Food Freedom Forever: Letting Go of Bad Habits, Guilt, and Anxiety Around Food

Food Freedom Forever: Letting Go of Bad Habits, Guilt, and Anxiety Around Food

The New York Times bestseller by the co-creator of the WHOLE30 'If you want to stop turning to food to make you feel better, this is the book for you' Sun 'Food Freedom Forever gives you everything you need for achieving dietary success, for today and for the rest of your healthy life' David Perlmutter, MD, No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of Grain Brain What doe...

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Title:Food Freedom Forever: Letting Go of Bad Habits, Guilt, and Anxiety Around Food
Author:Melissa Hartwig
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Food Freedom Forever: Letting Go of Bad Habits, Guilt, and Anxiety Around Food Reviews

  • Spuddie

    I received this book at a very opportune time--when I was struggling to get back on my eating plan, which is very similar to the Whole30 reset that the author co-developed. I haven't read her other books but was interested in this one, as I find myself continuing to label my food choices as 'good' or 'bad' and thinking of my choices in terms of moral decisions rather than just choosing what I am fueling my body with. I'm not someone who has historically paid a whole lot of attention to the psych

    I received this book at a very opportune time--when I was struggling to get back on my eating plan, which is very similar to the Whole30 reset that the author co-developed. I haven't read her other books but was interested in this one, as I find myself continuing to label my food choices as 'good' or 'bad' and thinking of my choices in terms of moral decisions rather than just choosing what I am fueling my body with. I'm not someone who has historically paid a whole lot of attention to the psychological side of eating or my relationship with food, although I've thought about it some in the past, it's usually been within the context of how to trick myself into staying on track instead of actually THINKING about it and making conscious decisions on what to eat. As long as I "followed the rules" things went swell. And when I didn't, being an all-or-none type of person, things went pear-shaped...including me!

    So i found this book very refreshing. Looking at doing a reset (Whole30 or otherwise) and then reintroducing...and failing, and developing strategies for using the slips as part of the process, of learning from it, and to give yourself freedom from basing your opinion of yourself based on what you eat or the amount of willpower you have. I got a lot out of the first reading, the author's humor and easy-reading style--and tough love--made it easy to get through. But it's a book I'll keep as a reference and keep referring to, because this really is a process.

  • Catfairy Reads YA

    This was one of the best health books I have ever read! I love how it gives you very practical guidelines on how to start a healthy lifestyle and it helps you with navigating all the social pressures of food! Those chapters really helped me! This book can be for anyone that wants to embark a healthy lifestyle it's not just for people that want to start the whole 30 but it does give you a thorough explanation of the whole 30! The book really helped me to figure out what to do when I am exposed to

    This was one of the best health books I have ever read! I love how it gives you very practical guidelines on how to start a healthy lifestyle and it helps you with navigating all the social pressures of food! Those chapters really helped me! This book can be for anyone that wants to embark a healthy lifestyle it's not just for people that want to start the whole 30 but it does give you a thorough explanation of the whole 30! The book really helped me to figure out what to do when I am exposed to temptation and how to explain to people your new healthy lifestyle!

  • Amanda

    Reading this as a four-year, many-times Whole30 veteran, I think this book will be very helpful for newcomers. I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone doing (or thinking of doing) their first Whole30.

    So why only 4 stars? It frustrated me that the "food freedom" nirvana she speaks of reaching is kind of the same cycle I have been going through on my own since beginning the W30 lifestyle. I was hoping for some kind of profound wisdom that would eliminate my need completely to return to a reset a couple ti

    Reading this as a four-year, many-times Whole30 veteran, I think this book will be very helpful for newcomers. I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone doing (or thinking of doing) their first Whole30.

    So why only 4 stars? It frustrated me that the "food freedom" nirvana she speaks of reaching is kind of the same cycle I have been going through on my own since beginning the W30 lifestyle. I was hoping for some kind of profound wisdom that would eliminate my need completely to return to a reset a couple times a year. Melissa talks about walking to a cupcake place on her birthday, then turning around after deciding, nah, don't really want one after all. THAT'S where I want to be! I still want something sweet pretty much 90% of the time and when the craving's really tough, any junk is "worth it". How do you get to a place of deeming the 3 yearly creme eggs your mom sends as special, as exclusive? How do you NOT want to go to the store and buy some more when those 3 are gone? They ARE delicious, aren't they?

    I do suppose my expectations were a little high, huh? ;)

    All this being said, there are some really great tips. I want to make a business card-sized cheat sheet of the steps to go through before consuming an off-plan food. And like I said, I think this book is an EXCELLENT companion to the Whole30, especially for newcomers! I really wish I'd had all this info during my first W30 - especially the parts about dealing with friends, family, & coworkers.

  • Lisa Domeshek

    not a lot of new practical information. Not convinced she still does not have an eating disorder although I still love her and the whole 30

  • Ada-Marie

    So, I loved my Whole30 experience and have a serious girl crush on Melissa Hartwig, but I didn't love this book. The topic makes a great blog post thesis, but a 233 page book it does not make. The first third alone is a 'quick' rehash of Whole30. There are a few bright spots - I really enjoyed the section on willpower and sleep, but most of the book is just very repetitive.

  • Kelly

    Nothing groundbreaking for me. The idea is something I'd come to myself: reset, reintroduce, and then continue to tweak my judgments about what is and isn't worth it. If I slip into poor habits, reset again. She mentions lots of things I am interested in, but not in depth: mindfulness, growth mindset, habit formation. And the social stuff wasn't helpful to me because people don't try to get up in my food business. I think this would be a good book for a newer Whole30er, though, and maybe someone

    Nothing groundbreaking for me. The idea is something I'd come to myself: reset, reintroduce, and then continue to tweak my judgments about what is and isn't worth it. If I slip into poor habits, reset again. She mentions lots of things I am interested in, but not in depth: mindfulness, growth mindset, habit formation. And the social stuff wasn't helpful to me because people don't try to get up in my food business. I think this would be a good book for a newer Whole30er, though, and maybe someone newer to habit hacking.

  • Kelly

    I can sum up the book like this: When your diet has become unhealthy and/or you don't feel amazing, do the Whole30 again.

  • Courtney Hatch

    FIRST--my 2 star rating does NOT apply to the concept of Whole30. I totally believe in and endorse the Whole30 concept, and I have greatly benefited from what I learned through completing a Whole30.

    The reason this is 2 stars, for me, is because there really isn't any new information here. If I had bought this book, I would feel a little taken advantage of because all of this information can be found in Whole30 blogposts. The first third of the book is a quick rundown of what the Whole30 is, whi

    FIRST--my 2 star rating does NOT apply to the concept of Whole30. I totally believe in and endorse the Whole30 concept, and I have greatly benefited from what I learned through completing a Whole30.

    The reason this is 2 stars, for me, is because there really isn't any new information here. If I had bought this book, I would feel a little taken advantage of because all of this information can be found in Whole30 blogposts. The first third of the book is a quick rundown of what the Whole30 is, while the second half is basically a list of mental tools you can use to increase your will power to continue to live a healthy post-Whole30 life.

    I looked into the Whole30 program because I have an autoimmune disease and was looking for ways to help strengthen my immune system, regulate my hormone levels, and correct vitamin deficiencies. It helped with all of these things! I expected this book to talk about a lot of these health benefits. I was disappointed to find that it talked mostly about losing weight and staying trim. For not being a "diet book," it felt a lot like a diet book.

  • Lauren Brownell

    Very disappointed. This could have been 100 pages shorter, and it's extremely repetitive. I love the whole30 program for the very reason that it is not a regular "diet," but a way to examine one's physical and emotional relationship with food. However, this book reads like any other fad diet propaganda, right down to referring to certain behaviors as "naughty" and encouraging people to set rules like "no dessert for a month." I got the feeling that Melissa Hartwig just wanted to put something el

    Very disappointed. This could have been 100 pages shorter, and it's extremely repetitive. I love the whole30 program for the very reason that it is not a regular "diet," but a way to examine one's physical and emotional relationship with food. However, this book reads like any other fad diet propaganda, right down to referring to certain behaviors as "naughty" and encouraging people to set rules like "no dessert for a month." I got the feeling that Melissa Hartwig just wanted to put something else out there to keep momentum and publicity alive.

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