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Food: The Good Girl's Drug : How To Stop Using Food to Control Your Feelings - Sunny Sea Gold

Food: The Good Girl's Drug

How To Stop Using Food to Control Your Feelings

Paperback Published: 18th May 2011
ISBN: 9780425239032
Number Of Pages: 336
For Ages: 18+ years old

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'Filled with actionable tools, rich insight, and expert knowledge.'
- JOHANNA KANDEL, executive director of the Alliance of Eating Disorders

'Deeply personal stories of hope and recovery . . . A comprehensive survey of the topic.'

Bingeing, compulsive eating, food addiction, emotional overeating-no matter what you call it, too many women wrestle day to day with what they eat. It's a love-hate relationship that always seems to be spiralling out of control. Food: The Good Girl's Drug is one recovered binge eater's attempt to inject some sanity back into the discussion about food, body image, and overeating.

Sunny Sea Gold started fighting a binge eating disorder in her teens. But books on the topic were often aimed at housewives with kids and a white picket fence, women she had a hard time relating to. What about the girls who found themselves using all their roommate's peanut butter, nibbling from the work refrigerator, or hiding a stash of chocolate from boyfriends, and were too ashamed to say anything?

Calling on top mental health professionals, nutritionists, and fitness experts, Sunny offers real advice to a new generation fighting an age-old war. Filled with humor and compassion Food: The Good Girl's Drug is about experiences shared by so many women-whether they've been struggling their whole lives, or have recently admitted to themselves that, yes, it's more than just a bad habit.

'As I travel the country talking to young women about self-esteem, I find that far too many are obsessed with dieting and being thin . . . I'm happy I now have a book to recommend to them.'
- WHITNEY THOMPSON, winner of America's Next Top Model

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Praise for Food: the Good Girl's Drug

"Sunny Sea Gold is one of the best and most compassionate educators about women's health issues out there. She is especially strong on the emotional underpinnings of health conditions such as eating disorders and obsessive thinking about body image that have deep roots in a gender context."--Naomi Wolf, author of the New York Times bestsellers The Beauty Myth, The End of America and Give Me Liberty

"Filled with actionable tools, rich insight, and expert knowledge."--Johanna Kandel, Executive Director of The Alliance of Eating Disorders

"Sharing deeply personal stories of hope and recovery from the prison of problematic relationships with food, eating and exercise, Sunny Gold and the brave women who with her offer their insights contribute to a comprehensive survey of the topic in a manner that is remarkably, if you will....easily digestible."--Dr. Drew Pinsky, M.D.

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Forewordp. xv
understanding what's going on between you and food
Would Someone Please Explain Why Can't I Stop Eating?p. 3
What is Binge Eating Disorder, and Do I Have It?p. 8
What Eating Disorders Can Do to Your Bodyp. 10
What Exactly Is a "Binge," Anyway?p. 11
How Many People Binge Eat?p. 14
Are All Bingers Overweight?p. 17
Does Food Make You Miserable?p. 19
Sound Familiar? A Few Things Emotional Overeaters Have in Commonp. 22
Eating in Secretp. 23
Lying About What We Eatp. 27
Vowing to Start Overp. 30
Eating Crazy Stuffp. 32
Choosing Food over Peoplep. 34
Oh, So That's How We Got This Wayp. 39
Your Genesp. 40
Your Family's Economic Situationp. 42
Your Family Traditionsp. 44
Your Mom's Relationship with Food and Her Bodyp. 46
let the healing begin! how to start getting sane about food
It's Not About the Food: What the Real Problem Is, and How to Fix Itp. 57
What's Self-Esteem Got to Do with It?p. 58
Do You Expect Perfection?p. 60
Exercise: What Are Your "Shoulds"?p. 63
Do You Suffer from Black-and-White Thinking?p. 68
Exercise: What Irrational Beliefs Do You Have?p. 72
How Traumatic Experiences in Our Pasts Push Us Toward Foodp. 74
Exercise: What Are You Avoiding?p. 81
Yes, You Can Interrupt a Bingep. 84
Trigger: Stress Overloadp. 86
Exercise: Impulse Substitutionp. 90
Trigger: Angerp. 91
Trigger: Anxiety!!!p. 94
More Binge Triggersp. 98
A Very Real, Very Serious Binge Trigger: Depressionp. 99
Strategies for Avoiding a Binge and Getting What You Really Needp. 100
The Emotional "Toolbox" Every Young Woman Needsp. 110
Tool: Physical Activityp. 112
Yoga: The Perfect Exercise for Binge Eaters?p. 117
Tool: Supportp. 118
Tool: Therapyp. 123
Therapy 101: What Is It, How Do I Pay for It, and Where Do I Get It?p. 127
Tool: Readingp. 130
Tool: Meditationp. 132
Meditation 101p. 135
Tool: Spiritualityp. 137
Learning to Love Your Body (or at Least Not Hate It)p. 144
Body Image Quizp. 145
For Women, Body Hate Starts Earlyp. 147
Society's Idea of What's Beautifulp. 149
Media Images 101: A Quick Reality Checkp. 152
Sometimes Body Image Isn't About Your Body at Allp. 154
Exercise: The "Then What?" Gamep. 155
Exercise: Track Your Negative Body Thoughtsp. 159
Creating Your Own Idea of What's Beautifulp. 160
Healthy Girls Don't Dietp. 165
But What if I'm Truly Obese?p. 172
Get Back in Touch with Your Hungerp. 173
Exercise: Start a Food and Hunger Journalp. 175
Create a Plan for Feeding Yourself Wellp. 176
Eat a Balance of Foodsp. 182
Give Yourself a Fighting Chance!p. 186
Know that the Way You Eat Will Change Again and Againp. 188
living your life without relying on the good girl's drug
How to Deal with Friends, Loved Ones, and Food Pushersp. 193
Food and Your Friendsp. 194
Should You Tell People You Date About Your Food Issues?p. 199
Dealing with Loved Ones Who Don't Get Itp. 203
What Life Is Like When You Get Sane About Foodp. 209
What Does Being "Recovered" Really Mean?p. 210
Why It's Important to Celebrate All Your Little Victoriesp. 213
Letting Go of the Good Girls's Drug Is Hard, but It's So Worth Itp. 214
Resources: Where to Go for More Helpp. 219
Support Groups 101: How to Find One Near Youp. 219
Further Reading: Recommended Booksp. 221
Online Resources: Recommended Websitesp. 222
Eating Disorder Treatment Centers: Inpatient and Outpatient Programsp. 223
Sources Citedp. 225
Expertsp. 229
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ISBN: 9780425239032
ISBN-10: 0425239039
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
For Grades: 12
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 18th May 2011
Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 13.9  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 1