Review by Marlene Engel
In this memoir, Dawn tells a story of her childhood in the 70s, living with an over-weight father who tried practically every diet out there, a mother who could care less about food and a grandmother who had a huge influence over her love of nurturing the body with healthy food. We are given great insight on how insecurities, parents’ views on nutrition, and stress play a role in how we eat. Although Dawn’s father used food as a crutch, this book is about much more than just an overweight father. It’s about why people turn to food, the misconceptions of fad diets and how everyday struggles can play a huge role on our diet.
Written with such honesty, but sprinkled with the perfect amount of humor, the author brings the reader into her world (and in essence, her family) and exposes how easily children can be misguided by what they see during their everyday lives. But it was the relationship that Dawn had with her grandmother that hit me. It showed that when people take time to properly educate the youth, it’s amazing how influential they can be on their future.
I grew up with a Filipino mother and Italian father. Talk about cultures that love to feed others and celebrate with food! Like Dawn, my father has tried many of the fad diets. Growing up we were taught to eat what was put on the table, never to waste food and appreciate that our bellies were full. As I got older, I realized some of the things I would’ve done differently, and do now as a wife and parent.
I really enjoyed this book. I was able to relate to much of it and felt like I was brought back to my own childhood.
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About the Author:
I am a board-certified nutrition expert and contributor to the New York Times Well Blog, as well as the founder of Magnificent Mommies, a company specializing in personal, corporate, and school-based education.
I am recognized as a nutrition expert, counseling clients on weight loss, diabetes, high blood pressure, ADHD, and other diet-related conditions. I lecture at schools and corporations as well as contributing to local and national media outlets.
I am the mother of two children, Dylan and Sofia. We live in New York City.
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