foodp. 117
Chapter 7 The Importance of Trusting Your Gutp. 133
Chapter 8 Relishing Your Body's Capacity for Pleasurep. 154
Chapter 9 Rest and Rejuvenationp. 176
Chapter 10 Stepping into the Sunp. 192
Chapter 11 Beginning Anew with Foodp. 207
Chapter 12 How Desire Will Set You Freep. 227
Acknowledgmentsp. 241