A heartbreakingly honest, endearing memoir of incredible weight loss by a young food blogger who battles body image issues and overcomes food addiction to find self-acceptance.
All her life, Andie Mitchell had eaten lustily and mindlessly. Food was her babysitter, her best friend, her confidant, and it provided a refuge from her fractured family. But when she stepped on the scale on her 20th birthday and it registered a shocking 268 pounds, she knew she had to change the way she thought about food and herself; that her life was at stake.
It Was Me All Along takes Andie from working class Boston to the romantic streets of Rome, from morbidly obese to half her size, from seeking comfort in anything that came cream-filled and two-to-a-pack to finding balance in exquisite (but modest) bowls of handmade pasta. This story is about much more than a woman who loves food and abhors her body. It is about someone who made changes when her situation seemed too far gone and how she discovered balance in an off-kilter world. More than anything, though, it is the story of her finding beauty in acceptance and learning to love all parts of herself.
"Andie Mitchell draws you in from the first cupcake - you taste the creamy frosting, feel every hunger pang, and your heart aches right along with hers. She beautifully exposes the dark and painful struggles of weight loss, food addiction, and self-hate that so many in this country face. Read this book because it offers wonderful lessons for healthy living, being kind to yourself, and finding balance. Read it because it's heartbreakingly honest and endearingly educational. (Alison Sweeney, host of NBC’s The Biggest Loser)
"Loving yourself is the bravest thing, and I'm so glad Andie found her bravery and was willing to share it. Cheers to chocolate cake in moderation and happiness in abundance!" (Giada De Laurentiis, author of Giada’s Feel Good Food)
"Andie's story, in which she takes us along for her 135-pound weight loss journey and makes peace with food, is remarkable. She chooses to see the positives from her past, and she realizes that who she was when she was bigger molded her into the person she is today. Andie is an inspiration to anyone who struggles with the challenges of dieting and weight loss." (Gina Homolka, author of The Skinnytaste Cookbook)
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Wanted to love this...
I really wanted to love this because I've enjoyed Andie Mitchell's blog over the years. At first I was on board with her (the author's) narration but, as the book, progressed, the over. emphasizing. of. every. word. flat out got on my nerves. I understand this was her journey (which is more than food and losing weight) but I was hoping for more about her weight-loss process. What worked for her and why. It was included in the book but really only took up about 45 minutes of the narration, all told. Decent listen but I was hoping for so much more and I wish a professional had narrated it
YES, I would recommend this book because it is honest. It also made me think and relate to the author. I had a revelation about eating reading this book.
None that I can think of, I haven't read many diet/weight loss books to compare - the ones I have read never really inspired me like this one did. I think it's because Andie is realistic.
She has a bright, positive voice that you want to listen to. Not monotone.
Revelation and inspiration is a life-long lesson in being healthy
I did adore this book, and I enjoy her recipes on her blog. Honestly, she really makes sense in her idea about being healthy and binge eating. She maintains that nothing will ever fill you up when you're binge eating. I also found it interesting about after losing weight, after finally realizing she was emotional eating, she had nothing to turn to except to deal with the emotion. Very interesting.
I bookmarked a great passage of the book for motivation and inspiration, it's very rare that I find a book that In find this inspiring and one I think about often.
- Jennifer Labriola