Intuitive Eating

We were supposed to go to a family Chanukah party today, but due to the snowstorm, it was cancelled.  I was planning on blogging about how I made out out this party, which is notorious for having really delish desserts.  So with that plan being foiled, I have decided to write about this great book that I just finished reading.  I mentioned it in my blog the other day.  It’s called “Intuitive Eating, a Revolutionary Program that Works” by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, both who have backgrounds as nutritionists and/or dieticians.

I don’t mean to be a book plugger, but this book “spoke” to me in a lot of ways and I thought that if it can help me in some way, then  I would like share it with you and it perhaps it could help you as well.  I don’t think we can ever have enough tools in our tool belt in trying to deal with our eating disorder.  Knowledge is power, right?  This may be a little on the long side, so get comfy.

Here are some notes that I took.  Again, these are things the spoke to me, they may or may not speak to you, but it will certainly give you a good idea of what this book is about.  Hopefully you will walk away with even one nugget of info that you can relate to and/or use.  Here goes:

We were all born as intuitive eaters, we need to re-teach ourselves what has been buried over the years by dieting.


I found this intuitive eating stuff to be pretty interesting.   It seems to be common sense and is probably how people with normal relationships with food live their lives.  Of course to a compulsve eater like myself, it seems a little daunting.  The year I turned 40 was the year I embraced I had an eating disorder.  Maybe now, two years later, and almost two years abstinent, is the time to try to get back the intuitive eater that I was before all my childhood issues threw me off course.  I intend to run this up the flagpole with my therapist this week to see if this something for me to pursue.

I hope this helped my fellow suffers in some way.  I’d be interested to hear what you think about this intuitive eating, so please share!

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7 Responses, Leave a Reply
  1. shawn
    20 December 2009, 10:12 pm

    thanks for sharing these highlights of this book. sounds helpful. i can relate to the part about using food to nurture ones self. although i have been very nurtured in my life a lot of those times i have been given food as part of my nurturing. it can go both ways.


  2. Maria
    22 December 2009, 2:24 pm

    I am totally disappointed that you didn’t go to the Chanukah party. I would have loved to read about it. For me, donuts aren’t really a major weakness. But when they come straight out of the deep fryer… So they other night when I made sufganiyot (jelly donuts), I lost count of how many I ate.


  3. Jess
    26 December 2009, 1:25 pm

    I really liked the notes you took. I think, being an abstinent eater, we’re “Eating As If . . .”, and we forget that as much as we cannot ever achieve “normal”, we ought not live on a permadiet.

    The goal, I would hope, is that it gets easier to eat within our individual food plan because it’s sensible and encourages the closest approximation to “normal” eating that we can get.

    I wish there was a little book compulsive overeaters could give normal eaters which would make them understand we cannot think like they do. If we did, Books like this help because we think different, and we are trying to get to a place where we can emulate the habits of normal eaters until they become our eating messages.


  4. Evelyn Tribole, MS RD
    31 December 2009, 12:50 pm

    Thank you for your kind feedback on our book, Intuitive Eating.

    Here’s a link to more resources, including a Univ Notre Dame study using Intuitive Eating with compulsive eaters, which resulted in a marked reduction in binge eating. (Its located under, “Research”, toward the bottom of the page):

    Best wishes on your journey (it is truly a journey of transformation)…Evelyn


    love2eatinpa Reply:

    hi evelyn, thanks so much for taking the time to comment on my blog! i appreciate the link to more resources, i will definitely check it out.


  5. Laurie
    19 March 2010, 2:12 pm

    3) eating without obligatory penance, i.e. I can have cheesecake now, but tomorrow I diet

    .-= Laurie´s last blog ..I consider yesterday a success… =-.


    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i’m still struggling with this one myself…


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