Hello friends! Long time no talk. I don’t think I’m back to regular posting but I did want to round up some resources that I have found very helpful in the last 2 years of grad school that I think would be helpful for anyone wishing to learn more about the non-diet approach to nutrition whether you’re a nutrition professional, soon to be nutrition professional, or someone who is on their own journey to a healthy relationship with food.
The first is Intuitive Eating. This book helped shape me into the confident eater I am today and it’s a book I finally decided I’m having my students read. I used to teach just excerpts of the book but I think it’s valuable for them to all have this knowledge whether they choose to use it or not! Many people don’t know the negative effects of dieting, myself included, when I first read this book a few years ago and that’s just one part of what this book teaches you!
I wish everyone who spoke about Intuitive Eating read this book (and others) because then I think we would have a better understanding of the whole concept rather than just making IE yet another diet. I think a lot of people mistake intuitive eating as the “eat whatever you want diet” (that’s true but there’s more to it!) or the “hunger and fullness diet” and I’m over here like let’s have a conversation and realllllly talk about it. Intuitive Eating is NOT a diet and it most definitely is from a weight neutral perspective. If you see someone on instagram chatting about weight loss and intuitive eating and I would be skeptical of the information they are promoting.
If I were to give an order of the books I would give this one a read first 🙂
To go along with the Intuitive Eating book, this is the newest addition that Evelyn and Elyse have authored- The Intuitive Eating Workbook. This workbook is wonderful to use at any time but I think would be especially helpful for practitioners counseling from an Intuitive Eating standpoint to have clients work through the exercises with them. If you are working on IE yourself, reaching a chapter of the book and then doing a chapter of the workbook would be incredibly helpful. It’s helpful to not only read about something but then to turn inside and really think how we can apply that in our own lives through journaling or doing a quiz etc.
The next book is Health At Every Size. This book is a research GOLD MINE (I wrote 2 research papers just from getting the article citations at the back and I could have easily written 10 more). If you are curious about things like set point theory, how processing food affects our hunger and fullness cues, and how the number on the scale has so little to do with how healthy you are- THIS is your book. I would highly, highly encourage all individuals in the health field to read this. I wish this could be assigned reading to everyone in school. I plan on teaching in higher education once I’m an RD and you bet this will be on my syllabus!
Next is Body Kindness. This book is easy to read and is filled with helpful journaling prompts and excerpts about how to spiral up in your day. I like to think of spiraling up as choosing the fork in the road that is the neutral or positive fork rather than the negative one that leads to a rabbit hole of messy and blah emotions. Body kindness is simply that- how to be kind to your body and what a wonderful concept that is in a culture that teaches us that we aren’t good enough, pretty enough, thin enough, smart enough- I could go on. This is a beautiful book for anyone looking to take steps to be kinder to themselves.
In addition to these books I have downloaded many of Paige’s podcasts and have loved them!
Also- a few tips to help you along this non-diet journey.
- Unfollow Unfollow Unfollowwwwww. The amount of BS that is floating around on instagram is both aggravating and comical. From my standpoint in having a good grip of the science I can just see how silly it is but I know how aesthetically pleasing it all is- it draws us in- it’s sexy! That is why following the popular bloggers or influencers who are promoting any miracle product or elimination diet for whatever reason is something I could no longer take. It made my heart sink when I saw hundreds of thousands of individuals following a food or nutrition recommendation from someone who has had NOT ONE nutrition class and the recommendation was clearly not evidence based. That just blows my mind. My instagram is filled with some amazing people now. I have a story highlight on instagram for you.
- Question everything! Life isn’t black and white and nutrition isn’t either. Learning that in grad school has been one of my biggest takeaways.
- Ask yourself is this helping me live a healthier life? – mentally, physically, and emotionally? If the answer is no then that product or change does not deserve a place in your life.
I hope these resources are useful and might be a starting point or a point of continuing education for you!