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Reviewed by Anne Boiling for Readers' Favorite
This book piqued my interest the moment I saw it for two reasons: 1) I love tomatoes; and 2) I'm overweight. Author Joanna Cameron takes a unique approach to weight loss. She encourages us to have a conversation with our unconscious mind and to make it our best friend. According to Cameron, too many of us "eat emotionally to fill a void in our heart and soul...and diets do not work because they don't address the underlying emotional causes of an eating problem." It is only by reaching our unconscious mind that we can ferret out the negative emotions that cause us to overeat.
This is not a diet book but is considered to be an action plan. There are assignments and MP3 downloads to assist the reader in discovering why they overeat. Cameron teaches the reader to use self-hypnosis to reach the unconscious mind.
There are seven major steps to Cameron's plan:
1. I get started today. I take action.
2. I take responsibility for where I am today.
3. I take inventory of where I am today.
4. I set one-month goals in the health and fitness area of my life.
5. I let go of limiting decisions and negative emotions from the past.
6. I celebrate reaching my one month goal.
7. I set long term goals in every area of my life.
I'm impressed with Cameron's book because she backs up her statements with examples and testimonies. She also includes a lot of information from well-known doctors such as Milton Erickson and Sigmund Freud. I've been hypnotized in three comedy acts. The first two were pleasant experiences, but I was mortified by my actions at the last one. However, this is proof to me that a person can be hypnotized. I also remember feeling extremely relaxed after the session, and I was able to sleep like a baby. I plan to reread this book and use the MP3. I highly recommend Forget Diets, Plant Tomatoes.