Half My Size with The Ridiculously Big SKILLET Physical Hardcover Book (U.S. Orders Only, $29 Plus Shipping)
(There is a digital version of this book here which includes all of the content of the print book. It is the option for people who prefer the digital (PDF) format and for international buyers. There is also a 3-pack available for the physical version of this book packaged with "Half My Size with The Ridiculously Big Salad" and "Eat Like a Bear Jump Start " here. There is a 5-pack of just this skillets book here)
U.S orders only for now!
(We're still working on it! Sorry! We love you!)
April Accelerator Bonus Alert!
(Get this bonus when you buy by March 30)
Get a book by midnight Thursday, March 30, and join us in the April Accelerator as a bonus. (We've changed this bonus deadline mainly because we've been evacuated in the California floods.)
April Accelerator overview
Prepare: From March 25-March 31 you will prepare to "pounce." I'll send instruction on what that looks like and direct you to videos and discussions. You can join our "Project Hubs" via Zoom as you prepare.
Pounce: You will pounce like the beast that you are and build your momentum in April. There will be weight loss awards at the end of April. There will be awards for "go be awesome" photos.
Learn: We will have two learning themes:
(1) Whip it up! Toss together a skillet dish in five minutes (using your new book)
(2) Future-cast! With each food decision, train your mind to calculate both the short-term and long-term rewards of what you're eating. Get where you want to be!
Half My Size with The Ridiculously Big SKILLET .... finally available in print and shipping now...
I've been busy signing a mountain of these books!
I put a bunch of "Easter Eggs" in these books – Golden Tickets with prizes. You're going to want one. :-)
190+ People Have Lost 100+ Lbs. with This Way of Eating – Now You Can Get These Results Without Eating Just Salad!
Let's talk about two issues in that headline above. First, if the headline doesn't have you rolling your eyes, I'm going to wonder. Really....
Diet companies have been lying to us for years, saying:
“Just buy my product and you’ll lose 1,000 lbs. in 14 seconds!”
“Eat our carby foods and you’ll lose 40 lbs. in 2 weeks!”
“Take our magic pills and you’ll look 20 again with no side effects!”
In fact, our community, Eat Like a Bear!, was featured in Woman's World magazine with potentially a great article, but the weight loss marketers just couldn't help themselves and made an outlandish (and ridiculous) claim: Lose 19 lbs. EVERY week!
Here's That Ridiculous Claim, About Us! (!!!!)
Anyone who knows me already knows that I couldn't just say nothing about it...
So if you are finding me here today, and you are like me in 2017 – topping the scales at 280 lbs. (and very short at 5'3"), having tried everything and really desperate to be able to get out and live life – then perhaps you have already stopped reading. I get it. I do hope that you're still here, or if you've left, that you'll be back.
Well just a few years ago, I’d really had it!
A Unique Moment of Psychology, and a Movement is Born
I was on my couch, barely able to move due to a knee injury, looking out my window at the beautiful forest that I couldn’t explore because I could barely walk.
Below is a picture of me lying on the couch in those early days, and one that I re-created years later.
I actually want to give a shout-out to my own "before self," because a pretty unique and important bit of psychology was happening in my mind at that moment, allowing me for the first time in four decades to get where I am now – at my lowest weight as an adult.
It's really quite a lengthy and interesting story, one archived across social media, and I could talk about all day, but let me get to the eating part.
As I was lying on that couch in those early days, I was actually planning to have bariatric surgery in four months (surgery I never had and no longer qualified for). In those months, I promised myself that I would prove to myself that I had done everything I could to lose weight.
I began a process of what I call "iterating through meal approaches" – testing eating approaches like a scientist whose life depended on it. (My Ph.D. is in political science, and I had spent decades conducting research on government programs.)
What I landed on was a meal framework that leverages the benefits of a low-carb/ketogenic diet AND intermittent fasting.
However, within each of these classes of weight loss approaches, what I didn't really appreciate at the time was how distinct, replicable, and effective my meal approach was.
Then My Story And My Meal Approach Went Viral
My story went viral in Facebook in 2018, and I began to teach people about low-carb eating and intermittent fasting in our very young Eat Like a Bear! community. We had some great success just with those general frameworks because they really are quite effective. However, community members pushed me to teach them exactly what I was eating, and a crazy thing happened: Our community success rate improved.
Then community members asked for a book, and a very modest and under-produced book about salads improved our success rate further. The print version of that original little digital book then made national news by nearly breaking the U.S. Post Office. The book, Half My Size with the Ridiculously Big Salad, had strangers calling out to me in public: "It's the salad lady!!!"
The success of that book has driven much of the massive weight loss success you see in the Eat Like a Bear! community and our 190+ cases of 100+ pounds lost.
We took this photo when we shipped the first 10,000 copies of The Ridiculously Big Salad book from our local post office.
But Not Everyone Wants A Salad ...
I was coaching a friend on all of this. She said to me frankly: "Sorry, but I'm tired of salads, and I need something else."
"Why don't you just eat it cooked?" I responded.
She was dumbfounded because, as I mentioned, my own "salad lady" reputation had proceeded me.
However, from January 2020, when I launched the Three-Day Challenge in the Eat Like a Bear! community, I taught an approach to cooked meals that followed the exact same eating framework of the salad, but the meals were simply cooked instead of raw.
Three years in the making, I offer the new book, Half My Size with The Ridiculously Big Skillet, in honor of my friends who wanted to eat something other than salads.
(You do know that I eat these cooked meals too, right? Though I expect I will forever be "the salad lady.")
So my point is that this book, too, just like the Ridiculously Big Salad book, is born out of the social proof of this way of eating, from our Eat Like a Bear! community, a community of mostly women over 50 who have always struggled with their weight.
(Already anticipating the question: But what if I am younger and/or have less to lose? Will this still work for me? The older ladies of Eat Like a Bear! jump up and down and say: "Yes! Get started!" ... and some also say, "Do you really think it's harder for you, being young and with less weight to lose? Why are you waiting?")
And Yet, Don't Focus on the Recipes ...
There are over 60 recipes in this collection, and they have driven MASSIVE success. However, our most successful community members are leveraging the benefits of the recipes in a specific psychological context. The whole "not recipe" section of the book – the psychology of implementation – is worth far more than the recipes and is an extremely unique and effective approach to weight loss.
When you do pick up the book, avoid the temptation to skip to the recipes.
Read the whole book.
Take note of these things:
(1) The Framework: The recipes are based on a framework that has proven to be highly effective for weight loss. Having recipes will help you do that, but the recipes are not an end in themselves.
(2) The Embarrassingly Simple Cooking Methods: The recipes come with some cooking approaches that "compete with the drive-thru" in terms of your time spent. These are not gourmet recipes. In fact, the recipes would embarrass legitimate chefs. I do know how to cook and know a lot of gourmet cooking methods, which is why it took me about two years to get over myself and write this book (and make the companion digital course). It's the way most of us cook when no one is watching, and it's a good back-pocket strategy for the long game. (I do always ask: "Who needs to be a gourmet when you can be trim?")
I take a deep dive into both elements and strongly emphasize why simplicity matters in a discussion of weight loss psychology that you likely have not heard outside of the Eat Like a Bear! community, with analyses that come from my social science/social choice background and training.
Satisfied Customers (from the digital version)
Here are some posts from buyers in our community. (Also see reviews at the very bottom of this page.)
Tell a friend...
Friends and family referrals have driven the success of Eat Like a Bear. We've been featured by Meta, the company that owns Facebook, for the viral video "A Postcard from Yellowstone" and for the viral community Eat Like a Bear.
We were featured in the wintertime capital of lettuce, Yuma, AZ.
We're the real deal with actual real people back here and in our community.
Thank you for your support
As with all our products, our goal is that each of them both improves our community's success rate in weight loss and provides us with the revenue to spread our message. We put all of our profit into this mission.
Thank you for your support. May we all live long and vibrant lives.