Karen R. Koenig, LCSW, M.Ed. is a psychotherapist, international eating coach, national educator, and popular author of four books on eating and weight. She is an expert on the psychology of eating--the how and why, not the what of it--is best known for her non-diet, eating "normal" approach to making peace with food, and has worked in the field of eating disorders for 30 years.

Her first two books set the stage for her "normal" eating series, The Rules of "Normal" Eating (Gurze Books, 2005) and The Food & Feelings Workbook, and she is also the author of What Every Therapist Needs to Know about Treating Eating and Weight Issues (Norton Professional Books, 2008) and Nice Girls Finish Fat (Simon and Schuster, 2009). Her books have been translated into 10 foreign languages.

Ms. Koenig practices in Sarasota, Florida, moderates an online Food and Feelings message board, and authors two blogs.

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Starting Monday

Seven Keys to a Permanent, Positive Relationship with Food

Author:Karen R. Koenig, LCSW, M.Ed


Starting Monday is based on the simple premise that when our behaviors don’t align with our expressed intentions, we’ve got a conflict going on, often outside of our awareness. The book helps readers dig deeply into their psyches to figure out what mistaken beliefs and needless fears are holding them back from achieving their health and fitness goals. The polarized feelings for disregulated eaters to identify and resolve fall within these 7 key areas: 1) create lasting change, 2) make conscious choices, 3) feel deserving, 4) how to comfort themselves, 5) know what's enough, 6) manage intimacy, and 7) develop a healthy identity.

Starting Monday first helps readers unearth their mixed feelings in these seven areas, then teaches them how to change their beliefs and behaviors to resolve them. Using humor, plain talk, examples from her clinical experience, reflection exercises, case studies, and homework, Koenig lets troubled eaters know that their yo-yo patterns of eating and self care are due to conflicts. She shies away from easy answers and, instead, provides hope and concrete actions for developing a permanent, positive relationship with food.



Barriers to "Normal" Eating

1 - Why It's Hard to Change Our Eating
(Help, My Mouth Has a Mind of Its Own!)

2 - Reasons We Want to Eat "Normally"
(Stop Me When I Get to Infinity!)

3 - How Internal Conflicts Prevent Us From Eating "Normally"
(In This Corner We Have Me and In This Corner We HaveóMe!)

The Seven Keys

4 - Create Lasting Change
(Can't I Just Wish Upon a Star?)

5 - Make Conscious Choices
(How Come When I Lash Out, I Hit Me?)

6 - Feel Deserving
(When I'm Good I'm Very, Very Good and When I'm Bad I Head for the Fridge!)

7 - Comfort Yourself Effectively
(I'm Better at Licking the Bowl than My Problems!)

8 - Know What's Enough
(Is Enough Ever Really Enough?)

9 - Manage Intimacy
(Can't I Be a Super Attractive Invisible Person?)

10 - Develop a Healthy Identity
(If I Say Goodbye to My Identity, Will It Miss Me?)


11 - Resolving Internal Conflicts for Good
(I'm Gonna Sit Here and Break Bread with Myself!)