Big Girl: How I Gave Up Dieting and Got a Life

Big Girl: How I Gave Up Dieting and Got a Life

by Kelsey Miller


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Big Girl: How I Gave Up Dieting and Got a Life by Kelsey Miller

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455532636
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 01/05/2016
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 552,266
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Kelsey Miller graduated from Boston University with a BS in Film & Television. She began her career in the film production industry before transitioning to full-time writing. Soon after joining the staff of Refinery29, she created The Anti-Diet Project, one of the website's most popular franchises. She is currently a Senior Features Writer and lives in Brooklyn.

Table of Contents

A Note from the Author ix

A Beginning 1

Two Bottoms 6

The Final Pig-Out 12

Embracing the Plate 19

The Parr Where I Blame My Parents 28

The New Diet Buzz 48

A Brief History of Things I Haven't Eaten 65

Carbs! 86

The Cool Table 93

The Gun on the Wall 105

Reruns 113

Telling 122

The Mushy Stuff 132

Hurricane Sex(ually Transmitted Infection) 146

On Dumplings 153

Once More, Into the Suburbs 167

"Your Image" 183

Someone Else's Story 208

The Truer Version 214

Thirty 222

Still Thirty 228

The End (Just Kidding) 235

The Sucker Punch 245

Ice Cream Revisited 256

Another End 270

Discussion Questions 274

Many Thanks 276

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Big Girl: How I Gave Up Dieting and Got a Life 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Holly More than 1 year ago
Big Girl is Kelsey Miller's story on how she overcame the whole you have to diet to be a certain shape to be the woman she is today. Kelsey is your everyday woman who struggles with food on a daily basis but with the help of a eating coach who discovers that her eating problems stem from her childhood. As Kelsey finally realizes that dieting doesn't work and that's when she can finally be free and have a life that she always wanted! I had a hard time rating this book just mostly due to how it's written, I don't hate this book but I'm not in love with it either. As a big girl myself, I get what Kelsey goes through with everything but the thing I found interesting that nobody was telling her to love herself and put confidence into herself before anything. I do have to applaud Kelsey for telling her story in a world that doesn't conform to people not fitting into a certain mold. Thank You to Kelsey Miller for having the courage to share your story! I received this book from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We internalize the cultural obsessions and judgments until we break through into living mindfully - what a terrific account of this journey!