Judith Matz and Ellen Frankel are sisters and therapists specializing in eating problems and weight issues. Each holds a Master's degree in Social Work and has over 20 years of clinical experience in the field of eating disorders. They are the authors of Beyond a Shadow of a Diet.
The Diet Survivor's Handbook: 60 Lessons in Eating, Acceptance and Self-Care with =
Do you use myspace, facebook, twitter, or other social networking sites? If so, how do we find you on those sites?
Linkedin: www.linkedin/in/judithmatz Facebook: Diet Survivor's Group
What books are you currently reading?
I am in a book group, which keeps me reading at least one fiction book a month. The most recent ones - all of which I've enjoyed - are Unaccustomed Earth, The Commoner, The White Tiger and Lush Life.
I've also become interested in Africa issues because of my son's activism toward ending the genocide in Darfur - he plans to spend some time in Africa next year. I've just started reading The Challenge for Africa so I can better understand the social and political issues there.
I'm in the middle of The New Rules of Marriage, which is very useful for my clinical practice (and I've picked up a few things for my own marriage!)
What are your favorite books?
The Book Thief In the Time of the Butterflies Half of a Yellow Sun Eat, Pray, Love Syd by Ellen Frankel (under review for publication)
What books would you recommend to your readers?
Start reading a variety of non-diet books to support you on your journey. There are many books that complement The Diet Survivor's Handbook including:
Health At Every Size by Linda Bacon
Overcoming Overeating by Jane Hirschmann and Carol Munter
Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Reish
10 Step to Loving Your Body by Pat Ballard
The Obesity Myth by Paul Campos
When Women Stop Hating Their Bodies by Jane Hirschmann and Carol Munter
Any message to your readers?
Eat well! Live well! Be well! I have had so many clients tell me that they don't know why people aren't breaking my door to learn this approach! If diets worked for you, you would know by now. There really is a way to stop using up all of the mental energy that it takes to constantly think about food and weight. Imagine the freedom!
Don't let anyone tell you that you're not okay because of your weight. Be compassionate with yourself. Don't put off your dreams until you lose weight. Honor your physical hunger.
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What is your book about? Please provide a description.
Stop yo-yo dieting and end emotional overeating! Learn to be a normal eater! Most people who go on diets will gain the weight back, plus more. We'll show you how to end this vicious cycle, and how to have a healthy relationship with food, your body, and yourself.
We offer three brief chapters to explain why you haven't fail your diet; your diet has failed you. We'll show you the physical and psychological reasons that diets don't work - and won't work - and then explain what to do instead.
We'll provide you with 60 inspiring lessons to help you solve your food and weight struggles. Each lesson offers you an activity to help practice the concept, followed by a quote that is either humorous or inspirational. Our 60 lessons cover the topics of eating, acceptance and self-care, empowering you to live fully and freely in the world.
How long have you been at work on this book?
The Diet Survivor's Handbook was published in 2006. We spent 10 months working on our manuscript.
How did the idea originate?
We've been so inspired to see people say "no" to diets and "yes" to taking back their lives. We coined the term "diet survivors" to empower people who are getting off the diet rollercoaster and making peace with food. As ex-dieters ourselves, we know what it feels like when you believe that dieting is your only option, but keep gaining back the weight. We wanted to spread the message that there is another way, and answer the question: "If I am not going to diet, what do I do instead?"
Our first book, Beyond a Shadow of a Diet, was geared toward professionals working with food and weight issues. People kept asking us when we would write a book that spoke directly to readers with food and weight issues, and The Diet Survivor's Handbook is our answer!
Did the book entail any unusual writing habits or places?
We are sisters and therapists who both specialize in the area of eating problems. We love writing books together - and since Judith is in the Chicago area and Ellen lives near Boston, we solidified our relationship through our internet connection!
We also spent hundreds of hours on the phone (thank goodness our calling plans have free long distance!) as we coordinated what we were each writing for The Diet Survivor's Handbook. Family and friends learned quickly not to even bother trying to call us on Mondays or Fridays, because the only response they ever got was, "I can't talk right now, I'm on the phone with my sister."
While the bulk of our conversations focused on our book, we have to admit that a few other topics creeped in there, including but not limited to: how to make a brisket, college applications for our oldest daughters, American Idol favorites, the latest with our mom and dad, vacation plans and...breast cancer.
Two months into writing The Diet Survivor's Handbook, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I kept on writing, and found the process to actually be incredibly helpful in giving me a sense of purpose and hope. The phone conversations with Ellen provided me with tremendous support as I worked my way through becoming a cancer survivor. I am happy to say all is well, and we were able to submit the book on time, which was quite a triumph.