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Breaking Up with Food

Breaking Up with Food

A novel about passionate weight loss.

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Breaking Up with Food is not like your average diet book. In fact, it's a fictional story about what goes on behind the scenes as you are following diet after diet and eating grilled chicken salad after grilled chicken salad.

Written by Julie North Schwarz and Kenneth Schwarz, PhD who are also the creators of Maria's Last Diet, Breaking Up with Food is a story of a fictional character, Maria, who represents any woman who has ever struggled with dieting and her body image

Maria's weight loss journey is a story of suspense, mystery, daring and victory and it's for anyone who has ever tried and failed to lose weight but continues to dream about losing weight for good and more importantly, create a healthier relationship with food.

Rather than focusing on the food, "Breaking Up with Food* chronicles Maria as she learns through her own life and through vivid therapy sessions that her weight loss battle has much more do to with who she is, what she has experienced, and how she thinks, feels and hopes for and regrets in life.

Included at the end of the novel is also an explanation for how to break the seven rules of women who stay fat.

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  • Addresses the emotional and psychological side of dieting and weight loss rather than the food
  • Offers an inspiring and different story about the struggles of dieting
  • A fictional book but with a message and story that is easy to relate to and motivational
  • Not a diet per se

Breaking Up with Food is does not offer an eating plan, but what it does is show the reader through Maria's eyes and experiences why we continually choose the wrong foods to eat or why we continue to follow dysfunctional and harmful eating patterns.

The end of the book concludes with the seven rules of women who stay fat and offers you strategies to break them, so like Maria, you too can break up with your destructive relationship to food.

These seven rules that must be broken are:

  1. Don't think before you act and instead choose wisely and stop before you choose to eat something.
  2. Lie to yourself about how much you eat and instead pay attention to yourself as an eater, using all of your senses to experience how your eating really means something.
  3. Deny the effect extra weight has on your life and instead be honest with yourself.
  4. Only look at yourself from the neck up and instead muster the courage to look at yourself completely and wholly, regardless if you have a breakthrough or a breakdown.
  5. Eat secretly and instead come clean about who you are, problems and all.
  6. Bury your true feelings about your weight and instead tap into your displeasure and don't be afraid of hating yourself. Taking a chance on hate is taking a chance on love.
  7. Ignore the real reasons why you eat the way you do and instead understand the depth and complexity of why you eat the way you do.

As you break these rules and implement them with the strategies outlined, Breaking Up with Food will allow your mind to get bigger as your body gets smaller.


There are no exercise recommendations in this book, other than to begin to take the steps to improve the quality of your health and life and that includes enjoying the benefits of regular exercise.


Breaking Up with Food inspires the reader to lose weight thoughtfully from the inside out. It's an introspective glimpse into the eyes of Maria, who represents any and every woman who has struggled with losing 5, 10, 60 or 200 pounds.

Anyone who has ever battled diet after diet can find themselves in Maria.

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