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 eagerly awaited follow-up to the New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling The Whole30 The critically acclaimed Whole30 program and the New York Times bestselling The Whole30 has led millions of people to better health and effortless weight loss, along with stunning improvements in sleep quality, energy levels, mood, self-esteem, and reducing cravings to achieve "f...

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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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ISBN:0735232679
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages

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

  • Amanda
    Oct 25, 2016

    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.

  • Candy
    Jul 15, 2016

    Pretty darn convincing...

  • Spuddie
    Oct 09, 2016

    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.

  • Angela Pineda
    Feb 15, 2017

    I'm a bit biased: I love everything Melissa writes. I'm a Whole30 enthusiast - but I'm also someone who has struggled with food my ENTIRE LIFE. So much of what she said here clicked for her - including how social food is how much willpower life takes (before you even think about food). If you read/liked/follow anything she's written before - including It Starts with Food and the Whole30 books - you'll love this book to.

  • Sarah
    Nov 05, 2016

    Great tips. Can't wait to use them.

  • Angela Foster
    Dec 29, 2016

    Anyone who has ever struggled to lose weight or conquer food addiction, should read this book! I startled my Whole 30 journey before this book was published but it has given me so much insight into my eating habits and triggers. This is not a diet at all! This is truly and finally Food Freedom!!

  • Lisa Domeshek
    Oct 11, 2016

    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
    Oct 16, 2016

    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.

  • Courtney Hatch
    Nov 08, 2016

    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.

  • Heather
    Jan 29, 2017

    I REALLY wanted to like this book. I've enjoyed reading the other books in the W30 line-up, but this one, not so much. You can find a lot of this information elsewhere in the W30 empire - Facebook feeds, W30 forum, blogs by people doing the W30. So, I guess if you haven't read around & been following W30 for a while, it'd be a good place to get everything in one place. For now, I'm placing it on my "not finishing" shelf. Maybe I'll eventually pick it up and finish it, but it won't be a prior

    I REALLY wanted to like this book. I've enjoyed reading the other books in the W30 line-up, but this one, not so much. You can find a lot of this information elsewhere in the W30 empire - Facebook feeds, W30 forum, blogs by people doing the W30. So, I guess if you haven't read around & been following W30 for a while, it'd be a good place to get everything in one place. For now, I'm placing it on my "not finishing" shelf. Maybe I'll eventually pick it up and finish it, but it won't be a priority.