drop the diet: guided recipes for overcoming your food rules

Following the success of their first book, Food to Eat: guided, hopeful & trusted recipes for eating disorder recovery, Drop the Diet extends the anti-diet message to a broader audience, with warmth and humor, while retaining the same 25 fabulous and embraceable recipes. Cate & Lori tell it like it is, and support you as you learn to trust your body and learn to eat normally again. Yes, even you.

Episodes of dieting cause us to lose touch with our body’s natural cues of hunger and fullness. Then we continue to rely—sometimes obsessively—on more unrealistic and unmaintainable ‘food rules’. These rules might involve which foods are ‘good versus bad’, times you are ‘allowed’ to eat, and compensatory behaviours required after eating. By banning foods, we inevitably crave what is forbidden. Your energy, your mood, and your ability to be social may be lost while you’re restricting. In addition, you may also be losing bone, muscle and iron—leading to fractures, a slowed metabolism and anemia without even knowing it. And what happens when you can’t take the restrictions anymore? Bring on the inevitable rebound overeating and the guilt that goes along with that.

Drop the Diet is no diet book. It doesn’t promise to shrink you, tone you, cleanse you, shape you, detox you or revolutionize you. Rather, it will introduce you to a new way to think about food and help you start enjoying food and eating again. It provides reliable and factual information about fats, and carbs and sugar, helping you to get out of your own way and change your behaviour.

Drop the Diet will teach you step by step how to let go of your ‘food rules’ — how to get back in touch with your body and your mind in order to regain your freedom from the endless cycle dieting generates.

Isn’t it time to get your life back?

More than a cook book for eating disorder recovery.

It’s like making a couple of new friends!

In Food to Eat, you’ll find two supports, Cate & Lori, guiding you as you begin to change your relationship with food. They anticipate your fears and thoughts, say them out loud in a lighthearted way and help you get past them. They dialogue about the recipes and nutrition content to set the record straight—about fats, protein, carbs and a range of other nutrients—helping you expand your food selection and normalize your eating.  You’ll realize quickly that they get it—they really do. Cate will challenge, and Lori responds—much like the two voices that play out in your own head. And of course there are the wonderful, healthy and easy-to-justify recipes—25 of them—from ‘breakfast any time’, to main dishes and sides, to ‘endings any time’. They’ll take you from just thinking about eating to shopping and stocking your pantry, to cooking and managing your portions.

Food to Eat:

  • combines the expertise of an RD with 26 years of experience specializing in eating disorders and disordered eating, with the experience of one in the know about living with anorexia, who has made great strides in her own recovery;
  • contains 25 scrumptious, easy to prepare recipes you can feel good about eating, from snacks to main dishes to desserts;
  • acknowledges your eating disorder thoughts and helps you change your beliefs about what is acceptable to eat;
  • provides sensible information and practical strategies for eating, presented in a way you can hear, from people you can trust;
  • guides and supports you in your eating disorder recovery by helping you feel safe eating again;
  • includes recipe exchanges for those working with an exchange list-based meal plan;
  • is an upbeat, colorful, novel recovery tool filled with beautiful photographs and a sense of humor.

food to eat: A recipe book for people with eating disorders?


Surely that’s an oxymoron!

Actually, no. This book is about so much more than just the food. It’s about helping you to even consider the idea of eating normally again. And whether you have anorexia, bulimia or binge eating disorder it is about trusting us and allowing us to guide you to take that “leap of faith” from contemplation to preparation to action (learn more in the book).

But perhaps it is not you that has the eating disorder. Perhaps you are the parent or loved one of someone struggling to recover? Food to Eat provides a practical starting point to discuss food preparation and eating, while providing recipes you can all feel comfortable enjoying. And, you’ll gain insight into the thought process many with eating disorders are up against. No, your child or spouse or partner is not just being difficult and oppositional—eating disorders are serious illnesses that hijack our rational thought and our ability to appropriately care for ourselves.

We talk constantly throughout the book in our separate voices. Our strong opinions (including who should be first author!) are formed through our very different but complementary experiences – and as such we have tried to make it explicit whose voice you are hearing at any time – Cate’s or Lori’s.

We introduce ourselves and explain to you what has possessed us to write this unique cookbook and recovery tool. We also explain all the sections and the little symbols you will see throughout the book.

But first we want to make one thing clear: this is no ordinary cookbook. Food to Eat is simply that; it is a book containing recipes for food to eat. Not food to look at, food to think about, food to plan, or food to make for others.

But just food to eat.

Lori & Cate