Forget Diets, Plant Tomatoes

A Metaphoric, Hypnotic Journey to Stop Emotional Eating

Non-Fiction - Health - Fitness
257 Pages
Reviewed on 02/25/2011
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Author Biography

The British- born Joanna Cameron is a member of the American Board of Hypnotherapy and has a doctorate in clinical hypnotherapy. She is certified to teach hypnosis, the Time Line Therapy ™ technique, and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (a mouthful meaning nerves, language, and programming). Joanna is featured along with Deepak Chopra, Denis Waitely, and Jack Canfield in Stepping Stones to Success ( Joanna also entertains internationally as "The Trance Lady," a comedy hypnotist, and has performed in forty-six states, and for the US Army in Germany. Joanna is an engaging speaker, who uses her clinical experience, comedic talent, and stage presence to inspire corporate audience, student groups, and others on topics ranging from weight loss to overcoming anxiety to achieving success.
Forget Diets, Plant Tomatoes - a metaphoric, hypnotic journey to stop emotional eating. This book is based on my experiences as a hypnotherapist in Virginia, assisting my clients to deal with the root causes of emotional eating. This is a self help book, which demands that you take seven healing steps. The book is complemented with 30 MP3's, downloadable from my website at

I am fascinated with how people change. I love hypnosis and my most admired person in the field would be the late Milton Erickson. He pioneered short term hypnotherapy with conversational and story telling techniques. I have endeavored to follow his path in my book.

    Book Review

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.