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 =
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Not yet, but plan to soon.
What books are you currently reading?
Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamont Infidel by Ayann Hirsi Ali
What are your favorite books?
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert Beyond the Sky and the Earth by Jamie Zeppa Lamb by Christpher Moore
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! It is possible to live a life of attunement both physically, emotionally and spiritually. Within you is a great source of wisdom; delve inside, trust yourself, and let your most authentic expression of who you are dance in this world of wonder...
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 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 lessons 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, Judith was diagnosed with breast cancer. We kept on writing, and though I was really scared, it felt good to be working together during such a challenging time. Initially, I encouraged Judith to think about extending our date to submit our manuscript, but Judith felt that she wanted to keep working and finish by our original deadline. We were able to finish the book on schedule and, more importantly, Judith is well. And even though the book is now finished, we've grown accustomed to our frequent phone conversations, and continue to talk often!