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Real comfort food feeds the soul, not just the belly

Here’s a reader question that just came in, and I think it’s a good one, something we have to think about if we’re looking to break our food obsessions:

“I’m sure I need to read the book, but I’m wondering how to embrace the fact that food IS comfort on some level, we can’t really separate that from our experience with it. I love the image of Jesus cooking for the disciples on the seashore, when they had been out fishing all night. And in fact He gives HIMSELF to us as food! So it seems counter-intuitive to me to try to minimize the comfort aspect of our relationship with food in the quest for health, as people often do. How do you see this issue?” Read more

I gotta be me: Diary of a diet detox

A few weeks ago, as some of you may recall, I decided to do a pretty hard-core diet detox based on a 21-day plan created by my health and fitness guru Kris Carr, author of Crazy Sexy Diet and creator of Crazy Sexy everything. Granted the start of December was probably not an ideal time to attempt a detox, what with all the holiday festivities in the offing, but it’s so me to try to do something at its most challenging, like I need to prove I can not only detox but I can do so under the most stressful food circumstances. I’m like the Navy Seals of detoxing but without the Night Vision goggles. Read more

So, a Cuban and an Italian walk into a kitchen…

Today the “Pray, Love, Then Eat” blog tour makes a stop at Day by Day, blog of my friend and Catholic press veteran María de Lourdes Ruiz Scaperlanda. I have to thank María for a fun interview that allowed me to cover some new ground on this topic. Gracias, amiga, for the chance to talk about Cravings on your blog: Read more

I love when my writing is compared to chocolate

I can’t think of anything better than having my book compared to a chocolate mint melting in your mouth. Thank you, Sarah Reinhard at Snoring Scholar, today’s “Pray, Love, Then Eat” blog tour stop, for saying my book is like an Andes mint. That made me so happy, even if it also made me want to eat chocolate for breakfast. Read more

Author of ‘Weightless’ weighs in on ‘Cravings’

Kate Wicker, author of Weightless: Making Peace with Your Body, had this to say about Cravings at her blog today, the fifth stop on the “Pray, Love, Then Eat” blog tour:

“I had the honor of reading an advanced copy of Cravings: A Catholic Wrestles with Food, Self-Image, and God by Mary De Turris Poust, which I highly recommend. It’s an uplifting read for anyone who has struggled with their weight or food and longs for freedom from obsessing over every inch of flesh. In her meaty (lots of food for thought here!) and excellent book, Poust devotes an entire chapter to the dangers of multitask eating and why it’s important to develop a more mindful approach to meals.” Read more

Must. Have. Chocolate. How to curtail the cravings

A reader posed a question to me recently:

“What is your strongest food craving? Mine is chocolate, followed by something salty (usually potato chips.) What is your best suggestion on how to curtail it?”

Great question. Unfortunately, as you probably know all too well, there is no easy answer. Well, there is an easy answer (Just don’t eat it.), but that’s not a realistic answer. Ignoring our food cravings can sometimes feel like a losing proposition, so how do we curb the cravings? Read more

‘What’s the deal with Catholicism and food?’

Today the Cravings Blog Tour — Pray, Love, Then Eat — makes a stop at The Catholic Foodie, where Jeff Young had this (and lots more) to say about my newest book: Read more

Did you enter today’s Cravings Blog Tour contest yet?

There’s still time to visit today’s blog tour stop: OSV Daily Take, where Sarah Hayes is writing about my newest book, Cravings: A Catholic Wrestles with Food, Self-Image, and God, and giving readers a chance to win a copy of the book and enter the raffle for the Williams-Sonoma $100 gift card. Read more

CNN’s Randi Kaye talks to me about Cravings

If you are on an iOS device, you’ll need to click HERE to watch. Otherwise, click the play button below. Unfortunately, this is not the full version. The introduction and the last question — about monastics, the Mass, and the connection to food — has been cut in this clip. But you’ll get the idea.