A Reading List for Yo-Yo Dieters and Emotional Eaters

I am happy to report that my online nutrition counseling practice is taking off. And the best part is that I get to work with my favorite patients/clients/customers: yo-yo dieters and emotional eaters. They are the folks that don’t feel good about their weight and the way they eat. A history of traditional diets knocked them off their natural course and, for many, childhood trauma had a role. Their weights cycle up and down because, unfortunately, diets make you fat. My job is to help them get off the wobbly track and back into the groove. It doesn’t matter if they have a medical condition; everyone has a personal best. When they stop dieting and their weight no longer cycles, better health always returns.

My Favorite “How To” Books for Intuitive Eating

Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, two registered dietitians, wrote the 1995 classic, Intuitive Eating, that gave a useful name to the “non-diet” approach. The approach uses physical and emotional feelings (and knowledge) to guide intake and rebuild pleasure in eating. The mindset can be learned, especially with the help of a skillful teacher, and so to understand the ins-and-outs of intuitive eating, I always ask my yo-yo dieters to read at least one of these excellent books:

When I asked the LinkedIn Group of Intuitive Eating Professionals to recommend their favorite books, they also suggested books that address self-acceptance, self-care and spirituality, essential issues of breaking free. Here are some of the books for emotional eaters that they recommend:

Your thoughts: Which books help you to a healthy life and eat with joy?

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  3. I agree with you, everything by Geneen Roth is fabulous. I’m also a big fan of “Do I Look Fat in This?” by Jess Weiner and “Goodbye ED, Hello Me” by Jenni Schaefer.

  4. Hi Mary,
    I have read many of these books and they have been extremely helpful. I believe understanding and awareness is the first step we all need to take in order to eat “normally” and stop dieting. Thanks for mentioning my book too, I appreciate it!

    • Thank for commenting, Sally. I am looking forward to reading your book and I’ll be keeping my eye out for you!

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