Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Ben G. Adams, PhD
Publisher: Unboxing Press
“In the ritual of
bindling, the individual focuses simply on deliberately creating the
powerful psychospiritual condition of self-mastery, and thereby turns
over the task of releasing excess weight and permanently maintaining
one’s desired bodily form to the creative process as it is
manifested in the deeper levels of the psyche,” Ben G. Adams writes
in his book, The Creative Process Diet.
At three hundred and seventy-eight pages, this paperback targets those interested in a more psychological approach of mind over matter when it comes to dieting. With no table of contents, chapter delineations, index, glossary, or examples, it is up to the reader to decipher the book’s format. Also included was a one-hundred-and-eight page Basic Forms book that is a duplication of the last hundred pages of this book’s forms.
Author Adams is a post-traumatic stress disorder researcher, artist, and game enthusiast who has a clinical psychology degree from Columbia University and works at its Mailman School of Public Health in its epidemiology department.
Set up more like a graduate thesis, the book is written with a plethora of psychological and creative terms that promotes dieting is an art form. By “bindling” one can obtain self-mastery that leads to transformation, a condition of inevitability, and finally, the desired outcome.
To find one’s creative process to lose weight, an ongoing three-day initiation cycle is followed that involves the pre-liminal day, liminal day, and initiation day. One hundred forms with sections titled Unlimited, Obtained, and Ritualized are tracked as well as Ws for drinking water and date codes. Added are OBT and DOC boxes to check when lists have been mastered or eating plans followed.
Topics of releasing shame and guilt, exploring the ecstasy of eating, or deliberately ignoring the judging part of the brain are mentioned as well as reworking the Biblical quote, “I AM that I AM.”
Having no suggested meal lists, eating examples, or samples of filled out sheets, the book forces the reader to devise his or her personal meals and keep notes on what is eaten, how often, and when.
If one can look past the hard-to-understand and lengthy sentences such as stated in the above quote, the dieter might follow Adams simplified plan of documenting what to eat the next day and follow through, checking it constantly until weight is lost. Geared to the person that makes lists or keeps extensive notes, the writing book may, no doubt, alter a person’s eating habits due to the time involved documenting.
Rating: 2.5 stars of 5 – This subjective reviewer did not care for this book, but it may be a helpful source for someone who needs to write down every food consumed or enjoys anticipating upcoming meals.
Thanks to Bookpleasures and the author for furnishing these complimentary books in exchange for a review of the reader’s honest opinion.