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''Intuitive Eating has been painlessly reshaping the eating habits of readers since it was first published in 1995. Written by two svelte nutritionists, the book delineates ten principles of intuitive eating that are designed to help you achieve a new and safe relationship with food and your body's health.'' Barnes & Noble, editorial review --Barnes & Noble, editorial review

''Both sound and supportive...This nurturing volume will find an eager audience in all those who are tired of living in the land of forbidden foods and the latest greatest diet fad.'' --Publishers Weekly

''A valuable resource in the eating disorder field, both for clinicians and clients, helping all keep the end goal in mind.'' --Carolyn Costin, renowned eating disorder expert and author

''Both sound and supportive...This nurturing volume will find an eager audience in all those who are tired of living in the land of forbidden foods and the latest greatest diet fad.'' --Publishers Weekly

''A valuable resource in the eating disorder field, both for clinicians and clients, helping all keep the end goal in mind.'' --Carolyn Costin, renowned eating disorder expert and author --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

About the Author

EVELYN TRIBOLE, M.S., R.D., is an award-winning registered dietitian with a nutrition counseling practice in Newport Beach, California. She was the nutrition expert for "Good Morning America" and was a national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association for six years. ELYSE RESCH, M.S., R.D., F.A.D.A., has been in private practice in Beverly Hills, California, as a nutrition therapist for thirty years, specializing in eating disorders, Intuitive Eating, and preventative nutrition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 3 edition (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250004047
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250004048
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (264 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Intuitive Eating encompasses ten principles, but the main three (3) keys are these:

* Unconditional permission to eat when hungry and what food is desired
* Eating for physical rather than emotional reasons
* Reliance on internal hunger and satiety cues to determine when and how much to eat

I have been a big fan & promoter of this method since I first heard about it in 2005. Using its principles, I lost twenty-five pounds in six months while eating my favorite things (chocolate, ice cream, cheeseburgers, pizza, etc).

In this latest edition of the book, the authors have removed many of the numbers that were in the previous edition (stats, weights, heights) because they believe that it leads to self-sabotage when these are the focus. They have also added two new chapters -- one that gives scientific backing to prove that IE works, and the other that focuses on how to help children and teens become Intuitive Eaters.

The chapter on kids was actually very interesting to me, as I have two of my own (ages 11 & 14), one of which is very rebellious in regards to food -- he loves chips & ice cream, and it worries me that he's learning all of my own bad habits. The authors insist, though, that letting kids make their own decisions regarding food (how much, what kinds, etc) is the best method because they will intuitively get in the balanced nutrition they need, if they're left alone. It's when an issue is made of their eating habits or their weight that they start to rebel, and/or lose faith in their ability to trust their internal cues.

One thing that surprised me about this new edition was the constant reminder of how it's important to put weight loss on the back burner in the beginning of this process.
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It must have been fate or divine intervention, but this book came at the perfect time for me. I had pre-ordered the 3rd edition of the book months before (waiting on the new chapter on teaching children intuitive eating), forgot I had ordered it, and in the mean time went on my usual roller coaster of dieting then overeating and gained and lost the same 5-10 lbs. I had just started a protein only diet to lose those 10 lbs again and was MISERABLE when this book arrived in the mail. I stopped my diet immediately and devoured the book in a couple days. After only a week with this book, I can already tell it will be a lifesaver for me.

It made me realize the reasons why I am overeating, which has helped me stop the cycle more than any diet rule ever has. I also am learning to enjoy my food and really savor it, leading me to eat less. I have also started exercising again, but more gentle and enjoyable exercise than when I was dieting. My biggest accomplishment so far was when I made a batch of real chocolate chip cookies, savored ONE, and felt truly satisfied. Before I would have either eaten the entire batch in a day or would not have made them at all and use substitutes that never really met the craving (leading me to over eat the cookies whenever I got my hands on them). I am still early in the process, but I can already see that this will be a healthy, balanced and enjoyable way to eat for the rest of my life.

I am starting to incorporate the chapter on intuitive eating for children (I have two preschoolers). It is scary letting my kids have what they want, I have been controlling their food intake and limiting sweets since they were born. I think this process will be harder than the work on myself. But I know it will be worth it in the end.
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I've heard of this book for years, but just now got around to reading it. Throughout the book, the reader learns the 10 Intuitive Eating guidelines. They are not rigid rules that the reader must follow to lose weight. As a matter of fact, this book is purposefully lacking in nutrition advice or "weight loss" advice because this book isn't about weight loss, but about reconnecting to your body and it's internal cues and signals. It does include one chapter called 'Gentle Nutrition', but that certainly is not the focus.

I especially liked the chapter on Intuitive Eating for kids. As a parent of a preschooler, I have tried to give my daughter freedom in her food choices and it is interesting to see her natural self regulation that I recognize only after reading this book. She will leave a whole cookie on her plate because she's full. I still want to eat it because it's there and it tastes good and because my next diet will surely restrict cookies so I better eat as many as I can while I can. This is basically the point of this book. Quit living in diet hell and just listen to your body and trust it's innate knowledge. She can leave the cookie because she's never restricted cookies before so she has no inclination to think that she won't get a cookie the next time she's hungry for one. I on the other hand, have been restricting all kinds of foods via dieting for about 20 years and, according to this book, is why it's a struggle for me to leave the cookie on the plate.

I have been trying the concepts proposed in this book as I've been reading it and I'm definitely FEELING better about myself and my food choices. The first few days I found myself eating a lot of "fun food", but I really tried to eat only when hungry.
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