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Julia Cameron, author of The Artist's Way, offers a revolutionary diet plan: Use writing 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 when her students uncover their creative selves they 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 directs listeners to count words instead of calories, to substitute their writing’s “food for thought” for actual food. 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.

©2007 Julia Cameron (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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I was very apprehensive going into this book. Because, to be honest with you I hated "The Artist's Way" series by the same author and was dreading that this book will be as bad. But I was wrong. To my surprise I really liked this read. And am actively using it's recommendations. It is refreshing to have a diet advice from a person who is not a nutritionist that actually works in real life!
It's also surprisingly pumped me up about my writing too, and this month being the CampNaNoWriMo month for me, this "side effect" is so helpful to my word-count.
I probably won't read anything else by the same author, it's just my personal preferences at work here, but there is a high probability that I will be re-reading this particular book later.

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  • Reademandweep
  • 22-06-16

Save your credit unless you need advice like "eat salads"

This was a huge disappointment and I regret spending my credit. I think Julie Cameron should be embarrassed to have capitalized on the trust people have in her with a book containing nothing more eye opening than "steamed is better than fried" and "stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables and throw out the bad food". The book is also filled with accounts of people who struggled with weight, divorcees who wondered "Who would want me?" but THEN one day met a man who was into older, fatter women and went with him (moral: there's someone out there for everybody). Another insight "food is a substitute for sex" (really?! Who knew?!!)
Then there's the ludicrous suggestion for women to get comfortable being overweight by going to museums to see artwork from bygone eras featuring fat women. Mail postcards featuring this artwork, to themselves, saying they look fine.
I find most of this book insultingly patronizing and the rest ridiculously basic and repetitive.
Dina Perlman's reading also leaves a lot to be desired although she does fit the vibe of the book. It feels insincere and melodramatic. Bad acting.

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  • LA Teen Whisperer
  • 08-05-17

Weight Watchers INFJ Friendly

I've been on Weight Watchers online about four months now. As I started to explore the feelings that I was no longer numbing through food, I began looking for a helpful adjunct to support the emotional part of the weight-loss journey. I incorporated this audible book into my morning walks in the neighborhood, and found the questions she posed, as well as the various topics, to be quite on point. A perfect self-reflective opportunity for a sensitive, and thoughtful Creative.

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