About The Book: 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 twentieth 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.
About The Author: Andie Mitchell shares her inspiring story of successful 135 pound weight loss and continued love of food on her blog, CanYouStayforDinner.com. A freelance writer and recipe developer, she now lives in New York City.
My Thoughts On This Book: This could have been my story. The little girl on the cover of the book could have been me. I grew up in an era where you ate everything on your plate because children were starving somewhere in the world. My weight has yo-yo'd for years and this book...this book was an inspiration. This book was not a funny and light-hearted account about losing weight...it was a gutsy story of a woman's real life change in her eating habits. I felt as if I was walking right beside her. There were times in the book that I had to actually put it down and walk away so that I could get control of my emotions. The subject matter hit home and was definitely heavy and at times hard to deal with. It is harsh, it is real, it is something that anyone with an eating disorder needs to pick up and read. It was a beautiful and truthful eye opener.
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