The F*ck It Diet: Eating Should Be Easy

The F*ck It Diet: Eating Should Be Easy

by Caroline Dooner
The F*ck It Diet: Eating Should Be Easy

The F*ck It Diet: Eating Should Be Easy

by Caroline Dooner


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The F*ck It Diet is not only hilarious, it is scientifically and medically sound. A must read for any chronic dieter.” –Christiane Northrup, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom”

From humorist and ex-diet junkie Caroline Dooner, an inspirational guide that will help you stop dieting, reboot your relationship with food, and regain your personal power


Not long term. In fact, our bodies are hardwired against it. But each time our diets fail, instead of considering that maybe our ridiculously low-carb diet is the problem, we wonder what’s wrong with us. Why can’t we stick to our simple plan of grapefruit and tuna fish??? Why are we so hungry? What is wrong with us??? We berate ourselves for being lazy and weak, double down on our belief that losing weight is the key to our everlasting happiness, and resolve to do better tomorrow. But it’s time we called a spade a spade: Constantly trying to eat the smallest amount possible is a miserable way to live, and it isn’t even working. So fuck eating like that. 

In The F*ck It Diet, Caroline Dooner tackles the inherent flaws of dieting and diet culture, and offers readers a counterintuitively simple path to healing their physical, emotional, and mental relationship with food. What’s the secret anti-diet? Eat. Whatever you want. Honor your appetite and listen to your hunger. Trust that your body knows what it is doing. Oh, and don’t forget to rest, breathe, and be kind to yourself while you’re at it. Once you get yourself out of survival mode, it will become easier and easier to eat what your body really needs—a healthier relationship with food ultimately leads to a healthier you.

An ex-yo-yo dieter herself, Dooner knows how terrifying it can be to break free of the vicious cycle, but with her signature sharp humor and compassion, she shows readers that a sustainable, easy relationship with food is possible.

Irreverent and empowering, The F*ck It Diet is call to arms for anyone who feels guilt or pain over food, weight, or their body. It’s time to give up the shame and start thriving. Welcome to the F*ck It Diet. Let’s Eat.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062883629
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication date: 12/07/2021
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 227,881
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Caroline Dooner is a humorist and storyteller. She spent years as a performer and dieting like it was her job (because it kind of was). After healing her relationship to food, she's been sharing what she learned ever since. She lives with her anxious bernedoodle in Pennsylvania, and they’re just trying to live the simple life. She believes wholeheartedly in the healing powers of food and rest.

Table of Contents

Introduction: This Is Not a Diet Book 1

Who This Book Is For 7

1 Why are We So Addicted to Food?

Let's Go on a Famine 13

The Minnesota Starvation Experiment 18

What Is Normal Eating? 25

The Big Weight Myth 26

Guess Which Industry Makes $60 Billion a Year? 33

The F-Word 38

Your Diet Might Be a Cult 40

Diets Unraveling 44

What If You've Already Tried? 45

You're in Charge (Finally) 46

2 How the Hell Do I Actually Do This?

The Physical Part 53

Tool #1: Allow Food 54

The Noble Role of Weight 56

You Are Not a Car 61

Our Fear of Hunger 64

The Diet Pendulum Swing 68

Eat When You're Hungry 70

The Trap of Mindful Eating 76

Why Are We Eating the Smallest Amount Possible!? 80

There Is No Perfect Stopping Point 84

The Trap of Seeking Balance 86

Our Goal Is to Neutralize Food 87

Will I Be Eating This Much Forever? 91

No Food Is Off Limits 94

Your Cravings Are Your Friend 97

In Defense of Carbs and Sugar 102

In Defense of Delicious and Decadent Food 108

In Defense of Salt 111

In Defense of "Shitty" Food 114

Shitty Diet Food 116

Purity Doesn't Exist 117

You Don't Need to Go on a Green Juice Cleanse 120

So Many, Many Diet Rules 121

But What About My Health? 123

"But I'm a Binger!?" 127

What to Actually Do During a Binge 129

Doesn't The Fuck It Diet Cause Obesity??? 131

"But Really, What If I Have Health Problems?" 133

Tool #2: Lie Down 138

The Noble Art of Rest 139

What About Exercise? 145

How Will You Know This Is Working? 148

Your Body Is Freaking SMART 152

The Emotional Part 155

Emotional Eating Versus Bingeing 156

The Emotions We Avoid 160

We Have Sooooo Many Emotions About Our Weight 162

Humans Use LOTS of Things to Numb 164

Fear of Pain 166

You Can't Avoid Being Human (Sorry) 171

We're All Stuck in Fight-or-Flight Mode 176

Tool #3: Breathe and Feel 179

The Myth of Stress and Breathing 180

Think You Can Hate Yourself into Improvement? 182

Who Can We Blame???? 186

Surrender to the Messiness 190

The Mental Part 193

Untangling the Knot 194

Tool #4: The Brain Dump 195

The Power of Our Beliefs 198

Your Beliefs Become Confirmation Bias 200

Mental Restriction and Bingeing 202

We All Have Our Reasons 204

What We Think Being Skinny Will Give Us 209

Losing Your Identity 213

Why We Panic 215

The Avoidable Kind of Pain 217

Stop Shoulding All Over the Place 219

You Can Release Your Limiting Beliefs 222

Tool #5: The Belief Release 225

Nothing Is a Cure-ALl 226

It Was Never Your Fault 227

Diet Culture Trauma 230

The Luck of the Thin 232

Fat Phobia 236

You Are Making the Stakes Too Damn High 239

How to Trust When You Don't Trust 240

Let It Feel Crazy 242

Waiting to Not Be Hungry 244

It's Allowed to Be Messy 245

The Thriving Part 249

What Do You Stand For? 250

Practical Boundaries with Food and Weight 252

Frivolous Downtime 255

Emotional and Existential Rest 261

Become Your Own Damn Guru 264

That's It! 266

Acknowledgments 269

Notes 273

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