Book Review: Leave Me Alone by Orit Yogev

Leave Me Alone
Author: Orit Yogev
Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Non-Fiction
Rating: 4,5 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Can you begin to imagine the anguish and shame of being morbidly obese?

“I can’t go out with my daughter. It’s like walking around with an elephant. People stare daggers and wonder how I let it happen!” Honestly, who has not looked at obese people with feelings of disgust, anger, and maybe even aggression?

Discover what lies behind the daunting angst of morbid obesity

No one chooses to be fat. Many morbidly obese adults and children would willingly give a hand or foot to reduce their body size. Yet they continue to devour endlessly. What is behind this insatiable hunger? Readers will be stunned by chilling, real-life stories of unhappy family relations, violent divorce, injury, and life-changing loss, all intertwined with the unremitting struggle to fit into the right size. This is a rare document that reveals a different perspective on the urge to eat oneself to death. It is also a valuable tool for practitioners and is included in many Israeli academic institutions as compulsory reading in the study of eating disorders.


Leave Me Alone is a powerful book, and one that, at least for me, strikes closely to home. As a child, I was overweight – not obese, but overweight, and weight struggles have continued to haunt me ever since, even until this very day. Of my female friends, about 90% is on diet. Dieting, losing weight, obesity, it’s something we see every day and deal with on a daily basis as well. Now, it’s no longer sufficient to go to work for eight hours a day to make a living – you also have to combine this with a healthly lifestyle and diet, regular workouts, and so on.

Yet, as the author describes in this book, no one chooses to be obese. Even people who binge on food, who devour so much food it’s no longer healthy, they don’t do it by choice. They do it because something stronger than themselves is making them do it. Unsolved family traumas, troubling relationships, stress, you name it.

An interesting book, and one that I would recommend to everyone who struggles with obesity, has struggled with it as some point, or just genuinely wants to understand why some people are compelled to eat, even if it’s not healthy for them, or for people who are or know someone who is struggling with an eating disorder in general.


Book Review: The Weight of Happiness by Ayelet Kalter

Title: The Weight of Happiness
Author: Ayelet Kalter
Genre: Nonfiction, Weight Loss
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4,5 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Imagine a life free of weight worries

Imagine a life free of thoughts about what to eat, how much, and when.

Imagine a life in which you are finally free to be who you are!

Now imagine that all of it can really happen to you if you’ll only dare. The book “The Weight of Happiness – On Food, Body and Spirit” is the first step on the road to achieving that.

This book focuses on the touching journey of Ayelet Kalter, a dietician and eating behavior therapist, and her patient Tamar. A journey that began with the strong desire to lose weight but ended up leading to life changing insights. It’s the intimate story of a brave woman who dares open up before her readers and share in her personal struggle against the Kilograms. A woman who leads an exciting life but who also avoids full parts of her life because of her body weight. A woman who tries to free herself from this cage called – weight.

Joining her on this journey is her therapist who tries to “help” her. Ayelet Kalter, who used to be a clinical dietitian, helped thousands of people with their weight problem. She saw them lose the weight but also watched when they gained it back. Ayelet, who figured out the false promise of diet, is leading the fight against it in Israel for over twenty years. This journey, which peeks inside the therapy room, encompasses other stories about women and their struggle against weight and its mystical power. Stories of women who “came out of the closet” and shared their innermost secrets about food, weight – which they perceive as the thing that defines them – and the feeling that they are to blame for their predicament

This is a real story about life in a society that constantly measures its parts in calories and kilos. A society that makes it difficult for people to truly love themselves. It’s a story of women who dare to share their feelings and speak up. A story in which women dare to rebel. In many ways this is a beginning of a journey – a journey that the book “Mindful Eating – Free Yourself from the Diet Language” is a continuation of.

The book “The Weight of Happiness” will penetrate the deepest and innermost parts of your feelings. It will make you feel as if it was written about you. In each line you will find some part of your own life, your own reality, your own pain. Perhaps it will make you emotional, perhaps you will cry a bit but, eventually, I really hope that by the end of the book you will come to the realization that there is a whole other way to look at weight gain. A way which the book “The Weight of Happiness” will lead you to.

Who hasn’t struggled with their weight at some point in time? The Weight of Happiness focuses on the journey of Ayelet Kalter, a dietician and eating behavior therapist. This journey began with Ayelet’s strong desire to lose weight…But rather than just losing weight, it gave her some life-changing insights. It’s the story of Ayelet’s personal struggle not just against kilograms, but also against the stigma related to being overweight.

It was eye-opening to me how many people actually struggle with weight issues, how many win the battle against the kilograms just to get it all back over time. Diets aren’t magic. There’s no magical solution. The stories of all those women were really heartbreaking, in how they thought their weight defined them, rather than anything else they are.

It’s a story about a society that’s sick, very sick, and is defining people to how skinny or fit they are, rather than for who they are. It’s also a society that judges people who are too skinny – there’s always judgement, always bringing people down just because of how they look. Our society, rather than looking at who we are, judges us for the way we look, making it hard for people to love themselves.

The Weight of Happiness is a brave, rebellious book that offers insight into our feelings and proves to us we’re more than just a number on the scale.

Starter Day Party Living The Thin Life Book Tour

We’re hosting a starter day party for the book tour for Living The Thin Life by Elle Meyer, a diet/weight maintenance book.

Tour Schedule

November 7th: Starter Day Party
@ I Heart Reading

November 8th: Book Review
@ Bookaholic Ramblings

November 9th: Book Review and Book Excerpt
@ Forever Book Lover

November 10th: Guest Post
@ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

November 11th: Book Review and Giveaway
@ I Heart Reading

November 12th: Book Review and Book Excerpt
@ The Single Librarian

November 13th: Author Interview
@ Majanka’s Blog

Living The Thin Life

14611435Title: Living The Thin Life
Author: Elle Meyer
Genre: Diet/Weight Maintenance

Living the Thin Life – Creative Ways to Maintain Your Weight for Life was written to help successful dieters maintain their ideal weight. Each person is different, so everyone needs to develop his or her own personalized plan for fitness and weight maintenance. This book explains how to build that personal plan to take into account each individual’s unique eating personality. Tips for staying motivated, shaving off calories, and working exercise into an everyday routine are provided in a light-hearted manner. As an added bonus, over 50 healthy, low calorie recipes are included.

The author, Elle Meyer, successfully lost weight ten years ago and came up with her own methods for keeping the weight off. She decided to write a book to tell her story and share strategies that really work. She interviewed many people who have lost and maintained weight and included their best ideas and suggestions. These tips are from real people, for real people.

In addition to including common sense, effective diet techniques, Elle also describes some habits of her husband “Elvis” (name changed to protect his reputation). These habits provide examples of what not to do when trying to maintain a healthy weight.

Author Bio

Meyer is a member of the baby boomer generation who lost weight more than ten years ago and has kept it off ever since. Her book, Living the Thin Life, tells her personal story of learning how to stay fit and helps others develop their own unique plans for weight management. It includes lots of real life tips on eating, exercise, and motivation. These ideas came from her own experience as well as from the many people she interviewed who have successfully lost and maintained their weight.

Elle has made a hobby out of collecting recipes from a variety of sources and then adapting them for lower calorie, carb, and fat content. She has a very picky husband (referred to only as “Elvis” to protect his identity) so the recipes have to be tasty, too. Living the Thin Life includes over 50 of these healthy, delicious recipes.

Elle comes from a large family. She has 8 brothers and sisters and too many cousins, nieces, and nephews to count. Her father was an engineer and a published author of several genealogy books. She dedicated Living the Thin Life to him, as he was her role model and inspiration. Her husband “Elvis” also provided inspiration with humorous examples of what not to do if you’re trying to lose or maintain weight.

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