Intuitive Eating, 2nd Edition: A Revolutionary Program That Works

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We've all been there-angry with ourselves for overeating, for our lack of willpower, for failing at yet another diet that was supposed to be the last one. But the problem is not you, it's that dieting, with its emphasis on rules and regulations, has stopped you from listening to your body.

Written by two prominent nutritionists, Intuitive Eating focuses on nurturing your body rather than starving it, encourages natural weight loss, and helps you find the weight you were meant to be.

*How to reject diet mentality forever
*How our three Eating Personalities define our eating difficulties
*How to feel your feelings without using food
*How to honor hunger and feel fullness
*How to follow the ten principles of Intuitive Eating, step-by-step
*How to achieve a new and safe relationship with food and, ultimately, your body

With much more compassionate, thoughtful advice on satisfying, healthy living, this newly revised edition also includes a chapter on how the Intuitive Eating philosophy can be a safe and effective model on the path to recovery from an eating disorder.

Customer Reviews:

  • good stuff
    In reading some of the negative reviews of this book, I noticed that none of them (I did not read ALL the negative reviews but refer only to the first 6 or 7 I came upon) actually said they tried this approach and that it did not work for them. Instead, they took issue philosophically with the ideas in the book. On the other hand, the people who say they tried this approach (like me) also said it worked for them and more important than losing weight they made peace with food. If you are a chronic dieter, as so many of us are, this is a life changing shift, and people like "Special K" who would dare to say, "Just eat healthier foods in smaller portions, it's not rocket science"* are obviously not familiar with the problems we suffer with. This book, and probably others that advocate the same ideas, will change your life if you apply it. I am so happy to have done so myself. ...more info
  • Morbidly Obese Binge Eater stops binging by eating forbidden foods
    Are you looking for the answer? This is it.

    I would have never believed it, but this book is changing my life. I weigh 400 lbs and have been on every diet imaginable, spent over 10 years in OA and I have also been to 4 eating disorder units for binge eating disorder. My binge eating has only ever gotten worse in the long run.

    Every program i've tried works temporarily until i return to my old eating habits (binging on junk food voraciously and insatiably because of an inexplicable compulsion and drive).

    Who would have thought that all i needed to do was GIVE UP DIETING, start feeding myself all of my favorite forbidden fattening treats as meals....and I'd STOP binging??????

    When you realize you're to the point where you can never go on another diet and feel deprived again, you don't have to. Order this book and learn to just eat what you want.

    Now I eat forbidden and fattening foods at meal times and I can't quite believe i'm able to stop when my hunger turns off. I'm so aware of my hunger/satiety levels now and learning how to please myself by eating what feels and tastes good. I was scared of hunger before. Now it's my friend!

    It always amazes me how much BETTER food tastes when i'm hungry.

    Still quite a newbie, I often leave a meal with a slight distrust, like i did 'bad' and ate something soooo fattening that i'll NEVER be hungry again and that i'll gain weight by eating such fattening foods.

    Am i shocked when, after that hearty meal, hunger appears again in 4-5 hours, on a somewhat regular and predictable schedule, even after eating super fattening foods. I wake up in the morning hungry and am so thrilled i am now allowed to finally eat what i want!

    Yippee, as soon as i get hungry, i am free to enjoy eating as much as I need and want. Now my tummy tells me when enough is enough. I never had a sense of when to stop because i didn't know how to listen.

    When you hear what i eat in a day, you'd think i would gain weight by allowing myself to eat icecream before bed and eat fried pierogies and put mayo on my wraps, and drink chocolate milk and cream and sugar in my coffee and regular coke instead of diet coke. Nope!

    I used to eat DIET food all day and appear pious. The minute i would eat something forbidden, i would be sent into a tailspin that would send me binging voraciously. It was as if i opened the floodgates to 'pleasure' and they said, 'i want more!'

    Then i would hit every fast food joint on the way home from work and devour 5-6 combo meals. Did they taste good? Yeah, they did. Then i would continue to binge until i couldn't walk. DId it taste good? Yes.

    Then i was filled with such self-loathing and hatred that i would continue to binge or I'd start a diet. But the minute i'd eat or even THINK of something forbidden, i'd be uncontrollable again.

    Now I eat fried foods for lunch, sugary cakes for breakfast, fatty meats for wouldn't believe how good it all tastes...and I have no compulsion to binge! I'm even losing weight!

    How is that? How many calories is the average binge? 5,000? I'm eating so much LESS food because I'm not BINGING anymore. I'm a normal person.

    Plus, I'm enjoying what i'm eating, so i'm not feeling deprived and less satisfies me. The old drive to binge...has just...evaporated.

    My enjoyment of food has increased 100 fold and i've put away my need to stuff myself to feel good or to feel pleasure.

    Feeling pleasure is now waiting until i'm hungry and eating whatever i want: donuts, scones, pizza, hambergers. Oh, the taste is so sublime and heavily when i'm hungry for what i choose to eat!

    Yesterday i ate a slice of pizza for dinner and was so satiated. It was delicious and I didn't need or want a 2nd peice. I even went to the movies and didn't have that old drive to get popcorn.

    I'm receiving intense pleasure (more intense pleasure than binging) in meals now and don't have a need to eat forbidden treats outside of meals.

    This book is changing my life!

    Let's support each other and email each other.

    Michelle at and info
  • move on!
    Not a good book at all. The excerpts that the author allows you to read online are great but that is as far as it goes. I would look at buying a book by Kay Sheppard, but not this book. No way no how!...more info
  • Diet? Never again. Halelujah!
    I loved reading this book. After a lifetime of dieting, and gaining it all again, thirty years of trying every diet around, finally relief. Eat what you want and enjoy it. All the good things I have been denying myself are now back on the menu. Nice crusty fresh bread and salad with DRESSING, a glass of wine, a POTATO! Two potatoes. Maybe three. Don't worry. My body is supposed to regulate itself and gradually I will become a slim person, at my natural, ideal weight. I just have to forget about dieting. Just who am I kidding? After three weeks on this wonderful regime I am six pounds heavier. I think I better look for a new diet book. There is enough of them around....more info
  • best nutrition book, common sense approach to non-dieting
    I'm a registered dietitian, so I'm quite particular about books I read about nutrition. However, this one is by far the best one geared towards weight loss, or eating disorders. Written by two registered dietitians (RD), not some doctor that maybe had just one nutrition class in his/her life, this book outlines the common diet traps numerous people unfortunately fall into. It provides common sense tips on how to avoid these diet traps & how to follow one's intuition and hunger cues to aid people who are having a hard time losing weight or those who disordered eating or eating disorders. The authors provide numerous examples and resources as well. I highly recommend it to anyone in the nutrition/fitness field for a reference and highly recommend this to anyone considering losing weight or feeling fearful of dieting.

    As for personal experience, the only truly successful times I have had losing weight has been through intuitive eating. In high school, I became completely obsessed with the kcal, fat, fiber content of every food imaginable & had cravings I'd never had before, all because of deprivation & ignoring hunger cues. As a senior in HS, I embraced the principles of this book (before I knew it existed) & easily maintained the weight I felt comfortable and was still healthy. I discovered this book in 2002 and have recommended it to other RDs/health care professionals, clients and patients of mine. Numerous patients have told me that they do know a lot about nutrition, but the factor missing is that they are not following their true hunger/satiety signals. ...more info
  • Trust Your Body's Intuition
    This is a GREAT book that has helped me a lot! Now, I listen to what my body wants, and much to my surprise, it wants things like fresh fruit, vegetables, chocolate, and I am losing weight!
    I tried so many diets, and once I let go of trying so hard, I found that my body knows what it needs, naturally!
    This is a great book, and it has worked well for me. I feel free now to just eat what my body is telling me it needs, and the guilt, along with the few extra pounds are gone! Thank you for this book!...more info
    I am in the middle of reading Intuitive Eating right now and already my thoughts about food and bingeing have changed. I have alot of food allergies and food restrictions and have found myself in the past year going through vicious cycles of bingeing on foods that I have determined are "bad" foods and ones I should stay away from alltogether or limit myself from having atleast once a week and therefor it turned into a pattern of not only bingeing on these foods but also purgeing and I never thought I'd be rid of all my obsessive thoughts about food or weight until I found this book and for once I truly feel like I can change my thinking and change my life for the better....more info
  • One of the best books - You will actually learn how to lose Weight
    I lose more than 200 lbs, but it wouldn't be fair to say that it was completely thanks to this book, since I recently bought it and have just finished reading it, but base on my own experience I believe this book is a great inspirational tool to help anyone keep the weight off, and if you want to, or are just starting to lose weight it will give you tools to go all the way and will also keep you motivated in order to lose more weight in a healthy and smart fashion.

    This book is not about diet but about common sense and good nutritional habits, its about learning to understand your body in order to eat smart, and by smart I don't mean starve yourself or being hungry, I mean by smart eating: eat when you are hungry, eat only exactly what you need, and of course eat the right food.

    I have read a lot of books on weight loss, and this may be one of best book on this subject. You will learn in this book how to honor your hunger, know your body language and feel your fullness, cope with emotions, and honor your health

    What worked for me? You eat more frequently, you eat consciously, and you exercise. It works !!! This plan keeps your metabolism at maximum speed all day long. I eat more (but I choose better) than I ever ate before, and I have been able to keep in good shape. "Intuitive eating" will help you in this field by letting you understand your body language in order to establish new nutritional habits.

    This actually works, and I have been able to keep the weight off for more than six years now.

    In short terms, based on my experience I can recommend this book, and its also a great reading as well.

    Another tools you may want to consider, to complement this book and your strategies for boosting your metabolism, loosing weight, and even more important keeping that weight off are:

    - A Body Fat Monitor or Scale. This will help you monitor your progress, to assure that the weight you are loosing is fat (fat lost = increased metabolism) and not muscle, water or bone mass (decreased metabolism).
    - "Ultrametabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss", which is another very practical, readable and insightful book, focused on how to boost your metabolism.
    - "The Abs Diet: The Six-Week Plan to Flatten Your Stomach and Keep You Lean for Life". Don't be fouled by its title, it is not a diet, but an effective and inspirational read with a lot of sense.
    - A Heart Rate Monitor Wrist Watch. This is an excellent tool that will help you monitor and control your Heart Rate in order to keep yourself in a burning fat state (increased metabolism).
    - "The Hard Body Plan". Excellent strategies, programs and workouts, aimed to help you increase your muscle mass.

    If you are focused only on your nutrition, the first three may be worth considering. If you exercise, or want to start doing it right, the last two are for you. If you do both, all the five options can improve your results. And "Intuitive eating" will provide a great beginning for your journey.

    These worked out for me, and I believe it can also work for you, just keep in mind that there aren't easy solutions out there (if they are easy, they won't last, so they are not real solutions), weight lose requires commitment, discipline and a change in your habits. Again, "Intuitive eating" will help you in this field by letting you understand your body language in order to establish new nutritional habits....more info
  • Excellent Advice.
    I have read countless diet and health books over the years, this book proves that we have been brainwashed by an industry which doesn't have our best interest at heart and as a result we have lost our faith in our body's intuition. I am half way through this book and have already ditched my New Year's resolution to lose weight by the summer. Instead I am eating 3 meals and 2 snacks a day (including a bar of chocolate NOT three!). I ask myself if I am hungry and what I feel like eating and am trying to overcome the guilt that has been plaguing me for years causing a non stop cycle of diet/binge. I have a feeling I will be referring back to this book until my mind is cleansed of the media's bullying and am at peace with what my body is trying to tell me....more info
  • Okay, but not the whole answer for some
    While this book has some good information in it and is a good place for people with eating issues or weight problems, I agree with the reviewer who said that the book's theory does not account for our modern diet full of sugar and poor-quality foods. For many people, eating sugar or certain fatty or salty foods will trigger chemical reactions that biologically make you want to eat more and more. This makes the "eat whatever you want when you are hungry, stop when full" almost impossible for some people. After trying to follow this and gaining some weight (which the book says can happen before your body "normalizes") I woke up and realized that sugar and processed foods were not healthy for my body and doing me no good health-wise or weight-wise, so it was time to stop eating them as much as I possibly can. It is important to follow your natural hunger and fullness issues, but it is also important to follow a healthy diet and not just allow yourself to eat anything you want at all meals. Do you let your kids eat all the sugar they want? Of course not. So, I don't think it's wise to let yourself do the same. Being or feeling "deprived" (which they say diets make you feel) is not about eating healthfully, it's about depriving yourself of a healthy body and life. The book says that you will naturally start wanting a healthy diet when you are allowed to eat what you want, but chemically, I don't think this is the case with certain people. It's worth reading, but I liked The Slow Down Diet better, and I'm also reading Shrink Yourself, a book written by a psychologist for emotional eaters. ...more info
  • Intuitive Eating
    This is just another diet book that doesn't call itself that!!
    That seems to be the trend these days."Let's call it a change in life style. They won't know the difference"...more info
  • Terrible book wish I never bought it
    A lot of talk about intuitive eating but not much discussion on "how". I stuck it in the donation bin....more info
  • Overcome eating disorders
    An insightful and helpful book that will help you be at peace with food and overcome eating disorders (and lose weight!)....more info
  • What a GREAT book!
    This book addresses all types of issues related to eating. I recommend this book for people who have eating disorders of all kinds, from anorexia to bulimia, to overeating and beyond. Talk about a new-found freedom with food!...more info
  • Intuitive Eater
    I give five stars to this book for a few reasons. First, being a young adult involved in the fashion industry, it is not easy to find answers out there that make sense. Of all the literature I have read on nutrition, dieting, and weight control, I feel this one is well rounded. There are no severe restrictions, no two week diet plans, and no extreme measures with results that do not last. I would feel comfortable recommending this to a younger crowd- teenaged group, or to an older more experienced crowd.

    Pressure from outside sources are enough stress- we do not need to add the additional pressure form oursleves. One of the most important facts about this book was that it showed me what is right for myself may not be right for other people, and that is okay. Being true to yourself is one of the best ways to feel better, regardless of judgement and criticism.

    After years of struggling with body image and disordered eating, I am starting to feel better. I have been practicing intuitive eating for 4 months now, and through the stress of graduating college, I feel pretty good! I realize that eating, as in what you eat, how you feel (or don't) when you eat, and how you eat, all reflect a deeper look into yourself. In this healing process, I finally realize it is no longer about losing weight. The point is to feel better, happier, and have more esteem for yourself and your body. I can say that I enjoy ice cream to the max now! By removing the deprivation and guilt, we release the need to stuff our faces (and our emotions). Thank you. ...more info
  • Intuitive Eating
    I feal that the program will work for a lot of people but where I fit in does not relate to their recomendations....more info
  • Wonderful Book
    This is a must read for those who need to identify their emotional eating habits. Great! I highly recommend it....more info
    This book hits home for anyone that has dieted,
    or even if they know someone who has struggled with
    dieting. It doesn't preach, it just helps teach you
    how to eat normally. My favorite lesson in the book:
    I would be happy at the weight that I was at when I started
    my first diet. Somehow all the dieting has just added
    pounds when I could have just maintained that weight
    to begin with!...more info
  • An excellent book
    I really have to disagree with Yvonne's comment "But obese people do not start being overweight due to dieting!" As a child I always enjoyed eating, but I was not overweight. In fact, I didn't think too much about food at all. I went on my first diet at age 15, with the goal of losing 5 lbs. After I lost 5 lbs by eating a lot of salad and little else, I could fit into all my jeans and a few people commented on how good I looked. I was hooked.....I lost another 5 lbs. and looked great (probably too thin, but I thought I looked great!), but the constant restricting and hunger made me start to obsess about food! I would end a 2 day fast by eating an entire bag of cookies....My first diet was the beginning of a 20 year cycle of fasting and compulsive eating that left me 75 lbs overweight. I've been in lots of Compulsive Eating support groups over the years and I've heard the same story. If you put a child in a room filled with candy and junk food and tell her to eat whatever she wants, the food will quickly lose much of it's appeal......or tell her not to eat one bite and see how important that food becomes....

    This book addresses many of the issues behind compulsive eating, and with lots of work on my part, it made me sane again (and 60 lbs lighter). ...more info
  • excellent
    This book was very very helpful. I really changed the way I approach food after reading it. Revolutionary....more info
  • We are no longer in an intuitive world
    This book relies on the supperficially intuitive idea that our bodies know what they need for good health and well being. The surface logic of this argument breaks down when you realize that we are no longer living in a natural world. The book really ignores the well accepted fact that certain foods trigger chemical reactions in the body that turn on hunger signals and prompt overeating. There is a reason people can't eat only one cookie or one potatoe chip. Our bodies are hard wired to overeat surger and salt containing foods becuase in the natural world, these things are rare and precious. In our bloated high processed world, our bodies are being given incorrect cues all the time.

    Certainly, if you are eating lean poultry and fish, broccalli and fruit, you can trust your body to let you know when its had enough. But if you already have problems with overeating or binging, you are not going to solve them by simply giving yourself permission to keep eating the foods which chemically induce your body to want more.

    Food is an emotional issue, but it is also a physical and chemical one. Combine the fact that most people who turn to this book will have long ago lost the ability to discriminate real hunger from emotional hunger due to yoyo dieting with the devestating effect of processed foods and you have a real problem.

    Beware this book....more info
  • intuitive eating a vevolutionary program that works
    I haven't finished the book yet but what I've read so far - I find
    inlighting - I't on the money - it goes to the root cause of the
    problem - learning how to eat properly in the key - and I give thanks
    to the authors for this inspiring work....more info
  • Good book when supported with additional information
    I have seen so many books on dieting! Each month or so a new title pops up claiming to have the ULTIMATE SOLUTION to our nation's overeating problem. That's right folks, in most cases this is just that - OVEREATING. In most cases we do not need any diet; all we need is to stop overeating - the constant snaking, and chewing usually accompanied with drinking pops. How about drinking just clear mineral water instead? Just by making this simple adjustment many of us would shed a considerable amount of pounds. As the authors of Intuitive Eating rightly point out, there is no ultimate diet that fits everyone. Each one of us is unique, we grow up in different environments, we are all differently "wired" and we have different needs. The problem with Intuitive Eating is that most of the foods that we find in our grocery stores is not natural food any more; it often has so many added ingredients that cheat the wisdom of our bodies. Most of us can probably name one or two snack that we are just not able to stop eating. In my case it is potato chips. Whenever I start eating them, I cannot stop until I eat all of them. Why is that? - I don't know. According to Kevin Trudeau, the author of the book Natural Cures They Don't Want You to Know About, the food industry purposely adds some ingredients to "hook us up" with their products, to make us addicted to some foods. Whether this is true or not, it is very likely that our wise bodies will not intuitively know when to stop eating modified, unnatural foods. The way I deal with my problem is simple - I just don't buy any potato chips any more. It is only right to follow the well known advice that can be found in any GOON NUTRITION books (do not confuse that with dieting books):
    - eating in small portions, not overindulging
    - eating only fresh ingredients, drinking a lot of water
    - eating a lot of vegetables and fruits
    - eating slowly, well chewing each byte
    - eating all kind of foods, not following any fad diets
    - changing your diet according to the season
    - exercising
    The above well known truths can be found in many sources. In addition, in the book "Can We Live 150" you will find the following bad habits that lead people to obesity:
    - The habit of eating fast and not chewing the food well
    - Frequent snacking or constant chewing
    - Incorrect combining of food products
    - Lying down after meals
    - Sitting lifestyle
    - Eating while watching TV
    - Eating while irritated
    - Eating before bedtime or at night
    - Eating mostly refined and cooked food products.
    Intuitive eating is a good idea, but in the modified foods environment it needs to be supported by additional knowledge of proper food combination etc. Books by Tombak ("Can We Live 150", "Cure the Incurable") and some other authors will well fill the void.
    ...more info
  • great book
    This book is changing my life. I have to say... its not a quick fix. Not at all. I've been following their advice for months now. Its changing my head and my train of thought... my body has yet to catch up. It is a great book for anyone suffering from an eating disorder, or if they're simple obsessed with food. After years of Weight Watchers, I couldn't even think straight about what I wanted to eat for dinner. This book is putting me back on the right track. Its an easy read and it has a quick reference section. I am constantly re-reading it for more ideas and support. ...more info
  • Comment for Readers
    I haven't bought this book, so ignore how many stars I gave it. I was thinking of buying it, however after reading all of the reviews - both good and bad, I realized one important item. Most of the positive reviews do NOT indicate that the person lost any weight. They just say they feel better about their relationship with food, that they don't feel so guilty, etc. Basically - they have been given permission to eat somewhat unhealthy by this book and therefore feel better because of it. I don't necessarily agree with that. It's important to eat healthy, but if a person really wants a donut -they should go ahead and have that donut, then stop. Don't eat 2 or 3 donuts and don't do it everyday. You don't need a book to give you permission to do that. Every person who has a diet gimmick or exercise gimmick has that gimmick to make money - bottom line. ...more info
  • Life Changing
    If you actually learn to trust your body and listen to your body, it can do wonders for your self esteem and outlook on everything. This book helped me get out of the mind set of the eating disordered, and taught me to trust myself. My body knows what it wants and what it needs. Some days I'm hungier than others, and some days I eat fattier foods than the next day. That's all okay because it all balances out in the end, and my body is getting what it wants and needs. The book made reference to young children and how they know when to eat and when not to, what to eat and what not to. They know how to listen to their bodies, and this book helped me learn to listen to mine as well. We are all different shapes and sizes, and we don't have to fit the ideal standard that our world has set out for us - we aren't all size zeros who eat low fat foods every day and avoid cake and cookies like they are poison. Trust yourself. Read this book and learn that food doesn't have to consume every thought that goes through your head....more info
  • Saw it on Today Show
    I saw this book being promoted on the Today Show this morning, and it reminded me of a book I read two years ago that helped me lose weight during the holidays....."The Overfed Head." This concept is truly the ONLY way to lose weight, and the way our ancestors kept their figures (obesity was a rarity then). Both books sell for about ten bucks, so splurge, get them both, and start losing weight before the new year. ...more info
  • Changed my life.
    I have gone through ever diet you could ever possibly image. Although some of them did work for a while, I could never really stay on them. After reading this book, I will never diet again. I now realize that eating when your hungry, and not eating when your not hungry is the ultimate way to train your body. I don't worry every time I get hungry now, I sit and think about what I would like to eat and then eat it. I haven't lost a significant amount of weight, but I have lost some and will continue to lose until I am at the natural weight I am supposed to be at. I feel great and enjoy being able to eat out with my friends and having the willpower to set the fork down when I am full. I suggest this book to everyone. ...more info
  • changing my life
    I have had problems in my relationship with food since I was 13. I'm 29 now and was so sick of hating my body and loving and then hating food. I had eating disorders when I was younger very severely and even though I no longer have them, I couldnt seem to have a "normal" relationship with food. I have been reading this book for 3 weeks and I already notice a huge difference in how I think. About myself, food, portions. This was what I have been waiting for. I have hope now that I can be a healthy weight without doing it the wrong way and that I will finally have peace with food....more info
  • Very Intuitive Reading
    I highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever struggled with food, weight, and dieting. While I found one chapter on their suggested nutritional guidelines a bit antiquated, the basic tenets of their philosophy are so universally, intuitively true. It is a common sense approach to food and life that will teach you to look within for answers. Absolutely refreshing!...more info
  • Intuitive Eating: Free At Last!
    This book is full of common sense, and yet seems revolutionary in its basic concept: that diets don't work, and the only way to go is to get back to eating intuitively, as we did when we were children, and didn't have all the neurotic messages from family and media imposed upon us. I have been trying to apply the general principles contained in the book to my own life, and relationship with food and my body. I feel like a new person: free, at last, to truly enjoy my life, and stop bashing myself. I had a close friend who died due to complications of anorexia, and wish with great sadness that she could have read this book. Perhaps she would have survived? ...more info
  • It Does Work
    As somebody who has both been extremely overweight and had an eating disorder at different times in my life, you can imagine that my relationship with food was far from healthy. My nutritionist recommended this book to me, and it really rocked my world. It has taught me to understand my hunger signals and respect my body by feeding it what it needs. And what they say is true ~ when you do this, you naturally shed pounds. But not in a frenzied dieting sort of way. Guilt and shame are eliminated, and making food choices is no longer a stressful event. Thanks to the authors of this book, I have made peace with food and I have never felt better....more info
  • Have your cake, and eat it, too!
    This is a great book for those who are sick of dieting and ready to "make peace with food," which, by the way, is the third principle of the book. It teaches you how to end the deprivation-overeating cycle so that you can maintain a natural and healthy weight while still enjoying foods that you love.

    This is for real; the authors of the book (both registered dieticians) want you to eat, but be aware this is not a "get-slim-quick" plan. The authors want to teach you how to normalize your relationship with food, so you don't have to diet, and you need to be ready to give up dieting and put aside initial weight loss goals to acheive this. Intuitive Eating is a personal process not a plan, and weight loss is not its primary aim, just a delightful side effect.

    As for my personal testimonial, I have been working with Intuitive Eating for a little less than a year, and the principles in the book are finally beginning to gel for me. The result is a net loss of 8 lbs ( I was only about 10-15 lbs overweight to begin with), but, more importantly, I feel great about myself and my body. I am healthy and happy and look forward to continuing my intuitive eating journey. ...more info
  • A different approach
    The authors took a different approach to the issues of eating. The authors clearly state that their book may not work for everyone, especially those who have an established eating disorders and who may need professional assistance to solve their eating disorder issues. This doesn't mean you're weak.

    I read this book back in January after I picked it up while waltzing through a bookstore. The major take away I got from the book was how dissatified I was with what I ate and why I was eating it. I was substituting foods that were okay tasting or were okay as far as pleasure goes for ones I really wanted. Sometimes I just want some candy or french fries. This doesn't mean I eat it all the time. At first I did after reading the book. I don't know if I gained weight once I tried it or not.

    One night a couple of months after I had finished reading the book, I found myself eating my dinner and not wanting any more of it. I find that I am paying attention to when I'm full and I sometimes eat past that point by my choice. My weight is going down (I did step on the scale a month ago and almost freaked out that I would not be able to sleep through the night). I find that I'm happier with my food choices. I tend to eat decently and I add the fun foods when I really want them. And I do eat them. And I don't feel guilty. For the diet nuts, I was a size 18 when I finished reading the book in January and I am now a size 14. I've not exercised, aside from walking my dog. I've just eaten intuitively. I struggled desperately on Weight Watchers last fall (before reading this book) with counting points and working out 2x a day to lose 10 pounds in 3 months - I was miserable and I felt so guilty eating my points I was entitled. It's not Weight Watchers fault. It is a program which does teach moderation and eating what you enjoy. It just didn't address the real issue for me - dissatisfaction with food.

    How else have I been impacted? For 18 years, I rarely slept through the entire night. I would wake up and eat - dissatisfaction again because the things I would eat when I woke were the things I would hide (chocolate chips, pop tarts, candy)because I was not supposed to eat them. This has had a major impact on me as I sleep through the night most every night (maybe one or two nights a month I now wake up) when before I would sleep through the night maybe 4-5 nights a month.

    For me, the biggest message I gleaned from the book is gaining satisfaction from what I eat. If you have an ingrained eating disorder, you may actually need professional help that a book like this cannot provide. Seek help if you require it. This book could be a good first step towards improving your life....more info
  • Listening to body is key
    The key is to listen to your body. If you don't trust your body and its signal to you, then this book "alone" may not help you. I am amazed by how much intuitive eating resembles the ordinary, unconscoius way that my friends who do not have weight problems naturally follow! In this sense there is nothing revolutionary about the concept. However, this is a remarkable book in that the authors thoroughly understand what chronic dieters have gone through. Read the anecdotes, you will find yourself on these pages! It is also punctuated with research studies and details on our physiology to drive home the point. (Why you should not cut out carbs - it is the only food our brain would eat. Why you feel hungry in the morning - our liver runs out of glycogen overnight.) To reverse the damage yoyo dieting has done, this book ties our behavior around food with our psychology. Our belief influences our behavior. Diet doesn't work because deprivation for life is un-motivating. On other other hand, knowing that I can always have what I want to eat as long as I listen to my body (i.e. eat only when stomach tells me it's ready for food), I am liberated and free to indulge (yes, indulge) in the food I love. And you know what I discover? As I pay more attention to my body signals and dwell in the sensory experience that is eating, I can taste my food better and derive much more pleasure from eating than ever before. In restaurants where they typically serve huge portions, I eat what tastes good to me, slowly, as soon as I am satisfied and content, the food no longer tastes as good so I stop!!! I know that if I continue to eat, my body won't feel as well as it does now. Think food coma, indigestion :-) I don't feel that I'm wasting food or restricting myself, because I know that once my stomach tells me it's hungry again, I will get to enjoy food all over again. The PLEASURE of eating motivates me to be a more sensible, intuitive eater. The book also describes how the PLEASURE of making your body feel good will motivate us to exercise more and be fit.
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  • It's the last diet you'll ever need.
    Evelyn Tribole is an award-winning registered dietitian with a nutrition counseling practice in Irvine, California, through which she often helps women struggling with eating disorders. Tribole has written six books:
    -Healthy Homestyle Cooking
    -Stealth Health
    -Eating on the Run
    -More Healthy Homestyle Cooking
    -Healthy Homestyle Desserts
    -Intuitive Eating.
    Tribole believes that a healthy relationship with food is just as important as proper nutrition. This nutritionist proudly divulges that one of her favorite foods is chocolate. In Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works Tribole stress' that because diets are about rules and regulations people tend to stop listening to their bodies. The book focuses on nurturing your body, encouraging natural weight loss and finding the weight you were meant to be.
    The chapters cover:
    Eating personalities, how to reject the diet mentality, honor your hunger, cope with emotions without using food and respect your body. There are step-by-step guidelines, a frequently-asked question and answer section, as well as references and an index. All which will help guide you to your ultimate weight loss goals. No other book offers the amount of positive information as Evelyn Tribole's Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works! ...more info
  • Excellent Theory and Well Worth a Read
    I won't wax poetic or philosophical about this book, but I found it very helpful. The authors provide very good sound information on how to approach compulsive overeating without being over preachy or using too much "psychobabble." I have tried to read other books on compulsive overeating and found them a bit depressing.

    I can't say that I have actually been able to follow this. My issues with food run a bit more deep, but I did receive a new outlook on food and my own personal behavoirs. I am a work in progress, but I think this is a wonderful resourse.

    Highly recommended for anyone who feels that they eat at times when they are not specifically hungry. ...more info
  • Exactly what I needed...
    This book is amazing. It makes so much sense you almost feel stupid after reading it. I had been struggeling with problems of undereating and binging as well as having strict rules about calorie intake and what was okay to eat. I have not binge ate once since following the guidelines in thia book and it feels great! I am no longer counting calories or eating only "healthy" bland foods. I eat what I want when I am hungry and I feel great. I highly recommend this to anyone who has had problems with dieting and/or binging and also to anyone who just wants to eat and feel better!...more info
  • This Book Has Changed My Life
    After coping with compulsive eating and recently dieting and binge eating, I was desperate to break free from my obsession with food and my body. This book has opened my eyes and set me on a new course.

    Intuitive Eating is a revolutionary concept, even though it is basically the most normal, natural way to eat -- the way a child deals with food! The authors have started a movement that has been gaining momentum and is becoming more and more popular in the midst of all the diet mentality our society shoves down our throats.

    This book is for anyone struggling with eating and food issues: anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, compulsive dieting and exercising. It's for people who can't stop weighing themselves and are constantly criticizing themselves because of some perceived flaw on their bodies.

    The authors instruct us to toss out these irrational, destructive beliefs we have about dieting, exercise, food and our bodies and learn instead to honor and respect our bodies. Their research and case studies are convincing and inspiring, and their clearly explained principles are easy to understand.

    This book has changed my life. I recommend it to anyone who is tired of feeling like a failure because they can't stay on a diet, even though it's the diet industry that is failing us. This book has given me hope that I can become a healthier, happier person....more info
  • Update
    In June of '06 I decided to try intuitive eating after reading another book on the subject. I wanted to try this because everything else I had tried, such as the Zone diet, had failed miserably. I lost 135 pounds on the Zone, then gained it all back, because I could not eat that way forever. So I have been trying to eat intuitively for over a year now. I have learned that it takes a lot less food to satisfy me than I had realized. I rarely, if ever, stuff myself. This is all wonderful, but the only problem is, I haven't lost any weight. At least I'm not gaining any. Still, I'm maintaining what is essentially a life-threatening level of obesity. I have concluded that trying to lose weight is like being stuck in quicksand: the more you try to get out, the farther in you go, so the best you can hope for is to stay where you are. Just because we all want so desperately for there to be a solution, that doesn't mean there is one.

    I believe that someday, science will understand the cause of obesity, then there will be a solution. Once that solution is known, there won't be any further need for all this searching, arguing, blaming, making excuses, accepting, denying, endlessly buying books, pills, powders, self-help courses, or anything else. Actually, I have a strong suspicion that the true cause of obesity is the fact that we no longer eat real, wholesome food, the way nature intended. Our society is set up to pursue the making of money, whether for ourselves or for somebody else, while we get just enough to scrape by on. We devote our entire work week to work and nothing else. Commuting times have gotten ridiculously long in most cities. There is usually no longer a wife who stays home and cooks while the husband is at work. The result is that we are forced to buy highly processed, chemical-laden (and highly profitable for the food industry) convenience foods that can be nuked in the microwave. Who has time to cut up and cook fresh vegetables everyday, or trek to the nearest health food store for grass-fed beef and free-range chicken (which are prohibitively expensive, anyway)? For years, Americans were by far the fattest people on the planet. We still are, but as other countries embrace our "modern" lifestyle, their obesity rates are fast approaching ours. Anyway, I'm digressing. My point is that there is currently no solution to this problem, as evidenced by the fact that it just keeps getting worse. Dieting has been the biggest mistake of my life, but intuitive eating hasn't delivered the results I hoped for. I thought I should post this because I see so many posts from people who say "this is wonderful, it's changing my life!," but most of these people don't say they have actually lost weight with this. Of course, maybe it's just me, maybe my metabolism is way more messed up than the average person's. But I don't see too many reviewers here who say they've lost a large amount of weight with this and have kept it off for a significant length of time.

    In conclusion, I say if you don't want to gain any more weight, STOP DIETING. You're actually training your metabolism to slow down and become more efficient at storing fat when you diet; take it from me. But I wouldn't expect you to lose weight from intuitive eating, either. It hasn't worked for me. Still, maintaining is better than gaining. I'm apparently unable to change my original 5 star rating. If I could, I would change it to 2 stars now.
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  • Great Concept, Takes Work and Support For Many
    I must admit I have not read this book, but used to work at Beyond Hunger a non profit and one of the first people who taught this intuitive eating concept. Read "It's Not About Food" to further your understanding about this way of eating and ending the diet binge cycle.

    In my experience of using this concept in ending your food/weight battle,I was elated and excited to learn that I could stop dieting and throw out my scale. I was in my late 20's then and had been hospitalized for bulimia a few years before but still had trouble with binging, even though I did not purge anymore. I had a lot of support to remind me to eat what I wanted and stop when full. I had alot of support in accepting my body not being model thin anymore. I never lost any weight, but I did not balloon up either. My weight stabilized at about 135 (I am 5'4) my obesession with food and weight was way less.Most importantly, I was able to deal with my real issues, the ones I was running from by being obsessed with being the perfect weight.

    I had to realize that some people are not meant to be thin.That does not mean they are not healthy. I am talking emotional, mental and spiritual health as well as physcal. If we are honest with ourselves, we can find our right weight and it may not look good by the cultural standard but it feels right to our body. It is up to us to affirm our own beauty and get support for it. We need to stop judging people for their or our size. No one likes to hear this but it is true. What is the big deal if someone is fat or bigger? It may not be convenient on an airplane, but don't you think fat people feel bad enough with our and the medias constant reminding them that they are wrong for their size? Next time you judge someone for being bigger than you think they should be, remember this is a human being with a heart and soul and feelings just like you. You are not perfect either. You have your own food issues most likely, but because you have it "under control" you are better than them?

    So I was saying that then I gradually lost the support for accepting my body as I got older and my middle started expanding, which is natural with age and I became unhappy with my body again. Not having the support to deal with my changing aging body was not good. Also, I became increasingly senstive to gluten, and dairy products. So, just last year I went on a diet without gluten, sugar and dairy. I lost the weight but have since been back on the diet/binge cycle and the obsession with my body.I had myself in a cage with food again, and I had to break out.I am learning how to deal with this food sensitivity issue and my feelings of deprivation around it. It is not easy to find the balance here.If I just say "you can't have that food anymore", I rebel" When I say "go ahead and have it" I feel sick. See, it is not so clear cut and dry here. Some would say it is. But, we are dealing with the psyche here and all it's mystery. When people say there is a magic answer to this problem, I now feel mistrustful, I think the answer is being open to what this issue can teach me about me. It is bigger than food or weight and for some who don't want to deal with that mystery, a diet is their answer and always will be. So, I have concluded that if I do this "Intuitive Eating" plan that I need to have support to accept myself and my weight just as I am and deal with my bodies physical and my emotional changing needs in a healthy, gentle way. I need to accept that I will not be perfect, that I will have good days and not so good days.Without support of a healthy perspective on this issue, I am supported to get back on this hellish diet, guilty, obsessive, waste of time and life energy roller coaster that our culture and media espouse and sell me on a daily basis. ...more info
  • Dan't even escape the spammer's in reviews.
    In reading some of the negative reviews of this book, I noticed that none of them (I did not read ALL the negative reviews but refer only to the first 6 or 7 I came upon) actually said they tried this approach and that it did not work for them. Instead, they took issue philosophically with the ideas in the book. On the other hand, the people who say they tried this approach (like me) also said it worked for them and more important than losing weight they made peace with food. If you are a chronic dieter, as so many of us are, this is a life changing shift, and people like "Special K" who would dare to say, "Just eat healthier foods in smaller portions, it's not rocket science"* are obviously not familiar with the problems we suffer with. This book, and probably others that advocate the same ideas, will change your life if you apply it. I am so happy to have done so myself.
    ...more info
  • Helps with Emotional Eating
    A great help for those that wonder why they can't lose weight.

    We have had so many different fads, and plans telling us when and how to eat, it is refreshing to read something that addresses the emotional issues associated with eating....more info
  • All Dieters NEED this
    Anyone who has ever struggled with dieting or has ever had trouble controlling the amount of food they eat or has ever suffered from an eating disorder must have this book. It is a life saver.

    You will learn how to have a positive, healthy relationship with food again. You will stop binging, emotional eating and eating out of control. You will find that after reading this book, you will never need to diet again because you will be so in tune with your body that you will only eat the type and amount of food that it needs. Your body will naturally return to the weight it was meant to be... permanently. This book is the end of restricting food, starvation, binging, guilt and fluctuating weight.

    I am a psychologist who has struggled with a binge eating disorder for years. I am now able to truely eat what I want, when I want without gaining weight or over eating. I will be using this program to treat patients who struggle with food.

    ...more info
  • Excellent Book
    This was well worth my money! After reading the first chapter I began to make changes. It all makes sense. The best part, after years of dieting and regaining the weight, I am losing weight without any effort. I no longer see food as the enemy. I'm grateful to have been introduced to this book and love the effect it had on me. I will certainly recommend it to others. ...more info
  • Makes sense---but not so easy to do
    This book (and many others on this subject) makes a lot of sense. Eat when you're hungry. Stop when you're satisfied. I agree with this in theory. In my many attempts to follow this, I found that I was only truly hungry about twice a day.

    However, the problem is that complete intuitive eating is somewhat unrealistic in American society. For example, I found that I was never really hungry until around 11:00 a.m. Okay, so I'd eat. Then, I'd be really hungry at about 4. So, I'd eat. But that meant that I wouldn't be hungry for dinner. So, what am I supposed to say to my spouse---"Sorry, but I can't eat dinner with you because I'm not hungry. I'll just sit here at the dinner table and watch you eat while I sip some water." It's unrealistic to put all social situations involving food aside.

    Additionally, this book made me realize something: I don't want to relegate food to just necessity. I mean, food is one of the pleasures of life. Should I forego that once-in-a-blue moon dessert at a fancy restaurant because I'm not hungry?

    I agree that our society does FAR too much social eating and eating for a million reasons other than hunger. That's one extreme. The other extreme is intuitive eating. There has to be some sort of balance between eating only for hunger and eating only for pleasure....more info
  • This worked for me
    In reading some of the negative reviews of this book, I noticed that none of them (I did not read ALL the negative reviews but refer only to the first 6 or 7 I came upon) actually said they tried this approach and that it did not work for them. Instead, they took issue philosophically with the ideas in the book. On the other hand, the people who say they tried this approach (like me) also said it worked for them and more important than losing weight they made peace with food. If you are a chronic dieter, as so many of us are, this is a life changing shift, and people like "Special K" who would dare to say, "Just eat healthier foods in smaller portions, it's not rocket science"* are obviously not familiar with the problems we suffer with. This book, and probably others that advocate the same ideas, will change your life if you apply it. I am so happy to have done so myself.

    *Paraphrased; not an exact quote...more info
  • I'm Finally Free of Food-Worry and Dieting
    No more anxiety and obessive thoughts about food. I thought that eating anything I wanted would lead to more overeating of the junk food. But dieting hasn't work for me. To my surprise, I've discovered now that I can eat whatever I want--I don't have the same high urge. I actually taste my food, and some foods that I lusted for, no longer have the same appeal. I still love ice cream, but it no longer drives me and I can stop now when I want to, without a big deal. Ms. Tribole and Ms. Resch aren't promoting junk food diets, they are advocates of freedom from dieting and overeating forbidden foods. You've got to read the book....more info
  • Intuitive 4 Life
    I have been on every possible diet (fasts, no carbs, liquid, points), you name it. All I did was lose weight on each one, only to REGAIN MORE weight after I went off each diet. I have finally stopped gaining weight and am learning to trust my body. I don't feel deprived. I feel free. This is no gimmick, it's hard work and I wished I knew about this years ago....more info
  • Not just a book, but a program
    If you want to stop dieting and live your life by treating food like fuel, with no emotional attachments, this may be the program for you. I know people who swear by this program and for them this book seems to be the gateway to how to achieve that new life. For me, this book was not the be all and end all that I had hoped. I think if you follow the instructions to the letter of the law, it may very well work. I guess I don't have the patience for that. It's good reading, just not necessarily a life changing reading for all....more info
  • Must read!!
    This book was great!! I found it both helpful and comforting especially with my issues with food. For those of us with an eating disorder or without it is a definite must read. Everyone can benefit from this book. It can be so freeing and motivational. It really gave me hope that I can get over my issues with food, and I felt like the authors pinned things so well as I see them in my head. Soooo worth the money!!...more info
  • A very good book
    In the past, I never really cared about my diet. I ate what I want, and when I wanted. I never really gained or lost a lot of weight, but suddenly one day, I decided to get a gym membership to begin getting back in shape. I did well. I paid attention to my diet, and my exercise. Never before in my life had I been able to swim a mile, or run a mile for that matter. I felt better than ever. I lost quite a lot of weight, bought new sets of clothes, and life was good, or so I thought.

    Little did I know, my world suddenly came down. I was hit with a major eating disorder. I was never into any particular diet. My rule was simple: eat natural food that you can think of in the wild, and any processed food is bad for you. I thought this concept was a very healthy concept. I wrote down all my calories per day in a journal, and at any point and time I had a craving, I would suppress it by exercise, drinking water, or punishing myself by eating fruits or veggies instead. However, about 7 months of this, I suddenly came into constant concern with food. One day, I spent nearly 1 and a half hour at a super market picking things up, reading the calories and fat contents, putting it back, picking it up wishing I could eat it, then not being able to eat it. Never before in my life, I had weird cravings: I wanted fried food (I never really liked fried food even before I started a diet), I wanted pop-tarts (again, I never really eaten pop-tarts before my diet), I wanted things like oeros, cupcakes, and many other things. I wondered to myself why did I want these things. I started to not enjoy myself with things I loved to do, exercise became a chore and I wasn't enjoying it because I figured I wasn't burning enough calories, and I started to go on binges. I would eat a whole box of "bad" things, and when I blew it, I figured, "Oh well, might as well eat everything else I can't eat, and tomorrow, I will restart." This started happening for about 3-4 weeks, when I started researching it deeply. I thought at first it was a major depression, so I read over depressions. I thought it was an eating disorder, and I read it over and I had some of the symptoms, but it didn't quite feel like a major eating disorder yet, as it's been only several weeks. Then, I asked around forums, and other places, when I realized it was because of my diet. I was too preoccupied with my diet, and therefore, it was my enemy. This book was recommended to me by a forum member. The first things I did were throw out my calories counter book, and I started reading this book. After reading halfway through and thinking over the concepts, I felt better about myself. I went out and bought all my "bad" food, and to my amazement, I didn't eat the whole box. I just ate one or two, and I didn't think about it all day long. I started enjoying my exercises, and I didn't constantly worry about calories, or fat grams. I just ate a bit here and there, and enjoyed it.

    I'm still reading over the book, and I'm finding it superb. It seems like the book is mainly geared towards women (I'm a guy), but I think this book can help anyone. I say if you have a eating disorder, or if you've been dieting and now you want to maintain but you're constantly worried about food or cravings, or if you just dieted and failed over and over again, I recommend this book.

    Hopefully I can keep the weight off, and I'm wishing that my relationship with food can be restored. Just less than a week of following this book put my mind at ease.
    ...more info


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