Ravenous: A Food Lover's Journey from Obsession to Freedom

Ravenous: A Food Lover's Journey from Obsession to Freedom [Epub] ❦ Ravenous: A Food Lover's Journey from Obsession to Freedom Author Dayna Macy – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk What should I eat How much should I eat What does it mean to be nourished How can I, a food lover and lifelong overeater, learn to be satisfied These are the questions Dayna Macy asks in her debut mem What should I eat How much should Food Lover's Epub â I eat What does it mean to be nourished How can I, a food lover and lifelong overeater, learn to be satisfied These are the questions Dayna Macy asks in her debut memoir, Ravenous Like many of us, Macy has had a complicated relationship with food In order to transform this relationship, Macy embarks on a year long journey to uncover the origins of her food obsessions From her childhood home in upstate New York, and back up the California Ravenous: A Kindle - coast, Macy travels across the country, meeting with farmers, food artisans, butchers, a Zen chef, a forager, a chocolatier, and others to understand where her meals come from, why she craves certain foods, and what food means to her She looks at how nostalgia is deeply embedded in food, and how the powerful forces of family and tradition shape our food choices Rather than head straight for the diet manuals, she chooses to change her relationship with food from the inside out She delves deeper into the spiritual A Food Lover's Kindle Ø underpinnings of eating, examines what it means to be satisfied, and ultimately forges her own path to balance and freedom.


10 thoughts on “Ravenous: A Food Lover's Journey from Obsession to Freedom

  1. Raquel Raquel says:

    Dull, no insight, author doesn t seem to make much meaningful change in her emotional state She ends up going on a diet but doesn t call it one in order to lose weight and feel better about her body which is probably the most mainstream and harmful thing you can do when you have emotional eating and body image problems.Basic premise of the book A privileged, fat white woman feels that she has had lifelong emotional eating issues She is now at the largest size she s ever been and decides to Dull, no insight, author doesn t seem to make much meaningful change in her emotional state She ends up going on a diet but doesn t call it one in order to lose weight and feel better about her body which is probably the most mainstream and harmful thing you can do when you have emotional eating and body image problems.Basic premise of the book A privileged, fat white woman feels that she has had lifelong emotional eating issues She is now at the largest size she s ever been and decides to explore why food has so much of a hold on her So instead of exploring her emotional landscape in depth, she decides to go visit people who produce the food she loves, as if this will give her some kind of insight into her emotional state Side note most of the research she does, such as visiting food artisans, traveling extensively, taking a private cooking class, getting private yoga lessons, etc, are all things only a person of financial privilege can do So apparently we can only figure out our food issues if we have lots of leisure time and a load of disposable income Summary of book let s watch people make cheese and sausage, oh I have emotional issues around food and I don t know why, now I m doing yoga, now a doctor who wrote the book on HAES neutrally described me as fat and I just about had a meltdown, and now I have figured out how to make peace with food and my body I will measure out my portions and write down everything I eat Yay, now I m losing weight so I can love myself and I will claim that I ve made peace with food She went on a freakin DIET in order to resolve her emotional issues with food Yeah Good luck with that As a person who has struggled for years with emotional eating issues and body image problems, I just had so, so many problems with this book Dieting is NOT the answer to the many questions she raised throughout her story Instead of exploring why she feels the need to eat all the olives in the jar at once, she solves her problem by just restricting how many she allows herself to eat in one sitting How is that getting to the heart of the matter I had high hopes for this book, but for me, it utterly failed Good concept, but poor execution and a huge disappointment


  2. Candy Candy says:

    Someone I don t remember who, thanks to whomever it was recommended this book to me and I grabbed a copy of it I will admit I was a bit hesitant I read half of Eat Pray Love, which it kind of sounded like I really didn t like that book, at all, not one bit.This was similar, for sure, but also a littlerealistic for the rest of us in the world that cannot take a year off and go off to points unknown The author visits places she can drive to, during her off times at work or on the week Someone I don t remember who, thanks to whomever it was recommended this book to me and I grabbed a copy of it I will admit I was a bit hesitant I read half of Eat Pray Love, which it kind of sounded like I really didn t like that book, at all, not one bit.This was similar, for sure, but also a littlerealistic for the rest of us in the world that cannot take a year off and go off to points unknown The author visits places she can drive to, during her off times at work or on the weekends She visits with places she might actually be able to eat food from on a regular basis.I loved the premise of this book Understanding where your food comes The good, the bad and the really ugly I loved her bit about the olives As a fellow olive freak, I feel her The roughest part to read was the beef farm, but well, I mean, it happens and it was an important step in her journal But it was tough.I m not sure if she really freed herself from anything and I m not sure I would call this self help So, if you re reading this to lose weight, you re reading the wrong book But if you re reading to learn about the author s journey, you re reading the right one I really enjoyed that part of it.I also liked that the author kept it real There s no BS in here that I saw She isn t perfect, she doesn t know it all, she screws up It also made me really think about where the food that I choose to eat comes from.This book is great for those that love memoirs and for those that like to read foodie books Well done


  3. Tamsen Tamsen says:

    Why are you in this body What does your body have to teach you These questions that Dayna asks herself stood out to me I like to think that, as humans, we are put in our lives specifically to work on things You are the person you are with the challenges you face for a reason Your soul chose your life to grow spiritually That could be the wrong answer to why we re here, but it s what I like to think about my life at least I never thought that perhaps my spirit could choose the shell of myWhy are you in this body What does your body have to teach you These questions that Dayna asks herself stood out to me I like to think that, as humans, we are put in our lives specifically to work on things You are the person you are with the challenges you face for a reason Your soul chose your life to grow spiritually That could be the wrong answer to why we re here, but it s what I like to think about my life at least I never thought that perhaps my spirit could choose the shell of my life my body in order to teach me as well I liked that That said, I wantedfrom this book I liked reading about CSAs, wild foraging and Dayna s trip to a slaughterhouse to see how an animal becomes meat on our plates She alternated a discussion of food with accounts of her life I got it our environments and experiences can frame the context of how we view food I just found it distracting from what I wanted from from the book which wasinformation about where our food comes from, and what I can do to make healthier, animal conscious choices about how I eat


  4. Mary Chrapliwy Mary Chrapliwy says:

    This book is not just about hunger and longing for food, it fara spiritual journey through where food comes from from small yet bountiful gardens and farms, the diary farms, straight through to cattle ranching and slaughtering and how one should have a reverence for that food Macy leaves no stone unturned in this story of her study of all forms of food and where it all comes from and the creation of fresh food from the ingredients she explores Near the end she discusses making her own This book is not just about hunger and longing for food, it fara spiritual journey through where food comes from from small yet bountiful gardens and farms, the diary farms, straight through to cattle ranching and slaughtering and how one should have a reverence for that food Macy leaves no stone unturned in this story of her study of all forms of food and where it all comes from and the creation of fresh food from the ingredients she explores Near the end she discusses making her own peace with food, what a normal serving is as opposed to what she was used to eating, and coming out on the other side having learned farabout herself and the world around her The thing that makes this far less of a simple memoir is the lyrical prose that Macy uses to tell her story Even though she has written extensively for magazines, this is her first book She uses first person, present tense prose a difficult framework to use and hold so well in a full length book It brings a sense of immediacy and farintimacy to the story Macy makes you feel like you are there experiencing everything right there beside her This is not just a book for those obsessed with food, but also for anyone who enjoys a well told, literary story


  5. Eszter Hinchliffe Eszter Hinchliffe says:

    Another experiment on my new Kindle Really interesting book,not just the author s need to find out the root cause of her overeating, but really interesting chapters about different foods, different chefs, very Northern California Tree Hugger type, but enjoyable reading Also, some good recipes


  6. Sharon Sharon says:

    My perspective comes as a result of receiving this book throughs Vine program If I had picked it up in a bookstore and actually had a chance to flip through the contents, I would not have bought it.The title Ravenous A Food Lover s Journey from Obsession to Freedom would seem to be targeting an audience of readers who is concerned about their relationship to food Generally they would head into the book looking for something that would be personally helpful in their own quest Here i My perspective comes as a result of receiving this book throughs Vine program If I had picked it up in a bookstore and actually had a chance to flip through the contents, I would not have bought it.The title Ravenous A Food Lover s Journey from Obsession to Freedom would seem to be targeting an audience of readers who is concerned about their relationship to food Generally they would head into the book looking for something that would be personally helpful in their own quest Here is where the reader is cheated and left hungry There is a superficiality here, concluding with manage your portion size A better author to read who treats the topic with depth and respect is Geneen Roth.If the writer s title hadaccurately reflected the theme of the book, learning about where we get our food and only that, then it would have been relatively interesting andtrue to the content Each chapter focuses on a particular food or way of obtaining food with the final section focusing on yoga Reading the book felt as if I were reading several magazine articles from a food magazine Each could stand alone The fact that the author includes some of her personal history in these chapters was really the only thing that kept me going through the read, plus a commitment to review for Vine The only chapter that really grabbed my attention was the one on the slaughter of cows for beef, as I have mixed feelings about eating meat.As a last word, I do admire an author who includes in her introduction a timeline of her clothes sizes


  7. David Cowger David Cowger says:

    Great readInteresting perspective on one s personal health journey Thoughtful and complete as it relates to mind, body and soul I recommend this1


  8. The Reading Countess The Reading Countess says:

    While someone without issues with food might not find RAVENOUS A FOOD LOVER S JOURNEY FROM OBSESSION TO FREEDOM compelling, I did It spoke to me I understood Macy s squashing of feelings with food, her memory infused love affair with traditional meals, and her inability to stop eating even when full Dayna Macy is a middle aged mom who begins to take an honest look at her journey with food Rather than begin a diet, she wants to go to the core of food and her issues swirling around it Curiou While someone without issues with food might not find RAVENOUS A FOOD LOVER S JOURNEY FROM OBSESSION TO FREEDOM compelling, I did It spoke to me I understood Macy s squashing of feelings with food, her memory infused love affair with traditional meals, and her inability to stop eating even when full Dayna Macy is a middle aged mom who begins to take an honest look at her journey with food Rather than begin a diet, she wants to go to the core of food and her issues swirling around it Curious about how the food that she loves like cheese, sausage, olives, greens and even beef come to her table, Dayna s inside look makes her reexamine her relationship with nourishment in a way that no diet ever could Following each food type that she delves into is a recipe, many of which I am anxious to try myself Why might there be recipes in a book about overeating Because food is not the culprit Our inability to stop eating it is RAVENOUS is an easy to read book with beautiful phrases peppered throughout Although Dayna kicks herself for not venturing into writing sooner, she absolutely has a way with words This is a book for anyone who has tied feelings with food and who struggles to turn away from the table even when your body says noebook provided by Netgalley Eating greasy, salty, fatty food literally pads me, thickens me from the inside out, and that extra padding helps me to feel safe It will be another 20 years before I figure out that eating can t replace creating And that no one can give me permission to write except myself If people understand where their food comes from and how it grows, they becomeconnected to their health and to themselves The kitchen is modest, serviceable, and small No granite countertops, Sub Zero refrigerator, or Wolf range in sight Being a chef and a meditation teacher porbably doesn t pay much Then again, maybe being a meditation teacher means you don t need the fancy gadgets Salt, grease, tasteless pulp in my mouth, he says, koan like I can never eat enough corn chips to be satisfied because there s no there there And if I wasn t paying attention, I d keep eating them to try to get what isn t there My idea of what constitutes real food changed 15 years ago when I started getting a weekly vegetable box from this farm We talk about the rise of genetically modified seeds, which are patented and therefore owned and legally protected by the huge corporations that produce them In many cases, farmers sign contracts in which they agree not to save and replant seeds, though farmers have replanted seeds since the dawn of agriculture Sometimes these contracts also have other clauses, granting access to the farmer s land and business records I m surprised that anyone signse these contracts, Judith says.I m not I know companies sell these seeds because they make billions of dollars doing it, and farmers use them because they boost yields and short term efficiency I m sure some people at these companies believe they are doing the right thing, but patenting the very foundation of our food supply seems deeply short sighted and wrong Ask yourself, why does industrical agriculture only want to feed people starch and sugar Because it s subsidized and cheap In his seminal work Stalking the Wild Asparagus, Euell Gibbons wrote We live in a vastly complex society which has veen able to provide us with a multitude of material things, and this is good, but people are beginning to suspect that we have paid a high spiritual price for our plentydon t we sometimes feel that we are living a secondhand sort of existence, and that we are in danger of losing all contact with the origins of life and the nature wich nourishes it The meaning of life is love I also catch a glimpse of something else that will take me manyyears to really learn that food is notlove Food is food I need to make peace with my father And whatever emptiness his life and death left in me needs to be healed with something other than food Glancing back at my old bedroom window, I remember how, as a young girl, I couldn t find the courage to write a book, and how grateful I am to write this one now Sometimes there are promises you make to yourself that you have to keep, because if you didn t life would be too dispiriting I mourn the creeping invisibility of middle age and the gradual thickening of my body I mourn the loss of my youthful beauty and all the time I wasted not seeing just how beautiful I was All because I was never thin enough


  9. The Reading Countess The Reading Countess says:

    While someone without issues with food might not find RAVENOUS A FOOD LOVER S JOURNEY FROM OBSESSION TO FREEDOM compelling, I did It spoke to me I understood Macy s squashing of feelings with food, her memory infused love affair with traditional meals, and her inability to stop eating even when full Dayna Macy is a middle aged mom who begins to take an honest look at her journey with food Rather than begin a diet, she wants to go to the core of food and her issues swirling around it Curiou While someone without issues with food might not find RAVENOUS A FOOD LOVER S JOURNEY FROM OBSESSION TO FREEDOM compelling, I did It spoke to me I understood Macy s squashing of feelings with food, her memory infused love affair with traditional meals, and her inability to stop eating even when full Dayna Macy is a middle aged mom who begins to take an honest look at her journey with food Rather than begin a diet, she wants to go to the core of food and her issues swirling around it Curious about how the food that she loves like cheese, sausage, olives, greens and even beef come to her table, Dayna s inside look makes her reexamine her relationship with nourishment in a way that no diet ever could Following each food type that she delves into is a recipe, many of which I am anxious to try myself Why might there be recipes in a book about overeating Because food is not the culprit Our inability to stop eating it is RAVENOUS is an easy to read book with beautiful phrases peppered throughout Although Dayna kicks herself for not venturing into writing sooner, she absolutely has a way with words This is a book for anyone who has tied feelings with food and who struggles to turn away from the table even when your body says noebook provided by Netgalley Interested in the plethora of quotes I jotted down but have no space for here Check them out here


  10. Birgit Birgit says:

    Food can be a lot of things Delicious Nourishing Yummy But food can be muchthan that It can be protection, comfort, pleasure, and love Like in Dayna Macy s case.With her memoir Ravenous A Food Lover s Journey From Obsession To Freedom she offers a downright honest look into what food meant and means to her, from early childhood up to the present Admittedly this book wasn t quite what I expected it to be, starting off with a praise to different foods, which made me think that Know Food can be a lot of things Delicious Nourishing Yummy But food can be muchthan that It can be protection, comfort, pleasure, and love Like in Dayna Macy s case.With her memoir Ravenous A Food Lover s Journey From Obsession To Freedom she offers a downright honest look into what food meant and means to her, from early childhood up to the present Admittedly this book wasn t quite what I expected it to be, starting off with a praise to different foods, which made me think that Know Thy Food would probably have been aappropriate title Slowly, the author then embarks on a journey to uncover the origins of her food obsession, starting off with the foods she loves, moving on to the exploration of food production which was actually my favorite part of the book , and moving along to knowing and appreciating what you eat And let s not forget that she even throws in recipes at the end of each chapter, which are celebrations of food in itself.A vivid and beautifully described exploration of her eating habits and their roots, this book is wonderfully engaging as far as a memoir goes, but it also lacks deeper insights into the psychological aspects of food obsession, which, in my opinion, would have definitely moved the book from average to great.In short An honest read, an easy read, and unexpectedly delicious


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