Food Freedom Forever: Letting Go Of Bad Habits, Guilt, And Anxiety Around Food by Melissa HartwigFood Freedom Forever: Letting Go Of Bad Habits, Guilt, And Anxiety Around Food by Melissa Hartwig

Food Freedom Forever: Letting Go Of Bad Habits, Guilt, And Anxiety Around Food

byMelissa Hartwig

Hardcover | October 4, 2016

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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 "food freedom" over the course of a 30-day challenge. While The Whole30 includes a strategy for systematically reintroducing ingredients such as dairy, legumes, and grains once the 30-day cleanse is over, devoted fans are often asking the same question upon completion: What do I do now?
    Though many people repeat it from time to time, the Whole30 was never meant to be a plan you stay on indefinitely, and that's why Food Freedom Forever is so important, offering solutions to permanently end the exhausting cycle of yo-yo dieting, uncontrollable cravings, and a slew of health complaints. In a 3-part plan, author and Whole30 co-creator Melissa Hartwig shows you how to discover food freedom for yourself, no matter how out of control you feel; to walk a self-directed path that will keep you in control for months on end; to gracefully recover when you slip back into old habits; and to create the kind of food freedom that stays with you for the rest of your life. Best of all, there is no requirement that you've completed the Whole30 to benefit from the potentially life-long solutions of Food Freedom Forever.

About The Author

MELISSA HARTWIG is a Certified Sports Nutritionist who specializes in helping people change their relationship with food and create life-long, healthy habits. She is the New York Times bestselling author of It Starts With Food, and the Globe and Mail and New York Times bestselling author of The Whole30 and has been featured on The Toda...

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Title:Food Freedom Forever: Letting Go Of Bad Habits, Guilt, And Anxiety Around FoodFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.3 × 6.3 × 0.9 inPublished:October 4, 2016Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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I like cupcakes. Cake is fine. Ice cream is not my thing. Whoopie pies just don’t bring it, and cheesecake is damp and squishy and reminds me of the “M” word (moist, ew). My favorite go-to yummy treat is, very specifically, a cupcake. It’s the frosting-to-cake ratio that seals the deal, and there has to be a generous heap of dense, gritty, so-sweet-it-hurts-my-teeth frosting on top. Like, inches of it. Maybe I should have just said, “I like frosting.” Every year on my birthday, I eat a cupcake (or two). It’s been a tradition for as many years as I can remember. This year, on a gorgeous late-winter Saturday, I rode my motorcycle over to my favorite cupcake shop, fully intent on taking something (maybe two things) home with me. I got there, practically skipped inside, gazed at the huge variety of cake and frosting combinations, and . . . meh. I stood there debating every sugary-sweet option with the intention of celebrating my favorite day of the year with my favorite decadent food, but when I really thought about it, I just didn’t want one. So I went home. Turns out, my birthday was just as awesome as usual. I celebrated just as hard. I didn’t feel deprived, because it was my decision. I knew that if I wanted a cupcake the day after my birthday, or the day after that, or every day for a week the following month, I would just have one. Because grown-up, money, motorcycle, and free will. That is food freedom.Not the part where I scrounged up every ounce of willpower just to deny myself a cupcake on my birthday. That didn’t happen. Not the part where I walked away just to prove how “strong” I was, or because I was terrified of the calories rocketing toward my waistline. None of that happened. Not the part where I raided the pantry later that night because it was my birthday and damn it, I deserved a treat. That didn’t happen either. Food freedom happened when I took the time to ask myself what I really wanted and made a conscious, deliberate decision in the moment. I wasn’t swayed by the false promises of sugar, salt, and fat; held hostage by the tradition of birthday cupcakes; or enslaved to a Sugar Dragon who started roaring the minute I told myself I could have a treat on my birthday. I just thought about it, happily made my choice, and got on with my life. The end. Food freedom is realizing I can have anything I want, any time I want it . . . and in the moment, simply honoring whether or not I really want it. Fast-forward to Easter, a few weeks later. If you follow me on social media, you know I have a passionate love for the processed, foodlike products that are chocolate crème eggs. I LOVE them. They’re not “special” in the sense that you can pick them up in any old convenience store or pharmacy, but they’re special to me. Growing up, my mom would make me and my sister these amazing Easter baskets, overflowing with the usual suspects—marshmallow chicks, ankle socks, jelly beans, dental floss (See: jelly beans)—and tucked away at the bottom, one glorious chocolate crème egg. Candy was a big deal in our house, reserved only for very special occasions, so this egg was my most prized possession. I always saved it until everything else was gone, and ate it in the tiniest bites to make it last. To this day, my mom sends me a pack of three crème eggs before Easter every year. It almost makes me want to heart emoji. Almost.* This year, on a random Thursday at 2:30 in the afternoon, I decided I wanted one. I unwrapped it, sat down on the couch, sighed contentedly, and savored every tiny bite. I made that egg last a solid 20 minutes, then I texted my mom to say thank you. (“I knew U couldn’t wait 4 Easter!” was her response.) It’s the least healthy food I’ll eat all year, but it was 100% worth it in that moment. And I didn’t need it to be Easter Sunday to relive that warm childhood experience.I only ate one, because that’s all I wanted. In fact, as of the time of this writing, the others are still sitting on my kitchen counter, not because I’m strengthening my resolve or proving to myself I have willpower. I’ve just been too lazy to move them to my pantry. Guys, if I wanted another one, I’d just eat it. This is also food freedom: The realization that eating something that makes me happy is what makes the occasion special, and that “because it’s delicious” is a good enough reason to indulge all by itself. I’m the one who gets to decide what’s worth it, special, or delicious. I get to make that choice on a moment-to-moment basis. I can think I want one, then decide to pass. I can take one bite, then abandon the rest. I can reach for one, then choose to eat two. I can indulge three days in a row, or not at all for a week. I get to decide. You can have this, too, with whatever foods you decide are worth it, special, and taste as good to your mouth as they do to your soul. You can have it without punishing yourself after you eat them, feeling guilt or shame for your indulgence, or spiraling out of control once your brain registers the first hit of sweet, salty, fatty reward. You can feel confident in your decisions, satisfied with your choices, and in control of your own health and happiness. You can free up all that energy you used to spend obsessing over food to focus on more productive things. Like how you’ll celebrate your birthday this year: the first year of your food freedom journey. This is your forever lifestyle. You can have this. I’ll show you how. Welcome to food freedom.

Editorial Reviews

“Food can play a powerful role in pleasure, health, and celebration—but it can also be a source of remorse and anxiety. In Food Freedom Forever, Melissa Hartwig explores how we can enjoy food, yet feel free from cravings and negative feelings. It’s a practical, realistic, compassionate—and even funny—guide to establishing a new relationship with food.”—Gretchen Rubin, New York Times best-selling author of Better Than Before and The Happiness Project“Eating clean can be tough, but Melissa makes it easy! Her philosophy truly works, without counting calories or being a slave to the scale. Her program, the Whole30, helped change my own philosophy on food and how I eat. Food Freedom Forever is a must-have for anyone who wants to make changes in their life . . .  and make them last.”—Molly Sims, model, actress, and lifestyle blogger   “Food Freedom Forever gives you everything you need for achieving dietary success, for today and for the rest of your healthy life. Melissa Hartwig’s information is spot-on in terms of scientific validity, and wonderfully approachable in terms of its implementation.”—David Perlmutter, MD, author, #1 New York Times bestseller, Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar—Your Brain’s Silent Killers   “Step away from the calorie counting, food obsessions, and unnecessary restriction. In Food Freedom Forever, Melissa Hartwig delivers a sustainable, healthy diet that will fuel your mind, body, and spirit, and place you in control of your food for life.”—Emily Deans, MD, Harvard Medical School   “I'm a ‘real food’ registered dietitian who believes the standard low-fat, high-carb, ‘everything in moderation’ advice is complete nonsense. Repairing our relationship with food is critical in order to live a happy life, and Melissa’s plan in Food Freedom Forever is exactly what does work for my clients. This is no crash diet, and it’s way more important than a weight loss plan—it’s the beginning of the rest of your life!”—Diana Rodgers, RD, LDN, NTP