This cookbook-memoir tells the story of the author’s rocky relationship with food, how the dieting hamster wheel ballooned her weight to 345 pounds, and how she ultimately made her way back to balance and sanity – while loving food. It was when Morris finally made peace with herself, healed her inner wounds, and accepted she was a dyed-in-the-wool food lover that she was finally able to release herself from the dieting-gluttony cycle and develop a non-adversarial relationship with food. The first part of the book is a memoir that recounts her early years surviving bullying at school and low self-esteem and how she used food as a salve to distract from unpleasant emotions such as sadness and anger. When she topped out at her highest weight at the age of 44, it was, ironically, a former professional wrestler who ultimately provided the Ivy-League-educated writer her ticket to salvation.
About the Author
Stacey Morris is a journalist, food writer, and a self-described Recovering American who dropped 180 pounds without dieting, surgery, or “any of the miracle-gimmicks pedaled to the masses of Americans trapped in the cycle of overindulging and dieting,” she explains. If a diet and exercise plan were really what I needed, the weight would have been gone decades ago,” she says. “As someone who loved food far too much, to the point of misusing it, I knew the weight would never stay off until I dug into the reasons I was drugging myself with it,” Stacey reveals. “Daring to go where I never wanted to changed my life forever.” She doesn’t deny that she’ll always be a food-lover, and admitting that is a key part of why she’s kept the weight off for more than four years. “I enjoy food more than I did when I was a binge-eater, but it’s a different ball game. I eat with awareness now…no longer in a trance,” she says. Stacey’s writing nowadays is dedicated to more than just the brass tacks of how she got rid of the weight and is keeping it off. She touches on subjects ranging from the rights to respect and dignity for people of size, how the shame from being bullied at school often results in eating for emotional comfort, and her outrage over fast food chains and food corporations “inventing foods designed to addict us.” Stacey’s blogs appear regularly in the Huffington Post’s Healthy Living section at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stacey-morris Her website is www.staceymorris.com Twitter: @StaceyMorris11 Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Hungry-For-The-Truth-Stacey-Morris
I signed up for DDP Yoga over a year ago and had read Stacey’s history and seen the pictures, so when I was searching for clean food books hers was the first to pop up and I hadn’t realised it was due for publicaiton. Love it. Good size, great story of how she was and more importantly now only how she got where she is now but how she STAYS there was what made me buy. The best bit is that its not only open, honest and informative and you find yoursel reading it and ticking menatl boxes saying “yes, yes yes” but there are loads of super healthy wheat, gluten and dairy free recipes to keep you on your health path. Love it, love it love it. I bought DDP yoga when i was on the cusp of making the decision to move to good health but when my physical health was still bad enough for me to continue making excuses for not changing “I have osteoarthtiris and I feel in SO much pain, I’ll do it next week” etc etc. The recipes make my mouth water and they’re not only healthy but super tasty. BUY IT. Thanks Stacey
I initially discovered Tracey through [Diamond] Dallas Page & his DDP Yoga program. She had lost a very impressive amount of weight and did it in a very healthy way. I watched her You Tube video showing her transformation from being well over 300 pounds to the woman you see today. Then I discovered Tracey’s book, so I purchased a copy on Kindle because I wanted it NOW! Well, that, to date has been the only drawback. If I had it to do over again, I most definitely would have ordered her book, but I would have ordered the actual physical book, and not the Kindle version, as it would be easier to find specific recipes. That is the one and only negative I have about Tracey’s book, and that is no fault of hers. In fact, I will be purchasing another copy just for that reason. Tracey is actually a writer by trade and a very good one. The way she writes, you feel like you are right there with her. I could so easily identify with her struggles before she lost her weight, how she identified with life, and while she was transforming herself. If you have had to struggle to lose weight — whether it was 25 pounds or over 100… GET THIS BOOK! You too will identify with her. What I liked about this book in particular is that you feel like you will be getting two books for the price of one. You get her story and the raw emotions she’s dealt with, and then you also get a full fledged recipe book, with plenty of great choices regardless of whether you’re looking for breakfast, lunch, dinner or something to satisfy those cravings that have “done you in” before and drove you right off the wagon, as it were. And I also want to mention that the recipes are not difficult. You don’t have to be some sort of Julia Childs in the kitchen to pull these off, which is a HUGE plus for me.
Stacey Morris’ inviting writing style drew me into her story of weight loss by revealing some ideas I had never heard from others. I learned from this woman of experience that food is not meant to be an enemy to those of us struggling with weight loss. And I also learned that I have the power to make choices as to what I want to put into my body, but not necessarily rules that only invite me to fail. I purchased the Kindle edition immediately upon release. I devoured it! I had just begun to make better choices in my own food plan, and once I began experiencing a meditative approach in my food preparation, I knew I had to have a hard copy of this book! Using the recipes that Stacey has lovingly brought to fruition has given me more joy in cooking than I’ve ever had in 35+ years of adult-life cooking, knowing that every ingredient I use has been carefully planned and used many times over to bring the dish to a wonderful celebration of color, texture, aroma, and yumminess balanced evenly with the glorious bounty of real, whole foods! A “must-purchase” for anyone who seriously loves food, AND seriously wants to live healthier!
- Title: Clean Comfort: An Adventure in Food, Courage, and Healing: How I Found Peace, Balance and My Perfect Weight
- Autor: Stacey Morris
- Publisher (Publication Date): CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 6, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: | 1499617518
- ISBN-13: | 978-1499617511
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