For my next Blogging for Books choice I snagged Andie Mitchell memoir "It Was Me All Along." Andie is behind the blog Can You Stay For Dinner and her story is pretty powerful. The book is essentially about Andie's struggles with her weight and relationship with food and self image from a very young age. And while I'm not in her shoes by any means, I can definitely relate as a woman who has struggled with learning healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle on her own.
It didn't take me long to finish the 240 page book which is a lot less about weight loss and more about her struggles in real life and how her weight and food relationships stemmed from those. She shows how powerful food can be if you're suffering emotionally. How you can be comforted by food and it can easily take your life.
Certain parts of the book were actually painful to read. Andie describes her binges and her negative self image so descriptively, you want to close the book. She was brave, honest, and gritty telling each emotion she went through and it truly shows the reader that food addiction, binge eating, and how food can replace coping skills is a real life struggle for a large group of people. It shows that without education about food and healthy choices people can be lost in a deep dark helpless whole without knowing how to get out. It also reveals that becoming skinny isn't the answer to all your problems. Andie continued with certain demons even with her weight loss that showed that being thin isn't everything.
I've read a lot mix reviews on this book, but I actually loved Andie's story. It was real. She went through ups and downs and really viewed her weight loss and well being as a journey. Actually, she described it as a marathon to be done over time and she prevailed. So many women and men continue to struggle with their weight, their relationship with food and themselves. She shows you can have a healthy connection with food in moderation with the right perception, and acceptance. I think it was pretty inspirational. Cheers to Andie!
FTC disclaimer : I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions are, as always, my own and I was not required to give a favorable review.