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Body Kindness: Transform Your Health from the Inside Out—and Never Say Diet Again

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,068 ratings  ·  106 reviews
Freedom from Diets!
Imagine a graph with two lines. One indicates happiness, the other tracks how you feel about your body. If you’re like millions of people, the lines do not intersect. But what if they did?
This practical, inspirational, and visually lively book shows you how to create a healthier and happier life by treating yourself with compassion rather than shame. It
Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 27th 2016 by Workman Publishing Company (first published November 2016)
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Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
The first two chapters were exactly what I needed to hear at this moment. I think the biggest take-away is: "Everyone has a gut instinct for how to be kind to their body." don't? Oh well, don't beat yourself up about it!
Another one is that emotional health is an equal part of the health equation (not just physical health). And that physical health has NOTHING to do with cellulite, thick limbs, or body shapes. So let's all be kind to our bodies, eh?

As I continued to try and read
I'll start by saying that I am a registered dietitian who works primarily with eating disorders/disordered eating and those looking to heal their relationship with food, and I would not recommend this book to any of my clients. I had high expectations for it and found myself disappointed. It was honestly hard for me to get through and I ended up just scanning through the last half just to get to the end. The tone of the whole book felt very diet-y and personally I didn't connect with her "just d ...more
Dec 31, 2017 rated it did not like it
This can be seriously triggering if you have any history with any form of eating disorder. This is not body posi, this is not HAES, this is actually a diet book.

NOTE: If it has portion sizes listed anywhere, IT IS A DIET BOOK.
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Scritchfield says body kindness is a self-care mindset based on the belief that health begins by being good to yourself. (2) This book is not a diet book. She says diets fail.

This book has a ton of information regarding personal health, including food, sleep, exercise, and relationships. The idea is to give us the information we need to make choices that improve our health without the goal of weight loss.

It took me a while to accept what Scritchfield writes. It goes against so much of what we ha
Barbara (The Bibliophage)
I chose this book because I strongly believe in the "never say diet again" mantra. It delivered that plus so much more.

We throw around terms like "nurturing" and "self-love" often, but do we really know what these mean in a practical sense of day-to-day steps? Rebecca Scritchfield, a registered dietician, breaks down her approach into manageable steps. She says to start with the question, "What is the least I can do?"

One of her precepts that I like the most is that food is nourishment, not a mo
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
3.0 Stars
I appreciated the body positivity messages, but I wanted more depth from this book. Most of the content felt quite surface level. I hoped there would be more focus on intuitive eating, which was only ended up being a very small part. I would still recommend this book to fans of the author’s podcast.
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
While I appreciate her content, the formatting of this book drove me batty. It read like a 288-page blog post. Too many bulleted lists, pastel infographics, and sidebars.
Oct 23, 2017 marked it as did-not-finish
Another recommendation from my nutritionist, so I bought it, but... *deep sigh*

"Not a diet book" seems to be the latest diet slogan? I don't have a history of dieting. I have had diabetes since childhood so do have some food issues... But food is a symptom, not a cause. I also have depression and am on Lexapro -- which is wonderful but the combination caused me to gain about 40 pounds in 2 years. So yes, I'm overweight, hence my GP sending me to the nutritionist. But focusing on food isn't going
Kelly Lynn Thomas
Mar 01, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was interesting and made a lot of good points (health isn't determined by weight; it's possible to be healthy without being skinny; it's possible to be very unhealthy while being skinny; you should be kind to yourself and your body, etc.), it's definitely a book aimed at middle class white moms. There are many moments where the author's privilege was showing, which kind of irked me. ...more
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What a great book! This is one of those that I will have to read again to truly digest everything.

I am currently on a self-compassion journey and have struggled with body image issues for most of my life. This book addresses many of those components, in particular the perfectionism that I have wrestled with my whole life.

This book deals with so much more than the body, but really addresses the body as connected to many aspects of wellness: spirituality, gratitude, self-compassion, as well
May 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Best for: People looking for a personal growth book that wraps all of the big ideas into one fancy-feeling book.

In a nutshell: Different ways of looking at how to treat yourself well - body, mind and spirit.

Line that sticks with me: “Think about whether the choice will matter to you in a year.”

Why I chose it: I was in one of those stores that sells a lot of cool-looking things for the home (pillows, candles, clever cards), and this book looked and felt like a fun read.

Review: There is nothing wr
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Do you want to eat what you want, when you want, however much you want, without someone or something telling you what you can and cannot eat? Then this book is for you! I cannot say enough about this book! Rebecca, a registered dietician, reveals applicable, common-sense ways to lead her readers into healthy lifestyles, free of dieting and calorie counting.
This book is quite informative in beginning and maintaining positive self-care habits of eating balanced meals, regular exercise, sleep, fin
Sep 24, 2018 rated it liked it
I think this would be a good first resource for someone JUST beginning their self-love/ acceptance journey. Like having read nothing else on the subject first. It’s fine and all, but the ideas aren’t new nor is there anything earthshaking here.
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
I "picked" up this audiobook in response to some weird self-isolation body feelings. I don't think this book is for me. I'm not a big fan of self help and I just don't think I'm the target audience. The only thing I found actually objectionable was the title of the last chapter (your group of friends and loved ones is not a "tribe"). ...more
Emily Jane
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All women should read this book! For me it was life-changing in knowing there was a path away from diet culture that lead to a healthy, happy, fulfilling life. Easy to read and powerful.
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great how to for life.
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beat book on a healthy lifestyle I’ve EVER READ
Cora Paradiso
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolute game changer. I don't often do this, but I have bought this book for other friends, that's how much of an impact it had on me. ...more
Brianna Jensen
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a beautiful little book and fun to read but sometimes the advice was common sense and a little too out there for me. That said, it was well done and I don't regret reading it. ...more
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
"we make up stories about how great other people's lives must be and use them to judge ourselves and put ourselves down" (pg. 33)

"Whether you're a fan of Mozart of Metallica, the therapeutic benefits of music have been celebrated and researched for centuries. Music has been dubbed a natural antidepressant for its ability to change your outlook and disposition, altering it for hours or even days." (pg. 125)

"When big stuff happens, you aren't going to solve it by taking a walk or a bubble bath. De
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a relief! finally a book and a mindset that puts all the pieces together for living a HEALTHY life in the body you have. From the strictly nutritional advice, to the research and experienced backed sections on emotional and social well being, every chapter added another layer onto what it means to live body kindness. I loved the spiral up moments and the visual guides that spelled out in detail the practice being discussed. I appreciated all the further resources provided, and how I can mak ...more
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was introduced to Scritchfield through the Food Heaven podcast. I love her energy and how passionate she is about body kindness. I read one health book a year and decided Body Kindness would be my 2018 pick.

Let me say this-There is absolutely nothing wrong with this book. The lack of a five star rating is more about where I am with my journey. This book is an amazing guide on how to eat healthy, while still enjoying your favorite foods. It covers moving past the guilt and shame that revolves a
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm only a few months in to working with a CEDRD and this is the first book I've read. I really liked it, and it helped me understand how prevalent diet culture is - and why I struggle with disordered eating and poor body image. It's a great book. I'm excited to read more books like this. ...more
Jul 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Good information but way too much of it. A little overwhelming. Lots of nice charts - if you are into charts . . . . .
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health, audiobooks
I liked this book for its practicality, journal prompts, and overarching theme of restoring my relationship with myself. It goes far beyond the tagline on the front: “transform your health from the inside out— and never say diet again.” I think “diet” is a way to pique interest, but I heard about this book in the category of self-compassion. The point about diets is made though: be gone with diet culture and oppressive body image messages!

I’ve come a long way in my mind being polluted by diet c
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
Thanks to NetGalley and Workman Publishing for the opportunity to read and review Body Kindness: Transform Your Health from the Inside Out - and Never Say Diet Again by Rebecca Scritchfield. This book focuses on body kindness with the following four parts: what you do, how you feel, who you are, where you belong. The journal suggestion is genius and by writing The Body Kindness Manifesto as the first entry, it gives the reader/writer
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I discovered Rebecca through her Body Kindness podcast. After listening for the past several months, I have come to greatly admire her attitude towards food and physical activity. She is a huge proponent of healthy at any size and body acceptance and kindness. She’s so inspiring!

After learning how she views the world, I feel myself hyper-aware of comments people make throughout my day that seem so antiquated- from overhearing a coworker who is trying to latest fad diet to hearing someone body-sh
Carolyn Donoghue
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was ok
Well it says something that it took me 4 years to get through this book. I was given it for free somewhere and in flipping through the pages, looked like a unique, kinda cool format. Thought it would be an easy read. It reads like some Instagram “influencer” who is telling YOU what YOU need to do to improve your life, but doesn’t actually do it herself in reality, while sending conflicting messages throughout. Be kind to yourself and eat what you want, but then gives very specific portion contro ...more
Aliyah Northington
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book has some good points, and overall, I enjoyed it. However, I completely understand these other viewpoints. Someone said her privilege is showing. A lot of the book does tend to make it seem like it's sooo easy to put these habits into practice. Another thing I read was that the food chapter seemed a little diety. I also got that feeling! It took me nearly four months to finish this book... The food chapter says that there are no food rules and that you should free yourself from any rest ...more
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The ebook version I read was poorly formatted and that made reading this book painful.

The author talks about being trained by Evelyn Tribole, one of the creators of Intuitive Eating, but this book doesn’t resemble Intuitive Eating in any way, which is unfortunate because that’s how it’s being marketed. I imagine a lot of people will buy and read it, and walk away thinking this is what Intuitive Eating is.

I’m not a fan of books that are written like blog posts, and that’s how this read to me. It
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Rebecca Scritchfield is a registered dietitian nutritionist, certified exercise physiologist, author of the book Body Kindness, and host of the Body Kindness podcast. Through her weight-inclusive counseling practice, she helps people make peace with food, find the joy in exercise, and create a better life with workable goals that fit individual interests. Central to all her work, Rebecca aims to d ...more

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