Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on November 25, 2008
Angela Stokes knows a lot about weight loss. 160 pounds worth, to be exact — which is amazing, if you ask me. (As Margaret Cho would say, “that’s like getting a divorce.”) Stokes, an award-winning raw food author and lifestyle consultant achieved a seemingly impossible feat by reversing morbid obesity. And along way, she made the dramatic shift from a lonely, angry and defensive overeater to a person who loves life and feels balanced.
Does this sound like someone you know? (No finger pointing, here… just asking.) If so, you might want to check out Angela’s book Raw Emotions. In it, she writes that most weight loss programs fall short by focusing solely on the weight. Angela’s theory is that some overweight people (the ones she refers to as “comfort eaters”) need to examine more than their diet. Because for many, overeating is not just about too much food – it’s a very real lifestyle brought on by deeper issues. Stokes examines what can bring the weight on — and offers tips on how to free yourself from those patterns.
Sounds pretty heavy (bad pun… but I know you were waiting for it), but it makes perfect sense to me. Some people use drugs and alcohol to numb themselves, others use food. Telling an overweight person to simply simply put down the fork is like telling a drug addict to limit himself to two lines per day. It doesn’t work. You need to understand your emotional connections with food and deal with whatever’s causing you to overeat.
It actually sounds like worthwhile reading for non-overeaters. After all, we all have issues, regardless of how they manifest themselves. And the fact that this information is coming not from a scientist crunching data in a lab, but from a living, breathing woman whose body is her showroom gives it credibility.