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Unlike so many diet books, this cheery addition to the self-help shelves wasn't written by a nutritionist or a fitness pro, but rather by a "creativity expert" who "accidentally stumbled upon a weight-loss secret that works" while teaching a creative "unblocking course." While this might sound like so much snake oil, the optimism and common-sense attitude of author Cameron (The Artist's Way) are winning. Her system is both simple and inexpensive, promoting exercise, food journaling, and something called "morning pages," which are stream-of-consciousness passages dieters record after getting out of bed: "A day at a time, a page at a time, we become mindful, acutely attuned to our personal feelings." The second half of the book is filled with exercises, some more goofy than practical ("if your museum has a gift shop, buy yourself five postcards glorifying the body type you've got"), and stories detailing chronic overeaters paths' to weight loss success. These stories are sometimes inspiring, sometimes repetitive, but should motivate dieters to give writing a try.
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About the Author

Considered to be the world’s foremost expert on the creative process and the spiritual rewards of creativity, Julia Cameron is the author of twenty-six books including The Artist’s Way, Walking in This World, and Finding Water. With combined sales of more than three million copies, her books have been published around the globe. A world-renowned teacher, she speaks regularly to standing-room only audiences. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher; First Edition edition (December 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585425710
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585425716
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,042,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Julia Cameron has been an active artist for more than thirty years. She is the author of more than thirty books, fiction and nonfiction, including her bestselling works on the creative process: The Artist's Way, Walking in This World, Finding Water, and The Writing Diet. A novelist, playwright, songwriter, and poet, she has multiple credits in theater, film, and television.

Latest endeavor: Julia Cameron Live, an online course and artists' community led by Julia. It is the most comprehensive discussion she has ever done on The Artist's Way, and the first time she has allowed cameras in her home.

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224 of 229 people found the following review helpful By K. Yanar on December 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I am an avid reader and recreational writer. When I heard about this book in a health magazine, I thought the concept sounded interesting and decided to check it out. I received the book today, and I have already finished reading it. Julia Cameron advises her readers to do what many weight-loss experts say works, write about your eating. Her idea is most people overeat because of stress or depression, or some other outside influence. As a writing teacher she witnesses the theraputic effect of writing with dealing with daily life problems. She intructs readers to write every day. Write about when they eat or when they want to eat. Why they are eating and why they chose the foods they did. She also instructs readers to walk everyday, even if it is only 5 minutes, just get some sort of exercise in. I look forward to starting the activities and daily writing assignments in the book. This book is training wheels for someone trying to control their emotional eating and a support system as you work toward writing and living a healthy lifestyle
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102 of 104 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer K. Peaslee on January 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
From the second I purchased this book I was not able to put it down. It is simply inspirational. I have already implemented Cameron's advice into my daily life and have noticed changes not only in my weight, but also in my psychological well-being.

One of my favorite chapters was on walking. I used to think that I hated walking, but forcing myself to take daily walks and then write about them made me realize that I enjoy walking, but simply prefer to walk alone and not tell anyone I'm walking. For me, it's a secret hobby. I probably would not have realized this without daily reflection time in my writings.

As a struggling and overweight writer, I can say that this book has been pivotal to turning my life around. I'm happier, I'm thinner, and I'm able to write more each day.

Even if you're not a writer, I strongly recommend buying this book. Cameron makes it easy for everyone to follow this path. Best of all, she doesn't specify what you can eat and when, but leaves the choices up to you. She simply opens up your Inner Mentor and helps you realize who you want to be.
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243 of 260 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Britton on February 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Do read this book and be inspired to try some new techniques for healthy living! I especially liked the chapters on exercise (walking) and lingerie!

I was dismayed, though, that Julie Cameron appears to have an unhappy relationship with food despite her advice to have culinary adventures (makes me think someone else wrote that chapter!). She talks about good and bad foods, chocolate as being the devil's food, being "good" on your diet and eating "legally" and it seems that sugar rarely or never passes her lips. She also referred to dieting as a "war".

The concept of food as good or bad and moral judgements surrounding eating are, in my opinion, really misguided. I have lost a lot of weight and I have a happy relationships with all foods (even the "devil's food" - chocolate!). There is no such thing as a good or bad food - some foods should just be eaten more judiciously than others. I disagree with her recommendation of eating artifical foods like Splenda and sugar free Jello (Sugar-free Jello appeared in the book so many times that I started to suspect a product placement!)

It really seemed that Julie has a very adverserial relationship with food which negatively colored all the other wonderful things about the book. When she described having a third of her friend's dessert and then barely making it through her teaching that evening and waking up with a sugar hangover the next day, I thought, "This is not right". Anybody should be able to split a dessert three ways and feel great about themselves and certainly suffer no ill effect. Her reaction was either grossly exaggerated or she seems, to me, to be disordered in her relationship to food.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By O. Merce Brown HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 21, 2008
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This outstanding new book from creativity guru Julia Cameron explores the idea that creativity can block overeating, and the opposite, that overeating can block creativity. After reading the book, and trying it out it my own life, I know that this is true for me.

Using seven key tools, readers are given ideas to overcome their problems with overeating. The seven tools are morning pages (stream of consciousness writing in the mornings), journaling (especially at times of being tempted to overeat), walking, asking oneself four key questions about hunger and food choices, culinary artist dates, HALT (hungry-angry-lonely-tired), and the body buddy.

This book will be of key interest to anyone who does creative work. However, it will also be helpful to those who do not...releasing blocked creativity can be an important aid in dealing with overeating and weight issues.

The book also includes almost forty chapters that cover "situations and solutions" like relapse, night eating, food as sedative, affirmations, and much more. The are part musings from Julia Cameron, part common sense advice about weight loss, and part wisdom from twelve step programs. All combine to make a powerful program of recovery for those people who are open to writing and/or to accessing their creativity in a more powerful way while at the same time empowering themselves to deal with their food issues.

I found this book very helpful and inspirational. I don't know of anything else like it out there. Each of the fifty or so chapters has exercises you can do at the end, and I can't imagine how this could not be helpful for anyone who is open to working even a few of the ideas the author puts forth.

Highly recommended.
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