Unapologetic Eating Book
What would our lives—and our world—look like if everyone could feel worthy in their bodies?
Dieting disconnects us from our body’s wisdom and holds us back from living life to the fullest. The more time we spend trying to “fix” ourselves, the less time we have for the things that really matter.
If you are tired of the endless pursuit “fixing” – your weight, body size, or appearance – then Unapologetic Eating is for you!
This book delivers way more than it promises: it’s actually a guide to life and liberation, one bite at a time. Unapologetic Eating? More like unapologetic LIVING. In other words: I loved it. You will, too.
– Kelly Diels, feminist marketing consultant, writer, and founder of KellyDiels.com –
About the Book
Most people have spent time dieting and trying to change themselves in order to fit into a mold—and a body—that is deemed socially acceptable.
Yet it is dieting that is the problem: it disconnects us from our body’s wisdom and holds us back from living life to the fullest. The more time we spend trying to “fix” ourselves, the less time we have for the things that really matter.
In Unapologetic Eating, Alissa Rumsey shares what she’s learned from her own experience and through working with her clients: that food behaviors are the symptom of deeper rooted societal issues rather than the problem. Everything we think we “know” about food, appearance, body size, and more, is something we were taught at some point.
With nuance, compassion, and humor, Rumsey walks you through unpacking and questioning everything society has taught you so that you can let go of dieting, make peace with food, and find your way back to your body, your intuition, and yourself. Using food as the entry point, the book helps you explore more about yourself, your beliefs, your values, and what you truly want out of life.
You will learn how to reconnect with your body and yourself using your relationship to food as the entry point—going from trying to “fix” or change yourself to unapologetic eating and finally to unapologetic living. She’s broken down this process into four segments: fixing, allowing, feeling, and growing, and she provides actionable tools you can use to confidently nourish yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally. You’ll learn how to make peace with food, improve your body image, trust your intuition, and reclaim the space to eat and live unapologetically.
This book is about food and eating, but the real subject is unlearning, questioning everything, relearning, and—ultimately—transforming your life.
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Praise for Unapologetic Eating
“This is a wonderful and comprehensive resource for healing your relationship with food. Unapologetic Eating is going to help you honor your inner wisdom and find freedom. If you are sick of the exhausting diet cycle, read this book!“
— Caroline Dooner, author of The F*ck It Diet
“Eating is one of the great joys of life! But when diet culture makes you question every bite of food in the name of “health,” you need to take a complete 180. Rumsey’s Unapologetic Eating offers the science, stories, and tools to step you through the process of finding food freedom with kindness. She teaches you how to eat unapologetically by questioning everything you’ve believed and bring back a joyful relationship to food and your body.”
— Rebecca Scritchfield, RDN, Author of Body Kindness®
“A stunning portrayal of diet culture in the United States that doesn’t fail to speak honestly about the whiteness and thinness of the author herself. We need more white people being this explicit about the power and privilege they hold in this world and how they’re seeking to give power back that has been taken from BIPOC people through diet culture.”
— McKensie Mack, Founder of McKensie Mack Group Anti-Oppression Consultant and Racial Justice Leader
“Wow! This book delivers way more than it promises. It’s actually a guide to life and liberation, one bite at a time. Unapologetic Eating? More like unapologetic LIVING. In other words: I loved it. You will, too.”
— Kelly Diels, feminist marketing consultant, writer, and founder of KellyDiels.com
“Alissa Rumsey’s Unapologetic Eating is more than an exposé of the harmful shapeshifter that is diet culture. It is a practical tool to unlearn and ultimately heal from the faulty programming that causes us pain and confusion and a hands-on guide to reclaiming body trust and becoming truly embodied. The book’s sections touch on the myriad facets of body image and our relationship with food and then the reflection questions support readers to expose and understand their own unique thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors so that they can be examined, reframed, and reimagined to align with their true values.”
— Jenna Hollenstein, MS, RDN, CDN, author of Eat to Love: A Mindful Guide to Transforming Your Relationship with Food, Body, and Life
“Unapologetic Eating is a brilliant and exceptionally well-researched read, an important and much-needed addition to the anti-diet space. Alissa Rumsey dives deep into the problematic history that’s fueled our modern diet culture, and it’s obsession with controlling women’s bodies and what they eat. With nuance, compassion, and humor, Alissa provides tools and practical advice to untangle ourselves from diet cultures’ web of deception, and truly make peace with food and our bodies.”
— Rachael Hartley, RD, owner of Rachael Hartley Nutrition and author of Gentle Nutrition
“Alissa Rumsey brings both her rich personal experiences and professional expertise to the pages of Unapologetic Eating. Her four-phase framework is the multifaceted approach we need to understand the nuanced ways in which we are indoctrinated into diet culture, on both an individual and cultural level. Readers will walk away from these pages with tools, knowledge, and confidence that they can too start to eat unapologetically, and live unapologetically.”
— Cara Harbstreet, MS, RD, LD, owner of Street Smart Nutrition and author of Healthy Eating for Life: An Intuitive Eating Workbook to Stop Dieting Forever
“If you are tired of the endless pursuit of “fixing” your weight, shape, and/or physical appearance, then Unapologetic Eating is for you! This book both dismantles the colonialist roots of diet culture and provides practical tips for healing your relationship with food and your body. A must-read for anyone who is feeling trapped in diet culture and wanting to live a better and more fulfilling life– on their own terms.”
— Jessica Jones, MS, RD, CDE, Co-founder of Food Heaven and host of the Food Heaven Podcast
“This is exactly the book that we need to take us from “huh?” to “aahhhh!” when it comes to navigating our relationship with food, eating, and our body. In Unapologetic Eating, Alissa has done a brilliant job of supporting us to unpack the suitcase, take a compassionate and curious look around, then re-pack it in ways that make sense to US. This will be a go-to on my bookshelf for sure.”
— Fiona Sutherland, Director, The Mindful Dietitian and host of The Mindful Dietitian Podcast