Review: Food and Loathing

I read “Food and Loathing” a few years back, but decided to take it on the road trip this weekend to read it again. The last time I read it I was in therapy for disordered eating (B.E.D. mostly) and I was in a very bad place with it. I don’t know if it affected me as much the first time I read it, but I am still going over so many of the author’s accounts in my head.IMG 2478 225x300 Review: Food and Loathing

The book is based on the author’s (Betsy Lerner) struggles with her weight, dieting and mental illness. The subtitle, “A life measured out in calories” really hits home for me. When she was a child she became convinced that she would be perfect if she lost 30 pounds – that belief stays with her through her teens, college and adult life. I have to admit that I completely understand (and often hold) that belief.

Uh, I hate to admit that I relate so much to someone who is later diagnosed with a mental illness, but I get it. I get her desperation to lose weight and her belief that a number on the scale or a size 6 jeans are all that’s standing between her and happiness.

The book is a very easy read. I would recommend it to anyone who has struggled (or still struggles) with disordered eating or skewed body image. Her perspective is one of  an overweight girl/woman and the ups and downs of dieting and her self-esteem. It’s a real account. If you have these issues it’s nice to read that you’re not alone.

Marathon Training: This morning I did an easy 4 miles. They were slow, but cathartic icon smile Review: Food and Loathing I wanted to come home and do some Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred, but my laptop won’t play the DVD. Boo.

Breakfast started with a small bowl of cereal as I was trying to get the DVD to work. Then, this masterpiece…IMG 2477 300x225 Review: Food and LoathingMy main meal with a ww bagel with PB&banana and cottage cheese with jam. I also had a handful of trail mix because I was still hungry.IMG 2476 300x225 Review: Food and Loathing

I am off to be productive. See you in a bit! Have a good day icon smile Review: Food and Loathing

Comments

  1. says

    I read that book a while ago and I agree that it’s a good read for people struggling with disordered eating. It helped me figure out some of the issues that led to my disordered eating in the first place. Great book!

  2. says

    Sounds like a great read! I should check that one out. When I was approaching my goal weight (somewhere in the 150s) last year I finally realized that thin doesn’t automatically = happy, and it really threw me for a loop. If only it were that easy! ;)

    Good luck with the job searching!

  3. says

    she has depression? interesting maybe i will look into it. sometimes i avoid books on the subject b/c i don’t like it that it becomes ALL that i think about.

    cottage cheese w/ jam= brilliant.

  4. says

    Sorry about your job. It sounds like it was for the best though. For as long as I can remember my mom has always said, “things happen for a reason.” Of course when I was young I would just look at her and grunt. But now I really believe it. I was laid off from my role (company closed) four years ago. I had been at the company for about 5 years. I was comfortable and would probably have stayed forever. Mainly because I was comfortable. I wasn’t challenged. But because I was laid off I landed my current role. Been here as a Corporate Recruiter for 4 years and LOVE it so much. Love what I do, who I work for. Perfect? No nothing is. But I’m happy and feel challenged daily. Best of luck with your search. Remember life is just a book of chapters and you are just onto the next one. Make it a great one! Wishing you the best…

  5. says

    I am drooling over that breakfast. It’s two of my favorits combos on my favorite form of carbs.

    That sounds like a good book, one I should probably check out.

  6. says

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