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1.0 out of 5 stars Not a healthy book, July 27, 2008
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This book is essentially written from a very disordered place. Julia Cameron is GREAT on the creativity work she does, but needs to stay out of this area, as it is clearly a problematic one in her life. I work with people with eating disorders and purchased this book hoping to find a tool that would help them. I would never suggest it to anyone struggling with food issues (or, I guess, anyone at all). She is afraid of and unfriendly toward food. Peace with food must involve acceptance of our appetites and development of trust in our bodies' ultimate knowledge of what we need. We can learn to be comfortable with sweet or salty of fatty foods, and once they are no longer a forbidden enemy, peace is possible. There are many other helpful books addressing intuitive eating (Eating Mindfully is one), compulsive overeating (books by Geneen Roth, or a book called Overcoming Overeating can be helpful), or recovery from eating disorders (Ira Sacker's newest book--name escapes me, Life without ED).
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Initial post: Jan 27, 2014 1:19:42 AM PST
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I've been reading all the comments of this book to decide whether or not to buy it. As a student of eating psychology and having appreciated the books Mindful Eating, the Slow Down Diet and Women Food and God the words "She is afraid of and unfriendly toward food" made me sit up and take notice. My impression from the various reviews is that Cameron has offered good tools and poor nutritional advice. I completely agree: people need to be at peace with food and with their appetites.
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