I recently had to travel for work, and pulled out this little book that had been sitting on my bookshelf. I had bought it from Amazon. It was on my “recommended for you” list, and it looked good. (They do a pretty good job with those, don’t they? I don’t know what the algorithm is, but it’s pretty impressive.) I’m writing it up now, before months go by like they did for my review of Generation Gluten Free.
The book was my plane reading, and it kept me both engrossed and entertained.
It will do the same for you, whether you are celiac and on a gluten free diet, living gluten free for other reasons, (like gluten intolerance, or avoidance of lectins-which by the way I will be touching on in a post next week) or not gluten free at all. It really doesn’t matter.
If you are human, and you eat food, and you wonder if your eating is spurred by more than just physical hunger, you need to read this book.
It’s called Hungry: Lessons Learned on the Journey from Fat to Thin by Allen Zadoff.
The longer I’m in this game of nutrition and fitness the more I see that weight issues are very rarely just about the physical aspect of eating.
Eating is so tied into emotions for us. Eating is celebration, eating is family, eating is love, eating is sorrow.
I’ve learned through my experiences in both the fitness industry and in “real life” that sometimes those individuals who look like they have the perfect body, the perfect life, are sometimes the most messed up of all.
In “Hungry,” Allen explores his journey in losing, regaining, and finally losing again, weight over a 28 year period. In his journey he finds that life is not perfect when you are thin, and that there so many issues to deal with when it comes to food. Although we all have our own personal journey, his story is very relateable.
He shares his discoveries of what helped him lose, and helps him maintain, his weight. Here’s a hint-it’s not necessarily about counting calories. You’ll have to read the book.
“Hungry” is an exploration of the psychological issues with eating and overeating; the awareness, recognition, and finally success over them.
You may not go through the same exact issues as Allen did, but I’m sure you can find tidbits where you can relate.
With Allen, you travel through despair, hopelessness, resignation, determination, reflection, and finally motivation and success.
Read this book, and take from it what will help you on your journey.
Even with a better handle on the psychology of weight loss, weight gain and overeating, you still need strategies for the physical aspects.
For that, you can check out Gluten Free and Fit 101.
I’m curious to hear-what psychological issues with food have surprised you, either in yourself, or what you’ve seen in others?