The Romance Diet: Body Image and the Wars We Wage on Ourselves by Destiny Allison

I’m honored to be featured on the WOW! Women On Writing Blog Tour for Destiny Allison’s new book, The Romance Diet: Body Image and the Wars We Wage on Ourselves.

Brave, raw, and unflinchingly honest, this book is a weight loss journey, a love story, a heart beating loudly on the 26219862page. Every day we battle against something–injustice, our spouses, our weight. Seldom do we acknowledge the real wars we wage. Repressing feelings and silencing our voices, we suffer under the surface, attributing emotional distress and unwanted pounds to the inescapable effects of hormones or age.

But weight gain, anxiety, and marital difficulties aren’t always so easy to explain.

In her poignant and touching memoir, Allison doesn’t offer recipes, exercise tips, or advice. Instead, she shows us how to stand up, express what we want, and develop empathy for ourselves and the people we love. In doing so, she provides invaluable insight for those seeking to lose weight, save a marriage, or make a significant life change. –

I can probably count on one hand the number of nonfiction books I’ve read, but I’m familiar with Destiny’s writing and when given the opportunity to read this book, I jumped at the chance.  I’m not sure I have to words to do this book justice – but I’ll give it a shot.

This is a gritty, defenses down, brutally honest account of a challenging time in the author’s life that most of us can identify with and certainly take something from.

The story begins with Destiny being unable to continue her art following an injury.  I can’t begin to imagine how devastating this must have been.  I have several friends who are artists and understand that, contrary to what others may think, art isn’t their hobby, but almost a physical part of themselves.  Destiny finding another outlet for her creativity and talents is both admirable and inspirational.

As the story continues, the author shares her marital strains, weight issues, the stresses of being a business owner, and her struggles to be perceived as an equal partner with her husband in their businesses.

The heart of this story is about soul-searching, finding and learning to love yourself, and making positive changes, both personally and professionally.  This would be an excellent book club selection, and contains some suggested discussion questions at the back of the book.  I’d recommend The Romance Diet not just for women, because we can all find something of ourselves within this story, but also for men and couples with communication issues.

I received a digital copy of this book from WOW! Women on Writing in exchange for an honest review.




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