Since childhood Judy Collins has had a tumultuous, fraught relationship with food. Read more...
Since childhood Judy Collins has had a tumultuous, fraught relationship with food. Her issues with overeating nearly claimed her career and her life. For decades she thought she simply lacked self-discipline. She tried nearly every diet plan that exists, often turning to alcohol to dull the pain of yet another failed attempt to control her seemingly insatiable cravings.
Today, Judy knows she suffers from an addiction to sugar and grains, flour and wheat. She adheres to a strict diet of unprocessed foods consumed in carefully measured portions. This solution has allowed her to maintain a healthy weight for years, to enjoy the glow of good health, and to attain peace of mind.
Alternating between chapters on her life and those of the many diet gurus she has encountered along the way (Atkins, Jean Nidetch of Weight Watchers, Andrew Weil, to name a few), Cravings is the culmination of Judy's genuine desire to share what she's learned--so that no one else has navigate her heart-rending path to recovery.
- ISBN-13: 9780385541312
- ISBN-10: 0385541317
- Publisher: Nan A. Talese
- Publish Date: February 2017
- Page Count: 272
- Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.1 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.85 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-11-28
- Reviewer: Staff
With her lyrical gift, singer Collins intimately invites readers into her struggles with food addiction and eating disorders, which nearly killed her. As a child, Collins shared her fathers passion for music, starting piano at a young age, but she also shared his addiction to sweets: Sugar raced through my life. Collins contracted polio at 11, and during her recovery she read voraciously while dipping her fingers into a glass of pineapple juice and sucking the sweet, sticky juice. In her early years as a folk singer, Collins discovered both her passion for performing and her growing addiction to food and alcohol. By the time she was 31 and a successful artist, her eating disorders were taking over; she spent a great deal of time eating and throwing up and weeping in remorse. After struggling to overcome her addiction in many programs, Collins discovered Grey Sheeters Anonymous, attended their meetings, and in December 1982after 11 years of active bulimiashe embarked on their program, never to return to cravings and her obsession with staying thin. Collins weaves the stories of diet gurusincluding Gayelord Hauser, an author and nutritionist who advised celebrities in the mid-20th century, and Jean Nidetch of Weight Watchersinto her own journey. Collinss radiant memoir shines a light on her almost deadly struggles while vividly celebrating her new life free from cravings and sharing hope with everyone who suffers from food addiction. (Feb.)