When something you read has had a major impact on you, it’s pretty easy to tell. You notice that you look at things a little differently. Suddenly, you’re making changes, even tiny ones, because of that influential piece of writing.
“Intuitive Eating” is the anti-diet book written by two Registered Dietitians, Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. These two professionals describe their clients’ negative experiences with diets that served as the basis for the development of a new approach to healthy eating: the 10 Principles of Intuitive Eating.
Throughout the book, Tribole and Resch describe in detail each of the 10 Principles. These principles are centered on the idea that humans instinctively know how and what to eat. Recognizing one’s own physical and psychological state as it relates to food highlights reasons for eating and making food choices that are not predicated on the vital need for nourishment to survive. The book guides the reader in cultivating the skills to make the right choices for the right reasons.
As a nutrition student and Registered Dietitian-to-be, I have heard many opinions and philosophies from professors and mentors in the field of nutrition. Some are fans of dietary supplements, some prefer organic foods, some promote hyper-strict adherence to specific dietary guidelines. My own educated opinions were geared toward a moderation approach, choosing primarily nutritious foods but also allowing for enjoyment of foods with less nutritional value. “Intuitive Eating” not only verbalized my feelings about food and how to approach it, but took the concept even further by providing a “how to” in the form of the 10 Principles.
I would (and have!) recommend this book to everyone. From nutrition and health professionals, to individuals who want to improve their health, to those who just want to simplify their diet, this book is absolutely a worthwhile read. Well-written and easy-to-read, “Intuitive Eating” is fit for a top spot on everyone’s list of books to read.
For more information about the book and authors, plus a preview of the 10 Principles of Intuitive Eating, visit http://www.intuitiveeating.com/.
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