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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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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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!