Nourish: How to Heal Your Relationship with Food, Body, and Self
Adult; Self-Help & Relationships; (Market)
Nourish: How to Heal Your Relationship with Food, Body, and Self is ideal for anyone who feels they have a challenging relationship with food, whether they are working through recovery from an eating disorder or just don’t feel as good about their body and eating as they would like to. Heidi Schauster writes as a professional in the eating disorders field for more than two decades, as well as a person who has lived experience in recovery. Heidi urges readers to incorporate self-love, self-care, and self-compassion in their decisions about food — instead of self-control and a focus on dieting to control weight. This sets readers free to design their own self-connected style of eating. This is very different than listening to what someone else tells you to eat. It requires some deep listening and attunement to needs that makes this a unique and holistic nutrition book. Heidi's ten non-linear steps are discussed with compassion, wisdom, and clarity.
Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 10 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 9.50 out of 10
Idea/Concept: Nourish: How to Heal Your Relationship with Food, Body, and Self offers readers an empowering guide to eating mindfully, embracing body positivity, and practicing compassionate self-care.
Prose: Schauster's prose is warm, encouraging, and informed. She integrates secondary sources to further underscore her already well-supported ideas about re-framing relationships with food.
Originality: The concept of "ditching dieting" is an increasingly familiar one, but Schauster's advice for readers is enhanced with thoughtful analysis of societal messages about body ideals, as well as illuminating insights into the psychological underpinnings of disordered eating.
Execution: Schauster offers a valuable perspective on the role that food plays in our lives and the many ways that individuals' relationships with eating can be reflective of emotional traumas and negative associations.
Date Submitted: January 29, 2020