Earlier this year I’ve reviewed a book about disordered eating and mentioned that eating disorders were common in my profession. After reading that book, I did what any smart person does; I read the comments on the internet! Really! There are some useful subreddits about disordered eating and intuitive eating, and many of those mentioned actor/creative Caroline Dooner’s The F*ck It Diet. I honestly dismissed the book because of its trendy use of f*ck in the title. It felt like it was screaming, “This isn’t your parents’ dieting book!” or something edge-lordy along those lines. But because it kept popping up as a useful resource and because it was recently on flash sale for the ebook version, I bought it.
I highly recommend it because it’s funny, well-researched, and can serve as a springboard towards other useful resources. The moment I knew I would enjoy this book? The dedication: “I dedicate this book to cheese – I will never forsake you again.” This lady gets it.
Dooner, as I mentioned, is in the performing business. Being in front of people and being judged for a living by further aggravates the personal and social insanity and absurdity that we all face around food and our God-given bodies. This book is the result of years of her own journey. The covers why we’re obsessed with food (because we deny ourselves) as well as the physical, mental, and emotional implications of our shared insanity around something that should be natural.
Dooner’s solution is basically a modified intuitive eating. If you’re really tired of dieting and obsessing about food, I would recommend getting this book and then getting the intuitive eating book because this one is more fun. It will reference and carry you into drier, more clinical resources.
If you just can’t get enough, Dooner has a helpful email list as well in which she expands on ideas briefly mentioned in the book and also provides a PDF with links of tons of free resources available online. See her website for those, but don’t skip the book.
PS If you’re wondering, the book really helped me relax around food and I haven’t become a shut in. In fact, I eat what I want now and am more active than I was when I was waiting for my “perfect” body. Additionally, my recent physical revealed my blood work has gotten way better now at a heavier weight than it was when I looked more “fit”. Proof is in the pudding.