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Till We Eat Again: A Second Helping

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  20 reviews
"I had my fat tested today. It came back positive." Facing this inescapable observation, Judy Gruen set out to lose fifteen pounds in time for a college reunion. But as she discovered, no two diet "experts" agree on anything, even whether lentils are good for people with Type A blood. Originally published as Till We Eat Again: Confessions of a Diet Dropout, this newly revi ...more
Paperback, 202 pages
Published May 21st 2012 by CreateSpace (first published December 13th 2002)
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Cindy Navarro
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Judy Gruen's new book, Till We Eat Again: A Second Helping, is a humorous journey of her efforts to lose 15 pounds in time for the reunion of her college housemates. From the benign to the bizarre, Gruen tries one diet and exercise program after another in her quest to find the plan that works best for her---and allows chocolate. Boot camp, belly dancing, Bikram yoga, Pilates, spinning, and a vast array of in-home exercise equipment, Judy tries them all and more! The self-proclaimed experts who ...more
Oct 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
I happen to know Judy Gruen, and she's as funny in print as she is in person, which is saying a lot. Her articles on and in print are not only funny, but touch the experiences of women everywhere, which is one of the reasons her writing is so effective. Reader's can't help but identify with Judy.

Judy's Till We Eat Again is a rollicking trip through Judy's attempt to shed 15 lbs prior to a reunion. We follow her struggle with conflicting and often wacky weigh-loss advice, the apathy of h
I read this book some time ago and just re-read it. I liked it, it's motivating when it comes to wanting to get yourself off the couch and get moving, and I definitely enjoyed the author. I am in a totally different stage of my life now, than I was when I first read, and I think it had more impact on me then, but was definitely time to re-read!
Maimoona Rahman
Jul 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Although I finished reading Till We Eat Again over a month ago, I figured I should save the review until Ramadan, which, traditionally being the Muslim month of losing weight, seemed like the ideal time to adopt the Judy Gruen way of losing weight.

Well, basically Ramadan is a month of austerity, but many female progressive Muslims are known to focus on the weight-loss benefits of this month. This is the one month when Muslims can legitimise dieting and can restrict themselves to unappetising fru
May 28, 2012 rated it liked it
There seems to be more diets than political opinions and often even diets that look broadly similar will disagree on something or another. Other than "watch what you eat" opinions can and do vary.

Here, in an updated edition of "Till We Eat Again: Confessions of a Diet Dropout" the author refreshes her one woman attempt to make sense of the difference of opinions in the diet world and lose some weight at the same time by trying a number of different programmes and routines.

Written in a diary styl
May 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
I got the opportunity to read this book when I won it in a First-Reads contest, so I would just like to thank the Author and Goodreads! Now on to the review!

When I started reading this book my first thought was Bridget Jones. And indeed, there are obvious similarities. Both are women over who are unsatisfied with their body/weight, and write about it in a humorous manner. I think what makes this book so appealing is that Judy writes about things we're all thinking and wondering about, like how s
Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bio-memoirs
Judy Gruen was facing her 20-year college reunion with an extra fifteen pounds on her body. She set out to lose that weight by any means possible. She chronicles her journey as she navigates her way through the minefield of fad diets and extreme exercise programs. The reader is taken along on the wild adventure of the weight-loss industry.

For every one who has ever dieted, tried to diet, or just looked in the mirror and considered dieting, this book is almost as good as chocolate. It is laugh-o
I was intrigued by the blurb of this book, which spoke to the contradictions I often feel as a person who has to pay a lot of attention to my diet and weight for health reasons, yet finds much of what goes on in our culture around weight offensive or utterly ridiculous. An episodic journal of Gruen's attempts to lost 15 pounds before a reunion, it shows her trying everything from boot camp to high-colonics, with results that are often comic and sometimes potentially dangerous. Along the way she ...more
Mar 05, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I went into this book expecting a light, funny read about the typical female's struggles with weight-loss and body acceptance. I really felt that "Til We Eat Again" would turn out to be a relatable journey that would end with a positive message. At the halfway point, I felt camaraderie with the author and applauded her for joining Weight Watchers, a highly-successful program that has helped me lose 100 pounds. all went downhill from there. I felt that she was losing weight for the wron ...more
May 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: my-ebooks
Judy Gruen's new book "Till We Eat Again: A Second Helping" is a laugh-out-loud, fun read.

Judy wanted to lose fifteen pounds for a college reunion. In an effort to do so She tries yoga, Zumba and belly dancing. She visits cardio-kickboxing class (which she loves!), personal trainers (which she doesn't love!), and she goes to weight watchers meetings. Luckily she takes us along for the hilarious ride with her easy to enjoy, diary style novel.

Her trials and tribulations are genuine and easy for a
May 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Well, shucks. If I don't give my own book 5 stars, who will? But honestly, I do love this little book. It's a revised and updated version of my earlier title, Till We Eat Again: Confessions of a Diet Dropout. This version is (IMO) funnier and better edited, and of course, much more current in terms of cultural references and trends in dieting and exercise.

It's my real-life chronicle of trying to lose weight and get in shape, while slipping too much zuchini into the family dinner, which incites r
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book as a Goodreads Firstreads giveaway.

I love love love this book! We'll get the easiest reason out of the way first, it was a fast read. As a person who has spent my entire adult life dieting in some form or fashion, I felt connected to Judy and her struggles. The diet/health industry is full of such contradictory information it really is humorous. There were many times I laughed at Judy's situation because I've been there and done that. I think this is a really good read for anyone
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
For those who fight the battle of the bulge, Judy Gruen has written Till We Eat Again. Readers identify with the frustrations Judy encounters as she embarks on a series of failed diets and exercise regimes. Yes, you feel her pain but you also laugh with her because you feel she is telling your story.

The book is written in a journal format over the period of a year. If you dream of buttercream iced donuts and have nightmares of barbells and sweat soaked workout wear, you really should read Till
Jun 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book in the First Reads program! :)

I'll admit, I don't usually read books about diets and/or health and exercise. Because I feel just like the author did, there's too much bogus information and bs out there. This book was hilarious and so relatable. There were so many times I was thinking "Thats me!" and just laughing out loud. I loved that it was easy to breeze through and written like a diary.
Oct 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Judy has an accurate grasp of the struggles of us weight watchers and diet freaks. Every paragraph is filled with humor. As I read the book, I wondered, "hey how does she know I do that?" Her description of certain behaviors in herself or others made me laugh at myself. Her style is very similar to Erma Bombeck's and other humorists like her. I highly recommend this book to keep on your night-table and read before going to bed - very very funny and light. Puts you in a great mood!
Feb 05, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health, weight-loss
This is a good-natured lampooning of the diet and exercise world. I laughed at her depiction of Weight Watchers (accurate but funny) and was inspired to return to this organization myself after 3 months away. I was prepared to see a gain on the scale but weighed exactly the same, to the ounce, that I had 3 months before. How weird is that? The nice thing about this book is that Judy does get in shape so in the end it was more than jokes, it was inspiring.
Jun 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Melanie by: NetGalley
A real woman's search for weight loss through diet and exercise. A humerous read for women who are dieting or thinking about dieting. A poitive look at the many different diets and exercises that are available today. And it can be done! Thin women do not need to read this book because they won't understand.
Nothing to deep here, but just a fun read that I enjoyed.
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed it. I laughed and laughed annoying my whole family around me :D
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
A fun account that at times felt like reading my own story of battles with exercise and food although Judy Gruen has far more will power than I ever will!
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I have always loved writing, and always will. My writing career began in health care public relations and expanded into writing cultural and political commentary, about Jewish spirituality, marriage and family, as well as humor. (I like diversity!) I've written three award-winning humor books, co-written a book on MBA Admissions strategy, and most recently, the book closest to my heart, my memoir, ...more

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