When I started reading “End Emotional Eating” by Jennifer Taitz, and I quickly realized I needed to share it. Published in 2012, this new book has a message that resonates with me as a person who lifts the fork when overtaken by stress of everyday life.
My obesity problems started in my preadolescence, around the the time my parents separated. Since then, I have yo-yoed up and down 100 pounds three times; once in my teens, once in my early twenties and again in my thirties. After weight loss surgery in 2006, I reached my goal only to get pregnant in 2009. In the months following my son’s birth, I found myself 80 pounds in the black. While I celebrated giving my son life, I couldn’t help but mourn the loss of all my hard work. I packed on over 100 pounds in 9 months. Who does that? An emotional eater.
Like most over eaters (who are not in denial), I know my problem is not food. Over the years, food has become my escape and my scapegoat. While I am obsessed with it and find refuge in it, my true thorn is my inability to survive intense emotions.
I have created this blog as a safe place for people looking for a better relationship with food. We will identify good books, read them together and find comfort in each others insights. Since most of us are in different cities (with different work schedules and family obligations), we will meet online. I plan to meet every 2 to 3 weeks to discuss a few chapters. If this sounds exciting, this book club might be for you.
September 20th at 7:00 pm
If you are interested in joining our book club, buy Jennifer Taitz’s book, join Skype and send us an email entitled, “Sign Me Up!” to firstname.lastname@example.org. All participants are completely anonymous. If your email address or Skype account conveys personal information about you, feel free to create an anonymous account–I did.