‘The Food Therapist: Break Bad Habits, Eat with Intention, and Indulge Without Worry’ 

By Shira Lenchewski. Author debuts book to provide readers with stimulating one-on-one food therapy session.

As a registered dietitian and nutrition expert, Shira Lenchewski knows the desire to eat healthy doesn’t always pan out. Uncontrollable cravings can get in the way; we may make hurried food choices driven by stress; or feel guilty after eating a decadent dessert. 

The author says our relationship with food is one of the most emotionally charged, guilt-ridden, and yet instantly gratifying relationships in our lives.

Professionally, she’s heard clients rattle off things they ought to be doing: limiting added sugars, exercising portion control, and making better food choices at restaurants. Personally, she reveals her own days of being “the queen of Diet Coke and sad salads with dressing on the side.” She adds, “Ditching this narrow mindset was a complete and utter game changer…You don’t have to choose between looking and feeling your best and eating delicious, flavorful, satisfying food.” 

She tells readers to stop punishing themselves. “Failure has the ability to teach us a lot,” she writes. “It’s scientifically proven that at any age we can change the way our brain functions to boost willpower and develop consistent healthy habits and behaviors.” 

In order to do so, she believes it’s vital to examine the root cause of emotional hang-ups around food and our bodies before we can ultimately reach our health goals. 

Not to worry. It doesn’t mean heading to a psychologist’s office for answers or that this is a sign of eating disorders; this book focuses on the everyday issues with food. Early on, readers are given an eye-opening quiz about food-related obstacles they face that can reflect trust and dependence issues, fear of food monotony, self-blame, shame, or the need for perfectionism. 

The author follows through with practical strategies on managing food obstacles, along with providing a food plan and a variety of recipes. 

“The most reliable way to create the future you want is to first envision it, and then work at it, a little bit at a time, every single day,” she writes, adding that ultimately the endgame is “to make food decisions that reflect what you really want for yourself while knowing how and when to loosen the reins so you can stay healthy, happy, and balanced for the long haul.”