When life makes you crazy, reach for the chocolate: it's cheaper than therapy and you don't need an appointment. Beloved humor author Karen Scalf Linamen is back with her first new women's book in five years, and she's got a stash of sweet treats in her purse to share. Why do women choose comfort food when they are really craving something else? What if they could stop settling for second best and give their souls what they are really seeking? Would they be content? Perhaps they would glean a deeper understanding of their emotions. Most importantly, they might be able to get into their skinny jeans and stay there. With her trademark wit and insight, Karen Linamen helps women everywhere discover what they are really hungering for--and laugh out loud in the process.
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EXCERPT FROM CATALOG Chaos. Change. Crisis. In the grand recipe of life, these are common ingredients. All I know is that I find them in my personal mixing bowl far more than I'd like. They're in my life now. Probably yours too. My initial response is to reach for the chocolate. This might be why my closet contains a variety of clothes from size 12 to 24. Okay, I lied. Sometimes I also reach for chips. Or doughnuts. Or-like last week's binge-Bit-O-Honey. You know what I'm talking about, right? Those chewy bite-sized candies that taste like honey even as they extract all your fillings? Except I couldn't stop with just a bit. What I really ate was more like Bag-O-Honey. My dentist sent me a thank-you card. From the Caribbean. I think this all means something, besides the fact that I should have pursued dentistry as a career. I think that when I'm consuming chocolate, I'm really craving something else. Something healthier. Something deeper. Why I get fixated on comfort foods is anybody's guess. Chocolate, after all, is just a quick fix. A tasty substitute. A delectable melt-in-my-mouth imposter. What if, in those all-too-frequent seasons of chaos, change, or crisis, I could somehow stop settling for second best and give my soul whatever it's really seeking?From the Back Cover:
Hungry for a change? If you have ever done the emotional-eating thing, raise your hand. No, not the one holding the chocolate bar. The other one. When heartache, stress, or chaos send us beelining toward the pantry, are we really hungry for those stolen handfuls of chocolate chips? Or are we longing for something else? In her newest book, Karen Linamen dares to ask, "What could our lives be like if, instead of trying to satiate those deeper longings with food, we stopped settling for quick fixes and tasty substitutes and gave our souls whatever they might really be seeking?" With laugh-out-loud humor, Karen identifies eleven things women really crave and suggests zero-calorie ways to satisfy the deepest longings of our hearts. Whether your favorite comfort food happens to be chips or cocoa, you'll relish this smorgasbord of hope and hilarity dished up by the author of Just Hand Over the Chocolate and No One Will Get Hurt. Karen Linamen is a nationally known speaker and the author of several humorous self-help books for women. An equal-opportunity emotional eater, she enjoys her chocolate, Twinkies, pretzels, and ice-cream-straight-from-the-carton in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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