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About The Book
What would it be like if you were able to handle the many frustrations and challenges of your life without turning to food for comfort, soothing, distraction, pleasure and excitement?
Have you ever wondered why some people can keep many of their favorite comfort foods in the house, eat one small portion at a time, and save the rest for later? Those same folks can go to a buffet or social gathering with an abundance of delectable foods and fill up one level plate, go back for a small amount of dessert, and that’s it. They’re done. They don’t go back for seconds and thirds. And they don’t keep thinking about food.
If having too many favorite “trigger” foods around overwhelms you and leads to mindless or excessive snacking, overeating, or bingeing, then this book is for you.
Can you imagine your life free of worries about your health or your weight? Can you picture yourself feeling good every day and liking what you see reflected back in the mirror?
You were born with a phenomenal mind, body, and spirit that give you a multitude of signals everyday. Emotional signals like feelings of joy, happiness, love, and contentment, and cognitive signals like empowering, positive, pleasant thoughts, let you know that your inner world is calm and serene. Physical signals like hunger, thirst, cravings, and fullness guide you to take the best care of your body and stay in balance. And spiritual signals like inspiration, purpose, and passion inform you that you’re taking good care of your soul.
This book will help you address the true causes of your overeating or imbalanced eating. If you regularly eat when you’re not hungry, choose unhealthy comfort foods, or eat beyond fullness, something is out of balance somewhere.
Recent advances in brain science have uncovered the crucial role that our early social and emotional environment plays in the development of imbalanced eating patterns. When we do not receive consistent and sufficient emotional nurturance during our early years, we are at greater risk of seeking it from external sources, such as food. Despite logical arguments, we have difficulty modifying our behavior because we are under the influence of an emotionally dominant part of the brain.
The good news is that the brain can be rewired for optimal emotional health. When Food Is Comfort presents a breakthrough mindfulness practice called Inner Nurturing, a comprehensive, step-by-step program that will teach you how to nurture yourself with the loving-kindness you crave and handle stressors more easily so that you can stop turning to food for comfort. Improved health and self-esteem, more energy, and weight loss will naturally follow.
Praise For The Book
“Solutions are desperately needed to deal with the overeating that is contributing to the rise in obesity and the consequences that fill my cardiology practice. Julie Simon offers a 7-step mindfulness practice that is an answer to emotional eating. I am going to share these steps with my patients immediately. When Food is Comfort is exactly what we need to heal during these challenging times.”
Joel Kahn, MD, FACC, author of The Plant Based Solution
“So many people are struggling with emotional eating.When Food Is Comfort is a fascinating and eminently practical guide to making sense of what is going on and fixing it at the most fundamental level.”
Neal D. Barnard, MD, President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Washington, DC, author of Breaking the Food Seduction
“Julie Simon has done it again. When Food Is Comfort is a fantastic resource with a refreshingly new perspective. Written in a supportive and encouraging voice with moving personal and case stories, this practical, easy-to-follow book offers innovative strategies for anyone seeking freedom from unhealthy eating habits. I highly recommend it!”
Hyla Cass, MD, author of 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health
“WHEN FOOD IS COMFORT is an excellent guide toward self-awareness, understanding, attunement, love, and ultimate loving self-control. It is also extraordinarily comprehensive and well written.
One of the best ways to conquer a problem is to follow the lead of someone who has successfully overcome that very same issue. Julie Simon tells us how she won the battle against unwanted overeating and how she has helped countless others to do the same during her long and productive career.
If you thoroughly read, incorporate, and follow Julie’s comprehensive, uplifting, and meticulous guidance it will be equal to the benefit of years of therapy. You will find step by step details of how to enjoy improved relationships with yourself and others. You will learn how to find comfort from more productive rewarding avenues than food. You will change your relationship to food, using it for health and well-being rather than using it to try to fill unmet emotional needs. And especially important, for the purposes of this book, you will enjoy a healthier, slimmer, YOU.”
Priscilla Slagle MD, Private Practice of Nutritional Medicine and Psychiatry and author of The Way Up From Down
“How often do you eat when you’re not really hungry, or eat too much, or choose to eat comfort foods you know aren’t good for you? If you do these things more than you’d like, then this book is definitely for you. It will help you to recognize the signs of emotional eating, so you can instantly tell the difference between emotional hunger and actual physiological hunger. And it will help you to nurture yourself so that every part of you — including your body, your emotions, your thoughts and your relationships — are truly and wonderfully well fed.”
John Robbins, Multiple New York Times Best Selling author, and President, Food Revolution Network
As a wellness activist, I’ve observed first-hand how challenging overcoming emotional eating can be. Despite our best intentions, many of us find ourselves regularly snacking mindlessly and overeating at meals. Clearly, emotional eating is a symptom of deeper issues. Well written and comprehensive, When Food Is Comfort helps us understand the role early nurturance plays in both the etiology and continuation of eating challenges. Julie’s simple, yet powerful plan, developed in her highly successful 12 Week Program, gets at the root causes of the problem. She gives readers all the tools they need to address the disconnection fueling their eating. If you, or anyone you care about, are struggling with emotional eating, this book is a must read.
Kathy Freston, New York Times Best Selling author of Quantum Wellness and The Lean
“As one whose recovery from binge eating dates back over 30 years, I am reluctant to recommend any work on the subject, as nearly all seem to lack a genuine understanding of the disorder and of the emotional eater as whole human being. Julie Simon is the rare exception. Gently and astutely, she guides the reader from a place of confusion and entrapment to clarity and freedom. With solid science and a caring heart, Simon breaks through in this book to a place where few have ventured: a place of healing, restoration, and liberation.”
Victoria Moran, author of Fit from Within
“If or when emotional eating is a challenge, Julie Simon’s book, When Food Is Comfort will enlighten and empower you with effective methods for healing deep emotional wounds through self-nurturing. With an authentic ring of empathetic authority, Julie Simon provides powerful, practical tools to help liberate ourselves from the tyranny of our tongues. Indeed, those who control their appetite possess a great power and When Food Is Comfort can help you and your loved ones to attain and maintain this empowerment. Highly recommended!”
Michael Klaper, MD, author of Vegan Nutrition: Pure and Simple
“Seven specific skills . . . complement exercises and case studies, making it easy for readers to follow and apply the lessons. Simon covers all the bases of a complicated issue and offers genuine hope.”