My therapist gave me Intuitive Eating when I was talking to her about my challenges around parenting and food. I’ve read a lot of books about healthy eating in my day, but this book is completely different. This book is not about how you should modify your food intake to change your weight or your health, it’s about your relationship with food. Our culture has inserted itself between humans and their food and it’s mostly been done for profit.
“Legalizing food is the critical step in changing your relationship with food. It frees you to respond to inner eating signals that have been smothered by negative thoughts and guilt feelings about eating.”
Thinness is a product businesses are selling. And if you reach and maintain happiness with your body and your relationship with food, those businesses won’t have anything to sell you. But if they sell you a flawed process then they can keep selling, because you will never reach your goal.
Think about it, the companies selling you a solution are often the companies telling you that you have a problem. This book isn’t telling you what your problem is. This book is telling you that diets do not work and you have to stop dieting or those diets will ultimately ruin not just your health, but also your happiness.
There are no quick fixes. There is no “goal weight” or list of foods you can’t eat or portions you must keep to or calorie counts you must keep track of. This is not a diet book. This is a book urging readers to get to know themselves, to kick diet culture out of your relationship with food and set your own standards.
Trust yourself. Enjoy your food. Get to know your body’s cues. These are the basic tenets of Intuitive Eating. I like any book that styles itself as training wheels rather than the bike itself. This book does that and I cannot recommend it enough.