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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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Over the past few years I've been teaching myself how to live a healthy life that makes me feel good about my body, without going to extremes or diets. I've found a lot of sage advice that has worked in books like Intuitive Eating and Starting Monday: Seven Keys to a Permanent, Positive Relationship with Food. And when I found this book I knew from page one that it would be a perfect compliment.
I can't say enough good things about Body Kindness. Even though I'd read quite a bit about nutrition, wellness, meditation, etc. before picking up this book it STILL taught me so much. It perfectly embodies the type of life I'm trying to live and I love that for me it isn't a one time read. Rather, it is very much a book that you work through and I find myself coming back to it again and again to work through exercises or re-read passages with new eyes.
It's well written. It steers clear of pseudo-science. It's an enjoyable read and really sets you up for success.
It also WORKS. I know for a lot of people (myself included) leaving diets behind is really, really scary. It's hard to convince ourselves that it's the diets that fail us, rather than us not succeeding because something about us is deficient. But if you can trust the book and work through it, I've found you can develop a healthier relationship with your body, food and exercise. I'm someone who always felt miserable and insecure even at my lowest weight and now for the first time I can say that even though my body is imperfect, I can see its strengths and appreciate what it does for me. I also love that it doesn't end with the book. The author has a community on FB around the book that is also a great source of support and wisdom.
Honestly I can't say enough good things about this book. I first read it as an advanced reader copy through Net Galley and loved it so much I had to come back and buy a hard copy for myself to reference time and time again.
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