Book Review: It Was Me All Along

by Emmy on September 15, 2015

It Was Me All Along book cover

I recently finished reading It Was Me All Along: A Memoir by Andie Mitchell and thought I’d share my thoughts on it with you. This book was suggested to me by a woman I used to see at Weight Watchers meetings. She had been following the authors blog, and said that she really liked the book, so I decided to pick it up. I only gave it three stars on Goodreads, which may not be a totally accurate representation of how I felt about the book.

I’ll start with what I didn’t like. Someone on my Facebook page commented that it was hard to sympathize with her sometimes. At the point in the book I was at when I asked about it on Facebook, I didn’t understand that. But once I reached the end, I knew what she meant. I had trouble at some points when she talked about her mother. While I got the impression that she knew that her mother worked her butt of to give her things, and a life, that would make her happy, I sometimes felt that she really took advantage of that. There also seemed to be an underlying feeling of blame towards her mother which I’m not sure the author actually felt, but that’s how I felt reading it. She seemed to expect a lot out of people in general without giving a lot in return, but again I’m not really certain that’s how she meant to come across. I think she was writing about a struggle, and because it was about her, it may have sounded more selfish than was intended.

What I did like was how much of her battle with food and weight loss resonated with me. While I didn’t have some of the childhood traumas that she did, and my weight problem started a bit later in life, I could really relate to her feelings around food. Many time she said things that I have felt while dealing with my eating habits. Quite often I feel totally out of control around food, and wonder how people have a “cheat day” and then go back to their normal healthy habits. That has never been something I could do, and I was glad to read that I wasn’t alone in that. I could also totally relate to the panic she felt at being in situations where her food choices were out of her control once she had lost weight. I find it very difficult to eat out when I’m in a place where I’m losing weight and doing well.

I also liked that she shared something that some people like to pretend doesn’t happen…going too far the other direction. Losing weight when you’re someone who has serious food issues requires and enormous amount of planning and discipline, and when you’re successful you can sometimes become obsessed in a new way. You can develop unhealthy habits with eating food that’s healthy just like you did with the unhealthy foods. Exercise addiction can also become a problem, and I’m glad she shared that part of her story as well.

I don’t want to give the whole book away for those who haven’t read it, but I will say that it did help me to read her story, and to see where she is now. We often see the beginning and the end of a weight loss journey, but have no idea what the person went through to get there. It is helpful to know that you’re not alone, and this book made me feel like I’m not alone.


Freekeh Review and Giveaway

by Emmy on September 10, 2015

The great people over at Freekeh Foods sent me a few packages of their product to try out, and let me tell you, you’re going to want to get your hands on this stuff! What is Freekeh you ask?

“Freekeh is an ancient roasted grain that is a great improvement to rice or other grains. It has an awesome nutty, chewy texture. We offer it organically in 3 varieties: Original, Rosemary Sage and Tamari. What’s more, freekeh has up to 3 times the amount of fiber and protein as brown rice.  Freekeh is also naturally low in sodium and vegan!”

freekeh packages

I used my package of their original flavor to make their Warm Breakfast Freekeh and it is going to be my new go-to breakfast. I love how easy it was to prepare, and I love how full it kept me until lunch time.

freekeh breakfast

Now the people at Freekeh Foods want you to try this amazing grain too! They’re offering one of my readers one package of Freekeh in their choice of flavors.

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Disclaimer: I was given products in exchange for a review.


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