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It Was Food vs. Me...and I Won [Kindle Edition]

Nancy Goodman
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Goodman suffered with a binge-eating disorder for more than 15 years, sometimes consuming 8,000 calories in a day and spending the next few days burning them off (for reference, a McDonald's Big Mac and Super Size French Fries add up to 1,210 calories). Now that Goodman has overcome her disorder, she's penned this candid autobiographical account of her food obsession, demonstrating that there is an escape route from binge-diet cycles. Based on the idea that "it isn't so much about what you're eating but how you are eating it," Goodman's method is to structure eating habits by keeping two journals. One diary monitors how, when and where food is consumed; the other documents the "dialogues inside your head." For Goodman, food is not the real problem; since "what sits behind food is a feeling." She describes in detail how therapy helped her find those feelings and work through them. In later chapters, Goodman discusses her strategies for food management, and uses personal anecdotes to illustrate such issues as eating only when you're hungry, eating in restaurants, eating junk food in moderation, and preparing for and accepting binges. Fellow sufferers will find Goodman's experience familiar, but her recommended recovery program is somewhat over-simplified. And her conversational, occasionally humorous style eventually becomes repetitive, although some valuable nuggets are buried between descriptions of dinner parties and therapy sessions.
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I thought I had a food curse…

What else could explain being ok on a diet and then suddenly, out of nowhere, I was head deep in a box of cereal, about to move on to the freezer?

It turns out, I didn't have a food problem. I had a feelings problem. On a moment-to-moment basis, I was having reactions and responses to people, situations, and events in my day. I didn't realize it, but every time I ran to food and then a diet, I was running away from me! It wasn't until I learned to make the connection between my feelings and food, that I was able to keep my weight down.

Your eating patterns are your very own GPS system for food, life, and for love. They lead you to your truth, to the very best part of you, and believe it or not, into those skinny jeans!



“Nancy Goodman has written a book that tells the real truth behind food issues of all kinds. And she does so with great humor, honesty, and style. I love this book!”

- Christiane Northrup, M.D.

“It Was Food vs Me…and I Won” is one of the best books I’ve read on overcoming an obsessive relationship with food-- and I’ve read them all. Nancy Goodman is pragmatic, accessible, funny, and very smart. Food obsession is a tricky monster that can rule your life, whether you are overweight or not; this book will help you tame the monster and make a friend of your own body.”

–Martha Beck, Author of Finding Your Own North Star

“Nancy Goodman’s story is a genuine triumph over the two leading obsessions of the American Culture—food addiction and weight loss. Inspiring.”

--Carolyn M. Myss, Author of Sacred Contracts and Anatomy of the Spirit

“With compassion, humor, and refreshing candor, Nancy Goodman illuminates the underlying emotional conflicts that drive compulsive overeating. It Was Food vs Me…and I Won is packed with wisdom, insight, and practical strategies that support the reader in using the energy they spend obsessing on food to create a satisfying and fulfilling life.”

--Debbie Ford, Author of The Right Questions and The Dark Side of the Light Chasers

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 585 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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1.0 out of 5 stars Feelings matter July 18 2004
By A Customer
There, I have told you what this book is about. You can save your money. Ok, I have read every single diet book out there and still have my extra pounds. So I read the great reviews and thought, I'll try this one. Well, what she has to say is that feelings matter. Yes, I knew this. She writes this book from her journals during therapy (I am guessing) and connects her eating to her emotions, and tells us all the details of her emotions, and therapy. Very very little on how she loses her 15 pounds. Some very iffy advice, including the advice that dairy causes cancer. Twice the recipe for a baked apple with low sugar maple syrup (nutrasweet if the iffy one in my opinion). Yep, 15. She was abandoned, she was molested - she has some real issues, but they were of no help to me on my journey. If you are seriously interested in connecting (and dealing with) feelings with weight loss try "The Solution" by Laurel Mellen - another good tip is "I Wish I Were Fat, I Wish I Were Thin" by Michele Joy Levine. If you are interested in what goes on in therapy read Irvin Yalom's latest book, or "Inside Therapy". This was a total waste of time.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Just another diet book May 16 2004
By K.C.
Goodman wants her readers to believe she is no longer obsessed with food, but she is. Long term dieting, which is what she recommends, is still a food obsession. She counts calories, figures out how many she can "spend" on a meal, and urges her readers to find diet foods like rice cakes, Atkins bars, and eat a calcium chew for a "dessert".
Her attitude towards her readers is condescending, especially when she explains why she didn't title her chapters: "I don't want you skipping to the chapters you want to read." Well, aren't we controlling? And frankly her whining about being 15 pounds over her "ideal" weight got old, as did her ramblings about her therapy and how she just wanted to talk about food. She uses profanity at times, which i find distracting.
Goodman deserves kudos for sharing her journey through overcoming her binge eating disorder, but I would not recommend this book for anyone looking for a truly healthy, balanced attitude towards food. She's basically giving you another structured eating plan (i.e. "diet"). She is not a doctor or nutritionist or psychologist. Read it for an interesting personal account, but don't try it for a nutrtional eating guide.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book CHANGED MY LIFE! May 8 2004
By A Customer
What a book!! I couldn't put it down. I bought it because I figured that it could help me with my need to lose weight. I had no idea that buried in the pages of this book would be a reality that I have never faced. I have been struggling with "eating issues" for the better part of my life and Nancy's honesty, humor and poignant story has helped me to realize that I am not alone. Nancy's strategy of separating the food and emotions was quite a "reality check". I always thought that my weight problem was only due to my lack of self control. It wasn't until after I took some of the suggestions that Nancy made and applied them in my own life did I realize that there was more to it. I found that my obsessions, which were not only limited to food and weight, stemmed from much deeper issues. I wanted to shout it from the rooftops that this woman has "hit the nail on the head!" There is more to the obsessions, it is different for everyone, but there is so much more. I know that I have a long road ahead of me; but with the help and the inspiration of Nancy's story, and my awareness of the need for help, I believe that my life is on a better path. I highly recommend this book to anyone struggling with obsessions of any kind. It is that moving, that inspirational and that life changing!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nancy Goodman's Book is a Winner Too May 2 2004
I found this book to be really powerful. It resonated deeply with me, so much so that I had tears in my eyes simply reading the book jacket. I read it in one night. I think that Nancy Goodman has written the book that could make other "diet" and weight loss books obsolete. This is someone who has lived with the frustration and pain of food obsession; her expertise comes from real life and her voice is authentic. What she weighs now or in the past is irrelevant; food obsession or addiction has little to do with what the scale says. The degree of obsession, the behavior and how it impacts on one's quality of life is what matters. There are so many ways that disordered eating manifests: everything on the arc from anorexia to bulemia to compulsive overeating to morbid obesity. In every case, there is an emotional root and this is what Goodman is addressing. I found the book hopeful and refreshing in her honesty and her humility. She doesn't claim to have cured herself but rather to have found a way to live with her problem and not be controlled by it. I believe that that is as much as any of us can hope for. Obsessions and addictions have to be managed, for a lifetime.
For this reader, the most valuable aspect of this book is that finally someone is offering a practical means of getting to the emotional roots of weight and eating problems. We all know it's not about the food itself but we persist in trying to solve the problems through food - or food deprivation.
Hearing Goodman say that deprivation (dieting) leads to weight gain is validating to me and I'm sure to many others. Her premise makes sense and her methods are creative yet practical and realistic. Goodman comes across like a good friend - natural, funny and unpretentious - but there is a lot of wisdom in her words.
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5.0 out of 5 stars lung- to -tongue honesty
WHAT AN HONEST, no frills, DIFFERENT kind of BOOK! Thank God that someone finally had the guts to write about the true ups and downs of dieting and food obsession. Read more
Published on July 2 2004 by Layla
5.0 out of 5 stars that good looking stranger on the street...
Have you ever wanted to go up to that athletic, good looking woman you just saw on the street (the one who's physique you have spent the last year trying to attain) and ask:... Read more
Published on June 25 2004 by New Mom 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Good To The Bone
Thanks Nancy!I stayed up all night to read this book cover to cover.This is the most inspiring book of it's kind. Read more
Published on May 26 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally Something In Between.....
I have been vascillating for years between diet books that are loaded with structure, and the new "non-diet" approach that encourages you to eat when you are hungry, stop... Read more
Published on May 25 2004 by Peetie
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Motivating!
I have read this book cover to cover twice now, and I am so happy that I did. It was such an honest, funny and truly sincere story that it motivated me to stop feeling sorry for... Read more
Published on May 10 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book!
Nancy has the most wonderful writing style. I felt as if a good friend were telling me things.
It wasn't easy, I'm sure, to bare herself in this way, and I really give her... Read more
Published on May 10 2004 by L. Bembenek
5.0 out of 5 stars Food vs. Me
Nancy writes in a beautiful, frank and engaging style. While food was her bogie, I could immediately understand how other disorders applied. Read more
Published on May 5 2004 by Ruth A. Colby
5.0 out of 5 stars Author Gives You Valuable Tools For Coping
Nancy Goodman has written a honest portrayal of what it is like to suffer from an eating disorder. Anyone who has found themselves in a similar situation will appreciate her candor... Read more
Published on May 5 2004 by Kimberly R
4.0 out of 5 stars A Book for Everyone
I think everyone can identify with and profit from this intimitely written book. It so immediately hooked me that I read through it in one sitting. Read more
Published on May 3 2004
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