Do read this book and be inspired to try some new techniques for healthy living! I especially liked the chapters on exercise (walking) and lingerie!
I was dismayed, though, that Julie Cameron appears to have an unhappy relationship with food despite her advice to have culinary adventures (makes me think someone else wrote that chapter!). She talks about good and bad foods, chocolate as being the devil's food, being "good" on your diet and eating "legally" and it seems that sugar rarely or never passes her lips. She also referred to dieting as a "war".
The concept of food as good or bad and moral judgements surrounding eating are, in my opinion, really misguided. I have lost a lot of weight and I have a happy relationships with all foods (even the "devil's food" - chocolate!). There is no such thing as a good or bad food - some foods should just be eaten more judiciously than others. I disagree with her recommendation of eating artifical foods like Splenda and sugar free Jello (Sugar-free Jello appeared in the book so many times that I started to suspect a product placement!)
It really seemed that Julie has a very adverserial relationship with food which negatively colored all the other wonderful things about the book. When she described having a third of her friend's dessert and then barely making it through her teaching that evening and waking up with a sugar hangover the next day, I thought, "This is not right". Anybody should be able to split a dessert three ways and feel great about themselves and certainly suffer no ill effect. Her reaction was either grossly exaggerated or she seems, to me, to be disordered in her relationship to food.
I hope Julie Cameron finds some peace in her relationship with food and that she does a rewrite of this book someday. Eating right should be joyful and relaxed - not a daily battle with forces of good and evil duking it out!
Having said that, there were nuggets in this book which made me glad I bought it.