Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills to Cope with Difficult Emotions and Develop a Healthy Relationship to Food

An award-winning popular audience book by Dr. Jenny Taitz, Psy.D. introduces the latest scientifically supported theories and strategies to people who struggle with emotional eating in an accessible and entertaining manner.

Many people use food to cope with feelings. Unlike many books on the topic of eating, End Emotional Eating will not focus on diet, but focus on attention, regulating emotions and distress, and participating in living fully, rather than feeling preoccupied by feelings and food.

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It’s a pleasure to see a book with a genuinely new perspective to offer the countless individuals who struggle and suffer over the simple daily act of eating. Well-grounded in scientific research, yet also written in a lively, accessible manner with moving personal stories and plenty of specific, explicit, practical advice, Jennifer L. Taitz offers plenty of new food for thought about food. This will be a helpful and valuable read for anyone who has let his or her eating be guided more by emotion than nutrition.”

—Roy F. Baumeister, PhD, author of Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength


“Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is an effective treatment for a variety of psychological disorders. Never before has the wisdom of DBT, as it applies to emotional eating, been so clearly articulated. Authored by a master clinician and talented writer, this book artfully describes how to transform your relationship with food and life. I highly recommend that you read this book if you want to gain a new perspective on your emotional reactions and change the way you think about and respond to impulses to eat. This is not a diet book; it is a book that will provide nourishment for your soul and psyche. A genuine treat!”

—Dennis Greenberger, PhD, director of the Anxiety and Depression Center in Newport Beach, CA, and coauthor of Mind Over Mood


“Jennifer L. Taitz’s insight, compassion, and far-reaching clinical experience shine from every page.”

—Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation


End Emotional Eating may be the beginning for you in a new relationship with food and your feelings. Who hasn’t had a craving for food that came from a sense of emptiness, anxiety, or anger? This book is filled with powerful metaphors, empowering messages, and mental and emotional exercises that will keep you from eating away at your feelings. Accessible, intelligent, and compassionate, this book can help you find a new way of experiencing and using emotions. You will find wisdom that you can use every day. I highly recommend this book.”

—Robert L. Leahy, PhD, founder and director of the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy, professor at Weill Cornell Medical College and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, and past president of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.