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Body Kindness: Transform Your Health from the Inside Out--and Never Say Diet Again Paperback – December 27, 2016
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“[Scritchfield] provides fantastic tips for transforming your mental and physical health… a must-read."—TheHuffington Post
“[A] rousing guide to better health… Scritchfield’s work boils down complex behavioral science ideas into accessible self-improvement strategies.” —Publishers Weekly
“If you are ready to stop torturing yourself with diets and self-criticism and start nourishing your body and mind with healthy choices that help you reach your true potential, consider this wonderful book your road map. Scritchfield provides inspiration and real-life strategies in a fun and friendly style, with lots of helpful graphic tools."
—Ellie Krieger, MS, RD, host of Ellie’s Real Good Food on public television and award-winning cookbook author
“For all of us who’ve been caught up in punishing cycles of busyness, perfectionism, crazy cleanses, deprivation, too much work, joyless to-do lists, and too little sleep, Rebecca Scritchfield’s Body Kindness offers a refreshing antidote. In this common-sense, warm, and eminently practical guide backed by science and story, Scritchfield shows how taking time to pause and set our own internal compasses is the first step toward overcoming deeply held cultural expectations and transforming our lives.”
—Brigid Schulte, award-winning journalist and author of the New York Times bestselling Overwhelmed: How to Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time
"As a firm believer in the power of body positivity, I'm thrilled and impressed by Rebecca Scritchfield's amazing tips for manifesting a joyful, healthy outlook on life, and for honoring the body you have right now."
—Jessamyn Stanley, instructor, blogger, author of Every Body Yoga
“If you want to change, start by acknowledging your strength. And then read this book to walk your way into a life that feels as good inside as it does outside.”
—Julie Smolyansky, CEO, Lifeway Foods, and documentary film producer
“With clarity and compassion, Scritchfield tells us what we desperately need to know: Diet culture pretends to be about health, but actually makes us sick. We end up obsessing over our bodies and forget about our souls. Eating and exercise turn into chores, and self-worth gets dictated by the number on a scale. For anyone who’s been poisoned by superficial diet plans and strict food rules, this book is the perfect antidote. Read it if you’re ready to stop dieting and start loving yourself and your life!”
—Alan Levinovitz, PhD, author of The Gluten Lie
“What a pleasure to read such a sensible, self-loving book about improving one’s health. Rebecca Scritchfield’s Body Kindness method honors body diversity—for real! She’s not scamming her readers with bogus weight-loss promises. Her weight-neutral, compassionate, and practical approach to health allows people to make joyful, long-lasting changes in their self-care practices.”
—Connie Sobczak, author of Embody: Learning to Love Your Unique Body (and Quiet That Critical Voice!) and cofounder, The Body Positive
“Say good-bye to body-shaming and dieting. Body Kindness is a refreshing and timely book, which describes how health begins by being kind with self-care actions. Written in a friendly tone (as if you are talking to one of your best girlfriends), by a dietitian, who has overcome her own war with her body. Readers will enjoy the stories, infographics, and the many helpful action steps to make peace with food, body, and mind—once and for all!”
—Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD, coauthor of Intuitive Eating and The Intuitive Eating Workbook
“It is just not possible to hate yourself to health. Body Kindness is a comprehensive, compassionate, and honest user’s manual that guides you to nourish, move, care for, and yes, accept your body now.”
—Michelle May, MD, author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat
“Put down that diet book and smash your scale—they don’t help you get healthy! Rebecca has taught me that the best thing I could do for my health is to take care of my body and stop fighting it.”
—Bernie Salazar, MEd, At-Home Winner, The Biggest Loser, season 5
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I gave it one less star because there was one point in the book where Rebecca talks about food cravings and one tip she gives is to brush your teeth to get over the craving. I cringed at this part because this was extremely triggering to someone who used to be a chronic dieter. Brushing your teeth after a meal so you won't eat anymore or so you won't want chocolate etc. is a classic dieting "trick"l so I personally don't think Rebecca should have included that.
Otherwise, I really, really loved this book and I definitely recommend it to anyone exploring giving up dieting and getting your life back :) <3
While I had ditched the scale well before I read Body Kindness, it was this book that has helped me to consistently practice Body Kindness and let go worries about my weight and what my body looks like. I have to admit the thoughts still come up that I need to lose weight but now I pull out tools I learned in this book and let those thoughts pass. I can take care, excellent care, of myself and not relapse into unhealthy eating and exercise behaviors. I highly recommend this book to anyone no matter where they are on the journey to learning how to take awesome care themselves.
I loved this book, and it helped me move down the road of body kindness, and seeing health as everything, including your social and emotional well-being. This is a great guide for those looking to pursue joyful movement and intuitive eating. The book was a wake up call for me as a frequent dieter. I've also started doing health coaching with Rebecca, and joined her online program, Spiral Up, which is very helpful.
My two only caveats are this:
SPOILER ALERT: I wish she would have told the story of flying to Vegas to address her Mom's heart attack at the very beginning. I think the most powerful part of Rebecca is her own transformation from a dieting aerobics instructor into the body and health positive health coach. Along the way, her Mom, who was a frequent dieter had a heart attack, and it permanently changed Rebecca's outlook on life and health. For me, if that had been at the beginning, I would have been completely hooked, similar to the beginning of "Love Warrior", when you find Glennon Doyle Melton in the middle of this incredible transformative moment. As I read "Body Kindness", I kept wondering the catalyst for her to make this life transition. because she is so passionate about mission-driven work.
I think that would also help sequence the book better.
I also think there are times where the advice feels like too much if you read the book straight through. My advice is to read the book slowly, and do the exercises, with a journal by your side. Also, the charts were difficult to read on my old kindle.