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Evelyn Tribole , Elyse Resch
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Book Description

September 11, 2003
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 body rather than starving it, encourages natural weight loss, and helps you find the weight you were meant to be.

*How to reject diet mentality forever
*How our three Eating Personalities define our eating difficulties
*How to feel your feelings without using food
*How to honor hunger and feel fullness
*How to follow the ten principles of Intuitive Eating, step-by-step
*How to achieve a new and safe relationship with food and, ultimately, your body

With much more compassionate, thoughtful advice on satisfying, healthy living, this newly revised edition also includes a chapter on how the Intuitive Eating philosophy can be a safe and effective model on the path to recovery from an eating disorder.

Editorial Reviews


"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

About the Author

Evelyn Tribole, M.S., R.D., is an award-winning registered dietitian with a nutrition counseling practice in Irvine, California, specializing in eating disorders. She has written six books including the million-copy bestseller Healthy Homestyle Cooking. 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 over twenty years, specializing in eating disorders, Intuitive Eating, and preventative nutrition. A certified child and adolescent obesity expert, she is a fellow of the American Dietetic Association and is also on the advisory board of "Healthy Dining" publications.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 2nd edition (September 11, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312321236
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312321239
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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131 of 134 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Changing My Life September 9, 2006
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is the first book I read on intuitive eating. It really made a lot of sense to me. I researched intuitive eating online, looking at the relevent studies. There's not much research, yet, but the research does support intuitive eating. Just knowing that diets fail 95% of the time, on average, tells the story right there.

I jumped right into this eating approach with both feet about a month ago. When I started this diet I was a restrictive eater/binge eater. I was about 10-15 pounds overweight. I weighed myself one to four times a day. I never kept any food in the house that might truly make me want to eat a lof of it. Then, when I was out and had access to food that I craved, I would binge heartily. I'm extremely knowledgeable about nutrition, and only allowed myself to keep whole grains, no trans-fats, etc. in the house.

I really thought that I had a very healthy approach toward food. Then, I started intuitive eating a month ago. At first, it was stadium franks, hot dogs, chocolate, cream horns, turnovers, and a lot of them. I weighed myself recently, and found that I had only gained 3 pounds after eating this way to my heart's content. I stopped when I felt satisfied, and only ate when I felt hungry.

Just recently, do I feel the need for sugar/fat tapering. I'm starting to crave strawberries and cooked cabbage. I'm down to 2 cream horns a day, instead of 5. I don't even care to eat most of the other sugary food I keep around. I have to throw it out. My pants are starting to feel like they're loosening back up slowly.

I can't believe it. I'm 33. I've obsessed about my eating, dieted and binged (sometimes on a daily basis) for the past 18 years, only to weigh more than ever.

Now, to be surrounded by the food I always craved and binged on, and to not even want it is amazing!!!!

I can't support this concept enough.

Trust you body!!!! It knows what it's doing!
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239 of 255 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your dieting days are over! December 31, 2004
Imagine never having to worry about what you eat. Imagine being one of "those" people who can eat whatever they want whenever they want and never gain a pound -- even lose weight! Don't you hate those people? What if you could be just like them? What if you knew their secret (that even they probably don't know)?

This book is the only "plan" you'll ever need to get off the dieting roller coaster and become a healthy eater. Skeptical? So was I. However, after a year of practicing Intuitive Eating, I am a COMPLETELY different person.

Be warned: it is not a quick fix. In fact, quick fixes are PRECISELY the reason we end up yo-yo dieting. Intuitive eating is not a diet at all. I know you've heard this before -- even from actual "diets" like Weight Watchers -- but, in fact, there is NO PLAN to intuitive eating. That's the whole point! You learn to eat what you want, what you need, and what feels good to your body. Your body already knows what's healthy for it and when you get rid of your emotional baggage about food, your shame, hidden eating, and all the other food behaviors you wish you could stop but feel enslaved to, you actually begin to enjoy food again!

Since I live in Southern California, I've had the privilege of consulting with Ms. Tribole (one of the authors) as a dietitian and nutritionist in my quest to overcome compulsive overeating. This book completely changed my life. I will be forever grateful to the authors.
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275 of 295 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book May 2, 2005
I really have to disagree with Yvonne's comment "But obese people do not start being overweight due to dieting!" As a child I always enjoyed eating, but I was not overweight. In fact, I didn't think too much about food at all. I went on my first diet at age 15, with the goal of losing 5 lbs. After I lost 5 lbs by eating a lot of salad and little else, I could fit into all my jeans and a few people commented on how good I looked. I was hooked.....I lost another 5 lbs. and looked great (probably too thin, but I thought I looked great!), but the constant restricting and hunger made me start to obsess about food! I would end a 2 day fast by eating an entire bag of cookies....My first diet was the beginning of a 20 year cycle of fasting and compulsive eating that left me 75 lbs overweight. I've been in lots of Compulsive Eating support groups over the years and I've heard the same story. If you put a child in a room filled with candy and junk food and tell her to eat whatever she wants, the food will quickly lose much of it's appeal......or tell her not to eat one bite and see how important that food becomes....

This book addresses many of the issues behind compulsive eating, and with lots of work on my part, it made me sane again (and 60 lbs lighter).
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally lost the last 10lbs and regained my sanity! September 7, 2010
By Rachel
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've been doing the dieting/overeating cycle my whole life. I finally got down to within 10lbs of my goal, but I was completely obsessed with counting Weight Watcher Points, planning my meals ahead of time, measuring my food, weighing myself, going to meetings, avoiding restaurants, staying away from "bad" carbs, journaling every morsel I put in my mouth... It's all I thought about.

After reading this book (and Seven Secrets of Slim People, another intuitive eating book) the 10lbs came right off, but better than that, I got my sanity back! Now I don't even think about food. If I'm hungry, I eat whatever I feel like, until I'm satisfied, and that's it. If I feel like eating when I'm not hungry I think of it as an opportunity to figure out what I really need. If I do overeat, I just think, "I wonder why that happened?" Then I figure out why and try not to do it again. There is no berating myself.

It's been 6 months since I lost the weight, and I've kept it off. I eat decadent foods I love without any guilt, and that actually allows me to eat healthier than I ever have the rest of the time. It doesn't feel like a chore. It feels like I'm giving my body exactly what it wants and needs. One interesting side effect is that now that I'm over obsessing about food and my body image, I have more time and energy to devote to de-cluttering my house. Who knew?
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2.0 out of 5 stars McDougalls books are better. Easier to follow
Dr. McDougalls books are better. Easier to follow, provide real advice
Published 21 days ago by sean egglestone
5.0 out of 5 stars reads easily, and hits home
A book ive needed for years...its layed out well, reads easily, and hits home. Its not an emotionally easy to read book but ive learned so much and its been eyeopening so far. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michelle Wentworth
3.0 out of 5 stars So so
Not much new ideas. I passed it on.
Published 1 month ago by KBohn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Bailey Mitchell
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great book very detailed with common sense information.
Published 1 month ago by Nina Arvin
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it.
I am in a class of Intuitive Eating. This book is for me to continue with the program after the class is finished. Read more
Published 2 months ago by scrublady
5.0 out of 5 stars easy to understand
I really enjoyed this book, and at the end is a quick reference that re enforces the principles. So much hope here.
Published 2 months ago by Barbara Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book!
This is a very well written book. Very helpful for eating disorders. Especially compulsive dieting.
This is a book that I will read over and over.
Published 4 months ago by Katie Simenson
5.0 out of 5 stars IT WORKS! Free yourself and be normal!
I read every review here when I came across this book in my hellish journey of yoyo dieting and eating disorders. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Serah
4.0 out of 5 stars An Important Book To Read!
This book is all about listening mindfully to your body. Becoming much more tuned into your body's signals when and what to eat and learning to know when you are full. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Patricia M.
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