Sweet

SWEET

They’d kill to get thin.

Emmy Laybourne, author of the Monument 14 trilogy, takes readers on a dream vacation in Sweet that goes first comically, then tragically, then horrifyingly, wrong!

A RETRACTION!

YES, A RETRACTION TO MY

“OPEN LETTER TO THE READERS OF SWEET”

February, 2024

Hello dear readers,

If you have a hard copy of the paperback of Sweet, you’ll find a letter I wrote to readers. It’s a kind letter, but I think I got a lot of things wrong, and I wanted to make that official!

Issues of body acceptance and food restriction have been central to my life and development. After a lifetime of struggle, I now find myself in a place of peace. However, when I wrote Sweet, in 2014, I was still a bit mixed up.

While I understood then, and understand even more deeply now, that all bodies are beautiful and perfect just as they are, I held some beliefs about food addiction which I now think were flat-out wrong. I thought that sugar was an addictive substance. For years I restricted my food, brutally criticizing myself for any “slip-ups” and, frankly, feeling pretty superior about my will power.

Then, in 2022, I came to a snapping point where I just couldn’t diet or restrict my food anymore. My body wanted to be heard. Thank goodness, a friend recommended I check out Intuitive Eating.

I’ve found tremendous liberation and relief in the Intuitive Eating community. For the first time in my life, I no longer am obsessed with forbidden foods and I am at peace with my ample and glorious figure. I can’t believe how much room I have back in my brain to think about things besides food and the size of my upper arms.

If you struggle with body acceptance or food restriction, or if you’re a diet-cycler, or if you just want to feel more comfortable in your own blessed, wonderous body, maybe check it out.

Here are a couple of resources:

Intuitive Eating.Org https://www.intuitiveeating.org/

Trust Your Gut: A beginners Guide to Intuitive Eating – LifeKit

https://www.npr.org/2019/05/23/726236988/trust-your-gut-a-beginners-guide-to-intuitive-eating

What If The Best Diet Is To Reject Diet Culture

https://www.npr.org/2021/12/23/1067210075/what-if-the-best-diet-is-to-reject-diet-culture

Thank you for seeking this letter out.

With love (and ever-continuing growth!),