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The Eden Diet [Kindle Edition]

Rita Hancock MD
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Book Description

The Eden Diet Christian weight loss program was created by Dr. Rita Hancock, a medical doctor with ivy league training in nutrition and the psychology of obesity as well as personal experience overcoming childhood-onset morbid obesity (and keeping the weight off for over 25 years).

The plan is about rejecting the diet mentality and re-learning how to eat the way God originally intended: with joy rather than guilt. You get to eat not only the healthy food that your body craves for nourishment, but also delicious treats such as cheeseburgers, pizza, and rich, delicious desserts. The key is to eat your treats in smaller portions than the world would have you believe is normal and only when you're physically rather than emotionally hungry. When you're emotionally hungry, Dr. Rita gives you specific tools for how to employ your faith to find willpower against unnecessary eating.

For more information about The Eden Diet Christian Weight Loss Program, visit

Editorial Reviews


Finally a weight loss program that is as sound physiologically as it is of all you get to eat carbs again!
Clark Gerhart MD
This book frees its readers from the roller-coaster of dieting.
Cara Brown, MD

Not eating when you're not truly hungry...eating smaller portions...eating treats occasionally...exercising more. Who can argue with those things? Dr. Hancock's method works.Gary Ratliff, MD
Internal Medicine

The Eden Diet will help you to recognize true hunger and become known as the one that can walk away from the buffet.
Steve Cox, DO

From the Publisher

This edition replaces and improves upon a prior, self-published edition of Dr. Hancock's book from 2008, which went by the same name.

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  • Language: English
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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and Easy to implement February 11, 2010
Ever since I was diagnosed with high blood pressure in April of 2009, I have been searching for a way to lose weight. I've read various diet books, but none of them were quite right. They were either too restrictive, meant giving up my favorite foods, too complicated, or too time-consuming. I had pretty much given up hope that I would ever find the right diet for me. I was thinking about just creating my own diet. But then I was at the local Christian bookstore. I always make a habit of looking through the diet section in the Christian bookstore. I've even bought several books. But even here, I was disappointed. The diets were Christian-based, but again, I found them too restrictive. I mean, seriously, is it really realistic to think that someone can completely eliminate sugar from their diet? On a short-term basis it's doable, but for a lifetime? I really don't think so? My willpower is not that strong.

The first thing that attracted me to the Eden Diet was the title. I was a little hesitant to even pick it up, because I thought it would be another "Eat only stuff that grows on trees or comes from a plant" type of diet. But it didn't take me long to realize that the Eden Diet is NOT that type of diet. Far from it. I was also concerned that this might be a faddish, junk-food diet. But I was wrong about that too. Dr. Rita does give you permission to eat sweets or other typically "forbidden" foods. The key is eating them in moderation. This diet does not advocated pigging out or eating only sweets all the time.

In my opinion, the previous reviewer who said that Dr. Rita expects you to be really hungry before you eat is just plain wrong. Here is a direct quote from the book. It can be found on page 92, towards the middle of the page.

"Don't go hungry for too long.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great No-Nonsense Wisdom! February 26, 2010
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This book has been the best thing to come down the pike in a LONG while. I was the collaborator for the Hallidays on "Thin Within," so I feel able to speak to this. :-) Additionally, I have released 100 pounds using the same principles that are presented in this book.

Honestly, I must confess that I do wish the title was different as this isn't a "diet" in the typical sense of the word. The book does speak of what God originally intended relative to our eating-- that we would allow our bodies to physiologically indicate when we are in need of fuel. And since the word "diet" refers to whatever we eat, the title *is* fair. But it won't prescribe foods you can and can't eat. Isn't it just like us humans to want someone to tell us what to do, when and what to eat? The truth is, this book promotes a freedom that many of us find scary! But once we get past this, we can live this way for the rest of our lives!

Yes, this is a book most suited to Christians or "Christian-friendly" people. The author brings references from the Bible to the topic, but I didn't feel she mishandled the Word at all. The reference to prayer is to garner support when we feel drawn to food for reasons other than physical need. Truly, if you think this is a no-brainer--to eat only when you are physically hungry and to stop when you are no longer hungry--try it! You will likely see that you are drawn to food much more frequently! Prayer helps to fend off this temptation to eat "just because," or to handle things that food just can't satisfy.

There is no deprivation to eat. No starvation endorsed here. Simply, if you are hungry, EAT! But if you have other things that make you turn to food, food isn't going to satisfy those anyhow.

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving this new lifestyle!! September 21, 2009
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I am in my 50s, have studied and done probably every diet and had been praying about what I needed to do about the few pounds that had been creeping up every year and no matter what I did, those pounds just wouldn't go away. Another Christian friend told me she had ordered The Eden Diet so I did, and it was like it was the answers to my prayers. I got the book, couldn't put it down, finished it and knew I needed to share it. We started the Eden Diet Bible Study at our church on August 6th, and now six weeks later, I not only have lost 8 lbs., but am just loving my new lifestyle. After the first few weeks of consistently waiting till you're really hungry before you eat and then, eating less, you start noticing that you are not focusing on food all the time, you are not as hungry as you used to be and for me, I've stopped craving sweets and any junk food. I want my calories to count. I've completely stopped mindlessly eating. I am getting so much positive feedback from the Bible Study group, and a lot of excitement about how simple and effortless this plan is and how you can't believe you're losing when you don't feel like your dieting!! Other comments have been how freeing it is NOT to diet and NOT to feel guilty when you do have a treat! I feel so great and just have no desire to eat "big" again for several reasons: God did not intend for us to overeat, I hate feeling stuffed, it is so freeing to not diet and not worry about what I am going to eat, I love finally losing these excess lbs. and am only a few lbs. away from my goal, I have knee problems, and I know that every pound I lose takes five lbs. of pressure off my knees. I am so thankful for Dr. Hancock and her program The Eden Diet.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 20 days ago by vanatta7
2.0 out of 5 stars Some good, misleading title
First off, the title is misleading. It should not have the word "diet" in the title. I found it by searching for Christian weight loss. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Horselady
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Simple just gotta follow it
Published 1 month ago by Pamela Velez
5.0 out of 5 stars I especially like the prayers in the back of the book
A logical God-fearing approach that empowers one to eat the way God intended us to. I especially like the prayers in the back of the book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JV
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very thought provoking and helpful to discover how to know the way to eat, as God designed.
Published 2 months ago by Dot Strong
5.0 out of 5 stars God's food!
I love to read about how we should eat from the Bible. Our world has so screwed up our food, it really isn't food anymore. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Debbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book!
This book really helped me to see God's plan for the way we should eat without dieting. I felt free to eat what I wanted, in moderation for the first time in my adult life. Read more
Published 5 months ago by deidra
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book!!
One of my favorite books so far. Such an lesson to have found it. Has more help than any other for Weightloss I've found yet.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great help!
I'm still in the process of reading it, but so far it has been very helpful coming from a Christian perspective!
Published 6 months ago by Laurie Mahoney
5.0 out of 5 stars Best diet book ever and it's not even a diet
The most helpful book on getting back to natural eating that will result in weight loss I have ever read. She makes it fun.
Published 7 months ago by A. Sturgis
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More About the Author

As a board-certified physician in both Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Management, Dr. Rita Hancock specializes in helping her patients achieve optimal function in spite of their arthritic, painful joints. One way she does this is by helping them lose weight. Dr. Rita has not only Ivy League training in nutrition and the psychology of obesity, but she also speaks from personal experience. She personally overcame a compulsive eating disorder and lost 75 pounds and kept it off for for over 27 years.

Since true health requires wellness in three dimensions: mind, body, and spirit, Dr. Rita also counsels her patients in regard to their emotional and spiritual well-being. This approach has allowed her to get to the root of otherwise unexplained pain and/or stress-induced illness in a large number of patients.

Dr. Rita's books include The Eden Diet (Zondervan 2008) and The Eden Diet Workbook, which are about learning to eat in response to physical rather than emotional hunger. And her latest book is called Radical Well-being: A Biblical Guide to Overcoming Pain, Illness, and Addictions (Siloam, January 8, 2013). Radical Well-being offers a road map for finding relief if you suffer with conditions such as fibromyalgia, migraine headaches, neck or back pain, irritable bowels, depression, anxiety, or compulsive behaviors like overeating, consuming drugs or alcohol, over-spending, etc.--especially if you desire a biblical approach to the management of those conditions.

To enhance your well-being, Dr. Rita also produced a series of twenty-two minute audio recordings for stress-management and weight control. The series is called "Godly Affirmations For Weight Control" and is available on in the digital recordings store. Her specific recordings are entitled, "A Battle With The Flesh" (for food cravings control), "A Walk on the Beach" (for relief from emotional eating), "A Picnic at the Lake" (for eating properly at social events), and "A Walk in the Forest" (for learning to love exercise).

Dr. Rita writes from the Christian perspective and lives in Oklahoma City with her husband and children.


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