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Kind Words

June 14th, 2011 — 7:51am

The writing life can be a little rocky at times, and so, I try to be grateful whenever and wherever I can.

So when I read this review on Amazon, I was pretty thrilled:

5.0 out of 5 stars An Insightful Food Memoir, June 12, 2011
By Rebecca Johnson “The Rebecca Review” (Washington State) – See all my reviews


If the purpose of “Ravenous” is to make you less hungry it doesn’t succeed. I read this book over the weekend and completely loved it. Dayna Macy is one of the best food writers I’ve ever had the luck to find. She is more aware of life’s subtle nuances than most people. While the book begins with descriptions of binge eating, it ends with a sense of control and purpose. What I liked most about “Ravenous” is the raw and real approach to food. Dayna Macy is completely honest about her emotional connection to food. She also skillfully describes a very erotic and yet innocent connection with a chef which is such a fantasy. I also thought her description of the magical experience of making Brioche was very memorable. Some of her short stories of moments in her life really captivated me. Like the story of how she drinks chamomile tea that was brewed from the flowers her boyfriend’s mom grew. At the end of each essay/story there are also recipes. I’m looking forward to trying some of the recipes, especially the kale chips. For the most part I felt that “Ravenous” was warm and inviting. It truly captures the story of a woman who goes from out-of-control binging to a respectful and healing eating experience. I think you will absolutely adore this insightful memoir.

~The Rebecca Review

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Losing Weight – An Inside Job

June 13th, 2011 — 6:00pm

Losing weight is not necessarily easy. Nor is maintaining that weight loss. To do both, I found it necessary to work from the outside in, as well as the inside out.

The outside in has included stepping up my exercise (I do yoga, walk, and lift weights). It also included learning portion control – I found Weight Watchers invaluable for teaching me what a reasonable portion is, and I continue to use their guidelines to keep me on track. I also keep a food log, which helps me accurately know just how much food I’m eating.

The outside in is crucial. But so is working from the inside out. This included examining my history with food, learning to sit with hunger and not freak out, realizing that my yoga practice didn’t end when I stepped off the mat –but continued on into my daily life.

Just like yoga is a practice, eating is a practice. When you do a practice, you are committing your time and attention, your diligence and patience, to whatever it is you are practicing. Like yoga, or writing, or your relationship to food.

The mechanics of losing weight are utterly necessary. They are though, only part of the story. Ultimately, it’s an inside job. And the relationship you have with the food on your plate is only a mirror for the one you have with yourself.

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