Revolutionary is the word I chose to describe this way of eating and thinking about food and our bodies….because well….it is revolutionary to go against the “norm.” The norm being hating our bodies and being obsessed with foods being good or bad. The norm being trying to ignore our body’s communication with us and listen to the latest diet fad or food guru. You are your own food guru! If you haven’t tuned out your body’s wisdom only to tune in food criticism and body hate. And if you find that you have lost touch with your body, take heart….it is not impossible to hear it again. It is a P-R-O-C-E-S-S, so be gentle and surround yourself with love, tools, and support. And maybe even get yourself a professional to help you through this journey.
One book I would recommend is Intuitive Eating, by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. This is the book that started it for me. It was first written in 1995 but it was revised and updated in 2012. When I read it in 2011, it was a huge paradigm shift for me. (coming back to update, as they have a fourth edition that came out in 2020–updating the link here–you may also want to read a later post talking about this more)
If you get the updated one, it looks a little different. It has two more chapters You can also get the Workbook, that came out in 2017. As I write this blog post, I am working through the workbook and am loving it.
And then, for a similar approach but with a really different package and voice, I highly recommend Body Kindness by Rebecca Scritchfield. She continues with a very different approach to looking at food and your body than the “norm” but she has a different way of packaging it in her book with some extras that go a little beyond. It came out in late 2016
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