Synopses & Reviews
is based on the simple premise that when our behaviors dont align with our expressed intentions, weve got a conflict going on, often outside of our awareness. The book helps readers dig deeply into their psyches to figure out what mistaken beliefs and needless fears are holding them back from achieving their health and fitness goals. The polarized feelings for disregulated eaters to identify and resolve fall within these seven key areas: 1) create lasting change, 2) making conscious choices, 3) feel deserving, 4) how to comfort themselves, 5) know what's enough, 6) manage intimacy, and 7) developing a healthy identity.
Starting Monday first helps readers unearth their mixed feelings in these seven areas, then teaches them how to change their beliefs and behaviors to resolve them. Using humor, plain talk, examples from her clinical experience, reflection exercises, case studies, and homework, Koenig lets troubled eaters know that their yo-yo patterns of eating and self care are due to conflicts. She shies away from easy answers and, instead, provides hope and concrete actions to developing a permanent, positive relationship with food.
About the Author
Karen R. Koenig, LCSW, M.Ed.,
is a psychotherapist, international eating coach, national educator, and popular author of four books on eating and weight. She is an expert on the psychology of eatingthe how and why, not the what of itis best known for her non-diet, eating normal” approach to making peace with food, and has worked in the field of eating disorders for 30 years.
Her first two books set the stage for her "normal" eating series, The Rules of "Normal" Eating (Gürze Books, 2005) and The Food and Feelings Workbook, and she is also the author of What Every Therapist Needs to Know about Treating Eating and Weight Issues (Norton Professional Books, 2008) and Nice Girls Finish Fat (Simon and Schuster, 2009). Her books have been translated into 10 foreign languages.
Ms. Koenig practices in Sarasota, FL, moderates an online Food and Feelings message board, and authors two blogs.
Table of Contents
Barriers to Normal” Eating
1 - Why Its Hard to Change Our Eating
(Help, My Mouth Has A Mind Of Its Own!)
2 - Reasons We Want to Eat Normally”
(Stop Me When I Get To Infinity!)
3 - How Internal Conflicts Prevent Us From Eating Normally”
(In This Corner We Have Me and In This Corner We HaveMe!)
The Seven Keys
4 - Create Lasting Change
(Cant I Just Wish Upon A Star?)
5 - Make Conscious Choices
(How Come When I Lash Out, I Hit Me?)
6 - Feel Deserving
(When Im Good Im Very, Very Good and When Im Bad I Head For The Fridge!)
7 - Comfort Yourself Effectively
(Im Better At Licking The Bowl Than My Problems!)
8 - Know Whats Enough
(Is Enough Ever Really Enough?)
9 - Manage Intimacy
(Cant I Be A Super Attractive Invisible Person?)
10 - Develop a Healthy Identity
(If I Say Goodbye To My Identity, Will It Miss Me?)
11 - Resolving Internal Conflicts for Good
(Im Gonna Sit Here And Break Bread With Myself!)