Sharing the Love
Two books have come into my life over the past few months that have changed my life for the better, and I'm going to share them with you here:
The first one, Intuitive Eating, by Evenly Tribole and Elyse Resch was suggested by my dietician. It has been a Godsend as far as my food/eating issues are concerned, and I highly recommend it to anyone who may be reading this at the moment and struggling with any kind of eating or food disorder. As of this writing I've been the only one to check in on my blog, so I'm probably the only one reading this, but hey, you never know.
This book has given me permission to stop thinking like a dieter and just eat, for Pete's sake! These authors have deftly and compassionately explained how and why people like myself have wound up with eating issues, which in a nutshell, is mostly due to the dieting industry and our nation's screwed up obsession with being thin. They make it ok to admit the struggle, explain why you eat the way you do and offer suggestions for kicking the diet habit and honoring one's hunger. I know, a crazy concept, right? It's a long process, and one I continue to slog through, but thanks to (my therapist, my dietician) this book I'm on my way to a healthier relationship with food and exercise.
The second book, The War of Art, was written by Steven Pressfield over ten years ago. Yes, I'm late to the party, but better late than never. I watch Oprah's Super Soul Sunday show and Mr. Pressfield was a guest on a recent episode. If you're an artist of any kind, someone embarking on a new spiritual journey or an entrepreneur/business person you may benefit from this book. Personally, I feel Mr. Pressfield looked at my life and read my inner thoughts and came up with this idea for this book. He says the main reason we don't move forward with our life's passion, what's in our hearts that we truly want to do in life, is because of resistance. Anything new we want to do, any positive change we want to make, is always met with some type of resistance. I've resisted doing what I've always wanted to do--write--since I was a teenager. When I finally admitted to myself and others that I wanted to be a writer (about 11 years ago) I did so with great trepidation. I've slowly broken through this wall over the years, but it has taken just that--years--to do so. I'm not going to revel in regret over how much time I've wasted and lost in resistance over the years, but now that I'm aware of its presence in my life I'm going to do my best to fight it. Although yesterday I gave in to resistance because I was writing, then took a break, played Candy Crush, checked email and played around with widgets/gadgets on my blog. Yes, resistance is a provocative mistress! In fact, Mr. Pressfield would no doubt consider blogging a form of resistance, so I'm going to close for today. I hope someone stumbles upon my blog and discovers a book or two that will touch his or her life as they have mine.