Sometimes writing blog posts is difficult. I have so many thoughts running through my brain that I find it hard to begin. Especially when my brain is being flooded with interesting ideas from the books that I am reading. One thing that I have found on my weight loss/health journey is that my learning NEVER stops. I usually have 5 or more books that I am reading at once–ranging from pleasure fiction to healthy vegan cookbooks to the psychology of weight loss to dieting advice. I like it all and I like it all at once. I know, it’s a little weird.
Anyway, what all of this reading makes me think is this:
What if you made your health the top priority in your life?
Because that’s how I feel right now. My health is my top priority. And I don’t feel guilty about it either. The old me would have. I would have been thinking, “Oh, that’s so indulgent! My husband and my kids and my business and my ______ need to be my top priority.” But guess what, if I’m not in tip top shape, than not only do I suffer, but my husband and kids and business and ______ all suffer along with me. And that’s no good at all.
So for those of you here reading this blog who have issues with compulsive overeating and emotional eating, I recommend Skinny Thinking by Laura Katleman-Prue. You may know that I am a HUGE fan of The Beck Diet Solution by Judith S. Beck as a system of altering your thought patterns from those of a heavy person to those of a thin person. This stuff works. If you haven’t read Beck, what are you waiting for?
If you have read Beck than you know how powerful the system is, but the journey doesn’t end there. It’s a lifelong process and we need all of the support we can get. That’s where books like Skinny Thinking come in. Katleman-Prue’s thoughts and ideas are right in line with the mental work that I have done with The Beck Diet Solution, they just provide another person’s insights into the same recovery process. It’s actually really exciting to read Skinny Thinking and to see how far I have come mentally with my relationship with food. I highly recommend reading it if you struggle with emotional eating or compulsive overeating.
The other book that I am very enthusiastic about right now is Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s Appetite for Reduction. For those of you who don’t know who Isa is, she’s a very successful vegan cookbook author, who wrote, among other things, Veganomicon and Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. I own a copy of Veganomicon but would never purchase a copy of Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. Why? Because I know myself, and vegan or not, those cupcakes would take over my body and mind. Who needs that?
But back to my copy of Veganomicon. I picked it up in the beginning of my vegan path, knowing how immensely popular it is, hoping that I would discover a world of healthy food in it. NOT! I quickly realized that it was just vegan food, probably delicious, but no better for my waistline than spagetti and meatballs. So it sits on my shelf to this day.
Imagine how shocked I was when I found out that Isa has just published a new cookbook entitled Appetite for Reduction. It seems that all of that “vegan” food she had been cooking up for years developing her cookbooks got her into some trouble, if you know what I mean. Now, from the introduction, it appears she got herself a copy of Dr. Fuhrman’s Eat to Live. “My decision was a personal one. My knees were achy, my periods were irregular, and my energy levels were low. I needed to change what I was eating–less fat, less sugar–and I needed to get more active . . . when I eat low-fat, plant-based meals I feel better, weight does come off, and unless I skip breakfast or something, I never feel hungry. It’s become a sustainable way of life for me!”
What’s her new mission? Nutrition! Nutrient dense, low calorie, low fat recipes. A whole new book of them. How cool is that?! I was rooting for you Isa! She has hit it out of the ballpark with this one. To everyone reading this blog: GET THIS BOOK NOW.
And because I don’t have a recipe to share with you today, I leave you with this:
The Wannabe Chef’s Snickerdoodle Dessert Hummus
Couldn’t wait to get home and make it after I saw it on a blog this morning!
Have you read any books about the psychology of weight loss? Do you recommend any in particular?
Or is emotional eating not an issue for you at all (luck out!)?
What are your thoughts on “vegan cooking” vs. “healthy vegan cooking”? What does “healthy” cooking mean to you? Has reading any particular book influenced your thinking on these matters?
Peace and love folks!