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.
This debut memoir by Miller, a senior features writer at the fashion website Refinery29, bemoans the ups and downs of dieting. Miller begins by telling us she's "not special," but has gone through the same struggle to lose weight that many people have endured. While focusing on her experiences at age 29, she traces her troubled relationship with food and her body back to early childhood, remembering trying to eat sweets away from the watchful eye of her mother, the "Food Police." Miller goes on to share candid vignettes of going on and off multiple diets, getting her first job, falling in love, and facing her first Internet troll. The tone is raw and revealing, with self-deprecating humor sprinkled throughout; early on, Miller scripts out her inner dialogue with Seamless, an online food delivery service, in the process revealing her wit and vulnerability. By the end of this heartwarming and -breaking emotional roller-coaster, Miller has shed her self-destructive bingeing and dieting habits, learned to eat only out of hunger, and gained the ability to recognize and embrace who she is. Her honestly, hilariously told story will appeal to any readers who have ever felt dissatisfaction with their bodies and will move them to tears of sorrow, laughter, and joy.