Final weigh in – Self help books

Well another month has come to an end and I can report it has been a successful one with five pounds lost. Five pounds is the most I’ve lost on any of my diets so far (in my challenge Twelve months twelve different diets!).  However, perhaps this is not as good as it sounds as…

My story – old and new

One of the exercises in Karina Melvin’s book Artful Eating encourages you to ‘Discover your story’ as ‘the story we tell ourselves shapes us, inside and out.  Every action we take is deeply influenced by how we view ourselves, and this has been directly shaped by our upbringing and our relationships’. The exercise begins with discovering…

Fat is a feminist issue – Susie Orbach

As part of my exploration of weight loss through the use of self-help books/techniques I thought it was right that I read the seminal work on the topic ‘Fat is a Feminist Issue’ by Susie Orbach.  Originally written as just one book, which was predominantly theory based, Susie Orbach wrote a second book in response…

Alcohol – the enemy of mindful eating?!

I am on holiday at the moment and whilst I am finding it easy to practice the principles that I’ve learnt through reading Karina Melvin’s book ‘Artful Eating’ in the day, in the evening, when I have a glass of wine in my hand, it all goes out of the window. During the day I…