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If you are looking for a diet book with a hook like 'high fat, low carbs' or buzzwords like paleo or clean eating this is the wrong place. This book instead teaches you how to eat, how to listen to what your body is telling you, how to enjoy food again and how to unlearn all of the negative associations and guilt you have for food. It has helped me develop a healthy relationship with food and my body. I don't count carbs, calories or even my weight anymore, i eat whatever I want but stop when I am full and i don't beat myself up or punish myself if i do slip up and over indulge. Highly recommended.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Loved the different perspective offered. I'm a very intuitive person, so this message works for me. I'll find a way of assimilating Intuitive Eating to compliment my Weight Watcher's experience.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
What disappointed you about Intuitive Eating?
Lack of science
Has Intuitive Eating turned you off from other books in this genre?
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
The narrator was fine.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Any additional comments?
Okay, I really WANTED to like this book. A short background on me: I am 38 years old and started struggling with my weight 30 years ago. I went on a Slim Fast diet when I was 8. I definitely have "food issues" and have always struggled with almost constant hunger (some for mental reasons but some are most definitely just physical). In my 20's, I hovered around 220 pounds, once getting as high as 255 and as low as 199. When I became pregnant at 30, I completely lost control of my eating and weighed 299 the day I gave birth. One year later I evened out around 275. At 32 years old, I set out on a mission to conquer my weight once and for all. I dropped from 275 to 145. It's been 6 years since then and I still struggle with my eating but the highest I've ever reached is 180 and I usually hover around 160 and (at over 5'7) I feel pretty comfortable at that weight.
Because I still struggle a little with food, I'm always reading/listening to books like this in an effort to once and for all "cure" myself. I was disappointed to realize that this is the same old tired line about "listening to your body" that I've tried putting into practice from other books such as "Overcoming Overeating".
Here is why this book is flawed and putting this method into practice will make someone like me gain weight:Yes, at one time, we could absolutely listen to our bodies. That time was when we were living in the wilderness trying to survive. Now, things are very different. In addition to our bodies constantly seeking out "energy" in the form of food to avoid starvation (a very real problem until the not so distant past), we also now have foods that are actually created in a lab by scientists for the sole purpose of getting us addicted to their particular product in order to increase their sales. Think about that!! There is a multi-billion dollar industry that invests millions of dollars in advertising and product development. Their sales represent OUR addictions! So here's how intuitive eating can ACTUALLY work:
-Make sure you're always hydrated
-Get enough sleep every night-Deal with emotional problems as they arise and make sure you have good techniques for handling stress
-Avoid any processed foods as these are almost always full of empty calories as well as chemicals engineered to make you HUNGRIER!
And, MOST IMPORTANTLY, educate yourself about food and your body! Seriously! Stop letting others tell you how to eat and how to think. Tune into how food makes you feel after you eat it. Are you hungry 30 minutes later? That probably isn't because, as this book simplistically implies, you just have greater energy needs that day. If you just ate an oatmeal cookie and two servings of chips, you have consumed simple carbs and chemicals that work synergistically to make you more hungry, more quickly. Period. Pay attention to if you get really sleepy after a meal. That probably means you ate too much in general or too much of a certain macronutrient (usually simple carbs).
Bottom line PAY ATTENTION TO EVERYTHING! And remember the only way your body can give you TRUE insight into natural hunger is if you remove physical and emotional triggers.
I am a little annoyed that this book exists and that I wasted money on it but I'm hoping someone reads my review and saves themselves money AND weight gain!P.S. I am now a personal trainer and weight loss coach and I use these methods not only on myself but my clients with amazing results.
21 of 32 people found this review helpful
Would you listen to Intuitive Eating again? Why?
I have listened to it a few times already - so many things to learn from it
What about Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch ’s performance did you like?
Great narrators who are clearing compassionate and smart women with a genuine empathy towards disordered eating
Any additional comments?
Of the various books on mindful eating this is by far the best. It guides you carefully through the process and gives you tools to keep progressing.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
I loved the authors gentle and supportive approach. Found extremely helpful guidance and exercises to help me.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful