Destiny Allison


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Sunstone Press
January 18, 2016
Paperback, $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-63293-090-3
eBook, $6.99
ISBN: 978-1-61139-430-6
110 pages
Non-fiction | Self-Help | Memoir | Women’s Studies | Body Image




Destiny Allison (Santa Fe, NM)

Author of The Romance Diet


Elena Meredith | | 512-481-7096 | Twitter: @elenameredith



  • Women’s studies
  • Gender roles
  • Body image
  • Identity issues
  • Marital relations
  • Women-owned business


Brave, raw, and unflinchingly honest, The Romance Diet is a weight loss journey, a love story, a heart beating loudly on the page. Destiny doesn’t offer recipes, exercise tips, or advice in her memoir. Instead, she shows readers how to stand up, express what they want and develop empathy for themselves and the people they love. In doing so, she provides invaluable insight for those seeking to lose weight, save a marriage, or make a significant life change.

This is a story for women and the men who love them—a feminist book with a male hero, an extraordinary story because it is so very ordinary. The Romance Diet explores the undercurrents that determine gender roles, identity issues, and women’s equality. It has a strong application for married women ages 35-55, trauma therapists, rape crisis centers, couples therapists, and readers of women’s studies and gender studies. The book includes a Readers Guide prepared by two licensed mental health counselors.


  • Reshaping Destiny: A year of weight loss, evaluating her relationship with food, exploring body image, redefining her marriage and identity as a woman, and finding freedom from trauma
  • A Recipe for Marriage: Rediscovering the pleasure of each other’s company, learning to communicate effectively, and developing empathy for each other
  • Unleashing Your True Identity: The ways we make ourselves invisible and how to combat them
  • The Feminist Chorus: Responding to the misogyny ingrained in our culture and recognizing the wars we wage on ourselves
  • Invisible Fences: What are the barriers (self-doubt, fear, trauma, etc.) that keep us from running free?
  • Wearing Your Weight: Women with PTSD gain weight more rapidly and are more likely to be overweight or obese than women without the disorder, according to researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and Harvard School of Public Health
  • PTSD isn’t just for veterans: 1 in 9 women will have PTSD at some point in their life—twice the rate for men
  • Treating Trauma with Brain Spotting, a fast and effective therapy for PTSD: Destiny’s experience at Solace Crisis Treatment Center


Destiny Allison has been a professional and award winning sculptor with her work collected by individuals, civic entities and corporations worldwide. When an injury required her to re-envision her life, Allison did what she always does. She applied her explosive creativity and dog-with-a-bone tenacity to new endeavors such as community building efforts and developing an innovative business model that transformed a bankrupt shopping center into a thriving community and commercial center. In 2011 she was named Santa Fe Business Woman of the Year.

Allison is also the author of the non-fiction book Shaping Destiny, winner of best independent non-fiction/memoir in the 2013 Global Book Awards, and two novels, Pipe Dreams and Bitter Root. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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