The Diet-Free Revolution: 10 Steps to Free Yourself from the Diet Cycle with Mindful Eating and Radical Self-Acceptance (Paperback)
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A 10-step approach to ditching diet culture, healing your relationship with food, and cultivating compassion for your body.
Diets don't work--and it's not your fault. As a culture, we're told (and tell ourselves) that if we just lose the weight--try a little harder, have a little more willpower, or deprive ourselves for a little bit longer--we'll be happier, healthier, and more confident. But it's not true.
Clinical psychologist Alexis Conason debunks the myths we've been sold about food, nutrition, health, and weight loss, and offers an antidote to the pain and harmful health consequences that result from yo-yo diets, untenable food regimens, and quick fixes. Conason, who is also an eating disorder specialist, shows readers how radically shifting our relationship to food and our own bodies can be incredibly healing, nourishing, and can help us to better love and care for ourselves. Enriched with case studies, practical meditations, stories, lessons, and activities, her 10-step program will help you:
• Challenge your assumptions about weight and health
• Understand the ways that our emotions can impact how and why we eat
• Embrace your "yum" and tune into taste with mindful eating
• Trust your body to be your guide and find real fullness
Reframing dieting and diet "failure" as pervasive aspects of our culture--not individual failures--The Diet-Free Revolution offers a roadmap to healing, self-acceptance, and radical new ways of relating to and loving our bodies.
About the Author
ALEXIS CONASON, PSY.D., CEDS-S is a clinical psychologist and eating disorder specialist in private practice in New York City. She is the author of The Diet-Free Revolution: 10 Steps to Free Yourself from the Diet Cycle with Mindful Eating and Radical Self-Acceptance (North Atlantic Books, 2021). She is the founder of The Anti-Diet Plan, a weight-inclusive online mindful eating program available worldwide. She was previously a research associate at the New York Nutrition Obesity Research Center in affiliation with Columbia University. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals, she is a frequent speaker at conferences, and she has been featured widely as an expert on the topics of mindful eating, body image, and diet culture in the media.
A lifelong New Yorker, Conason lives in Manhattan with her husband and two daughters. She loves all things related to food including cooking, grocery shopping, watching food shows, and of course eating! But most rewarding is helping her clients transform their relationship with food and experience the joys of eating. She is a fierce advocate for helping people recognize and question the societal norms that encourage their feeling not good enough about themselves so they can stop fixating on shrinking their bodies and reclaim the space that they deserve in the world. You can find her on social media @theantidietplan.
“If you’re a former dieter who’s done with diet culture and ready to go deeper in your healing, this book is a wonderful resource. With engaging storytelling and insightful analysis, Alexis Conason offers a truly weight-inclusive approach to mindful eating that will help you develop self-compassion, practice self-care, and find pleasure in food and your body.”
—Christy Harrison, MPH, RD, author of Anti-Diet
“Smart, compassionate, with relatable and vivid stories and specific practice recommendations throughout, The Diet-Free Revolution embodies the most cutting-edge blend of science and psychology while acknowledging vital social justice themes. I am delighted to have this book as a resource that I will recommend to my patients and their families as well as to anyone seeking to transform their relationship with their body and food.”
—Jennifer L. Gaudiani, MD, CEDS-S, FAED, founder and medical director of the Gaudiani Clinic and author of Sick Enough
“This book is truly a revolution and a chance to break free from the tyranny of diets and food obsession for good. Alexis Conason is an expert on the subject and understands how layered this journey can be. There are deep cultural and psychological factors that keep us clinging to diets, and this book leaves no stone unturned.”
—Caroline Dooner, author of The F*ck It Diet
“You have what it takes to heal your relationship with food. Dr. Conason’s simple 10-step plan will encourage you to be kind to yourself while bravely leaving behind the misery of dieting once and for all!”
—Rebecca Scritchfield, RDN, EP-C, author of Body Kindness
“...a clear, empathetic, and evidence-based roadmap for the work and healing that comes next. Conason is the warm, wise therapist and friend you’ve been looking for. And her certainty that radical self-acceptance and food freedom are possible for anyone will put these concepts within reach of those struggling the most.”
—Virginia Sole-Smith, author of The Eating Instinct
“The most important thing I have to say about Alexis Conason’s book is that it is supremely trustworthy. With an exquisite balance of research, personal and professional insights, mindfulness expertise, and understanding of intersectional social justice issues, this book is the one you need to heal your relationship with food and your precious body. Vive la révolution!”
—Jenna Hollenstein, MS, RDN, CDN, author of Eat to Love
“Written with compassion, wisdom, and a touch of humor, The Diet-Free Revolution will give you the skills and strategies you need to create a peaceful and nurturing relationship with food.”
—Judith Matz, coauthor of The Diet Survivor’s Handbook
“The ultimate guide to why diets don’t work and what to do instead—backed by strong and plentiful science.... This book is a must-read for both professionals and the general public who are seeking to end the suffering and embrace the joy of eating and living.”
—Lynn Rossy, PhD, author of Savor Every Bite
“Packed with keen psychological and scientific insights, the book examines the historical underpinnings of diet culture and outlines practical exercises to foster awareness and recovery....”