- Paperback: 284 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 2nd edition (September 11, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312321236
- ISBN-13: 978-0312321239
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (234 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works Paperback – September 11, 2003
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About the Author
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.
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After losing a lot of weight (about 100 pounds) after years of Weight Watchers and strict calorie/marconutrient counting, I'd completely lost touch with my body's hunger and fullness cues, nutritional needs and any food intuition whatsoever. I ended up developing an eating disorder. I tried other books to help me get out of the diet rat race and get my life back, but this was the only one that seemed to make sense.
Before reading this book, I was binge eating and purging anywhere from twice a week to 5-7 times per day. I binged and purged so much that my chest and throat hurt almost all the time. My teeth hurt. I had terrible acid reflux. I was going out of my way to binge eat, spending about $20 per binge at all hours of the day and night. I also exercised so much that I developed chronic tendonitis and stress fractures in both shins, requiring expensive doctor's office visits and 8 weeks of physical therapy, twice a week for 90 minutes at a time. My entire life was ruled by my eating disorder.
Now, after reading this book and going to about a year of therapy, I feel like I'm starting to get my life back. I eat whatever I want, when I want. I know that sounds crazy and people often interpret that as me saying "I eat pizza and ice cream all day." But, when you listen to your body and turn off the food police, it's amazing what your body tells you. Of course no one wants to only eat pizza and ice cream. You'd feel awful.
As it turns out, about 80% of the time I want foods that make my BODY feel good (tons of fruit, veggies, some dairy - I'm vegetarian). The other 20% of the time, I want things that make my SOUL feel good (dark chocolate, baked goods, chips, pizza, ice cream). I eat those whenever I want and feel zero guilt or zero pressure to consume as much as I can, because I know I can have these foods whenever I want them.
The best part? I was terrified of how much weight I'd gain on Intuitive Eating, but I am only about 10 pounds heavier now than when I was restricting heavily, dieting, weighing every scrap of food I ate and exercising myself to the point of injury. I eat what I want, enjoy life, don't count any calories and it's only a 10 pound difference from when I was so hungry that I'd drink Nyquil just to be able to sleep through the hunger cues at night.
IMPORTANT: The book alone was not enough to guide me into recovery (and the authors say as much) so I also saw two therapists once a week for about a year. This is crucial. If you have an eating disorder, this book will not be enough. You need to talk to a professional. I was embarrassed to admit I needed help, but it was worth it!
I used to put myself to sleep at night day dreaming about being told I no longer had to diet and that I could eat what I wanted. The nutritionist at the eating disorder clinic handed me a print out of an article written by one of the authors of Intuitive Eating. I immediately ordered a copy of the book.
I read the book over the course of a few months and it was a wonderful introduction to a new way of thinking about food, my body and dieting to lose weight. The book shows by example how dieting can cause bingeing, weight gain and insecurities. It explains, in depth how to change for the better. It even touches on eating disorders a bit.
I find now that while I don't know what I weigh (I threw out my scale long ago), I have gone down two sizes (from an 18 to a 14) and it has actually been fun. I enjoy a wide variety of foods and I don't suffer. It is no effort. I eat homemade fish and steamed vegetables (with butter), rocky road ice cream, apples and bananas. I exercise when I want to and only in ways that are pleasing to me. Most importantly, I no longer beat myself up for what I eat or the amount of exercise I do.
I have since read some of Geneen Roth's work and would recommend checking out some of her books, as well.
I'm giving the book 4 out of 5 stars because I think it advertises itself as a diet and reads a little like it is promising that the reader WILL lose weight. Even the cover reads like a diet: "a revolutionary program that works". I find all of this a bit counter to what the book is about.
This was such a huge first step to recovering from my ED and to living more at peace overall, I would gladly take the diet-like talk and give the book 4.75 stars, if I could.