“Intuitive Eating” by Evelyn Tribole & Elyse Resch

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.IntuitiveEatingcover

“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 inforiginalintuitiveeatingprosormation about the book and authors, plus a preview of the 10 Principles of Intuitive Eating, visit http://www.intuitiveeating.com/.

Have you read “Intuitive Eating?” Share your thoughts and reactions in the comments section!

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7 thoughts on ““Intuitive Eating” by Evelyn Tribole & Elyse Resch

  1. MBB says:

    Jamie ~ you know me pretty well; would you recommend this for me? I’m looking for something positive, uplifting and easy to understand. MBB

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  2. Jackie says:

    I have read this book! I enjoy how it describes cravings and the section on the food police. As someone who has experienced food guilt through out my life, I really enjoyed how they described it and the suggestions they had for moving past it.

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  3. Thank you for sharing your reactions to the book! One of the things I love about this book is just what you mentioned: The authors not only help the reader understand eating behaviors, they also explain how to take action once those behaviors have been identified.

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  4. This is one of the books I consistently recommend to friends and clients! I often find that people are afraid to move past dieting for fear they will gain weight, I think overcoming that fear is the biggest part of the battle. Great review!

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    • Thank you, Jenna! I agree completely – I think that the ‘rules’ of diets are enticing because they describe in concrete terms exactly what to, but once a person accepts the premise that diets do more harm than good, it is all about learning self-trust.

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