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Eat Your Feelings: The Food Mood Girl's Guide to Transforming Your Emotional Eating

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Eat Your Feelings: The Food Mood Girl's Guide to Transforming Your Emotional Eating

EAT YOUR FEELINGS is the perfect mix of healthy recipes and tips on understanding your food moods. The first half of the book consists of explanations for different emotional eating and what healthy alternatives you can substitute. The second half is filled with fun and healthy recipes for people who want to make that lifestyle change.

I will be the first to admit that I am a food mood girl. I love snacking and I have an obsession with chocolate. I stress eat a lot as well as eat when I’m bored. I am also trying to diversify my reading and read from genres I normally shy away from. When I saw the description for this book I instantly knew I wanted to read it. I instantly connected to Lindsey Smith and the different food moods she outlined in the book and when I finished the first thing I wanted to do was try out one of the recipes.

"As a person who does not fare well in the kitchen I still found EAT YOUR FEELINGS enlightening to read and I feel more educated about the reasons I reach for certain foods."

I loved how aesthetically pleasing the book looks as well. The bright colors and fun illustrations made the book stunning to look at as I turned the pages. I also enjoyed how organized and easy to read it was. I do wish that each recipe had a picture of the final product for me to look at for reference, but for the most part there were a lot of pictures of the foods themselves. The charts in the book were also very helpful and helped me realize that often times I crave sweets because I am stressed, bored, or am missing nutrients in my body.

EAT YOUR FEELINGS also validated my winter and summer blues where I just want to stay in bed and do nothing. Lindsey Smith reminded readers that often times when productive and busy people find themselves with nothing to do, they fill that gap with snacks and unhealthy foods. If that’s not the definition of my life, then I don’t know what is. I also learned quite a bit on why I feel so hungry later in the day when I come home from school. Often I bring quick meals for lunch at school if I know I will be busy and so I am not getting the proper nutrients and calories I need. When I come home I then feel the need to eat and end up overeating because my meals are not balanced.

I definitely learned a lot from this book and cannot wait to try the various recipes that Lindsey Smith has created as healthy alternatives for food mood girls. It is always nice to know that your feelings are valid and I recommend this book to people who want to understand their emotional eating better and find out ways to combat it. As a person who does not fare well in the kitchen I still found EAT YOUR FEELINGS enlightening to read and I feel more educated about the reasons I reach for certain foods. The next time I catch myself craving a certain food, I know I will stop to think about the reasons behind my cravings and maybe take a look at my food mood guide at the healthy alternatives I could eat instead.

Reviewed by Ilona K., Teen Board Member on February 27, 2018

Eat Your Feelings: The Food Mood Girl's Guide to Transforming Your Emotional Eating
by Lindsey Smith