A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself
Simon & Schuster
On Sale: February 15, 2011
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ONE OF THE GREATEST ENTERTAINERS OF OUR TIME CANDIDLY
REVEALS HER VERY PERSONAL STRUGGLE WITH AN ISSUE SO MANY OF
US FACE EVERY DAY: SELF-ESTEEM
emerged from the shadows of an already famous family to
become one of the most beloved, recognizable, and
influential performers in the world. But at what cost?
From the age of ten, when she made her acting debut
on Good Times, Janet was told by Hollywood that she
needed to slim down. Her well-meaning brothers, especially
fun-loving Michael, teased her relentlessly until she began
to believe that who she was wasn’t good enough. It was an
idea that no amount of critical acclaim in television and
film or, later, international platinum success in music
Janet turned to food for comfort and
escape. She developed a self-destructive pattern familiar to
so many of us: fear and uncertainty led to bad feelings
about herself and ultimately depression. The depression led
to overeating. And her yo-yoing weight was painfully obvious
in the bright lights of the entertainment world.
has taken Janet most of her adult life to come to terms with
who she is. But she has finally broken free of the attitudes
that brought her down and has embraced realistic goals that
help her eat better, exercise better, feel better, and
ultimately be better.
This book is about meeting
those challenges that face all of us. With candor and
courage, Janet shares her painful journey to loving herself.
She addresses the crazy rumors that have swirled around her
for most of her life, shines an intimate light on her
family, and pulls us behind the velvet rope into her
unforgettable career. She also shares lessons she has
learned through contact with friends and fans and reveals
the fitness secrets she has learned from her trainer.
Finally, her nutritionist, David Allen, unveils the
wholesome, delicious recipes and lifestyle-changing tips
that helped Janet get in shape—mind and spirit, heart and
True You is a call to tune in to your
own fundamental wisdom, to let go of the ugly comparisons,
and to understand that who you are, the true you, is
more than enough.
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