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Publisher's Summary

Stop Eating Your Heart Outspeaks to anyone's challenges with food, weight, and emotional eating, and then offers a multitude of effective self-help tools. As the author discloses her very personal struggle with food and out-of-control eating, she is telling the story of millions of others who use food to self-soothe. The book's focus, however, is on recovery. In her wisdom as a licensed professional clinical counselor, the author enumerates methods that have worked for her and her clients over the past twenty years. Tools for recovery include Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), Inner Child work, 12 Step recovery, journaling, creative visualization, meditation, gratitude, conscious living, and so much more. Compulsive overeating is conquerable. If you, or anyone you love, want freedom from emotional eating, this book is for you.
©2011 Meryl Hershey Beck (P)2013 Meryl Hershey Beck
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5 out of 5 stars
By Vera on 07-13-14

Great resource for tools I really needed

If you could sum up Stop Eating Your Heart Out in three words, what would they be?

Genuinely relevant and useful

What did you like best about this story?

That it was read by the author who seams to have a talent for expressing her feelings in a way that everyone can relate to.

Which scene was your favorite?

I found it most helpful to me when she talked about channeling positive energy, but not using "your" energy. As a nurse I can use this skill in caring for patients. I can channel the energy from elsewhere in performing my professional role and but still save energy for myself at the end of the day and not feel the need to resort to "quick" energy in the form of things that are not as healthy for me.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I related to the experience of being a chubby child and always wanting to make others happy. Once I realized that my goals and struggles were the same as that of the author, the story resonated even more with me.

Any additional comments?

I love it when books are read by the actual author. Some people don't have a talent for conveying their message vocally, but those authors who attempt it and really have something genuine to say end up speaking so much better than those who could be paid.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mary on 06-23-14

Amazing audio book, very easy to implement changes

What did you love best about Stop Eating Your Heart Out?

The entire book is so relatable. It's filled with hope and inspiring stories. I especially appreciated the quiz she gave to see if the readers are compulsive overeaters. I found out that I definitely am, as I answered yes to many of the well-crafted questions!! I eat to cope with my emotions, to hide from them, and that is a behavior that needs to be stopped if I am ever to lose the extra 40 pounds I am carrying around with me. Meryl's book gives the reader step-by-step instructions as to how to do that. I am excited to get started implementing the plans she lays out for her llsteners. Especially because the steps follow each other in an easy-to-implement order that makes perfect sense!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Meryl herself, because she shares her own inspiring journey with such candor and heart. It's clear that she comes from a sincere place of truly wanting to help her listeners break free from the chains of emotional eating, as she has. I also love listening to her voice and find it very comforting and soothing.

Which scene was your favorite?

That is a difficult question to answer because I truly enjoyed the whole book. Meryl presents information in a way that is both interesting and insightful and she does this by sharing her own experience, strength and hope with us. This is not just an instruction manual for ending emotional eating. It is also a memoir, as she very courageously shares her own struggles with emotional eating and the many tools she has used to overcome that deeply-ingrained behavior.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The epilogue gave me chills. It is amazing to me that the very day she was finishing her manuscript, her beloved son Jonathan was taking his own life (completely unbeknownst to her at the time). That she was able to walk through his death, funeral and her own grieving process without emotional eating is a testament to the power of her commitment to her own recovery and the tools laid out in this book.

Any additional comments?

Yes. Meryl gives me tremendous hope, as I'm sure she does other listeners. Hers is a very powerfully moving journey through recovery and her instruction manual for living without emotional eating is one that everyone who's ever battled emotional eating should surely listen to. I know I will be recommending it to many of my friends and family members!

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