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Food Freedom Forever: Letting Go of Bad Habits, Guilt, and Anxiety Around Food

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  3,638 ratings  ·  233 reviews

The New York Times bestseller by the co-creator of the WHOLE30

'If you want to stop turning to food to make you feel better, this is the book for you' Sun

'Food Freedom Forever gives you everything you need for achieving dietary success, for today and for the rest of your healthy life' David Perlmutter, MD, No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of Grain Brain


Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by Viking
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Oct 16, 2016 rated it liked it
So, I loved my Whole30 experience and have a serious girl crush on Melissa Hartwig, but I didn't love this book. The topic makes a great blog post thesis, but a 233 page book it does not make. The first third alone is a 'quick' rehash of Whole30. There are a few bright spots - I really enjoyed the section on willpower and sleep, but most of the book is just very repetitive.
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
I can sum up the book like this: When your diet has become unhealthy and/or you don't feel amazing, do the Whole30 again.
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Reading this as a four-year, many-times Whole30 veteran, I think this book will be very helpful for newcomers. I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone doing (or thinking of doing) their first Whole30.

So why only 4 stars? It frustrated me that the "food freedom" nirvana she speaks of reaching is kind of the same cycle I have been going through on my own since beginning the W30 lifestyle. I was hoping for some kind of profound wisdom that would eliminate my need completely to return to a reset a couple ti
Courtney Hatch
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
FIRST--my 2 star rating does NOT apply to the concept of Whole30. I totally believe in and endorse the Whole30 concept, and I have greatly benefited from what I learned through completing a Whole30.

The reason this is 2 stars, for me, is because there really isn't any new information here. If I had bought this book, I would feel a little taken advantage of because all of this information can be found in Whole30 blogposts. The first third of the book is a quick rundown of what the Whole30 is, whi
Catfairy Books
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
This was one of the best health books I have ever read! I love how it gives you very practical guidelines on how to start a healthy lifestyle and it helps you with navigating all the social pressures of food! Those chapters really helped me! This book can be for anyone that wants to embark a healthy lifestyle it's not just for people that want to start the whole 30 but it does give you a thorough explanation of the whole 30! The book really helped me to figure out what to do when I am exposed to ...more
Lisa Domeshek
not a lot of new practical information. Not convinced she still does not have an eating disorder although I still love her and the whole 30
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this book at a very opportune time--when I was struggling to get back on my eating plan, which is very similar to the Whole30 reset that the author co-developed. I haven't read her other books but was interested in this one, as I find myself continuing to label my food choices as 'good' or 'bad' and thinking of my choices in terms of moral decisions rather than just choosing what I am fueling my body with. I'm not someone who has historically paid a whole lot of attention to the psych ...more
Lauren Morse
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Very disappointed. This could have been 100 pages shorter, and it's extremely repetitive. I love the whole30 program for the very reason that it is not a regular "diet," but a way to examine one's physical and emotional relationship with food. However, this book reads like any other fad diet propaganda, right down to referring to certain behaviors as "naughty" and encouraging people to set rules like "no dessert for a month." I got the feeling that Melissa Hartwig just wanted to put something el ...more
Angela Juline
Apr 24, 2019 rated it liked it
I read this book because I love, love, love Nora McInerny from the podcast, Terrible Thanks for Asking, and she had recommended it in the Books of Your Life podcast. Well, I didn't love the book nearly as much as I love Nora. I find these way of life books to be too extreme and I have a hard time believing it can be a success story for any and all people. Perhaps, I just rationalize why it wouldn't work, because I know I'm not determined enough to try it. Hartwig offers lots of different reset o ...more
Nov 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Nothing groundbreaking for me. The idea is something I'd come to myself: reset, reintroduce, and then continue to tweak my judgments about what is and isn't worth it. If I slip into poor habits, reset again. She mentions lots of things I am interested in, but not in depth: mindfulness, growth mindset, habit formation. And the social stuff wasn't helpful to me because people don't try to get up in my food business. I think this would be a good book for a newer Whole30er, though, and maybe someone ...more
This book is exactly what I've been looking for. The Whole30 program is great, but it's the tiniest little blip of your whole life. This book tells you how to live with food and talk to people about food and make decisions about food. lt really gives you tools to make good decisions about food. This book is encouraging and gives me hope.
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Food Freedom Forever was written by Melissa Hartwig as a follow-up to her book The Whole30.

An elimination diet, the Whole30 is designed to help individuals identify food sensitives and to better understand how certain foods impact their health and how they feel.

As far as elimination diets go, it's nothing special, but for those who did not read her first book, the process is well covered in this book.

Ironically, I'm not a huge fan of elimination diets, although I can appreciate how they are so
Amanda Espinoza
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
This book was perfect to read during my first Whole30. I've been following Melissa Hartwig for a while on Instagram and her humor and straightforward tone shines in this book.

This book may not be for people who are already know a lot about Whole30. It also may not be for people who have already been studying nutrition and the effects of food on our bodies. However, this book was perfect for someone like me. I know about some of the effects of processed foods on my body, but I haven't really tho
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Two Melissa Hartwig audiobooks down, and 45 days following her food advice, and I have to say, I'm a fan! I've read a lot of diet and nutrition books, but I don't think I've ever laughed so often while reading one. Granted, I listened to this, and part of it is her deadpan delivery, but you've gotta love a woman who says, "if you want your next meal to be vodka and ice cream sandwiches, it can be!" (or words close to that) She says this in the context of explaining a 12-step-like, one-meal-at-a- ...more
Kim Burie
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm kind of surprised at how much I got out of this book. I've done a few rounds of Whole30 and also of doctor-mandated elimination diets. I have no trouble following those because they are very black and white, no decision making involved. I also have no trouble remaining gluten free after 4 years since it does very severely affect me (I have other sensitivities that aren't so severe, where if I eat it, I might not feel great, but I also won't suffer as badly or for as long). Where my trouble i ...more
Angela Pineda
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Edited for second re-read: this book is still fabulous. Even if you’ve never done a Whole 30, you’d get something (a lot I think) out of it. As I complete my sixth round of Whole 30 (technically I’m on Day 32 but I’m getting close to reintroduction), I knew I needed a FFF refresher. I took my time reading this one, and even took notes along the way - because I’m that kind of nerd. I’m glad I re-read it: definitely taking everything from FFF and putting it into practice.

I'm a bit biased: I love
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
I've done Whole30 and eat about 80% Paleo. I read this book because I love the Whole30 concept and the way it uses non-inflammatory foods to address aches and pains caused by inflammation. In addition, a new level of general health is achieved. I don't have "bad habits, guilt or anxiety around food," but I am very mindful of what I eat. This book, in a nutshell, says that if you are comfortable with what your food choices, feel free to occasionally deviate if it seems worth it. Ok. Thanks, I wil ...more
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wish I had read this during my first round of W30. I failed spectacularly on the reintroduction phase. Even though I successfully completed three rounds in 2 yrs, I realize now that I wasn't really thinking of the process in way that would change my relationship with food - I was only changing what I ate during the reset. That's not my goal now. I used the stress of a hard year as an excuse to indulge in "WTH" behavior that undermined several years of hard work on my relationship with food and ...more
Jul 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Pretty darn convincing...
Brittani Allen
Feb 28, 2019 rated it liked it
There was some good info and tips in this book. I felt myself disagreeing with some things though.. I think it might just be because my goal right now is to lose weight, not maintain so these methods won’t all work for that. There were some tricks I can employ when I feel like I’m missing out somewhere where I can’t eat what everyone else is and I can definitely come back to this book when I am maintaining my weight. I feel like it was also really repetitive especially since I just read the whol ...more
Julie Johnson
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A nice jumping off point for making lifestyle dietary changes. A little repetitive and not the best written book but makes up for it in its conversational tone and tools. Some skimming needed over redundant points.
Claire Perko
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm so happy I read this book. I'm on day 30 of my second Whole30 and I am happy to have all the information this book provides. It really helps connect the dots between resets and every day healthy food choices.
Christine Fay
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
For me, this program has helped me to figure out exactly what is triggering my IBS so I can adjust my diet accordingly. It’s amazing what I’m learning through this program. It’s helping me to live a more comfortable life. I’m grateful for being introduced to this by a colleague. Thanks JT!

Melissa Bagley
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it
I got bored... it's content is great but I should have just gotten the cookbook. I love Melissa Hartwig and her writing is great, I simply got bored because I watched so much of her content on YouTube and the book was more of the same.
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good strategies

I love the approach Melissa takes in Food Freedom Forever. Every time I’ve tried to get healthy before, I’ve found it hard to have any middle ground. I’m looking forward to experiencing true food freedom.
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great read that addresses how to take the benefits and knowledge the Whole 30 can bring to your life into the REST of your life in a sustainable, less restrictive way. Here's to enjoying "worth it" foods in a healthy way!
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I’m a big fan of Melissa Hartwig and the Whole30, and I came to Food Freedom Forever while doing my first Whole30. Food Freedom Forever is the “what comes next” part of Whole30–how you manage your daily eating decisions outside the rules of the Whole30 program.

Much of what’s in Food Freedom Forever will be extremely familiar if you’ve read The Whole 30 or used Whole30 Day by Day. In fact, sometimes entire passages are copied or just barely rewritten, which is the reason for my 3 star rating. I
Leah Lucci
The author has this weird way of trying to sound like a contemporary person, but not quite succeeding, like she took a class in "how kids these days talk" but hasn't had any hands-on experience.

She says in the beginning of the book that she prides herself on never using emojis -- then goes on, at several points, to write the emojis out, like "smiley emoji" or what-have-you. Which I would argue is FAR WORSE. She also gives examples of the way that you could talk to your friends about your new nu
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been singing the praises of the Whole30 for about three years now. It's a great program, and I love that it is completely free to anyone who wants to give it a try. No special food, shakes, or supplements to buy. No gimmicks or meetings to attend. Just real food for 30 days.

But this book takes everything to the next level and really gives a manageable, smart, and simple plan for establishing a lifelong healthy relationship with food beyond doing a Whole30. There were so many helpful and
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: not-finishing
I REALLY wanted to like this book. I've enjoyed reading the other books in the W30 line-up, but this one, not so much. You can find a lot of this information elsewhere in the W30 empire - Facebook feeds, W30 forum, blogs by people doing the W30. So, I guess if you haven't read around & been following W30 for a while, it'd be a good place to get everything in one place. For now, I'm placing it on my "not finishing" shelf. Maybe I'll eventually pick it up and finish it, but it won't be a priority. ...more
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Melissa Hartwig is a Certified Sports Nutritionist who specializes in helping people change their relationship with food and create life-long, healthy habits. She is the co-creator of the Whole30 program, the New York Times bestselling co-author of The Whole30 and It Starts With Food, and the author of Food Freeedom Forever and The Whole30 Cookbook.

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