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Publisher's Summary

Intuitive Eating is the go-to book on rebuilding a healthy body image and making peace with food. We’ve all been there - angry with ourselves for overeating, for our lack of willpower, for failing at yet another diet. But the problem isn’t us; it’s that dieting, with its strict rules, keeps us from listening to our bodies. Written by two prominent nutritionists, Intuitive Eating will teach you how to reject diet mentality forever; how our three eating "personalities" define our eating difficulties; how to find satisfaction in your eating; how to feel your feelings without using food; how to honor hunger and feel fullness; how to follow the 10 principles of "intuitive eating"; how to achieve a new and safe relationship with food and, ultimately, your body; and more.

This revised edition includes updates and expansions throughout, as well as two brand-new chapters that will help readers integrate intuitive eating even more fully into their daily lives.

©1995 2003, 2012 by Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD, and Elyse Resch, MS, RD, FADA, CEDRD (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Both sound and supportive…this nurturing volume will find an eager audience in all those who are tired of living in the land of forbidden foods and the latest greatest diet fad." (Publishers Weekly)
"A valuable resource in the eating disorder field, both for clinicians and clients, helping all keep the end goal in mind." (Carolyn Costin, renowned eating disorder expert and author)

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  • perla
  • LONG BEACH, CA, United States
  • 03-19-16

Binging is gone ☺️

When I found myself binging while dieting, I felt like I was living hell on earth. I became food obsessed and I feared binging or being near food because I was so emotionally affected by it. Thanks to the principles in this books I have being able to recover in less than a month. I also read the bought the audio book "a thin's woman brain" , and "read brain over binge". I can finally say that I have started to fully live, and I enjoy food and life without feeling deprived anymore. Thank you for writing this book.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Narrator really off-putting

Would you listen to Intuitive Eating again? Why?

No, I didn't finish it and just read the book.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Didn't finish.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I couldn't stand this narrator. I dislike it when the tone of voice implies that if you don't buy the theories you are stupid.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

N/A.

Any additional comments?

Interesting concepts, but can't recommend the audio.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Made their point over and over again--OK I get it.

What would have made Intuitive Eating better?

I really like the point of being aware of one's stomach and only eating if you are hungry. How about if you really need to: <br/>lose weight? <br/>deal with emotional eating?<br/>

What could Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

<br/>Read it themselves. That female reader was too sing songy.<br/>

Would you be willing to try another one of Pam Ward’s performances?

no

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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In an ideal world, this would make you healthier.

This book does make some valid and useful points that I completely agree with:

1 - Our bodies were designed with the ability to eat when we are hungry and stop when we are full.
2 - Today we often ignore these messages and overeat - especially foods that are not good for us - causing unhealthy weight gain and a host of medical problems.
3 - Diets - calorie restriction, low-fat diets, low-carb diets - DON’T work.
4 - Ignoring our hunger signals results in food obsession and often binge eating later.
5 - Focusing on weight instead of health and nutrition is not helpful and actually can lead us to unhealthy behavior.

However, there are some very serious concerns with the recommendations made in this book. Some of them are downright irresponsible.

In an ideal world, where all of our food was natural and nutritious, we could eat what we wanted when we wanted and we would not incur unhealthy consequences as a result. In an ideal world, all food would nourish our bodies as God intended. We would be sensitive to the savory flavors of meats, eggs, and seafood, the variety of texture and flavor of vegetables, and the succulent sweetness of fruit. But we do not live in an ideal world.
In our world today, we are bombarded by marketing to buy and eat foods that are manufactured to meet the “bliss point” of the perfect combination of sweet, salt, and fat. There are many people whose full-time job is focused on making “foods” with the ultimate pleasure point to keep us eating them. When we continue to eat these foods, they drive us to eat more. But they do not feed our bodies with nutrition. The constant bombardment of unnatural foods disrupts our hormones which leads to cravings, mixed up hunger signals, low energy, digestive troubles, and eventually, disease.
So, sometimes in this modern day of industrialized food we have to put mind over matter and decide with our mind - not our cravings or feelings - how we should fuel our bodies. I don’t feel that it is good advice for adults - in today’s world where junk food is everywhere - to allow themselves to eat whatever they want, ignoring common sense, while proposing to them that it will make them healthier.
Furthermore, to advise parents of toddlers to serve desserts - even processed, manufactured, sugary desserts - right along with nutritious foods at the dinner table is irresponsible. Food companies spend several billion dollars a year marketing their foods to children alone. Allowing free and open access of these foods to our children is throwing them directly into the marketing traps of the food industry. Do you want to decide what foods and flavors your child develops a taste for? How their bodies are nourished? Or should we leave that up to Nestle, Coca Cola, and Kraft?
Don’t waste your time and money on this book. If you want a real, logical solution to the dilemmas we face in deciding what to eat in this modern world, check out It Starts with Food by Melissa Hartwig. She actually explains why we crave junk food and what to do about it. True food freedom is not all the donuts and french fries you can eat. Real food freedom is eating great-tasting food that nourishes your body, is satisfying, makes you more healthy, and allows you to feel your best.

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It really is like a field guide

Would you consider the audio edition of Intuitive Eating to be better than the print version?

I bought both audio/kindle- the book offers the tables/reference materials and the audio is just easier for me to consume in total.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Intuitive Eating?

Just understanding the equation of: restricting --> deprivation --> grasping --> guilt -->restricting. Once you X out restricting OF ANY KIND - the whole equation goes poof! For me the last frontier was letting go of restricting. I had all these little hidden restrictions (telling myself I wasn't dieting) - you have to truly let go of them for this to work.

What does Pam Ward bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I felt like I was getting counseled directly by an expert. Someone who really understands the depths of this and someone with empathy.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No extreme reactions - the book is mellow.

Any additional comments?

Having read all of Geneen Roth's books and Have your Cake and Skinny Jeans too - this book fills in some of the gaps. Really helped cement the practices - and helped me to understand how to apply day to day - practical. Yes it repeats a lot - but when you're unwinding decades of dieting- repetition is good!!

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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What would have made Intuitive Eating better?

Different narrator and the 3rd edition rather than 2nd.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointed. I discovered this is an older edition. Plus the narrators style is very irritating to me.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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I need the print version

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This is a good book with valuable information. It's just one I struggled to follow in audiobook format.

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lifechanging

it will completely change your mind about any kind of dysfunctional behavior around food!! !

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Felt like they were writing about me.

Excellent book! I felt like she had a window into my personal struggles with food. Excited about my new journey toward intuitive eating.

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I wish I had read this book years ago!

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The reader did a good job and seemed really into it. But more importantly, the information is outstanding! I have never considered myself a dieter and am at my ideal weight and I still got a lot out of it! I have already recommended it to others. There is a good section on how to raise kids to have a healthy relationship with food, which was outstanding too. Almost anyone who struggles with food and/or weight will gain something positive by reading or listening to this book!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful