From this book: “Forming a healthier relationship with food isn’t about banning certain foods from your life. Nor is it about never eating in certain situations, including when you are in need of some comfort. A range of coping strategies is good. Rather it’s about this: Shifting from an unbalanced relationship to a balanced one. It’s about expanding your list of coping strategies, giving yourself permission to comfort yourself with food from time to time, fitting it into your food energy budget, and deriving true comfort from the food you do eat…” (p.47)
I’m still reviewing this book, but I am already familiar with Dr. Kristeller’s work , in addition to her program’s mindfulness underpinnings in the popular, well-supported Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. In each explicitly mindfulness-based program, there is a strong emphasis upon coming home to the body…learning to listen to the body’s “inner wisdom” (its natural feedback system), in conjunction with skill-building in order to “responsd, not react” to challenging thoughts (like food rules or self-criticism), difficult situations, and painful emotions.
Easier said than done, right? The good news is: these skills are accessible to everyone, with practice!