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Intuitive Eating: A Recovery Book For The Chronic Dieter; Rediscover The Pleasures Of Eating And Rebuild Your Body Image Mass Market Paperback – February 15, 1996


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (February 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312957211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312957216
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Nutrition therapists Tribole and Resch suggest that the best way for dieters to finally make peace with food and body image is to emulate the natural, intuitive eating habits of very young children. The advice culled from this trip down memory lane is both sound and supportive. Key suggestions include rejecting a diet mentality (often based on deprivation and denial); eating only when hungry; stopping when full; and learning to separate emotional from physical needs. No menus or food plans to follow here; the authors encourage readers to eat anything they want, as long as they pay attention to the tenets of feeling true hunger and true satisfaction. Ultimately, the authors insist, old habits subside and body and mind work together to achieve the "natural healthy weight." Basic nutrition concerns are addressed late in the volume, presumably after readers have begun to accept this seemingly unorthodox approach. 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.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Both sound and supportive...The 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

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A new way to think and live with food is a life you can be happy with.
Rene' Herndon
I actually enjoy being hungry as I know my next meal will taste better-and I allow myself to eat whatever I want (without guilt.
loopy
This meant reading every single piece of literature and every magazine I could get my hands on.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By loopy on October 30, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This year I decided to get "healthy". I wanted to implement an exercise program and establish good habits in my early 20s so that they would be with me all my life. I never planned on dieting-it just happened. I didn't even know I was on a diet (or 20!) Dieting is EVERYWHERE. We are a nation obsessed and somewhere along the way we forgot what food is about. I became obsessed with food. I tried Eat Right For Your Type, The Goddess Diet, Slim Fast, Vegetarianism, food combining, I did a juice fast...At first it seemed like a healthy hobby. Then out of no where the binge eating began! And the GUILT. I have never been heavy, but I was utterly brainwashed into having a "fat" mind! This book is completely changing my life. I am no longer concerned about when I will be able to eat next and what I will eat-AS I am eating something else! I no longer binge eat. I actually enjoy being hungry as I know my next meal will taste better-and I allow myself to eat whatever I want (without guilt. And I usually really do Want healthy food, too!). I experience satisfaction with the eating experience. My energy level is MUCH better now that I do not see grains as the enemy. I am not piling protein in my body that I do not need or even want. I eat slowly now, knowing that I can eat whatever I want, whenever I want. I NO LONGER FEEL THE NEED TO CLEAN MY PLATE! But most importantly, I accept myself and TRUST myself! This paradigmn shift has spilled over in other facets of my life as well. I cannot praise this book enough. It accomplishes all this and has a non diet mentality throughout. I do not feel the need to read or recommend another diet (or anti-diet) book along with this-it was good enough for me and has ended my obsession with food. I am so GRatEFUL this book was written-I would be probably "living" a half life if it wasn't...
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By kyara on September 8, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book has a lot of great information and advice to help dieters cross back over the fence to adopt a more healthy attitude to food, eating and weight. Unfortunately, it also has a lot of contradictions which a sensible editor should have sorted out. The book sets out 10 principles of why dieters will forever be losing the weight loss battle and explains how to relearn to listen, feel and feed our body's natural hunger. This aspect of the book is great, and there are lots of scientific references to back them up. However, while on the one hand telling you to trust your body to select the healthy food it needs, the authors spoil it all in the last chapter (principle 10) by then prescribing a healthy low-fat diet plan. This seems totally out of place on a book purporting to teach you to eat intuitively. As some other reviewers have said, dieters don't need another "plan" to follow. Instead they need to learn how to survive without the prop of plans that forever fail them. It seems the authors are themselves stuck in their category of "careful eaters" and can't let go. But this is just criticism of a small part of the book. I would recommend "The Seven Secrets of Slim People" by Vikki Hansen and Shawn Goodman in addition to this book to reinforce the good parts.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 3, 2003
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I didn't buy this book because I wanted to lose weight. I am an athlete who is at an ideal weight, but I was so strict with my eating that I had become obsessed with food. Daily weighing along with counting calories, protien, and carbs consumed a good portion of my days. The need to eat so perfectly inevitably led to uncontrollable binges about once a week. I bought this book because I wanted to lead a more normal life, where food didn't consume my thoughts and define the success or failure of a day. The principles in the book are completely logical and the authors are good to back up their theories with plenty of empirical data. They clearly lay out why it is so crucial to abandon the diet mentality in order to stabilize or lose weight. I now know that no food is off limits anymore and I am becoming more in tune to what my body is telling me it needs. No more binging, weighing or number crunching. Freedom at last!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Diane Darcy RD (registered dietitian at georgeg@erols.com on August 9, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As a dietitian with years of weight management experience I am proud to recommend this book to my clients and your readers. The authors are also dietitians and recognised experts in the field of nutrition. They provide realistic and thought provoking information for those struggling with food issues. The diet world is in revolution and the NONDIET philosopy is present as evidenced by this successful book! You can be fit and higher in body fat than those 'self-proclaimed' experts tell you. Say no more diets, read this book and start your life with intuitive eating.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 2001
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I read this book at a time in my life when I was ready to hear it, and I believe it will only be useful to you if you're ready to listen. I'm not big on self-help books but I've tried about a thousand diets and have never - NEVER - managed to maintain weight loss for any great length of time. For whatever reason, this book spoke to me. It's not a diet, it's not some kind of program. It's a way to look at every aspect of your life in a totally new (and positive) light. With diet after diet for the past 20 something years, all I ever felt was resentful that I couldn't just eat like a "normal" person. Finally, I can. And if you open yourself up to what this book has to say, have FAITH and PATIENCE, it will change your life. I just want to thank the authors for writing it!
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