Food Crazy Mind The Book

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

I love “Food Crazy Mind”. Davina Chessid writes about the most challenging part weight loss and that is a mindset. We are our own worst enemy or should I say our minds are.

Are you a mindless eater? Do you binge eat? Do you eat when you are not even hungry? If you are, you are not alone.
I was a grazer. If a food was there, I would eat it, even if I wasn’t hungry. So if you are a mindless eater, Food Crazy Mind is a book for you.

The Author, Davina Chessid shares her personal experience in a humorous was as she walks her readers through the “5 simple steps to stop mindless eating and start a healthier, happier relationship with food”.

You will love Davina’s writing style. She makes you feel like you are just hanging out with a friend. She writes about her personal experience so you find yourself relating to what she says because you are the same way. And I love this because no one wants to feel like they are the only one struggling with obsessing over food.

STEP 1 Exploring Resistance

This is when we want to make changes, but we end up sabotaging our efforts because the root problem is that we are afraid of change. This step is all about going deep and figuring out why you keep putting off making the changes that are needed. If you can’t figure out why you can’t make a change.

I have to warn you, exploring resistance can be difficult. It is about honesty and truth. Sometimes we believe our own lies and we hide behind our fears. Perhaps we use our fat bodies as a sort of a body armor to protect ourselves. But the bottom line is. We have to figure out why we resist change.

STEP 2 Introducing Mindfulness

Mindfulness is simply observing yourself. It isn’t about making changing tor doing anything different. It is about simply being aware of when you eat, why you eat, how you eat. It’s about being aware of the emotions you are feeling at that moment.

I love this section because you get to sort of play pretend. She suggests that you think back to a time when food was an issue. And put yourself back in that situation but pretend you’re are at your ideal size. In your mind walk yourself through how you might feel and act when you are your future healthier self.

STEP 3 Looking at Feelings

This section is about the reality that most of us who have struggled to lose weight often don’t eat because we are hungry. We eat for other reasons. Looking back I realize I actually eat my feelings. I was an emotional eater. And I will always be. But being aware of it gave me control over food.

It’s about taking time to think before you eat. It’s about just taking a few minutes to ask what you are feeling before you eat.

STEP 4 The Power of Habit

Change can be difficult, but once you make changes for the better and repeat it enough that it becomes a habit, it sort of becomes automatic. You almost don’t even need to think about it anymore.

However, changing a bad habit can be difficult as you have been doing it for a while. But in this section, the author gives many ideas and suggestions to help anyone get control and change their habits and over time, their relationship with food.

STEP 5 The Significance of Self Image

This is all about learning to love yourself for who you are. The development of self Esteem while losing weight is really tough.

I know because I spent many months working on pulling back all the layers and realizing that I am perfect just the way I am. I wrote an entire post about the development of self Esteem while losing weight. It is tough but so empowering. It is the final step to releasing the hold that food has on you.

This final step is about changing your thinking and introducing positive self-talk and changing your self-image.

I recommend this book to anyone who struggles with control. It will help you understand why you do the “crazy” things you do when it comes to food. The most important thing is to understand you are never alone.



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28 thoughts on “Food Crazy Mind The Book”

  1. Gosh, this is so true. I’m a terrible mindless eater, if there is junk food around I simply have to eat it. That’s why I concentrate on not bringing those foods into the house to begin with, because I know I have this weakness. I’m interested to see if this book can actually help me be more mindful of my eating so that I can have a little more control.
    Thank you Wendy for this excellent review.

    1. You are welcome, Carlos. I agree. When I first started eating low carb, high fat I eliminated all the junk so there was no temptations. But it was difficult when I was eating out. It really is a mindset. It takes a lot of time and work to change the relationship with food.

  2. I can relate to this 100% and I think many others can too. I go through good intentions and eat the right food and go out running to the point that I am sort of happy with the weight, and then without knowing about it fall back into the bad old ways. All that hard work for nothing!

    if it’s there I have to eat it but if it isn’t then I don’t miss it!

    We currently have a policy, no baking, no biscuits, out with sugar and out with the junk food. I’m interested to know just how long this regime will last.

    Checking out this book has to be a plus in my eyes.

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

    1. OMG! I totally know where you are coming from, Mick as do most others who struggle with weight. The relationship with food is the most difficult thing to change. We are taught as children to use food for comfort, reward and really any emotion under the son. It is really difficult to change the mindset. But the first step is acknowledging the problem. Then once you are aware of it you can make a change. The book Food Crazy Mind is really great. It really helps you to realize what you are doing so you can make the changes needed so you can stop self-sabotage.

  3. Yes, if there is junk food, it is hard to control staying away from it. My philosophy is, if it is out of sight, it is out of mind. So many times our body tells us we are hungry and it is really just emotional eating. I will have to check out this book. Thanks!

    1. I agree 100%, Julie. I don’t keep the junk in my house at all. Often if I have cravings, which is rare, I will drink water and be totally satisfied. I’ve realized lots of time when I snack, it is out of habit or emotional eating. Being mindful of why I do this helps. This book helped me to realize, I’m not crazy. I just have a crazy mind. LOL! It is a great read and helpful to anyone who has a hard time saying no to junk.

  4. Thanks for the great review. I do find that I’m a mindless eater, with a lot of negative self-talk. I want to get the book the book for deeper insight.

    1. I think we all have a negative self-talk. This book is about being mindful of it. Being away makes it much easier to make changes. It will help with mindless eating and be living a healthier life. Thanks for stopping by Yvette.

  5. I guess I’m guilty of mindless eating especially since I blog about food. Looking at yummy looking pictures all day long just gets my appetite going. So I try to prepare healthier food options like fruits and nuts. Thanks for this review. I really need to be mindful of my emotions before I eat the next time.

    1. Mindfulness is where change starts. Once you are aware and ask yourself “why did I do that?” You can start making the change. And your strategy of surrounding yourself with healthy options is a great way to combat the emotional eating. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

      I’ll have to check out your food blog about soups because I am always looking for healthy recipes. You may know that I make bone broth for my fasting days and as a base for soups and meals. Soup as well as bone broth have lots of health benefits.

  6. Wow! This article spoke to me in volumes. I have had issues with food all my life. You just do not understand how it is in the forefront of my mind 24/7. I have struggled with food but I have learnt through experience and real honesty to have a relationship with food on my terms. It’s not so much a battle anymore as it is a relationship I have to work hard on to make it work for me. I feel less alone. Thanks.

    1. Actually, Sam I do understand. I was the same way. That is the reason I ended up obese and literally feeling out of control. The good news is like you, I was able to turn it around. I love that you have won this battle! It really is about, as you say “real honesty”. When it comes to a relationship with food a person has to be willing to ask the tough questions and realize that there are lots of excuses that come with weight loss. What we put in our mouth is important, but unless you change your relationship with food, you will never get the battle with food under control. Thank you so much for your incite. I think it will help others.

  7. Very good post. This is not something that is always easy to stop the mindless eating. Sometimes you find yourself eating just for the sake of it.

    I found if I don’t want to eat something thats unhealthy for me the best thing to do is not to buy it in the first place. After all, you can’t eat something that you don’t have.

    Also never grocery shop hungry!

    Thanks for the great post.

    1. Those are both great tips Michael. One of the first things Brian and I did was get rid of all the unhealthy foods in our house. It is much less temping if it isn’t there. And shopping while hungry sure does make it much harder to make healthy choices.

  8. This is one of the most differcult things i have ever tried to do. I love food not that i’m over the top, i just enjoy nice food. Eating is natural and normal but wrong food and excess food is a big problem. Its a habit that is very hard to break what you say is quite right being mindful particularly of what we put in our mouths. for me, trying to change old and bad habits when it comes to food is hard.
    Love you review

    1. Thanks Shane. And yes it is hard. Getting control of food is extremely difficult. Because it isn’t as easy a just what a person puts in their mouth. It’s about the entire relationship with food.

  9. Great content. I 63 an I am an emotional eater, any emotion, good or bad. Once I realized what I was doing, I had to change my mindset….Eat only when you are hungry. Sounds easy, but it takes a lot of determination and concentration. Eventually this “good ” habit will take over the “bad”. It takes a lot of willpower, but it can be done. I am proof. I still slip up now and then, but most of the time I am right on track.

    1. I think most of us are emotional eaters. You are right about it being a mindset. Eating is about nourishing our body, not making us happy or sad. But we used food to make us feel better so it is hard to change the habit. But as you and I know, it can be done! Thanks so much for sharing your personal experience about emotional eating.

  10. I think everyone can benefit from mindfulness section since I also agree that awaring what we eat is the most important thing. Pretending that I am at my ideal size also can help the self acceptance and I think my brother has some issues with it. I will get this book for him as a present so he can maybe feel better about it.

    1. Accepting ourselves for who we are is very important. We are all different, yet we are all uniquely perfect.  I like the idea of pretending you are where you want to be. Let the body catch up later. They say we are what we think about. So we may as well focus on the positive.

  11. Hi Wendy! I totally agree with you, change is not easy. I was able to drop some of my bad habits, I now eat only when I am hungry. I stopped thinking of food. I realized that when I don’t think of food, I don’t feel hungry. I also keep myself busy so that I eventually forget it is time to eat. The book seems interesting, I might just read it one of these days. But for now, I have trimmed down my eating habits.

    1. Good for you, Rebecca on dropping your bad habits. Do you have any tips to share? I’m sure my readers would love to hear what worked for you.

  12. This was a great review of the ‘Food Crazy Mind’ book. I really enjoyed and learned a bunch just from the post you made and it definitely is a book I will be getting for myself.

    It appears the author is speaking as an authority indeed. The 5 steps she takes us through are logically organized and will help the likes of me…

    I am way past the 50’s now, so I am more conscious of how my metabolism has slowed down, and how muscle fatigue recovery takes a lot longer, etc.

    My eating habits have not caught up however to my age! I still find myself mindlessly snacking on junk food like potato chips or cookies, cake, and the like.

    That needs to change or I will soon have to get a new wardrobe! I think an investment in this book will be cheaper and healthier for me!

    Thanks for your thorough clear review and based on it I am sure this book will help me. Have a great day!

    1. No Dave, Don’t get a new wardrobe. You can turn things around and lose your weight and get healthy at the same time. And by being aware of your thoughts and changing your relationship with food you can keep it off for a long time! After you read Food Crazy Mind, please let me know what you think about it. Thanks for the comment.

  13. Hi Wendy. I have to admit, I do eat when I am not hungry and I eat way too much when I am not supposed too. It happens every time I am bored or anxious and this has been going on for a while.

    I am thinking of fasting a meal, but that may not be the healthiest approach. Maybe this book can shed some light about my problems…

    Thanks for sharing the info.

    1. You are welcome and you are not alone, Cathy. Most of us eat just to eat. And that is okay, unless it becomes a problem with ones health. This book is great at helping people to realize why they eat the way they do and how to change the behavior. 

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