I adore Judy Gruen.
I've read her first version of this book a handful of times. I had to, because it's just so good.
She's hilarious. She's open. She's honest. She's real and she's raw.
Have I mentioned how funny she is?
She really is.
If you've ever struggled with working out, dieting, eating issues or maintaining your weight, you'll find the humor and entertainment in this book perfect for you. Just the title alone drew me in those many years ago when I bought my first copy. I read it again in 2010, and loved it just as much as the first time. This updated version did not disappoint.
Judy is also really inspiring. The workouts she has done throughout this book are motivating, for sure. From workouts at Muscle Mart to enrolling in Boot Camp, she's tried almost everything. Or maybe she HAS tried everything. She's probably come pretty close.
As she prepped for choosing a diet plan that would work for her, she explained that she would not choose from certain kinds of *schemes* ... the one that I jumped on? "Any product or plan where the ads have misspelled words." YES! OMG! YES! I hate that with a passion. I knew we were meant to be friends. (Oops. Too much, too soon? Sorry!) The rest of the list rocked, too.
Later on she talked about trying fat-free cheese. (We're seriously meant to be friends, you'll see why in a second!) And the experiment was awful. She describes fat-free cheese as "a substance that had the consistency and taste of rubber cement." I KNOW!! Seriously, though, have you ever tried it? It's so horrible it's sad. Honest. Just reduce the amount you eat, people, and go with the real stuff. Honest.
Judy kept food journals and went to holistic doctors. She tried Weight Watchers and belly dancing (again, friends for sure - I took belly dancing when I lived in New York and LOVED it!). She did Zumba and Extreme Cardio Boxing AND spinning! She even found herself at a strip aerobics class. All of these things not only sound amazing and a little bit crazy, the way she tells the story makes it a lot of fun, as well.
Walking through the workouts together, and the changes in eating, along with the way her family supported (and questioned) her makes for a really great read.
If you like reading women's health oriented books that make you laugh, help you relate AND motivate you to find something you love that will take you down a healthy path, this book is one you will definitely enjoy.
Click here for a sample chapter of Til We Eat Again: A Second Helping.
* Disclaimer reminder: I was provided with an electronic copy of this book to review, however, I decided to buy my own Kindle copy since I had the first version of this book and loved it so much. I was not compensated in any way for this post. *