You may have caught on by now that I read a lot of books about weight loss, plant based eating, habit change, etc.
I can honestly say that all books have a least one nugget of information that really helps to inform my journey moving forward. But there is one book recently that I have to insist you check out if you are struggling with your eating plan, and it is Thin from Within by Dr. Joseph Luciani.
I was introduced to this book by Beth, a member of the Healthy Girl’s Kitchen private book club and support group. On a whim, I ordered it before Christmas and brought the book with me to Florida on vacation. As soon as I started reading it, I could not put it down and I proceeded to ignore the three other books I brought with me.
It felt as if Dr. Luciani (aka Dr. Joe) read my mind and wrote this book for me. As great as all the other self-help diet books are out there, I haven’t found one yet that intrigued me from start to finish and had me using the suggested techniques immediately upon reading them.
I’m purposefully being kind of vague here, because you can get a taste of what I’m referring to by listening to my “podcast” interview with Dr. Joe right here!
I feel as if I’m going to read this book again and again until I have all of the concepts memorized.
Here are just a few of the techniques that are covered in the book:
- How to effectively journal about your eating experiences to effectuate awareness and lasting change.
- How to stop your ruminative thoughts about food quickly and effectively.
- The importance of thinking optimistically, even when you struggle.
- Phenomenal visualization techniques to use when you feel a craving.
- Separating your conscious thoughts into facts vs. fictions. I’ll give you a clue: any thought about food that is not on your plan is by definition false and should not be used as a reason to act.
I’m likely to be referring a lot over the coming months and years to Dr. Luciani’s techniques. I have found that they have made a tremendous difference in my being able to maintain squeaky clean bright lines in my Bright Line Eating program.
You can find out more about Dr. Joe and subscribe to his blog at http://www.self-coaching.net.
If you happen to be reading this blog and you are involved in the organization of plant based food conferences, I’d like to put in a plug that you hire Dr. Luciani to speak at your conferences. If there is one thing that’s crystal clear about the whole foods, plant based movement, it’s that folks know full well WHAT to eat. What we struggle with is the HOW to maintain the changes day-to-day and for the long haul. And unless you understand the concepts that Dr. Joe writes about in this book, you will never understand the mindset of someone who struggles with food.
And you can check out some short YouTube videos with Dr. Joe here:
If anyone out there wants me to organize a private book club and Facebook support group based on this essential guide to overcoming destructive food behaviors, let me know in the comments section and I’ll figure something out! Maybe we could even ask Dr. Joe to get involved! (There would be a small fee and I need to see what the demand is before I commit!)