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Tennie McCarty
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Shades of Hope: A Program to Stop Dieting and Start Living

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One of the foremost experts on eating addiction, Tennie McCarty uses her own inspiring story, as well as the treatment from her famous retreat center, Shades of Hope, to help readers break the endless cycle of diets.
This is not a guide to losing weight. There are millions of people who bounce from one diet to another without understanding why because they never look beyon...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by Putnam Adult
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This is about food addictions. I am not grossly overweight, but I have been walking an average of 20 miles/week for a year, and my weight hasn't dropped as much as I'd like it to. So, after having a physical exam, my doctor said I should weigh a lot less if I really do that much walking. ( I do, I track it on my smart phone and record the mileage on an exercise chart.) The answer must be in what I eat. I know that I am an emotional eater, and if food is in front of me in the office, I eventually...more
Diane Mulligan
I have read A LOT of books about giving up dieting in favor of a saner, healthier lifestyle. This is the worst one I've ever read. The advice is buried in rambling chapters in which the author makes herself out to be anything but sympathetic and describes her patients in disturbingly critical ways. The final instruction that everyone needs to be on an "abstinence eating plan" to curb food addiction is basically saying, "you need to go on a strict diet for the rest of your life," which clearly un...more
Missy  Miller
SPOT on in linking and helping people understand that their eating disorders, food compulsions and obsessions, weight problems...etc are addiction.

The term "addiction" is hard to swallow and so many people miss the mark. This book is for people who - beyond suspecting...kind of know they have a problem but they don't know why or exactly what is making them eat/not eat.

This book explains perfectly, and provides many exercises you can do to explore your emotional core (I skipped that. I'm in the...more
I've known of Tennie McCarty and her treatment center in Texas, Shades of Hope, for several years now, and was supposed to go do some training with her 2 years ago, but I didn't. I recently had the opportunity to spend an hour and a half in the car with her (long story), and found her terribly delightful. I am really hoping after I graduate to be able to finally go spend some time with her at Shades and learn from one of the masters. This is a great primer on the destructive power of food addict...more
I liked the stories in this book and think the message is powerful, but I could've done without all the god talk. Not everyone is religious or spiritual, so that part of this book was annoying. Outside of that, this was a good book.
If you have struggled with food issues either compulsive overeating, binging/purging or anorexia this book is for you. Shades of Hope does good work and has a excellent reputation in our local area and around the country as well.
Jamie Holloway
Took me a long time to finish this book. You cannot just read this without taking small breaks to process the impact of Tennie's words.
Enlightening about food being an addiction for some.
Laura Jablinski
This book is one I am sure to read again many times.
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