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Are you caught in the trap of binge eating, emotional eating or
compulsive eating? Do you mindlessly engage in self-sabotaging behaviors
whenever you see, smell or even think about your favorite foods? If
you've tried again and again to change your behavior, yet still can't
imagine life without a cookie, if you've been muscling through strict
diets and non-diets, if you're constantly disappointed in yourself for
repeating old patterns... and if you know in your heart that you're the
reason you're still stuck, you are not alone. With courage, humor and
compassion (for herself as well as for others), life-style design coach
Davina Chessid shares what goes on in her food crazy mind. In journal
entries that engage the heart and spirit, she reveals how she faces an
on-going challenge - one that society says is her fault - yet she never
forgets that we're all worthy of happiness and love. Food Crazy Mind is
about the struggle. It's an honest account of what it's like to live
with, and begin to heal from, binge eating. The people who succeed with
weight loss and healthy eating are the ones who don't give up. They find
a way to keep going until they get their answers. Food Crazy Mind will
show you how. Scroll up and click buy to start reading.

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Reviews for Food Crazy Mind: 5 Simple Steps to Stop Mindless Eating and Start a Healthier, Happier Relationship with Food:

5

January 16, 2016

Entertaining and deeply thoughtful account of personal transformation...
Food Crazy Mind is the author's personal story about overcoming emotional eating and becoming more mindful. You'll go on a journey with her as she shares her experience in a warm, transparent way through journal entries, stories, and thoughtful quotes. Reading Chessid makes me feel like I'm out to dinner with my dearest, closest, and wisest friend.

I laughed often, and found myself nodding my head many times in commiseration. Chessid has a gift for storytelling. This isn't your average diet book; instead, she shares the deeper and long-lasting steps toward achieving mindfulness through self-examination. She focuses on changing habits, not dictating what you should or shouldn't eat.

This book has me thinking about my own mindfulness, not only about food, but also in those moments when I have self-doubt and negative thinking. I can apply the strategies found in this book to many areas in my own life. This is truly an inspiring book, and I look forward to more books by Chessid!
5

January 17, 2016

She shows a delightful sense of humor as she describes the all too common thought process that many of us with a sweet tooth exp
Davina Chessid's book, Food Crazy Mind, is well named. The author draws you in as she speaks in first person about her own battle with food. Ms. Chessid brings the reader into her mental pull and tug conversations about the temptations of giving in to eating that "sinful" food. She shows a delightful sense of humor as she describes the all too common thought process that many of us with a sweet tooth experience when we try to justify not to take that first bite of the forbidden food. The author offers great insight to the weight loss syndromes while at the same time making you smile. For anyone suffering with a "food crazy mind", this refreshing book is the one to read!
5

January 16, 2016

Funny and Poignant
Food Crazy Mind is both funny and poignant as the author chronicles - with disarming honesty - struggles with food that are shared by so many of us (although few of us could express our feelings so compellingly and with such humor). In the course of the narrative, the writer makes small but significant behavioral changes that give her (and the reader) hope; the baby steps toward mindful eating she is able to take will surely lead to real accomplishments. This is what I like most about the book: it is human (therefore humble), a serious yet delightfully lighthearted journey - both personal and universal - though the tantalizing perils of our food crazy world.
5

January 17, 2016

Bridget Jones Diary meets the Power of Now
Food Crazy mind is one of the most riveting books I have read in a long time. Beyond being helpful, this book was super entertaining. The writer is funny, conversational, and honest. This book is Bridget Jones Diary meets the Power of Now. This book is for anyone who knows what it’s like to overeat, or has any bad habit they would like to kick. It takes you directly into the mind of someone who is fighting such a habit and her struggles to overcome it. While reading this book you cheer for her, and in the process you become your own cheerleader. I hope this author writes some fiction too, she is a pleasure to read!
5

January 17, 2016

Read this if you struggle with food and learn how to get a handle on it
This book made me laugh aloud and I couldn't put it down. The author writes so honestly and descriptively about what it is like to have your life revolve around food and, despite all best intentions and advice, not know how to change things. Yet she does provide tips and shares her own experience in what works.
Full of great stories and incidents and the compassion and clarity that comes from facing your demons and sometimes prevailing, this book will make you feel you have a friend who understands and has lived through it all. I highly recommend this book not just to those fighting the food battle but to anyone who knows what addictive behaviour is.
5

January 17, 2016

5 steps to a healthier you… and a better life!
In the context of food, dieting, and eating as an escape, Davina offers more than “just another diet” book.

Knowledge about dieting and nutrition were not enough. Pressure from well-intentioned friends was useless. Real change could not come from “outside”. Davina learned she had to deeply engage with her inner-self. She had to know herself better before she could be better.

She presents her five steps to help others begin their journey out of emotional eating. With a sharp wit and a storytelling style, she shares deeply personal journal entries of her battle with food to show you exactly what she was thinking as her food craziest self.

These are my favorites:

I’m not just in a size 22, I’m in a catch-22; to prove I’m not damaged, I damage myself.

I won’t run unless something is chasing me – something other, apparently, than the consequences of my behavior.

“I’m tired of people telling me to “just do it,’” she says. “The ‘it,’ of course, is lose weight. If I could just do it, I’d have done it long ago. Saying ‘just do it’ is like telling a person who’s depressed to ‘just snap out of it.’ There’s nothing ‘just’ about it.”

Davina brings a fresh approach to an all-to-familiar and exasperating subject.

If your world stops when you eat, or you eat to escape from the world, if you place your appetite for food before your appetite for life, FOOD CRAZY MIND is the book for you.

Thank you Davina for sharing your important story!

Matt Gersper
Founder, Happy Living
www.happyliving.com
5

January 17, 2016

Loads of Fun, but Vulnerable and Real!
In this book, Davina Chessid, chronicles her struggles and victories over obsession with food. She leads the way for others to overcome by being real, but adding just enough comedy to keep you moving through. There are plenty of tangible steps for anyone in the midst of this struggle to take and make a plan of their own to learn to beat the obsession themselves. Well worth the read and you'll want to keep it on hand in your arsenal as you walk on into victory!
5

January 16, 2016

A very enjoyable, entertaining and informative book!
"Food Crazy Mind" by Davina Chessid is a cleverly written and honest account of the struggles she has faced with a love/hate relationship to food, being overweight and yo-yo dieting. Her sense of humor and warmth comes through in her writing as well as the pain, frustration and resistance to dealing with her food challenges.

She is a great storyteller and I found myself chuckling as she recalled several events of her battle with food including the time she was at the Weight Watchers meeting sitting in the back and sneakily eating through a box of Mint Cookie Crisp bars.

Davina has learned many things throughout the years pertaining to emotional eating. She shares a lot of information and gives great suggestions to help others who are also using food as a coping mechanism. She gently helps the reader understand the fear behind dieting, importance of mindset, positive self-talk, as well as being aware of our choices, and habits.

This book is enjoyable and easy to read… I had a hard time putting it down. I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to understand and consciously change their roller coaster ride with food and dieting... written by someone who truly "gets it."
5

January 17, 2016

Educational, transformational, easy to follow and fun to read!!
“Food Crazy Mind” is THE Book that is destined to help many people who struggle with emotional eating and may not even recognize that.
The author shares her own struggle and reveals her personal story.
A great start in changing our eating habits is becoming open-minded and admitting that we have choices.
The book shows that ignorance makes it easy for us to continue living with constant self-sabotage.
Awareness, on the other hand, is the first step towards finding the way to adopt a healthier life-style and live a happier life.
Educational, transformational, easy to follow and fun to read!!
5

January 23, 2016

Honest. Enlightening. Unforgettable.
The author, Davina Chessid, explored her food habits, and her ‘food crazy mind', through journal writing. In the process - and after trying, and failing, countless diets - she found meaning to the madness, and a way to fight through the eating urges and find a healthier relationship with food. This is her incredible story. Food Crazy Mind is a heartfelt, visceral exploration of one woman’s relationship with food. And through that personal journey, the author discovers patterns of behavior, subconscious conflicts and life-altering childhood experiences which will resonate with anyone, anywhere, who has ever struggled with their relationship with food. But this isn’t only a series of highly descriptive, emotionally charged and minutely observed journal entries. The author analyses and explores, bringing order and understanding to her experiences. As she writes early on, “the solution isn’t in the mouthful, it’s in the mindset” - and this book lays bare the complex ways the mind works when it comes to cravings, and the love-hate relationship with food. The writing here is excellent - personal, edgy and passionate. This is such a great contribution to food-health literature, and a must-read for anyone who wants to understand why they eat more than their bodies need. It’s also a must-read for any thin person who thinks over-eaters eat simply because they’re greedy. Trust me, if you’re one of those people, it will open up a whole new world for you. What really resounds about this book is its profound honesty.
4

March 2, 2016

It's like the author was in my head
It's like the author was in my head! The transition from problem to solution, though, will be easily missed if you're not paying attention. This is a good read to accompany others for mindful eating.
5

Jan 19, 2016

This is such a fun read. In a journal style, the author regales us with her tales of trying to win the war over food and losing most of the battles but having a great time. Her brutal honesty is refreshing and laugh out loud funny. She does discover some techniques that work for her and may for you.
Recommended if you have ever been drawn in by a cheesecake with strawberries temptation just as you started yet another diet and don't know whether the ecstasy was really worth it.
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April 26, 2016

Good lord
I really thought there was going to be something of importance in the book. No nothing not a single word.
4

August 16, 2017

Therapy in an easy read.
This book has completely changed the way I view food and how I now eat in a daily basis. While you could easily read the whole book in one sitting, I took my time and made small changes in myself while I read the book over the course of a few weeks. My new eating habits feel effortless and I no longer struggle with talking myself out of eating something unhealthy. If want to try something new i do, but I can easily stop at one bite now and not feel like I have ruined my whole day nor missed out on something potentially wonderful.
4

November 2, 2016

Ending was a letdown
Got a great look inside her mind...and her points to consider are VERY helpful and worth taking notes on, but it didn't seem like she overcame her addiction. She mostly seemed to just accept it all. The book ended too quickly, perhaps. I would have liked more details on if her suggestions helped her lose the weight. Did she stop wanting all the junk food? Moderation and fat-acceptance do not work when you're morbidly obese. She was still toting around a brownie at the end. Guess I'm looking for a more complete break from the *wanting* and cravings than she did. I still recommend the book and the first few chapters are worth re-reading multiple times. Just. Sigh.
4

July 11, 2016

Was not what I expected but is well worth the read
Not all people who struggle with food addiction are overweight. Though Davina does acknowledge this at a few points in her writing (and especially to begin with), her story is one that emphasizes (often) what it is like to be "fat" and yet secure with it. So where the first part if the story grabbed me and held a connection, the latter half lost its connection to me but made me look into another person's world to try and understand them.

The book is powerful, truly enjoyable, and spoke to me on levels I did not expect. My only reason for the four star rating is that I felt often that she did not appreciate or recognize that size is not always the predictor for a food crazy mind. In one journal entry, the author remarks upon a skinny girl eating a bagel and her internal dialogue included such thoughts as that the skinny girl doesn't know all the flavors of cream cheese as she does, she doesn't know the struggle with eating as she does, etc. I see how these are personal thoughts and we all have our own, these are just not mine, and I had to take some of what she said with a grain of salt.
4

April 22, 2016

For those that struggle with emotional eating!
I loved Davina's open sharing of her own journey through her eating nightmares. She is funny and entertaining but uses her own personal journal entries to help other people to gain perspective on their own issues they may have with emotional eating. This book gives courage to those that need it to fight through their own issues.
5

Jan 24, 2016

This book is about Davina, a foodie who tells her story of how she tamed her devil. Being a foodie and never having to face this devil myself, this was certainly a voyage of discovery as I had not given this devil more than a seconds thought in the past. Losing weight seemed to me ever so easy as I always rationalized the process as I never had such a close emotional relationship with food. However, I understand others who do have that close relationship and, after reading this book, can more This book is about Davina, a foodie who tells her story of how she tamed her devil. Being a foodie and never having to face this devil myself, this was certainly a voyage of discovery as I had not given this devil more than a seconds thought in the past. Losing weight seemed to me ever so easy as I always rationalized the process as I never had such a close emotional relationship with food. However, I understand others who do have that close relationship and, after reading this book, can more easily emphasize with those that are really struggling with their extra weight. Davina delves into all the emotional aspects of over indulging (and becoming obese in the process) and then finally under-indulging (rather than simply and unsuccessfully dieting). Davina’s book properly focuses on indulging (as this is the cause) rather than obesity (simply the effect) and is well worth the read for those that struggle with their weight and want to find a positive long term solution. Personally this book has helped me to understand better other emotional aspects of my life where I do overindulge. ...more
5

Jan 20, 2016

A witty, heart-warming and candidly honest exploration of how our relationship with food offers 'mistaken' comfort and more often than not masks deeper needs. I loved the emphasis on maintaining mindfulness in order to boost awareness and make more conscious life-affirming food choices A must read not just for those struggling with weight and related self-esteem issues but for people seeking to relate to food in a healthy, nourishing way.
3

May 10, 2018

While there were some tips in this book, it was mostly a narrative about this woman’s experiences. I could definitely relate but wish there were more helpful, clinical advice.
4

Oct 18, 2019

Interesting perspective.

Some interesting and funny points. Portrays the dilemma we fluffy folks face daily. The power of food is daunting to a lot of us.
5

Feb 19, 2019

Great Book

I like the real life approach and the none judgement based way the book is written. Would definitely recommend this book to others.
5

Sep 21, 2016

This is a really helpful book for anyone struggling with an unhealthy habit. Yes, it focuses on over-eating, but the principles and concepts apply to any habit you wish to break. I found the author's honesty as she shared her struggles and the mind battles she engaged in every day, encouraging because I could really identify with her.
This book is uplifting and challenging at the same time. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone struggling with their relationship with food or with any other habit This is a really helpful book for anyone struggling with an unhealthy habit. Yes, it focuses on over-eating, but the principles and concepts apply to any habit you wish to break. I found the author's honesty as she shared her struggles and the mind battles she engaged in every day, encouraging because I could really identify with her.
This book is uplifting and challenging at the same time. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone struggling with their relationship with food or with any other habit they cannot overcome. ...more
5

Jan 19, 2016

Food Crazy Mind: 5 Simple Steps to Stop Mindless Eating and Start a Healthier, Happier Relationship with Food by Davina Chessid is a well written account of one persons battle with food, eating, and her search for why eating can be such a big problem. Davina Chessid did a remarkable job telling her own story in regards to mindless eating and how to eat mindfully. Funny, honest and to the point, this is not just another diet book. This book takes a look at why we overeat, especially those things Food Crazy Mind: 5 Simple Steps to Stop Mindless Eating and Start a Healthier, Happier Relationship with Food by Davina Chessid is a well written account of one persons battle with food, eating, and her search for why eating can be such a big problem. Davina Chessid did a remarkable job telling her own story in regards to mindless eating and how to eat mindfully. Funny, honest and to the point, this is not just another diet book. This book takes a look at why we overeat, especially those things that aren't all that good for us. This is a struggle for far too many people.

I liked the way she included her personal journal throughout the book. This is part of how she got past the feelings of guilt and on the path to mindfulness and self-acceptance. I personally don't have a weight problem, but I can pound down some unhealthy foods at times. This book has helped me to realize and understand my own personal issues. I found this book to be inspirational and helpful in my own search for mindfulness and the escape from negativity. This book can be viewed as much more than a book about eating. It is about getting to know and understand yourself and learning to accept who you are.

I recommend this book to anyone who has issues with eating, anyone wanting to learn more about eating correctly, and most of all, anyone who wants to improve their own thought processes and become mindful and positive in all areas of life. The humor and honesty without bashing you over the head with some fad diet, makes this book a delightful and inspirational read. I definitely look forward to more books by Davina Chessid. ...more
4

Jul 11, 2016

Was not what I expected but is well worth the read

Not all people who struggle with food addiction are overweight. Though Davina does acknowledge this at a few points in her writing (and especially to begin with), her story is one that emphasizes (often) what it is like to be "fat" and yet secure with it. So where the first part if the story grabbed me and held a connection, the latter half lost its connection to me but made me look into another person's world to try and understand them.

The book Was not what I expected but is well worth the read

Not all people who struggle with food addiction are overweight. Though Davina does acknowledge this at a few points in her writing (and especially to begin with), her story is one that emphasizes (often) what it is like to be "fat" and yet secure with it. So where the first part if the story grabbed me and held a connection, the latter half lost its connection to me but made me look into another person's world to try and understand them.

The book is powerful, truly enjoyable, and spoke to me on levels I did not expect. My only reason for the four star rating is that I felt often that she did not appreciate or recognize that size is not always the predictor for a food crazy mind. In one journal entry, the author remarks upon a skinny girl eating a bagel and her internal dialogue included such thoughts as that the skinny girl doesn't know all the flavors of cream cheese as she does, she doesn't know the struggle with eating as she does, etc. I see how these are personal thoughts and we all have our own, these are just not mine, and I had to take some of what she said with a grain of salt.


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