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If you've ever struggled with diets, food, body image, or your weight, then The Goddess Revolution is your new handbook for life. Imagine how much you would fall in love with your life again if you weren’t so consumed by negative thoughts around food, your weight, and your body? Imagine if you could effortlessly find yourself at your perfect weight, in your perfect body, a If you've ever struggled with diets, food, body image, or your weight, then The Goddess Revolution is your new handbook for life. Imagine how much you would fall in love with your life again if you weren’t so consumed by negative thoughts around food, your weight, and your body? Imagine if you could effortlessly find yourself at your perfect weight, in your perfect body, and feel happier and freer around food than ever before? All women are born Goddesses – but we tell ourselves over and over again that for some reason, we don’t deserve to feel good. We berate ourselves in the mirror, refuse to accept compliments and use food as a punishment/reward system to mask how we are really feeling about our lives. The Goddess Revolution is taking over as the new 'anti-diet'. This is not a fad diet or a set of rules to follow, but a revolutionary new way of thinking that will help women to end the war on their bodies, start embracing an incredibly rewarding relationship with food, and become happier and more fulfilled than they ever thought possible. Tackling very modern issues – including ‘fitspiration’ and the obsession with perfection caused by celebrity culture and magazine airbrushing – Mel speaks in a language that women can relate to. Written with passion from one Goddess to another, this book offers readers practical tips and powerful tools to give them back control of how they feel in their bodies and what they choose to put in them.


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If you've ever struggled with diets, food, body image, or your weight, then The Goddess Revolution is your new handbook for life. Imagine how much you would fall in love with your life again if you weren’t so consumed by negative thoughts around food, your weight, and your body? Imagine if you could effortlessly find yourself at your perfect weight, in your perfect body, a If you've ever struggled with diets, food, body image, or your weight, then The Goddess Revolution is your new handbook for life. Imagine how much you would fall in love with your life again if you weren’t so consumed by negative thoughts around food, your weight, and your body? Imagine if you could effortlessly find yourself at your perfect weight, in your perfect body, and feel happier and freer around food than ever before? All women are born Goddesses – but we tell ourselves over and over again that for some reason, we don’t deserve to feel good. We berate ourselves in the mirror, refuse to accept compliments and use food as a punishment/reward system to mask how we are really feeling about our lives. The Goddess Revolution is taking over as the new 'anti-diet'. This is not a fad diet or a set of rules to follow, but a revolutionary new way of thinking that will help women to end the war on their bodies, start embracing an incredibly rewarding relationship with food, and become happier and more fulfilled than they ever thought possible. Tackling very modern issues – including ‘fitspiration’ and the obsession with perfection caused by celebrity culture and magazine airbrushing – Mel speaks in a language that women can relate to. Written with passion from one Goddess to another, this book offers readers practical tips and powerful tools to give them back control of how they feel in their bodies and what they choose to put in them.

30 review for The Goddess Revolution: Make Peace with Food, Love Your Body and Reclaim Your Life

  1. 4 out of 5

    Candice

    The two stars are because this book contained a handful of good, motivational/inspiring quotes that I underlined as I was reading. If not for them, I'd have given this book zero stars if I could. There was no real, practical advice, and basically every chapter had an excerpt from a "goddess" who had joined with the author to advertise for her. The whole time I either felt like I was gearing up to read something really great (that never came), or I felt like I was reading a sales pitch. I also fo The two stars are because this book contained a handful of good, motivational/inspiring quotes that I underlined as I was reading. If not for them, I'd have given this book zero stars if I could. There was no real, practical advice, and basically every chapter had an excerpt from a "goddess" who had joined with the author to advertise for her. The whole time I either felt like I was gearing up to read something really great (that never came), or I felt like I was reading a sales pitch. I also found several typos in the Kindle version, which were a bit of a distraction. Overall, I think I was expecting a new concept, new tips...anything NEW, but this book did not provide. I'm actually really irritated that I spent money on this!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Emily Kent

    I really wanted to love this book. I was super excited when I bought it but I feel like it was a huge let down. I feel like I didn't learn anything new or take away anything important from the book. The entire book was basically talking about loving and accepting yourself and not obsessing over every little thing you eat. That was okay but about 90% of the book focused on her telling us we needed to accept ourselves and stop controlling what we eat. There wasn't really anything I found helpful o I really wanted to love this book. I was super excited when I bought it but I feel like it was a huge let down. I feel like I didn't learn anything new or take away anything important from the book. The entire book was basically talking about loving and accepting yourself and not obsessing over every little thing you eat. That was okay but about 90% of the book focused on her telling us we needed to accept ourselves and stop controlling what we eat. There wasn't really anything I found helpful or enlightening about this book. I was really disappointed and had high hopes.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rosamond Rose

    Love the message in this book, after just a few pages it made me cry realising what a bad relationship I have with my body and food. Going to start a healing journey to rectify this.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    2.5 Stars. I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this. I think there are some really wonderful bits that are really helpful. But, as someone from an Eating Disorder background (recovered) there are some points that people might find triggering. Also, I found the audibook hard to enjoy. Personally, I just didn't connect with the author's voice. But, that's a personal choice. 2.5 Stars. I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this. I think there are some really wonderful bits that are really helpful. But, as someone from an Eating Disorder background (recovered) there are some points that people might find triggering. Also, I found the audibook hard to enjoy. Personally, I just didn't connect with the author's voice. But, that's a personal choice.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cristine Mermaid

    This book was OK for me. I really had my hopes high because it combined the Goddess with body acceptance, both of which I am passionate about. However, it never got deep or really helpful for me. I wanted more. I think a large part of the disconnect is that this book is probably aimed at 20 somethings who have a few vanity pounds. I am not at bars making sure I strike the most flattering pose or worried about how my waist looks to men who may see me when I'm at the coffee shop with friends. This This book was OK for me. I really had my hopes high because it combined the Goddess with body acceptance, both of which I am passionate about. However, it never got deep or really helpful for me. I wanted more. I think a large part of the disconnect is that this book is probably aimed at 20 somethings who have a few vanity pounds. I am not at bars making sure I strike the most flattering pose or worried about how my waist looks to men who may see me when I'm at the coffee shop with friends. This negated a lot of her advice. I also disagree with some of what Mel was saying as far as "your weight doesn't hold you back from what you want to do". Ah, not true. A few pounds does not but when you hit 250 pounds and are out of breath and can't go up a flight of stairs , then absolutely there are things you won't be able to do. Also, her theory that once you stop bingeing and start listening to your body, your weight will naturally just fall into the healthy range isn't necessarily true. Perhaps for many but mid life women are (in general) not going to experience this and that's ok. Health is the more important goal . This we agree on. I also found many inspiring tidbits and motivating phrases and quotes. I agree with her on more than I disagree. She really nailed it many times with comments on how attaining some perceived 'perfect' body is a waste of time and energy and that channeling that effort into something that matters is much more rewarding. However, there wasn't anything new for me. I would recommend this to really young women who haven't yet experienced a lifetime of struggling with these issues .

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kari

    We all know about the different diets that are out there right now (paleo, whole, raw, carb free, sugar free, gluten free, etc). What if we stopped worrying about what is bad for our body, and started focusing on what is good for our body? What food makes our body feel it's best? That is what this book focuses on. In the age of fad diets that focus on cutting foods out, this book may be a very radical way of thinking. If you love the body you have now, you'll want to nourish it and treat it well, We all know about the different diets that are out there right now (paleo, whole, raw, carb free, sugar free, gluten free, etc). What if we stopped worrying about what is bad for our body, and started focusing on what is good for our body? What food makes our body feel it's best? That is what this book focuses on. In the age of fad diets that focus on cutting foods out, this book may be a very radical way of thinking. If you love the body you have now, you'll want to nourish it and treat it well, so it'll feel it's best. If you read it and think "this is all common sense; I already knew all this," then I'd challenge you to think about why you are struggling with diets and food then. If we all truly believed what this book is trying to teach us, then we'd all be a lot happier and therefore healthier. We wouldn't be chasing after the latest diet or food craze, nor trying to convince ourselves that we will be happy once we lose that last 10 lbs. So let's love the body we have now. Let's treat it with love and nourish it with good food. Read this book if you want a new perspective on "diets," and how to love the body you have now.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Harri

    Problems I had with this book: Basically just an advertisement for her life coaching services. Filled with people miraculously recovering from eating disorders after seeing her on facebook and buying into her services. Kept telling me there were no rules about food, and then going on and on about her green smoothies and quinoa bowls. Paid lip service to actual food allergies and intolerances but kept talking about 'gluten free' like it's just a diet. Endless bullet point lists and the writing di Problems I had with this book: Basically just an advertisement for her life coaching services. Filled with people miraculously recovering from eating disorders after seeing her on facebook and buying into her services. Kept telling me there were no rules about food, and then going on and on about her green smoothies and quinoa bowls. Paid lip service to actual food allergies and intolerances but kept talking about 'gluten free' like it's just a diet. Endless bullet point lists and the writing didn't feel like it flowed or connected. Transphobia (probably unintentional but it still bothered me), equating 'being a real woman' to 'having a vagina'. Good things about this book: Tells you to love yourself. Tries to get across the point that food choices aren't a moral thing.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Inara

    Mel Wells shares in this book her own personal journey regarding food, dieting and loving and accepting her body just as it is. It was really okay but I didn´t learn anything new I hadn´t already heard before. I didn´t mind either the stories of other “goddesses” and how they learned to overcome their issues with food and self-acceptance woven into this book. I listened to this book on my brand-new Hay House Unlimited Audio App and this was my first audiobook ever. Usually I prefer to read but a Mel Wells shares in this book her own personal journey regarding food, dieting and loving and accepting her body just as it is. It was really okay but I didn´t learn anything new I hadn´t already heard before. I didn´t mind either the stories of other “goddesses” and how they learned to overcome their issues with food and self-acceptance woven into this book. I listened to this book on my brand-new Hay House Unlimited Audio App and this was my first audiobook ever. Usually I prefer to read but audiobooks do - as I have found out - have their advantages too… 😊.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Angela Fawcett

    Be your number 1 fan. Be proud of yourself. High-five yourself when you achieve something awesome. Tell yourself how proud of YOU you are. Champion yourself. Give yourself pep talks. Be your own cheerleader. You are one sassy lady. And you're got this. Great book to kick start loving yourself and how to make peace with food. Food is nutrition for your one and only body. Love her like the Goddess she is ❤ Be your number 1 fan. Be proud of yourself. High-five yourself when you achieve something awesome. Tell yourself how proud of YOU you are. Champion yourself. Give yourself pep talks. Be your own cheerleader. You are one sassy lady. And you're got this. Great book to kick start loving yourself and how to make peace with food. Food is nutrition for your one and only body. Love her like the Goddess she is ❤

  10. 4 out of 5

    Missy

    The importance of self care and removing of negative things and thoughts in your life. I enjoyed challenging how I treat myself and realize how much I need to change my inner voice and what I say to myself. I did thing she went a bit over board with the use of the word "goddess" as an identity to adopt. The importance of self care and removing of negative things and thoughts in your life. I enjoyed challenging how I treat myself and realize how much I need to change my inner voice and what I say to myself. I did thing she went a bit over board with the use of the word "goddess" as an identity to adopt.

  11. 4 out of 5

    L

    I appreciate the fact that Wells wrote a book about embracing your own body. She does have helpful tips and perspectives on building a healthy relationship with yourself. However, there are things that fall short. - There's about 10+ "Goddess XYZ" samples in this book where Mel (miraculously) cured them of sometimes very serious eating disorders. WAY too many in the book and it just feels like sales for her program. - A few times, I felt her tone was patronizing like her audience was full of har I appreciate the fact that Wells wrote a book about embracing your own body. She does have helpful tips and perspectives on building a healthy relationship with yourself. However, there are things that fall short. - There's about 10+ "Goddess XYZ" samples in this book where Mel (miraculously) cured them of sometimes very serious eating disorders. WAY too many in the book and it just feels like sales for her program. - A few times, I felt her tone was patronizing like her audience was full of hard core, shattered women who couldn't keep a habit. Maybe that's her audience. Who knows? - Some parts repeats/expands on previous sections but kind of feel like fillers. - This personally irks me but she uses not a meat eater but she eats fish. Maybe it's a British vs North American classification. But then she says she can't do vegan because she wants to eat eggs and dairy. Please, google definitions before you print them out in a book. - I fail to see how this is about "goddess" as she doesn't really talk about feminine qualities in this. In fact, most can be applied to the general population as everyone should be doing self care, eat well and listen. Yeah, I get women are more susceptible but I just think the "goddess" aspect is overrated. Overall, I LOVE her quotes and some of her approaches. If you are looking for something not very deep and a pat on your back sort of book, then give this a try.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Andreea

    This book brings nothing new on the table or under the sun! I wanted to love this book...I really did...but, it just didn't happen! So, I'm DNF-ing this one (after 200 pages)...but, I might add...I'm doing it with loving grace! Lol Interesting stuff, good tips, beautiful quotes....It was good, just nothing new ( at least not for me). I loved the quotes and the book cover was very cute! Do I regret buying the book?...A bit! Will I read it again? No! Do I recommend it?...it's between 'maybe', 'I ha This book brings nothing new on the table or under the sun! I wanted to love this book...I really did...but, it just didn't happen! So, I'm DNF-ing this one (after 200 pages)...but, I might add...I'm doing it with loving grace! Lol Interesting stuff, good tips, beautiful quotes....It was good, just nothing new ( at least not for me). I loved the quotes and the book cover was very cute! Do I regret buying the book?...A bit! Will I read it again? No! Do I recommend it?...it's between 'maybe', 'I have no idea' and 'don't waist your money buying it'!!! Don't get me wrong I'm not saying it was totally bad but, not epic either!!! Ps: this is my own opinion, nothing personal!! 'Happiness is the best-kept beauty secret of all.'..I couldn't help myself, the quotes are really good! :)))

  13. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Wonderful book and would definitely recommend to any woman (or man because they also go through bad relationships with food and their bodies). I've struggled and still struggle with the relationship I have with food. For a very long time I have starved myself and overworked out and now to binge eating..in this novel, Mel Wells helps explain why we are so obsessed with diets and yoyo-ing. She explains how to let go of guilt and the feeling of failure and teaches you methods to LOVE your body. How Wonderful book and would definitely recommend to any woman (or man because they also go through bad relationships with food and their bodies). I've struggled and still struggle with the relationship I have with food. For a very long time I have starved myself and overworked out and now to binge eating..in this novel, Mel Wells helps explain why we are so obsessed with diets and yoyo-ing. She explains how to let go of guilt and the feeling of failure and teaches you methods to LOVE your body. How to have a healthy relationship with your body & food. She preaches on stop making rules and judging yourself. I think this book is very important and should be read by everyone.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Krista

    I was so excited to start reading this book and be a part of what is called “the Goddess Revolution.” And I hate to say it but I was thoroughly disappointed.. I kept flipping the pages because I was waiting her to share some new information, and to really teach us how to “change our relationship with food.” I felt like I kept reading because maybe the secret information was held on the last page.... it wasn’t. If you’re looking to read a book with an inspirational quote every couple of pages and I was so excited to start reading this book and be a part of what is called “the Goddess Revolution.” And I hate to say it but I was thoroughly disappointed.. I kept flipping the pages because I was waiting her to share some new information, and to really teach us how to “change our relationship with food.” I felt like I kept reading because maybe the secret information was held on the last page.... it wasn’t. If you’re looking to read a book with an inspirational quote every couple of pages and a sales pitch the rest, then this book is for you!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Foster

    This book is life changing. Mel wells really cares about women and her passion shines through in this book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jenna Galbut

    I freaking love Mel! WE ARE GODDESSES ✨ It's time to join the revolution! Mel drops some serious open hearted wisdom in this book! I freaking love Mel! WE ARE GODDESSES ✨ It's time to join the revolution! Mel drops some serious open hearted wisdom in this book!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Ames-Foley

    Inspirational I’ll admit, I was pretty excited for this one. The subheader reads “Make Peace with Food, Love Your Body and Reclaim Your Life.” Without getting too much into my issues, I’ll just say that I’ve struggled with my self-image just about as much as everyone else in the modern world has. While I’ve never hit any extremes, I have always struggled with eating in a healthy, moderate way and with feeling good about my body. So I was really excited to pick up Mel Well’s book and really hoped Inspirational I’ll admit, I was pretty excited for this one. The subheader reads “Make Peace with Food, Love Your Body and Reclaim Your Life.” Without getting too much into my issues, I’ll just say that I’ve struggled with my self-image just about as much as everyone else in the modern world has. While I’ve never hit any extremes, I have always struggled with eating in a healthy, moderate way and with feeling good about my body. So I was really excited to pick up Mel Well’s book and really hoped that it’d help me change my ways of thinking. I definitely had a few problems with this book, but overall it was good! The main message really came down to this: listen to your body, listen to your feelings, and love yourself the way you are. Pretty straightforward and you’d think it would be common sense, but Mel really opened up my eyes to a lot of things I hadn’t focused on before. She talks about paying attention to how you’re feeling when you’re eating, and how you’re feeling after you’re eating. I practiced this a little today and it actually helped me rein in myself a few times when I would have otherwise eaten more than I should have. This didn’t take a lot of willpower–I just thought “am I actually hungry?” And the answer was no, so I didn’t pick up a bag of chips. Of course, sometimes things are more complicated than that, but the little moments add up. The writing itself was pretty informal, and Mel definitely takes more of a coaching stance than a teaching stance. It’s like a 300-page pep talk! This manner of writing comes with some cons, however. The book was really a compilation of inspirational messages with some testimonials peppered in. And the testimonials were exactly that–I think they were meant to be stories the reader could connect to, but they really just came across as sales pitches. I didn’t feel like I was sharing another woman’s story so much as reading an advertisement for Mel’s skill as a life coach. The ideas just didn’t really feel fully-formed to me. The transitions between chapters were jarring and I was never really sure what I was in for next. I definitely found some techniques to help me improve my own life, but I also really felt that it could use some more direction. I wish there had been some fun exercises or activities that I could have done while reading. It would have been nice if there was a little more about how to turn these principles into actions, but I also understand that a lot of it is just retraining your brain. I did have one issue that I really wanted to address, and that was one instance of cissexism that rubbed me the wrong way. The phrase I had an issue with was “Got a vagina? Congratulations. You are officially a real woman.” This mindset completely erases the very real experiences of trans women, who are also goddesses, and trans men, who can have vaginas but certainly are not women. I don’t think this was intentional or malicious on Mel’s part, but it is something important to be aware of. I think that it’s important to keep in mind how your words can hurt and exclude others. Anyway! Overall, I loved the message of this book. I’ll almost certainly read it again, as I really want to cement a lot of these ideas into my head and incorporate them into my lifestyle. Thanks Mel Wells for putting out a book that has hopefully benefited many people and will continue to do so!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Maxine Hargreaves

    This quarter my focus with my studies is the relationship I have with food and my body and this is the first book that I've chosen to read (listen to on Audible) this quarter. I trained with Marc David of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, and I was certified as an Eating psychology coach in 2014. Mel's bio mentions that she is a certified health coach and eating psychology coach, so this is one of the reasons that I chose her book. However, there is no reference at the end of the book t This quarter my focus with my studies is the relationship I have with food and my body and this is the first book that I've chosen to read (listen to on Audible) this quarter. I trained with Marc David of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, and I was certified as an Eating psychology coach in 2014. Mel's bio mentions that she is a certified health coach and eating psychology coach, so this is one of the reasons that I chose her book. However, there is no reference at the end of the book to who her teachers were and I couldn't find any where in the book or on her website what certifications she has. I have invested heavily in my own education, so I want to know what her credibility is, and what certifications she has. I've messaged her on facebook, and await her reply. Her book is short, less than 5 hours, so I've read it in a 3 days. It's an easy read, and since she's 28, I think it's aimed and most appropriate for women under 30. The message of loving the body you have, and the topic of body image is an important one. When I worked with clients, this was one of the areas I focused on, hence my interest in her book. I think this book will be a great introduction to the topic for young women, especially with the increased interest in body image following the Taryn Brumfitt film "Embrace" which I saw last year at the cinema. For me however, I didn't learn anything new, which maybe isn't surprising since I spent nearly a year studying eating psychology myself. There is an event on 28th July, which I'm considering attending, which has an number of other speakers as well as Mel. https://melwells.com/selflovesummit/

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Lee

    I have read much about The Goddess Revolution by Mel Wells and since I decided in April to start to be more mindful of what I was eating and try to lose some weight, I thought I would buy it to read. The Goddess Revolution is not a diet book, Mel has gone on her own personal journey with weight loss and body image and tries here to pass on some wisdom she has learned on the way. It is a book which embraces food, looks at how to love and accept yourself without worrying so much about weight, your I have read much about The Goddess Revolution by Mel Wells and since I decided in April to start to be more mindful of what I was eating and try to lose some weight, I thought I would buy it to read. The Goddess Revolution is not a diet book, Mel has gone on her own personal journey with weight loss and body image and tries here to pass on some wisdom she has learned on the way. It is a book which embraces food, looks at how to love and accept yourself without worrying so much about weight, your body and food. How much better we would be if we could dispel the negative thoughts associated with this. Less diet book and more a revolution in thinking about your body, food and weight. I found this a very empowering, uplifting book. Some of the ideas I am already embracing. I do believe that over time when you stop eating rubbish and feed yourself, healthy tasty foods, you no longer crave the food that you once did. I have cut lots out of my diet and feel 100% better for it. The one thing that I have yet to overcome is throwing away my scales and not weighing myself. I am currently overweight and would like to lose weight for health reasons rather than ones of vanity. Maybe when I have done this I may be able to ditch the scales. A very interesting read, with lots of common sense suggestions and things we already know really but sometimes find hard to put into practice. I think we all know how to lose weight really, eat less, eat healthy food and do more. I have always said that loosing weight is a mental issue and that you must look at the reasons or causes that makes someone eat.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Infidelity Recovery

    I really love this book, but I gave it 3 Stars and I'm going to explain why. This book was written by Mel Wells, who is a beautiful person on the inside and outside, and who has been through the ringer somewhat. Too much fame with two little confidence is a bad combination clearly. She sends a very positive and healthy message but it's very rooted in original fear of weight gain, as are most of the advertising / testimonials throughout the book. If you're coming from a place of body related fear I really love this book, but I gave it 3 Stars and I'm going to explain why. This book was written by Mel Wells, who is a beautiful person on the inside and outside, and who has been through the ringer somewhat. Too much fame with two little confidence is a bad combination clearly. She sends a very positive and healthy message but it's very rooted in original fear of weight gain, as are most of the advertising / testimonials throughout the book. If you're coming from a place of body related fear particularly fat fear then this is helpful. I follow Mel on instagram and you can see the progress and growth she has gone through since writing this book. She recently announced her 3rd book however she is taking significantly more time to write the next book to improve it's authenticity and I feel that this is a relevant and brave decision to make, but the right one. You can feel that the Goddess Revolution doesn't have the depth that it really does need for the subject. You can feel what she's getting at but it's not really scratching the surface of those relationships with food which are so problematic. HOWEVER. And this is where I feel that this book is relevant to a lot of women it's about empowering yourself and radical self acceptance. That is needed in SO MANY circumstances, it helps grow your love for yourself and therefore reduce the battles you have with yourself, which influences so many areas of our life.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Todd

    Completely superficial view of eating and the body that does nothing to challenge or unpack health myths. No mention of BMI, which is what happens when straight sized women with no insight write about size. Refers to “healthy weight” and features numerous stories of weight loss. Claims to be a book about stopping dieting yet also claims if you follow the right way of eating you’ll loose weight! This is because she’s taking about “mindful eating” which is basically a posh diet. Says to eat what yo Completely superficial view of eating and the body that does nothing to challenge or unpack health myths. No mention of BMI, which is what happens when straight sized women with no insight write about size. Refers to “healthy weight” and features numerous stories of weight loss. Claims to be a book about stopping dieting yet also claims if you follow the right way of eating you’ll loose weight! This is because she’s taking about “mindful eating” which is basically a posh diet. Says to eat what you like yet refers to “junk food” “sugary crap” food as “chemicals” etc in a way that shows she has absolutely zero understanding of intuitive eating. Her “foods I eat” list is an insta wellness cliche. Massively oversimplified understanding of both the psychology and physiology of eating. Therefore she draws a hard distinction between “emotional cravings” and “real hunger” completely overlooking the role of eating in lowering cortisol etc. She badly needs to read Fat is a Feminst Issue. Started making notes on what I didn’t like but it just descended to me scrawling “F OFF” in the margins. Honestly a completely trite and unhelpful (even harmful) view of the subjects it claims to be about. Don’t buy it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lizzy

    It is a good motivational book. It definitely touches certain subjects that resonates with my current status. Having that said, it is important to recognize the fact that she is not a certified health professional, so there are certain comments that I did not agree with. I am a nutritionist, and I feel she did not give much credit to how nutrition actually works. It has such a big influence on our mind-body axis. The right nutrition will affect how we think and our thoughts and mood will affect It is a good motivational book. It definitely touches certain subjects that resonates with my current status. Having that said, it is important to recognize the fact that she is not a certified health professional, so there are certain comments that I did not agree with. I am a nutritionist, and I feel she did not give much credit to how nutrition actually works. It has such a big influence on our mind-body axis. The right nutrition will affect how we think and our thoughts and mood will affect our way of eating. There are a lot of factors that a nutritionist has to consider in order to give the correct meal plan for a patient. It it not just `eat this, not that. That comment comes from a lack of knowledge of what this science has to offer. Overall, I enjoyed the book regarding the `work on you, and learn to love you´ but has misleading information regarding the importance of nutrition, and for that I rate 3 star.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Danni

    Not gonna lie, I feel like I should've read some reviews before reading this book. Although I like the self help genre and don't mind inspirational quotes to help me stay motivated, this book felt like me trying to reach the word counts in my essay half the time. Mel Wells had a good back story that makes me think what she is writing would help; others to some extent, and it is nice to read, however to be defined as a self help book would be wrong as there is a simple lack of practical help in t Not gonna lie, I feel like I should've read some reviews before reading this book. Although I like the self help genre and don't mind inspirational quotes to help me stay motivated, this book felt like me trying to reach the word counts in my essay half the time. Mel Wells had a good back story that makes me think what she is writing would help; others to some extent, and it is nice to read, however to be defined as a self help book would be wrong as there is a simple lack of practical help in the book... maybe I've just read too many that are similar but it didn't feel like I was reading anything new, just "eat your dessert mindfully and don't scarf it down". Just a gentle reminder that the way I eat currently should probably be reviewed and that I'm grateful for, it earned an extra star for that.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kayla Littleton

    There were definitely some good one liners and solid advice for loving yourself as you are, but there was definitely some fat erasure (all of the stories were about moderately overweight women who probably didn’t “need” to lose weight anyway and there was only one mention of doctor recommended weight loss and how to balance that with body positive thoughts and eating habits) and transphobic language (“do you have a vagina? You’re a real woman”) in there as well as well as the emphasis on “clean There were definitely some good one liners and solid advice for loving yourself as you are, but there was definitely some fat erasure (all of the stories were about moderately overweight women who probably didn’t “need” to lose weight anyway and there was only one mention of doctor recommended weight loss and how to balance that with body positive thoughts and eating habits) and transphobic language (“do you have a vagina? You’re a real woman”) in there as well as well as the emphasis on “clean eating most of the time” which doesn’t really seem to gel with the anti-diet culture message the author is trying to portray. There’s definitely positive intent here, but I struggled to take anything away from it that I hadn’t already heard a million times. I do however really enjoy how the authors voice is strong and it felt like a conversation with her and you could tell her mannerisms from her writing - Following her on Instagram confirmed this for me!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kate ( Earth Heart's Pages )

    4/5 because it was the thing I needed to read at that point in time This is a looong looong TED Talk rather than a book with exercises how to stop your dieting mindset. It's Mel's story and the story of many more. She tells you it's okay how you feel, she gives you hints and stories about what could drive your unhealthy mindeset towards food. I think if you are self-reflective already you can really benefit from this. If you don't need a step-to-step instruction guide, but a book that gives you t 4/5 because it was the thing I needed to read at that point in time This is a looong looong TED Talk rather than a book with exercises how to stop your dieting mindset. It's Mel's story and the story of many more. She tells you it's okay how you feel, she gives you hints and stories about what could drive your unhealthy mindeset towards food. I think if you are self-reflective already you can really benefit from this. If you don't need a step-to-step instruction guide, but a book that gives you the right food-for-thought things, than you will love this. It's a message any woman in our society needs and if you have grown up with diets and bodyshaming like I did, go give it a read. I have benefited from it greatly and would give it to any woman who struggles with their relationship with food. I would follow it up with more things, but it's a good start.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Katie Jackson

    For someone who has zero self confidence and has spent 20 years looking at "calories" as a way of fixing that (and it not working), this was a great first step into "self-help" - there is very little in the way of concrete tips to follow, its more of an approach to life and how to begin that journey - i give this a big thumbs up! She is quite blunt which i like -the secret to happiness is not in a magic number of calories or a magic amount of weight loss, and this is quite refreshing amongst all For someone who has zero self confidence and has spent 20 years looking at "calories" as a way of fixing that (and it not working), this was a great first step into "self-help" - there is very little in the way of concrete tips to follow, its more of an approach to life and how to begin that journey - i give this a big thumbs up! She is quite blunt which i like -the secret to happiness is not in a magic number of calories or a magic amount of weight loss, and this is quite refreshing amongst all the "gurus" on social media - she makes no hide of the fact that she isn't going to tell you what to do and what to follow - this is the idea of the book, we are all different, we need to do what is right for us! As a beginner to mindset and "self-help" i thought this was a great start.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amba Morgan

    I enjoyed the overall message of this book to help people have a healthier relationship with food and their weight. The inspirational and motivational quotes and stories from her clients helped me shift my mindset and recognise some of my own behaviour in them. But, there were some things that made me uncomfortable in the occasional turn of phrases or assumptions, but not enough to dim the overall message. The chapters are small and manageable, so if you wanted to do one a day or dive into a certa I enjoyed the overall message of this book to help people have a healthier relationship with food and their weight. The inspirational and motivational quotes and stories from her clients helped me shift my mindset and recognise some of my own behaviour in them. But, there were some things that made me uncomfortable in the occasional turn of phrases or assumptions, but not enough to dim the overall message. The chapters are small and manageable, so if you wanted to do one a day or dive into a certain section, you can do that and not lose the overall direction Mel is trying to encourage us Goddesses to move in. Worth the read with an open mind!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Abi Murray

    The 2 stars are purely because I can see the positivity and how it can help some people which is a good thing. However, for me, I had to skim through the last 150 pages. I got so bored I couldn’t wait to be done with it and that is the complete opposite of what I wanted to feel with this book. Mel has managed to pretty much say the same thing for 260 pages. Learnt everything I needed to know in the first few pages. It was then written in a different way, using different metaphors and situations The 2 stars are purely because I can see the positivity and how it can help some people which is a good thing. However, for me, I had to skim through the last 150 pages. I got so bored I couldn’t wait to be done with it and that is the complete opposite of what I wanted to feel with this book. Mel has managed to pretty much say the same thing for 260 pages. Learnt everything I needed to know in the first few pages. It was then written in a different way, using different metaphors and situations etc for the rest of the book. There just wasn’t enough valuable content for me to really rate this book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    “Stop looking for abs in the mirror after every workout” ... this book was not written for me. Although I think that the self-hatred and shame cycle perpetuated by traditional diet mentality is dangerous and women need a better way, this book felt disingenuous. The author has a history with disordered eating, and although she says she’s past it, it felt like she’s just moved her obsession to “colours & nutrients” over calories & carbs. Also, her advice for *how* to make these mind shifts from yo “Stop looking for abs in the mirror after every workout” ... this book was not written for me. Although I think that the self-hatred and shame cycle perpetuated by traditional diet mentality is dangerous and women need a better way, this book felt disingenuous. The author has a history with disordered eating, and although she says she’s past it, it felt like she’s just moved her obsession to “colours & nutrients” over calories & carbs. Also, her advice for *how* to make these mind shifts from your deep-seated & lifelong dysfunctional patterns? Just do it. Think differently. Because that’s easy or possible without strategies and thought work. Thanks for the enlightenment, Ms Wells...

  30. 4 out of 5

    M A R Y A M ⚘ م ر ي م

    I really wanted to love this books, especially because it’s published by Hay House. There isn’t anything new in this book really, just a nice little reminder to love yourself. Now this could’ve been done by writing a blog post, a YouTube video or even recording a podcast, but not a book. The “goddesses” stories felt like a sales pitch for her services. Every other “goddess” miraculously fixed her life after meeting Mel... didn’t sound genuine at all. Throughout the book, she’ll give you advice a I really wanted to love this books, especially because it’s published by Hay House. There isn’t anything new in this book really, just a nice little reminder to love yourself. Now this could’ve been done by writing a blog post, a YouTube video or even recording a podcast, but not a book. The “goddesses” stories felt like a sales pitch for her services. Every other “goddess” miraculously fixed her life after meeting Mel... didn’t sound genuine at all. Throughout the book, she’ll give you advice and then end the sentence with “,Goddess”. Which was so annoying in my opinion. This brings me to my second point, the book needed to be edited as the writing was a bit weak.

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