Tag Archives: overweight

3, 2, 1, begin … (Don’t worry. It’s not a diet.)

It’s a discussion group about what causes people to need to go on diets. And about a book, if you care to read it.

Today (or tomorrow, if you are into procrastination. Which is not always a bad thing. See note three paragraphs down), we will start reading The Whole Clove Diet. Next Friday, January 9, we will launch our discussion of the first 100 pages of the novel (well, let’s say we’ll discuss what happens up to the end of chapter 11 on page 94, since page 100 is in the middle of a chapter).

If you don’t feel like buying the book, but still want to join in, you can read the first 64 pages right here, so you’ll know a bit about Rita and her situation.

I haven’t read the novel since it was published, and it would be embarrassing not to remember some event in my own book. So I’ll read the first eleven chapters this week too, in case anyone wants to comment on anything specific. You’re welcome to write a comment or ask a question before next Friday if you want to: that’s just a deadline of a sort.

In the meantime, you might be interested in a post about resolutions as a procrastination strategy that I wrote today on one of my other blog sites. In Defense of Procrastination is the blog for a book I’m writing about all the positive aspects to procrastination there are, along with the negative ones, and why we should try not to feel so guilty when we procrastinate sometimes. Today’s entry covers one benefit that I hadn’t thought of before, and the idea comes thanks to an interesting guy named Timothy Pychyl, who is a psychology prof at Carleton. He points out that when we make a resolution to do something (or stop doing something) at a certain point in the future, we feel good about ourselves because we are going to do (or stop doing) that thing. So we get a positive feeling even though we haven’t actually done the thing or made the change yet. We get to have our cake and eat it too, as it were.

Resolutions are a big part of life for those of us who are addicted to food and other things. As Rita realizes, our thoughts are always about what we are going to do next Monday, or the first day of next month, or on New Year’s Day. Or tomorrow.

I remember reading somewhere that we could start a new way of being in the world at ANY moment –  right now, for example. That blew me away. I had always figured you had to start a new way of living first thing in the morning. (In truth, I found it a bit scary to think that I could start a new routine right now. Not sure why.)

Then, after years and years of New Year’s Resolutions during which I broke cigarettes in half and flushed them down the toilet at midnights (or at least before I went to bed) and dumped half bottles of wine down the sink more often than I want to think about, I finally faced my alcohol addiction a third of the way through an October, and quit smoking half way through a June. So much for Mondays and firsts of the month and New Year’s Days!

Admin stuff

I’m posting a new Page (see tab above header) with the guidelines to our book club on it, in case anyone wants to refer to them.

I’m delighted at how many people have visited this blog in the past week or so, and I hope you are a return visitor – or will be one. I’m also happy that a fellow struggler has left a comment on the post that went up yesterday. We are not alone! I invite you to join in…


Leave a comment

Filed under Addiction, Dieting, Eating Disorders, Habits, health, Reading Group, The Whole Clove Diet: A Novel, Weight loss

Discussion topic: Rita Turner’s (and my) addiction to food

Read the first seven chapters for free!

Reprinted from The Whole Clove Diet website:

On the basis of my so-far successful battles with alcohol and cigarettes (13 years and counting), I began to recognize my ongoing struggle with food as an addiction, too. In my newest solo novel, The Whole Clove Diet, which was commended by one reviewer for its “deftness, light touch, humour and benevolence, but also for its insights into human frailty,” I explore the many compulsions to eat food that have nothing to do with hunger, but are related instead to being angry, tired, lonely, afraid and sad. I don’t believe that any diet will work for anyone until this fact has been addressed.

For most of this novel, Rita is not in charge of her eating habits, even though everyone (including all the people who know her, her readers,  and even Rita herself) thinks she should be. She goes on every diet in the book (literally!), without success. But finally she begins to find a more enduring way out of her misery.

From January 1 to January 31, 2014, right here on my Whole Clove Diet blog, a group of us will be reading this novel together and discussing the very real obstacles to getting a grip on overeating. Please join us.

You can start reading the novel here, for free, and then buy it if you want to find out what happens next….

Leave a comment

Filed under Addiction, Book Clubs, Dieting, Dietinig, Eating Disorders, Habits, health, Healthy Living, Reading Group, The Whole Clove Diet: A Novel, Weight loss

And the first reviews are in….

plus, a few words about prejudice among Gen Y.

Today I read an article that might interest you in the Toronto Star, entitled “Gen Y’s reputation takes a thumping in a new study.”

Gen Y-ers are those born between the years 1982 and 2000, and according to the article they are lacking for the most part in social conscience, and are focused on “fame, fortune and image” rather than initiatives that benefit the larger community. (Their priorities may change when they learn how difficult goals in their chosen areas are to attain.)

On a positive note, the article says that the study found that this group (also known as “Millennials”), are “less racist, less sexist and overall less prejudiced” than previous generations.

Unfortunately, there is one exception: “Prejudice against those who are overweight is rising.”

If the number of overweight young people is rising constantly, and the number of young people who are prejudiced against overweight people is also rising, it seems to me that the battlefield will increasingly be inside the heads of individuals who are battling obesity themselves  ––  and those without social consciences or life goals that benefit others as well as themselves are most likely to be the ones who lose that battle.

Interesting times.

In Whole Clove news

The first reviews are in for The Whole Clove Diet, and if I receive no more I shall remain content forever. The current situation is far preferable to one in which there is even one negative review (and I’m sure there will be one at least eventually, if not avalanches of them). I am utterly pleased with the progress of my newest offspring so far.

(Here’s the review page, if you are interested.)

(Some of the reviewers also kindly cross-posted to GoodReads, which is appreciated.)


Filed under The Whole Clove Diet: A Novel, Weight loss

Publication Day: Tuesday, March 13, 2012

On Tuesday, March 13, 2012, The Whole Clove Diet was released for sale.

In honour of the publication day, I am launching this blog with links to two of the kinds of articles that would fascinate Rita, and also fascinates me. It was my attempt to get my head around this kind of thinking (why can’t we simply DECIDE to lose weight, and do it?) that impelled me to start the novel in the first place.

Not much has changed in 12 years, which is about how long ago it is since I first sat down to tell Rita’s story: a lot of us are still waiting for the magic bullet.

The first article shows that workplace burnout is related to emotional eating. Duh.

The second reports on a newly published study that seems to suggest that a majority of Americans has grown more fearful of debt than of weight gain, if given the choice. I am not sure how we can put this information to use to anyone’s benefit, however.

The publication is a work in progress – the novel is available only as a paperback right now, and only on amazon.com, and the “Look Inside” option is not up yet. But it is real. I have a copy right here in my hands (well, not in my hands right now because I’m typing, but you know what I mean), and on the day it was published, it received its first review. It has a reality beyond my mind and my computer – and after 12 years, it’s about time. 🙂


Leave a comment

Filed under Self publishing, The Whole Clove Diet: A Novel, Weight loss