Dr. Conason Psy.D.

The Diet-Free Revolution

A 10-step approach to ditching diet culture, healing your relationship with food, and cultivating compassion for your body.

Diets don’t work–and it’s not your fault. As a culture, we’re told (and tell ourselves) that if we just lose the weight–try a little harder, have a little more willpower, or deprive ourselves for a little bit longer–we’ll be happier, healthier, and more confident. But it’s not true.

The Diet-Free Revolution debunks the myths we’ve been sold about food, nutrition, health, and weight loss, and offers an antidote to the pain and harmful health consequences that result from yo-yo diets, untenable food regimens, and quick fixes. Clinical psychologist and eating disorder specialist Dr. Alexis Conason helps us discover what really nourishes us, while teaching how we can listen to and care for our bodies. Her 10-step program will help you:

• Challenge your assumptions about weight and health
• Understand the ways that our emotions can impact how and why we eat
• Embrace your “yum” and tune into taste with mindful eating
• Trust your body to be your guide and find real fullness

Praise for The Diet-Free Revolution

Are you ready to stop being at war with food and your body? Written with compassion, wisdom and a touch of humor, The Diet Free Revolution will give you the skills and strategies you need to create a peaceful and nurturing relationship with food. Through stories from Dr. Conason’s clinical work you’ll know that you’re not alone, and that you, too, can finally break free from the diet/binge cycle for good!”

-Judith Matz, co-author of The Body Positivity Card Deck and The Diet Survivor’s Handbook

“The ultimate guide to why diets don’t work and what to do instead—backed by strong and plentiful science. Dr. Conason skillfully demonstrates, through moving case examples, how to move from weight shame and stigma to love and respect for our bodies. Using the skill of mindfulness, readers relearn their capacity to trust the wisdom of the body and the whispering of the heart. This book is a must read for both professionals and the general public who are seeking to end the suffering and embrace the joy of eating and living.”

-Lynn Rossy, PhD, author of Savor Every Bite: Mindful Ways to Eat, Love Your Body, and Live with Joy

“Our bodies, writes Dr. Conason, come equipped with sophisticated mechanisms that signal to us when we are hungry, what to eat, and when we’ve had enough. The problem with diets, she wisely notes, is that they’ve taught us to ignore this essential information — and in the process trained generations of American women to hate their bodies. This book is a gentle call towards a better way. Lovingly written, but backed by the best modern science, The Diet-Free Revolution lights a clear path, step-by-step, towards an emotional freedom that most dieters have long ago given up hope of achieving.”

-Stephen Snyder, MD, associate clinical professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and author of Love Worth Making: How to Have Ridiculously Great Sex in a Long-Lasting Relationship.

“In a world that teaches us to devote our entire lives to the pursuit of thinness, this book is a reminder that it’s possible to break free from the diet cycle and live our damn lives. This book is like one big, warm therapy session with enough science and practical skills to make an anti-diet life an actual reality. We all need this book in our lives.”

-Shira Rosenbluth, LCSW, eating disorder therapist, activist, and founder of theshirarose.com

“If you are ready to stop punishing yourself with endless cycles of starvation diets followed by out-of-control eating, negative self-talk and feelings of failure, The Diet-Free Revolution offers a wonderful and practical roadmap forward. Dr. Alexis Conason weaves stories and real-life examples—all supported by science—that will show you what you truly need to thrive. Read this book to help you stop relying on the scale as a measure of self-worth and to develop a peaceful, nurturing relationship with food and your body as you live your most authentic, and satisfying life. I will be recommending this book to every one of my clients!”

-Erica Leon, MS, RDN, CDN, CEDRD, registered dietitian, certified eating disorders registered dietitian, certified intuitive eating counselor, and owner of Erica Leon Nutrition LLC

“The Diet-Free Revolution is THE book for 2021. Not only does Dr. Alexis Conason give you the “why” you shouldn’t diet, she gives you specific action steps on what to do instead to create a healthy relationship with food. Her advice is thoughtful, realistic, and appropriate for anyone who has had a chronic up and down journey with dieting. Not only does Dr. Conason quote research studies to back up claims, she provides personal experiences of client stories. As a dietitian, I’ve been inspired with new ways to discuss these topics with clients.”

-Jennifer McGurk, RDN, CDN, CEDRD-S, Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian & Clinical Supervisor, and owner of Pursuing Private Practice

“Dr. Alexis Conason strikes the perfect balance with her integrated approach, involving physical health, mental health, compassion and real-world sensibilities. Finally, a book that doesn’t preach the religion of thinness whilst chastising us for “failing” yet another diet gimmick. Dr. Conason knows that the problem is not us, but rather diet culture that sets us up for failure. She helps patients reclaim their power from what I like to call the Weight Loss Industrial Complex that profits off of our self-hatred. The Anti-Diet plan is about finding a sustainable, realistic path to overall health- at any size. By combatting the root causes of disordered eating and body image with mindfulness and therapy, we can finally begin to heal and be free to live our lives fully, peacefully, and healthily.”
I’ve been an expert in the field of plus size fashion and body positivity for several years, speaking across the country about how I overcame a dark time of my youth when my self-worth hinged upon my next diet pill and next ounce lost. Self-confidence and health are a journey, not a destination and even renowned advocates need support. Dr. Conason and her Anti Diet Plan content has helped me stay on a healthy path when stress, diet commercials or fatphobic comments have driven me to relapse into my past anorexic behaviors. It reminds me that wellness is about balance and healing the toxic relationship society has forced us to have with food and size. Most importantly, The Anti Diet plan makes me feel like it’s “ok” to be human and that we no longer have to harshly criticize ourselves for not being the perfect diet robots every “nutrition plan”, “lifestyle change” or other diet program requires us to be.”

-Renee Cafaro, US editor of SLiNK magazine and plus size influencer

“If you’re a former dieter who’s done with diet culture and ready to go deeper in your healing, this book is a wonderful resource. With engaging storytelling and insightful analysis, Alexis Conason offers a truly weight-inclusive approach to mindful eating that will help you develop self-compassion, practice self-care, and find pleasure in food and your body.”

-Christy Harrison, MPH, RD, author of Anti-Diet

“I absolutely love this brilliant book from Dr. Conason. Smart, compassionate, with relatable and vivid stories and specific practice recommendations throughout, The Diet-Free Revolution embodies the most cutting-edge blend of science and psychology while acknowledging vital social justice themes. I am delighted to have this book as a resource that I will recommend to my patients and their families as well as to anyone seeking to transform their relationship with their body and food.”

-Jennifer L. Gaudiani, MD, CEDS-S, FAED, founder and medical director of the Gaudiani Clinic and author of Sick Enough: A Guide to the Medical Complications of Eating Disorders

“This book is truly a revolution and a chance to break free from the tyranny of diets and food obsession for good. Alexis Conason is an expert on the subject and understands how layered this journey can be. There are deep cultural and psychological factors that keep us clinging to diets, and this book leaves no stone unturned.”

-Caroline Dooner, author of The F*ck It Diet

“In my work as a journalist, I talk to people every day who are starting to recognize that years of dieting has sabotaged their relationships with food and their bodies — but they don’t know what else to do or how to stop. It is such a relief to be able to point them to The Diet-Free Revolution, which provides such a clear, empathetic and evidence-based roadmap for the work and healing that comes next. Conason is the warm, wise therapist and friend you’ve been looking for. And her certainty that radical self-acceptance and food freedom are possible for anyone will put these concepts within reach of those struggling the most.”

-Virginia Sole-Smith, author of The Eating Instinct: Food Culture, Body Image and Guilt in America

“You have what it takes to heal your relationship with food. Dr. Conason’s simple 10 step plan will encourage you to be kind to yourself while bravely leaving behind the misery of dieting once and for all!”

-Rebecca Scritchfield RDN EP-C author of Body Kindness: Transform your health from the inside out and Never say diet again

“The most important thing I have to say about Alexis Conason’s book is that it is supremely trustworthy. With an exquisite balance of research, personal and professional insights, mindfulness expertise, and understanding of intersectional social justice issues, this book is the one you need to heal your relationship with food and your precious body. Vive la révolution!”

-Jenna Hollenstein, MS, RD, CDN, and author of Eat to Love

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