How easy is it to come up with an excuse to cave in on a vow to eat healthier, or to lose weight? Lets face it, most of us are really, really good at it. Devising reasons to indulge in foods that derail our best laid dietary plans is so natural that
it’s almost unconsciously done. “I had a stressful day, so I deserve this chocolate,” “I had a salad for lunch, so two brownies with dinner shouldn’t hurt,” or “I’ll go to the gym tomorrow to burn this off.” See? Easy.
In But I Deserve is Chocolate! author and psychologist Susan Albers takes aim at the fifty most common self-sabotaging thoughts and excuses that keep you from eating right and looking your best. She dismantles each excuse and offers instead a mindfulness exercise to help reroute your thoughts so you can meet your health goals. Some of the excuses she takes on are:
• I’ll Start My Diet Tomorrow
• I Can’t Afford to Eat Healthy
• I’m Eating Less Than Other People
• I Have PMS
• And more!
Albers also walks readers through a day in the life of a mindful eater to show them an alternative way to dealing with life’s cravings. So forget the chocolate and unwrap some truly nourishing habits you can feel good about—your body will thank you!
“Consider how you would finish this statement: ‘I can’t start eating healthy today because…’ Every one of us could complete this sentence with ten different explanations: ‘I don’t have time.’ ‘I’m too stressed out.’ ‘I have too much going on right now.’ ‘I have PMS; I need chocolate!’ Your mind can come up with some pretty creative ways to justify comfort eating and to avoid eating in a mindful, balanced, healthy way… Thankfully, there are other ways to stop wrestling with your hunger and wagging your finger at yourself for being ‘bad’ whenever you eat treats.”
Susan Albers, PsyD, is a psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic Family Health Center who specializes in eating
issues, weight loss, body image concerns and mindfulness. After obtaining a masters and doctorate degree from the
University of Denver, Dr. Albers completed an APA internship at the University of Notre Dame and a postdoctoral
fellowship at Stanford University. Albers conducts mindful eating workshops across the country and internationally.
Dr. Albers is the author of 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food, Eating Mindfully, Eat, Drink, and Be Mindful
and Mindful Eating 101. Her work has been featured in O, the Oprah Magazine, Family Circle, Shape, Prevention Magazine, Self, Health, Fitness Magazine, Vanity Fair, Natural Health, and the Wall Street Journal. Albers currently
writes a blog for the Huffi ngton Post and Psychology Today.com, and has appeared on such TV shows as the Dr. Oz Show. Albers is a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders, International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals and the National Eating Disorders Association. She enjoys spending time blogging, jogging in 5K races,
watching the Sundance Channel, and traveling.
Visit Dr. Albers online at Eat Mindfully