This book has made a significant impression on me and my way of thinking about my eating, thinking and how I see myself, so I wanted to recommend it to you.
My sister-in-law brought it over for me to read when she returned a book I had loaned her. Mainly because of my SIL’s recommendation, but also because I was intrigued by its catchy title, I promised myself I would at least read some of it. Well, I read it cover to cover and now I’ve ordered my own copy! When I get my copy I plan to read it again and spend more time on the questions at the end of each chapter.
One of the things that Karen Scalf Linamen says that just struck me as so true and such an original thought was this:
I wouldn’t do something horrible to a friend just to solve a problem … I wouldn’t ask a friend who wasn’t hungry to eat a dozen donuts just to entertain me because I felt bored or restless … I definitely wouldn’t ask a friend to compromise her health so I could feel safe. I wouldn’t ask her to gain fifty pounds and have acid reflux and high blood pressure just to save me the trouble of installing locks on my doors or taking a self-defense course or even going to counseling.
I love and respect my friends. I would never ask them to suffer just to spare me the work of finding a real solution to whatever dilemmas I may be facing. So why do I think it’s okay to ask my body to pay that same price?
Besides having wonderful insights into what makes us do self-destructive things like overeating, Karen is just plain funny! As attested to by the titles of some of her other books (which I have also ordered): Only Nuns Change Habits Overnight, Due to Rising Energy Costs, the Light at the End of the Tunnel Has Been Turned Off and Sometimes I Wake Up Grumpy and Sometimes I Let Him Sleep. How can you not want to read books with those titles?
I’ve only read this one book so far by Ms. Linamen, but if the others are half as good as this one, I think I have a new favorite author!