Big Girl

Big Girl

How I Gave Up Dieting And Got A Life

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A hilarious and inspiring memoir about one young woman's journey to find a better path to both physical and mental health.

At twenty-nine, Kelsey Miller had done it all: crash diets, healthy diets, and nutritionist-prescribed "eating plans," which are diets that you pay more money for. She'd been fighting her un-thin body since early childhood, and after a lifetime of failure, finally hit bottom. No diet could transform her body or her life. There was no shortcut to skinny salvation. She'd dug herself into this hole, and now it was time to climb out of it.
With the help of an Intuitive Eating coach and fitness professionals, she learned how to eat based on her body's instincts and exercise sustainably, without obsessing over calories burned and thighs gapped. But, with each thrilling step toward a healthy future, she had to contend with the painful truths of her past.
BIG GIRL chronicles Kelsey's journey into self-loathing and disordered eating-and out of it. This is a memoir for anyone who's dealt with a distorted body image, food issues, or a dysfunctional family. It's for the late-bloomers and the not-yet-bloomed. It's for everyone who's tried and failed and felt like a big, fat loser. So, basically, everyone.
ISBN: 9781455532636
Branch Call Number: BOOK CLUB BAG Miller / How I gave up dieting
Alternative Title: Big girl [bag]


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Aug 14, 2016

Miller nails how many women (myself include) feel during different parts of our lives about our bodies and our selves. "When I'm thin enough I'll be...." take your pick of the myriad of ways to end that sentence. But Miller presents that we are enough, we may need a little work but we are worthy.
Miller digs into her own childhood traumas to look for causes of her strained relationship with food. Although I do not take this book as the "whole truth" (because it seems like there is a lot more work to be done and life examining that needs to occur) it was a great read, an interesting story, and gave me things to think about in my own life.

Mar 30, 2016

Big Girl changed a lot for me. It changed the way i see myself and the way i want my future to unfold. It changed the way i see diets and society's view of beauty and health. It made me more aware of how often i hear women say "i can only eat salad for the rest of my life". It made me want to break down the wall of good and bad foods. Most importantly it made me feel a lot closer to the end of my dieting life. Kelsey Miller definitely got me in the feels. She made me feel like i wasn't the only one stuck on yo-yo dieting.

CatherineG_1 Feb 14, 2016

Kelsey Miller made a major lifestyle change - no more diets! She met with a nutritionist who through intuitive eating, helped her recognize her strengths and weaknesses concerning food. The best question Kelsey was asked = How would she feel in a year if she still weighed the same amount after all this work? Kelsey chronicles her year for the reader with many challenges and changes. Loved this story. I could identify with her struggles. This is a wonderful, funny memoir for anyone who has ever been on a diet!


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