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The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Health Diet by Nina Teicholz - Ah, the book that lauched 100,000,000 ideas. I LOVED THIS BOOK. Really loved it. This is the book that started my personal revolution and helped eliminate my fear of eating fat after 14 years on a low-fat diet. It gave me the courage to try something completely new and out of my comfort zone. It's packed with a lot of research so it can be a slow read, but it's worth it to really understand why Americans have come to believe the myth that low fat is key to good health.
Thin Side Out by Josie Spinardi - I initially liked this book a lot. It made me understand my feelings and behaviors post - dieting were totally normal. One area I vehemently disagree with Josie is that we're all meant to be thin. Her seeming obsession with the word "skinny" in the book and ultimate focus on "getting and keeping your skinny jeans!!!" is a bit repulsive and takes the focus off HEALTH. So while this is an entertaining read because of Josie's "cotton candy" writing style (read: kinda fluffy and filled with air), she is most definitely NOT a health at every size girl and her emphasis on losing weight could make some people feel like they're failing if they cannot lose weight. Just love your body, exactly as it is, people.
Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch - This is basically the bible of intuitive eating. You will see it referenced endlessly. If you want to know more about intuitive eating, just start here. FYI - I bought this originally for my Nook and had to re-buy it in paperback because I wanted easier reference to passages. I, Elizabeth, the kid who hates studying, was so moved, I wanted to make notes and flag pages. I don't even know who I am.
Body Respect: What Conventional Health books Get Wrong, Leave Out, and Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight by Linda Bacon and Lucy Aphramor - Okay, buckle up. This is the book made me realize HEALTH is not determined by a size and certainly not by the bullshit BMI chart Weight Watchers, many doctors, and internet trolls hiding behind "health concerns" are trying to cram others into. This is also the book that gave me the terrifying realization/enlightened moment of freedom in finding out we're not all mean to be thin. We're supposed to be different body shapes and sizes. Some people were meant to be fat. More than ever after reading this I believe the stigma surrounding fat people is a problem of society and lack of understanding, NOT health related.
52 Ways to Live a Kick-Ass Life: BS Free Wisdom to Ignite Your Inner Badass and Live the Life You Deserve by Andrea Owen - Andrea helps women tame their inner critic so they can stop beating themselves up and start living a badass life. She's fucking fantastic! She helped me realize it's not my body I'm always beating myself up about, it's EVERYTHING. She helped me realize I have unreachable goals for myself and others and I needed to CHILL OUT. I think taming your inner critic is CRUCIAL to finding success with intuitive eating.
Body Image Remix: Embrace Your body and Unleash the Fierce, Confident Woman Within by Summer Innanen - Awesome, sassy, easy to read writing style. Summer gives you ideas and journaling points to help you accept your body just the way it is TODAY.
People of Interest:
Andrea Owen - http://yourkickasslife.com/ She's just brilliant and I'll say it again: taming your inner critic is crucial to finding success with intuitive eating. Andrea also has a super helpful podcast called Your Kick Ass Life that I put in the "must listen" category.
Sarah Vance - www.sarahvance.com Body image and self esteem coach. I identify strongly with Sarah and her background of being on a quest for health at the expense of said health. She's funny, smart, and understanding. Plus she calls people "sister", just like I do all the time. That alone is a valid reason to like someone in my book.
Glenys Oysten - https://daretonotdiet.wordpress.com/ Registered Dietitian and WW survivor who now talks about Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size. I particularly love her podcast, The Dietitians Unplugged, co-hosted by fellow RD Aaron Flores. These two are SO informative and encouraging.
Summer Innanen - http://summerinnanen.com/ Summer is feisty and on a mission to help women love their bodies! You can also look for her on Facebook where she hosts a FREE group to help support body confidence and on her pod cast, Rebelle Radio.
Anastasia Amour - http://anastasiaamour.com/insideout/ Another body positive warrior. She's super sweet and also has an eBook called Inside Out which has 14 days of activities to help you improve body image, self esteem and self love. Plus, she's super sweet and has a ridiculously sexy Australian accent.
Isabel Foxen Duke - http://isabelfoxenduke.com/ Seriously, just soak up everything she has to say. I want to be Isabel Foxen Duke. Her emails, videos and blog posts are among my favorite for content, writing style and general feistiness.