Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works
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Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works

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We've all been there-angry with ourselves for overeating, for our lack of willpower, for failing at yet another diet that was supposed to be the last one. But the problem is not you, it's that dieting, with its emphasis on rules and regulations, has stopped you from listening to your body.

Written by two prominent nutritionists, Intuitive Eating focuses on nurturing your b...more
ebook, Second Edition, 304 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published May 1st 1995)
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Julia
For my final pre-internship year, I'm going to be working with individuals with eating disorders. I figured I'd try something completely new. When I asked my supervisor what books she'd recommend as introductory readings, "Intuitive Eating" is where she sent me, telling me that it's the only self-help nutrition book out there that she not only tolerates, but actually likes. In short: her assessment is spot-on.

People ask me for book recommendations fairly often (and I'm only a grad student, so I...more
Jezzyka
Hmm... Sigh...

This is, essentially, the way to eat. A lot of people do, naturally, it's not like a special, new-age restrictive idea. But for many of us, who see "Drop a Pant Size in 2 Weeks" and constant headlines on the obesity crisis, we can't help but be affected, to feel that something is wrong with us and we have to be perfect. PERFECT. We have to look like this-- on top of being this, acting like this, and anything less means that something is wrong. We don't have enough "will-power".

Not...more
Amy
I wish, wish, wish that every one of my friends who struggles with her weight, thinks she should diet, or who mentally tallies in her mind what she’s eaten that day or that week to determine if she can eat that “cookie” (or whatever) would read this book. Before reading this book, I thought I was an intuitive eater because I lived by the mantra “eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re full”, but reading this book has brought me a new level of peace with food.

The basic premise of intuitive eati...more
Kate LaChapelle
May 27, 2013 Kate LaChapelle rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone, no seriously, everyone should read it
Shelves: favorites, own
I started reading this book the other day and while it has only been a few days, I can see how much its ideas are transforming my life. Since I was a young girl I have struggled with body image, food issues, and disordered eating and my struggle has only gotten more difficult and more pronounced as I've gotten older, this book feels like it's the remedy I've been waiting for.

I hate diets. They don't work and only serve to exacerbate my disordered eating and my unhealthy relationship with my body...more
Kathy
I came across a mention of this book on a blog and thought it sounded interesting. It's about losing the diet mentality and having a healthy relationship with food and our bodies. The book is geared toward chronic dieters, which I am not. I don't think I've ever seriously dieted. Sometimes I'll focus on smaller portions or eating healthier, but I'm not about denying myself foods or counting calories. If I'm hungry I eat. Even though it's not written with me in mind so much, I got some useful and...more
Kimberly Read
I hate dieting. I detest counting calories or fat grams or carbs. I already find it difficult to squeeze grocery shopping into my hectic schedule so just the thought of adding any more time going label by label through the store, makes me seriously cranky. The minute I add a diet to my intentions, I find myself anxiously binging on my favorite foods in anticipation of their loss. And a few days into any diet, I swear I would mug a Girl Scout for her cookies! However, I am quite overweight (we ca...more
Elizabeth
I greatly enjoyed this insightful, if slightly overselling explanation of intuitive eating, the authors' working method in the field of nutrition. Their approach is empowering and practical, and unique in the field. I believe that many, many people who struggle or have struggled with food will find something of value in this, whether you use parts of their ideas to supplement your relationship to food or commit to their complete process.

First, an example. A couple months ago, I sat with a half-e...more
Jen V
Now that it's been almost 7 years since first being introduced to Intuitive Eating I can honestly say the concepts in this book actually really did change my life and allowed me to "make peace with food". I think I have the first edition (there are now 4) which although the writing is a little (okay a lot) hoakie the concepts are priceless. I do have to say I initially read this book as part of coursework while studying nutrition at USU so I never had the experience of picking it up and just rea...more
Jennyross76
Okay, I'm on the last chapter, but people keep friending me on here and I figured I should update. LOL! I think this book is very interesting. Mostly because I know several people who believe that cutting out desserts or starting a new fad diet is the best way to lose pounds. And it might be...until you start eating the way you did prior to the diet. I've said for a long time that I do not want to be in a position where I have to turn down a piece of cake because I "can't" eat it. I want to turn...more
Lolene
This book was written for and about me. I publicly acknowledge that I have been addicted to diets since the age of ten. If you know me, you know that dieting has NOT worked for me...except to make me fatter. This book is all about giving up dieting and finally making peace with food. Food is not the enemy. Lack of willpower, guilt, self-hatred, etc. are not characteristics that need to dog everyone's footsteps forever. This book was a revelation to me...I saw myself on every page. I underlined,...more
Megan
This book has helped me in recovery from my Eating Disorder. It's what they teach at one of the top Eating Disorder facility's in the world. It. is. AMAZING.


Get back in touch with your initial intuitive eating skills, that came to you so naturally as a child. Eat what you really want, when you really want it. Enjoy food. Get to your natural healthy weight and love your body. Stop obsessing and start living!

Falina
Intuitive Eating is well organized, written in an engaging fashion, and contains an extensive bibliography, which are all the things that I look for in a book that bases its arguments on science and/or research. However, it's the philosophy of the book that makes it amazing for me. The underlying principles of Intuitive Eating are things that I've been trying to incorporate into my life in general lately -- mindfulness, self-love, and something the authors call "enlightened hedonism"-- basically...more
Laurie
This book has completely changed the way I eat. I have always considered myself a positive, upbeat person who is kind and loving to everyone including myself. This book showed me how I was denying myself food and torturing myself every time I ate. I was not being kind to me.

No more dieting. No more denying myself food because it is "not good for me". It is just like she says in the book --if you tell a child they can play with any toy in the room but the pink elephant, the pink elephant is the o...more
Rachelle
It took me a long time to read this book, mainly because I read it very slowly so that I could absorb all of the concepts. This book is all about making peace with food and with the body you have. It is not another diet book; in fact, the main theme of the book is the necessity of rejecting the "diet mentality" once and for all. The authors point out that almost all diets eventually fail, and most people chastise themselves for not having the “willpower” or “self-control” to be successful on a d...more
Leanne
I already love my friend, Lolene, but offering her copy of Intuitive Eating alone would be enough to endear her to me forever! I just kept feeling so much relief as I read this book.
Written by two nutritionists, it offers a way out of all the dieting and overeating craziness.

I will always be a fan of Weight Watchers--it's healthy and I've had quite a bit of success with it. HOWEVER, I get tired of focusing on food: the point counting, the shopping, comparing of options, trying new recipes that...more
Tara
Feb 26, 2013 Tara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tara by: Anna Guest-Jelley
Shelves: 2013
I love what this book is saying, but it is VERY 80s-feeling.
The gist of the "program" - eat when you're hungry, stop when you're full, and stop guilting yourself when you eat what you TRULY want.
I think modern studies about the addict-ability of processed foods makes this slightly less factual. The authors claim the reason you overeat is because you've either been starving yourself, or you're planning to starve yourself, or you're thinking "oh well! I've already had one! Everything is ruined!"...more
Nancy Cluff
A program for those who have hit "diet bottom" to help learn to eat naturally, without emotional eating or overeating.
My main complaint is that it's hard to put the principles into practice with the book alone. It would be great to have a support group. I've also purchased the audio from the same authors which includes what they call "practices" to help learn the principles, almost as if you were seeing them for diet counseling.
I've not lost much weight (yet), but I've made peace with food and...more
Christy
This is a good book for anyone who wants to learn a new process for becoming less dependent on the diet mentality and more comfortable with their own bodies' way of feeling satisfied with food. Be comfortable with who you are, your beautiful body, learn not to pass on disordered eating behaviors to the next generation by remaining in tune with your brain and stomach, not relying on a diet to tell you when to eat and how much.
Andrea
Interesting concept about changing our relationship with food. I gave it 4 stars because I liked the concept, but it is filled with example after example. I skimmed over a lot of parts. I don't want to totally down the book because of that. WHatever is more useful to people is fine. But I found the repetitive examples unhelpful. I just skimmed over them.
The basic principal is to allow yourself to be whom you are. Let yourself eat, your body knows what it needs. The shame that dieting and looking...more
MaryAnn
One of my family members is currently receiving treatment for an eating disorder. This book is the foundation of the eating system that she is learning. Here are the ideas that really stood out to me and that I will incorporate into my personal nutrition system:

1. "If you don't love it, don't eat it. And if you love it, savor it." I've always lived by a similar motto but I like this one much more and am now adopting it as my own.
2. When a food choice is presented, asking "Will I feel deprived if...more
Jessica
I loved this book. If you are SERIOUSLY tired of the diet roller coaster, this book is a great alternative. Due to the pregnancy (where my body has NO intuition), I've kind of stopped following it. It's not a quick lose weight method, but it's all about being sane and healthy.
Lizzie Jones
This book is actually excellent. I picked it up on a whim, interested due to a review of a friend of mine. I wasn't looking for a health book, I wasn't interested in changing my entire mindset on eating and food.... but this book has really shifted my view in so many ways. What the author is saying actually makes perfect sense. She has enough fact to back up her claims that I actually started doing some research and found out that not only are her claims grounded and credible, but they might be...more
Lynda
No. It does not work. At one point 10 of us got together to read and put this book into practice together. In time we brought in other friends. The experiment lasted less than 6 months. By that time, no one had lost weight or still followed the plan.
Kristi
I have been struggling with eating lately and noticed this book on the library shelve so I checked it out. I'm glad that I did. I have really gotten into punishing myself with food and found the steps in this book extremely helpful. Before reading this book I was actually doing several of the principles and when I do, I tend to relax with food and not think of it in this good or bad manner. You see I am a perfectionist when it comes to eating food. Food is either good or bad and lately when I ea...more
Sarah Sniderman
Intuitive Eating already provides an excellent summary as appendix to the book and very worthwhile details including the science behind intuitive eating. However, as per usual, I’ve taken notes for my own reference and, of course, I’d like to share. Note many sentences are word-for-word, I’ve simply condensed it to the main parts.

Principle 1: Reject the Diet Mentality

Get angry at the lies that have led you to feel as if you were a failure every time a new diet stopped working and you gained back...more
Razan
life changing book :D :D
Ashley
From my Cannonball Read VI Review

I’ve been on lots of diets, and have made many attempts to change up my eating to try to lose (or keep off) weight. Over the past couple of years, I’ve been reading more nutrition books (like last year’s “Good Calories, Bad Calories”) as well as a lot of articles and blogs about Fat Acceptance and Healthy At Every Size. The later repeatedly points out both how society has created all kinds of fucked up issues with food, and how in the US and other cultures we’re...more
Felicia
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Suzanne
Jul 07, 2013 Suzanne rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Suzanne by: Dr Gay
I bought this book on the recommendation/suggestion of my therapist who I sought out for help with my eating issues. I wasn't entirely sure, when I went into it, if my particular eating pattern was truly an issue. It didn't seem to fit into any type of "disorder" definition. In the beginning it was just a clever (I thought) strategy to deal with the fact that I had FINALLY, for the first time in my life, after years of yo-yo dieting, reached a weight I was happy with and I didn't want to EVER go...more
Courtney
Apr 20, 2013 Courtney rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dieters
It's amazing how many people feel their lives have been this never-ending battle against food. The women in my family who have disordered, bizarre, guilty, self-hating relationships with food outnumber those who don't. It's a sickness, and one that has been the cause of so much stress and sadness in my life. This book, although not a cure-all, has given me an entirely new way of thinking about how I eat. Instead of creating rules for myself, it says to just listen to your body. Listen to when yo...more
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Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD is an award-winning registered dietitian, with a nutrition counseling practice in Newport Beach, California. She has written seven books including the bestsellers Healthy Homestyle Cooking and Intuitive Eating(co-author). Her newest book is the Ultimate Omega-3 Diet.

Evelyn was the nutrition expert for Good Morning America, appearing from 1994-’95 and was a national spokesper...more
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