Lately, I’ve been reading memoirs. Not memoirs from famous people or celebrities but memoirs from everyday people like you and me. One of my favorite memoirs so far centers around food and eating. Quite a surprise from someone who dances in her kitchen, huh? It Was Me All Along was written by writer and recipe developer Andie Mitchell. Andie’s relationship with food has been extreme since childhood but anyone who struggles or has struggled with their weight can easily relate to her journey. As I neared the end of the book, her realizations about her weight and her relationship with food were much the same realizations I had to come to terms with in order to lose weight and keep it off.
Several things struck me as oh-so-true and I was quite amazed by this brave young woman’s insight. In the end, she is who she is, fat or thin and she can embrace both those lives for their goodness, their light and for all the things being fat and being thin have taught her. Wow. Did anyone happen to see that bright light shining over Northern Indiana? That was my brain on fire. We should all be so accepting of ourselves and our bodies.
How many of us want to ditch the “fat” pictures even though we’re happy, smiling and having the time of our lives? *raising my hand* If you’d like to read a wonderful personal essay from NYT Bestselling author Jennifer Weiner about this very subject go here: The Name That Actually Hurt Me
The take-away from Andie and Jennifer is to love who you are, right here in this moment, fat, thin, bad hair day, big zit day, whatever. These brave women shared their insights with unflinching honesty so we too can learn and love ourselves just as we are too. I think I enjoy memoirs and personal essays because their messages seem universal, their stories, our stories.
If you’d like to know more about Andie, she has a terrific healthy food blog, Can You Stay for Dinner? Why yes Andie, yes I can. I look forward to dancing my way through many of your recipes.
How about you? Do you enjoy memoirs too? Do you have a favorite? If so, what insights did you gain from the author sharing their story? Please share!
Hugs and Smooches!
Nancy and Earl (who is currently reading a heartwarming book about three wonderful dogs Nice Nosing You: For The Love Of Life, Dogs and Photography by Elke Vogelsang) More on this book later!