Monday, January 9, 2017

What's Marie Reading Monday - January 9, 2017

Hi Friends,

This week I’m going to be continuing to read the books that I’d mentioned last week. I had a terrible sinus infection ever since Christmas and have not gotten as much reading done as I’d have liked. So I’ll be finishing up those books and will post next week my thoughts and reviews on them. I am going to strive to get in an additional book this week.

The Writing Diet: Write Yourself Right-Size by Julia Cameron

About the Book:

From the bestselling author of The Artist's Way, a revolutionary diet plan: Use art to take off the pounds!

Over the course of the past twenty-five years, Julia Cameron has taught thousands of artists and aspiring artists how to unblock wellsprings of creativity. And time and again she has noticed an interesting thing: Often, in uncovering their creative selves her students also undergo a surprising physical transformation-invigorated by their work, they slim down. In The Writing Diet, Cameron illuminates the relationship between creativity and eating to reveal a crucial equation: creativity can block overeating.

This inspiring weight-loss program, which can be used in conjunction with Cameron's groundbreaking book on the creative process, The Artist's Way, directs readers to count words instead of calories, to substitute their writing's "food for thought" for actual food. Using journaling to examine their relationship with food-and to ward off unhealthy overeating -readers will learn to treat food cravings as invitations to evaluate what they are truly craving in their emotional lives.

The Writing Diet presents a brilliant plan for using one of the soul's deepest and most abiding appetites-the desire to be creative-to lose weight and keep it off forever.

I'm a creativity expert, not a diet expert. So why am I writing a book about weight loss? Because I have accidentally stumbled upon a weight-loss secret that works. For twenty-five years I've taught creative unblocking, a twelve-week process based on my book The Artist's Way. From the front of the classroom I've seen lives transformed-and, to my astonishment, bodies transformed as well. It took me a while to recognize what was going on, but sure enough, students who began the course on the plump side ended up visibly leaner and more fit. What's going on here? I asked myself. Was it my imagination, or was there truly a "before" and an "after"? There was!

-from The Writing Diet

I’m very excited to begin reading this book and see what valuable information it contains. Now one thing I must mention, I suffer from Gastroparesis and full-tract (GI) motility disorders and I do have to limit what types of foods I eat and how often I eat/drink due to volume levels. So I’m going to take out of this book what I can apply to my GP diet and condition. I think it’s good as any individual but especially us artists to focus on our overall health and eating. We are often so lost in our world and minds (ie. Writers lost in their stories, musicians lost in the songs, etc.) that we often forget to eat (at least I know I do) or we may just grab anything and not think how it can help us or not. So I think it’s really important to nourish our bodies and therefore we’re nourishing our minds and helping our creativity to blossom!

So, off I go now to have a cup of tea and do some much longed for and loved reading! I hope all of you have a wonderful, week and Happy Reading!



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