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Life is Hard, Food is Easy: The 5-Step Plan to Overcome Emotional Eating and Lose Weight on Any Diet

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Linda Spangle, founder and director of the highly successful WINNERS for Life wellness and weight-loss clinic, offers hope to those who want to take control over their eating habits and lose weight for good. Life Is Hard, Food Is Easy will completely change the way you think about food, giving you a powerful strategy for conquering your emotional eating habits and achievin ...more
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Published January 7th 2011 by Regnery Publishing, Inc., An Eagle Publishing Company (first published December 1st 2002)
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Nov 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So far I'm loving it. I don't think I'm an "emotional eater"--I just like the taste of yummy food and would like to keep on tasting it. But I heard some glowing reviews of the book and thought it would be an interesting read. It totally is, so far. I'm about halfway through. Some of her theories that I think are fascinating is that kind of foods you are craving can be used to decode what you are worrying about/feeling. For example, a specific food that you suddenly crave, especially one with cru ...more
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book to be helpful for me and issues of overeating and emotional eating. There are concrete steps, examples, and exercises. I wanted to read the whole book before doing the exercises, but it seemed like she encouraged doing them as you read. The examples from other people's lives weren't my favorite because I couldn't generally relate, but they were useful in some instances to show how an exercise could be done. I like the set-up of the book and I think it's organized well. I'd reco ...more
Mary Kenyon
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well researched and well written. I have been more mindful of my eating since reading this wonderful book. One caveat, however~ when the author talked about how important human touch and contact is, and to find someone to hug, I had to stop myself from crying. I am a widow and I live in a house with two teenage girls who resist hugs. I can go days, and even weeks, without a touch or a hug, and I'm only 57 years old. I bet my widowed mother went even longer. This advice is not realistic for some ...more
Sharon Easterling
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: weight-loss
This was a great book! I used it in a book club with some of my Weight watchers members. It really helped us talk about and address some of the reasons we struggle with emotional eating. It provided many strategies to help us cope and build a better foundation for our weight loss journey. Personally, it helped me not only with my weight loss thoughts and feelings but also about my struggles with my anxiety as well as my thoughts and feelings as I work on being a better leader. This is definitely ...more
Sus Ana
Dec 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anyone who has struggled with an eating disorder knows that it's not about the food. Food is used as a buffer against those uncomfortable and painful feelings we try hard to suppress. Spangle not only digs deep into finding out why we eat when we're not physically hungry, but also gives a myriad of ways we can start to overcome our disorder, to the point where we ingest food for only two reasons: 1) as fuel, and 2)because we enjoy the taste of the particular food item.
Sep 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit - I didn't finish it...I didn't make the time before it was due back at the library. HOWEVER, I read about half and it was very interesting and applicable! It really helped me open my eyes about how much of my eating is emotional. When I'm really ready to do something about it I may come back to this book for ideas.
Mary Jedlicka Humston
This book is an excellent tool to have while journeying along the weight loss path. I found the steps and suggestions quite helpful. I intend to re-read this because I know I will gain new insights each time. This is a "must-read" for all those challenged with emotional eating or those who want sound advice and help while losing weight and keeping it off.
Oct 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book discusses types of emotional eating and processes for overcoming it. It acknowledges grief and other changes in life that lead to emotional eating. It has helpful discussions about re-framing emotions and thinking about feelings. The primary focus is to address emotions.
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best book I've ever read on weightloss. This book isn't about dieting, it's about finding yourself. Learning new ways to do things,new ways to think. If your thinking of dieting you NEED to read this book. It will change everything.
Nov 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
I thought this was an insightful book on emotional eating.
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Linda Spangle, RN, MA, is a weight-management coach recognized nationally as a leading authority on emotional eating and other psychological issues of weight loss.

A registered nurse with a master’s degree in health education, Linda Spangle is a skilled teacher, counselor and writer. She is the owner of Weight Loss for Life, a healthy lifestyles coaching and training program located in Denver, Col
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