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Freedom from Diets! Imagine a graph with two lines. One indicates happiness, the other tracks how you feel about your body. If you’re like millions of people, the lines do not intersect. But what if they did? This practical, inspirational, and visually lively book shows you how to create a healthier and happier life by treating yourself with compassion rather than shame. It Freedom from Diets! Imagine a graph with two lines. One indicates happiness, the other tracks how you feel about your body. If you’re like millions of people, the lines do not intersect. But what if they did? This practical, inspirational, and visually lively book shows you how to create a healthier and happier life by treating yourself with compassion rather than shame. It shows the way to a sense of well-being attained by understanding how to love, connect, and care for yourself—and that includes your mind as well as your body. Body Kindness is based on four principles. WHAT YOU DO: the choices you make about food, exercise, sleep, and more HOW YOU FEEL: befriending your emotions and standing up to the unhelpful voice in your head WHO YOU ARE: goal-setting based on your personal values WHERE YOU BELONG: body-loving support from people and communities that help you create a meaningful life With mind and body exercises to keep your energy spiraling up and prompts to help you identify what YOU really want and care about, Body Kindness helps you let go of things you can't control and embrace the things you can by finding the workable, daily steps that fit you best. Think of it as the anti-diet book that leads to a more joyful and meaningful life!


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Freedom from Diets! Imagine a graph with two lines. One indicates happiness, the other tracks how you feel about your body. If you’re like millions of people, the lines do not intersect. But what if they did? This practical, inspirational, and visually lively book shows you how to create a healthier and happier life by treating yourself with compassion rather than shame. It Freedom from Diets! Imagine a graph with two lines. One indicates happiness, the other tracks how you feel about your body. If you’re like millions of people, the lines do not intersect. But what if they did? This practical, inspirational, and visually lively book shows you how to create a healthier and happier life by treating yourself with compassion rather than shame. It shows the way to a sense of well-being attained by understanding how to love, connect, and care for yourself—and that includes your mind as well as your body. Body Kindness is based on four principles. WHAT YOU DO: the choices you make about food, exercise, sleep, and more HOW YOU FEEL: befriending your emotions and standing up to the unhelpful voice in your head WHO YOU ARE: goal-setting based on your personal values WHERE YOU BELONG: body-loving support from people and communities that help you create a meaningful life With mind and body exercises to keep your energy spiraling up and prompts to help you identify what YOU really want and care about, Body Kindness helps you let go of things you can't control and embrace the things you can by finding the workable, daily steps that fit you best. Think of it as the anti-diet book that leads to a more joyful and meaningful life!

30 review for Body Kindness: Transform Your Health from the Inside Out—and Never Say Diet Again

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    The first two chapters were exactly what I needed to hear at this moment. I think the biggest take-away is: "Everyone has a gut instinct for how to be kind to their body." Oh...you don't? Oh well, don't beat yourself up about it! Another one is that emotional health is an equal part of the health equation (not just physical health). And that physical health has NOTHING to do with cellulite, thick limbs, or body shapes. So let's all be kind to our bodies, eh? UPDATE: As I continued to try and read The first two chapters were exactly what I needed to hear at this moment. I think the biggest take-away is: "Everyone has a gut instinct for how to be kind to their body." Oh...you don't? Oh well, don't beat yourself up about it! Another one is that emotional health is an equal part of the health equation (not just physical health). And that physical health has NOTHING to do with cellulite, thick limbs, or body shapes. So let's all be kind to our bodies, eh? UPDATE: As I continued to try and read further in this book I noticed that Rebecca writes conflicting messages. On the one hand, she tells you not to follow any food rules, or to label foods as good or bad, but then she talks about plating your portions so that 1/2 your plate is vegetables. But you can also eat whatever you want. But vegetables are good for you and you need to eat a lot of them. But, really, eat what you want! Isn't this no dieting fun? For me this is confusing and even triggering. I would find myself nodding along and then doubt that it really is okay to eat I what I want. I think there are books that may be more true to the "Never say diet again" approach than this one: Intuitive Eating for example.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tessa

    I'll start by saying that I am a registered dietitian who works primarily with eating disorders/disordered eating and those looking to heal their relationship with food, and I would not recommend this book to any of my clients. I had high expectations for it and found myself disappointed. It was honestly hard for me to get through and I ended up just scanning through the last half just to get to the end. The tone of the whole book felt very diet-y and personally I didn't connect with her "just d I'll start by saying that I am a registered dietitian who works primarily with eating disorders/disordered eating and those looking to heal their relationship with food, and I would not recommend this book to any of my clients. I had high expectations for it and found myself disappointed. It was honestly hard for me to get through and I ended up just scanning through the last half just to get to the end. The tone of the whole book felt very diet-y and personally I didn't connect with her "just do it!" approach. It felt very ableist and coming from a place of white privilege. All the colors, different fonts and random graphics felt very distracting and hard to follow. There were also zero references to be found despite multiple mentions of psychology research, etc. I appreciate what she wa trying to achieve with the content and concepts, but it just wasn't for me. Some of her messages felt shaming to me and I would want to be very careful with who I recommended the book to since I would worry it would bring up the diet mentality for many of my clients. I could see how this could be a fun self-help book for someone who wants to get away from dieting, but I just wouldn't feel comfortable promoting this particular book to others. The book is also clearly gendered and doesn't feel applicable to many of my clients.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ani

    This can be seriously triggering if you have any history with any form of eating disorder. This is not body posi, this is not HAES, this is actually a diet book. NOTE: If it has portion sizes listed anywhere, IT IS A DIET BOOK.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    Scritchfield says body kindness is a self-care mindset based on the belief that health begins by being good to yourself. (2) This book is not a diet book. She says diets fail. This book has a ton of information regarding personal health, including food, sleep, exercise, and relationships. The idea is to give us the information we need to make choices that improve our health without the goal of weight loss. It took me a while to accept what Scritchfield writes. It goes against so much of what we ha Scritchfield says body kindness is a self-care mindset based on the belief that health begins by being good to yourself. (2) This book is not a diet book. She says diets fail. This book has a ton of information regarding personal health, including food, sleep, exercise, and relationships. The idea is to give us the information we need to make choices that improve our health without the goal of weight loss. It took me a while to accept what Scritchfield writes. It goes against so much of what we have been told to believe about ourselves. For example, she writes, “Breaking news: You can be fit and fat. Inactivity, not fatness, is linked to mortality and heart disease.” (70) We have to let go of the idea that we are trying to manipulate our weight. In fact, she tells us to get rid of our scales. Scritchfield has much information to help us make healthful choices. She covers just about everything, from food to stress to relationships to goal setting, and much more. She asks us to put self-care at the top of our list. She recommends keeping a journal to help work through her book. There are many prompts she gives to help us think through what we do and why. She really advocates activity. She helps us get good and adequate sleep. Her section on emotions was great. I recommend this book to people who are looking for how to develop a mindset that helps make choices based on goals developed from our values. Scritchfield helps us reveal our values and then walks us through creating the life we want. It's all in the book. I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Barbara (The Bibliophage)

    I chose this book because I strongly believe in the "never say diet again" mantra. It delivered that plus so much more. We throw around terms like "nurturing" and "self-love" often, but do we really know what these mean in a practical sense of day-to-day steps? Rebecca Scritchfield, a registered dietician, breaks down her approach into manageable steps. She says to start with the question, "What is the least I can do?" One of her precepts that I like the most is that food is nourishment, not a mo I chose this book because I strongly believe in the "never say diet again" mantra. It delivered that plus so much more. We throw around terms like "nurturing" and "self-love" often, but do we really know what these mean in a practical sense of day-to-day steps? Rebecca Scritchfield, a registered dietician, breaks down her approach into manageable steps. She says to start with the question, "What is the least I can do?" One of her precepts that I like the most is that food is nourishment, not a moral choice of good or bad. She talks about the downside of the "clean eating" movement - that anything not "clean" must be dirty or shameful. I appreciated this insight. However, I'm uncomfortable with a dietician giving such detailed psychological advice. Many of her suggestions are based on positive psychology, which I struggle with and question especially since reading Bright Sided: How The Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America by Barbara Ehrenreich. But perhaps that's just me. Scritchfield talks about resilience as if it were just as simple as "just bounce back, already?" It's not that simple, and I found that approach bordering on insensitive and hurtful. At the point she says, "your mindset determines your authentic life" I wondered if I'd actually finish the book. It's a cliche that's been said by so many authors and speakers over the last decade. And then things started to turn around. She moves back into eating, caring for yourself, and connecting with others in a way I could relate to. I did enjoy Rebecca's friendly tone and funny insights like, "You can't hate yourself healthy." In discussing family dinners together - and studies about their benefits - she asks if it was the "magical roasted vegetables" that created those benefits. Of course not! On the other hand, the continued references to Frozen got old. As my formerly Elsa obsessed granddaughter recently said, "That movie's over now!" I would have preferred more stories of Rebecca's personal journey, in addition to the client vignettes. When she starts to tell some of her story, I found myself wishing for more detail and emotion. But alas, this is an instructional book not a memoir. If you're looking for healthy living inspiration that's body positive, this is a great resource. It's full of actionable steps you can put in place for little to no financial investment. Instead, you're investing in yourself and that's the best return of all. Thanks to the author, NetGalley, and Workman Publishing Company for an advance digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)

    3.0 Stars I appreciated the body positivity messages, but I wanted more depth from this book. Most of the content felt quite surface level. I hoped there would be more focus on intuitive eating, which was only ended up being a very small part. I would still recommend this book to fans of the author’s podcast.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    While I appreciate her content, the formatting of this book drove me batty. It read like a 288-page blog post. Too many bulleted lists, pastel infographics, and sidebars.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Another recommendation from my nutritionist, so I bought it, but... *deep sigh* "Not a diet book" seems to be the latest diet slogan? I don't have a history of dieting. I have had diabetes since childhood so do have some food issues... But food is a symptom, not a cause. I also have depression and am on Lexapro -- which is wonderful but the combination caused me to gain about 40 pounds in 2 years. So yes, I'm overweight, hence my GP sending me to the nutritionist. But focusing on food isn't going Another recommendation from my nutritionist, so I bought it, but... *deep sigh* "Not a diet book" seems to be the latest diet slogan? I don't have a history of dieting. I have had diabetes since childhood so do have some food issues... But food is a symptom, not a cause. I also have depression and am on Lexapro -- which is wonderful but the combination caused me to gain about 40 pounds in 2 years. So yes, I'm overweight, hence my GP sending me to the nutritionist. But focusing on food isn't going to fix that. And my nutritionist and I talked about that before she recommended this book to me, so now I'm a little annoyed with her. And some of the goal setting stuff includes suggestions my therapist advised against (for me), so I'm going to set this aside. This book has the assumption its readers are neurotyptical and healthy. If that's you, and you have a history of dieting, you are the prime audience. Maybe it will help you. I really don't know.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Lynn Thomas

    This book was interesting and made a lot of good points (health isn't determined by weight; it's possible to be healthy without being skinny; it's possible to be very unhealthy while being skinny; you should be kind to yourself and your body, etc.), it's definitely a book aimed at middle class white moms. There are many moments where the author's privilege was showing, which kind of irked me. This book was interesting and made a lot of good points (health isn't determined by weight; it's possible to be healthy without being skinny; it's possible to be very unhealthy while being skinny; you should be kind to yourself and your body, etc.), it's definitely a book aimed at middle class white moms. There are many moments where the author's privilege was showing, which kind of irked me.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Andi

    Wow! What a great book! This is one of those that I will have to read again to truly digest everything. I am currently on a self-compassion journey and have struggled with body image issues for most of my life. This book addresses many of those components, in particular the perfectionism that I have wrestled with my whole life. This book deals with so much more than the body, but really addresses the body as connected to many aspects of wellness: spirituality, gratitude, self-compassion, as well Wow! What a great book! This is one of those that I will have to read again to truly digest everything. I am currently on a self-compassion journey and have struggled with body image issues for most of my life. This book addresses many of those components, in particular the perfectionism that I have wrestled with my whole life. This book deals with so much more than the body, but really addresses the body as connected to many aspects of wellness: spirituality, gratitude, self-compassion, as well as eating and exercise. I appreciate that the author addresses eating and exercise as ways to love and not punish your body, to nurture yourself. If anyone has struggled with any of these things, I would highly recommend this book!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Best for: People looking for a personal growth book that wraps all of the big ideas into one fancy-feeling book. In a nutshell: Different ways of looking at how to treat yourself well - body, mind and spirit. Line that sticks with me: “Think about whether the choice will matter to you in a year.” Why I chose it: I was in one of those stores that sells a lot of cool-looking things for the home (pillows, candles, clever cards), and this book looked and felt like a fun read. Review: There is nothing wr Best for: People looking for a personal growth book that wraps all of the big ideas into one fancy-feeling book. In a nutshell: Different ways of looking at how to treat yourself well - body, mind and spirit. Line that sticks with me: “Think about whether the choice will matter to you in a year.” Why I chose it: I was in one of those stores that sells a lot of cool-looking things for the home (pillows, candles, clever cards), and this book looked and felt like a fun read. Review: There is nothing wrong with this book. In fact, I think that 22-year-old me might have gained a lot from reading it. I like the author’s focus on being kind to yourself and not focusing on a lot of things we cannot do (there’s no “don’t eat after 10 PM”-style rules). I like that she doesn’t just look at food and movement, but at feelings and even our values. I just didn’t feel like there was anything new in here save for the fact that it’s all together in one book. If you’re relatively young, or have never read any sort of personal growth book but are having some struggles with your life, you could certainly do worse than this book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Do you want to eat what you want, when you want, however much you want, without someone or something telling you what you can and cannot eat? Then this book is for you! I cannot say enough about this book! Rebecca, a registered dietician, reveals applicable, common-sense ways to lead her readers into healthy lifestyles, free of dieting and calorie counting. This book is quite informative in beginning and maintaining positive self-care habits of eating balanced meals, regular exercise, sleep, fin Do you want to eat what you want, when you want, however much you want, without someone or something telling you what you can and cannot eat? Then this book is for you! I cannot say enough about this book! Rebecca, a registered dietician, reveals applicable, common-sense ways to lead her readers into healthy lifestyles, free of dieting and calorie counting. This book is quite informative in beginning and maintaining positive self-care habits of eating balanced meals, regular exercise, sleep, finding one’s value in life, and caring for others. My favorite parts of the book were the first few chapters on eating, exercise, and sleep. I recommend a journal for the many points you’re going to want to jot down.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ellie

    I think this would be a good first resource for someone JUST beginning their self-love/ acceptance journey. Like having read nothing else on the subject first. It’s fine and all, but the ideas aren’t new nor is there anything earthshaking here.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I "picked" up this audiobook in response to some weird self-isolation body feelings. I don't think this book is for me. I'm not a big fan of self help and I just don't think I'm the target audience. The only thing I found actually objectionable was the title of the last chapter (your group of friends and loved ones is not a "tribe"). I "picked" up this audiobook in response to some weird self-isolation body feelings. I don't think this book is for me. I'm not a big fan of self help and I just don't think I'm the target audience. The only thing I found actually objectionable was the title of the last chapter (your group of friends and loved ones is not a "tribe").

  15. 4 out of 5

    Emily Jane

    All women should read this book! For me it was life-changing in knowing there was a path away from diet culture that lead to a healthy, happy, fulfilling life. Easy to read and powerful.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    A great how to for life.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    Beat book on a healthy lifestyle I’ve EVER READ

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cora Paradiso

    Absolute game changer. I don't often do this, but I have bought this book for other friends, that's how much of an impact it had on me. Absolute game changer. I don't often do this, but I have bought this book for other friends, that's how much of an impact it had on me.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Brianna Jensen

    This is a beautiful little book and fun to read but sometimes the advice was common sense and a little too out there for me. That said, it was well done and I don't regret reading it. This is a beautiful little book and fun to read but sometimes the advice was common sense and a little too out there for me. That said, it was well done and I don't regret reading it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cait

    "we make up stories about how great other people's lives must be and use them to judge ourselves and put ourselves down" (pg. 33) "Whether you're a fan of Mozart of Metallica, the therapeutic benefits of music have been celebrated and researched for centuries. Music has been dubbed a natural antidepressant for its ability to change your outlook and disposition, altering it for hours or even days." (pg. 125) "When big stuff happens, you aren't going to solve it by taking a walk or a bubble bath. De "we make up stories about how great other people's lives must be and use them to judge ourselves and put ourselves down" (pg. 33) "Whether you're a fan of Mozart of Metallica, the therapeutic benefits of music have been celebrated and researched for centuries. Music has been dubbed a natural antidepressant for its ability to change your outlook and disposition, altering it for hours or even days." (pg. 125) "When big stuff happens, you aren't going to solve it by taking a walk or a bubble bath. Dealing with something big calls for the big guns: patience, compassion, flexibility, determination, hope, and an open mind." (pg. 136) "Practice your commitment to your goals as often as your schedule allows. Practice observing your thoughts talking you out of action, and do it anyway. Future days get easier as your habit takes hold. In fact, you'll start to 'crave' exercise, sleep, and balanced plates. But you need to give your brain a chance to learn through repetition." (pg. 165) "Social media may be about real life, but it's not real life. It's a life we live online. It's easily contrived to look better than reality. There's even a new buzzword called phubbing- a mash up of phone and snubbing. It's the act of paying more attention to your phone than the person whose company you are in." (pg. 209) "Forgiveness is powerful, but it might not always be possible, and the better decision may be to choose to end the relationship, whatever that looks like to you. If you're waiting to forgive someone in order to move forward, consider the consequences of what you miss out on by waiting for an apology or wishing the problem would go away." (pg. 225)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    What a relief! finally a book and a mindset that puts all the pieces together for living a HEALTHY life in the body you have. From the strictly nutritional advice, to the research and experienced backed sections on emotional and social well being, every chapter added another layer onto what it means to live body kindness. I loved the spiral up moments and the visual guides that spelled out in detail the practice being discussed. I appreciated all the further resources provided, and how I can mak What a relief! finally a book and a mindset that puts all the pieces together for living a HEALTHY life in the body you have. From the strictly nutritional advice, to the research and experienced backed sections on emotional and social well being, every chapter added another layer onto what it means to live body kindness. I loved the spiral up moments and the visual guides that spelled out in detail the practice being discussed. I appreciated all the further resources provided, and how I can make the differences where I'm at now, in the body I have. This is more than a book, it is a manual, one I will go back to again and again to refine my body kindness practice. It has already helped me get unstuck from several spiral down traps, and to help recognize the warning signs before I get too far. Bottom line, if you're looking for real, practical and actionable changes to make in your life today, this book is for you. not another flashy trend, but proven methods that go beyond the platitudes of love yourself and break down the how and why. Can't recommend enough if you're looking for help both accepting yourself while working on healthy habits - they don't have to be either/or goals!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Latiffany

    I was introduced to Scritchfield through the Food Heaven podcast. I love her energy and how passionate she is about body kindness. I read one health book a year and decided Body Kindness would be my 2018 pick. Let me say this-There is absolutely nothing wrong with this book. The lack of a five star rating is more about where I am with my journey. This book is an amazing guide on how to eat healthy, while still enjoying your favorite foods. It covers moving past the guilt and shame that revolves a I was introduced to Scritchfield through the Food Heaven podcast. I love her energy and how passionate she is about body kindness. I read one health book a year and decided Body Kindness would be my 2018 pick. Let me say this-There is absolutely nothing wrong with this book. The lack of a five star rating is more about where I am with my journey. This book is an amazing guide on how to eat healthy, while still enjoying your favorite foods. It covers moving past the guilt and shame that revolves around food, dieting and weight. I love that it smashes many myths about obesity as well-yes, thin people get sick too. I think this is a great book for people beginning their journey. I am by no means an expert, but I was already familiar with most of the information in this book. I wasn't interested in rereading things that I already know. I tried to get through it just for positive reinforcement, but I struggled with completing this book and skimmed through the end. Overall, I think this is a good read and I recommend it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    I'm only a few months in to working with a CEDRD and this is the first book I've read. I really liked it, and it helped me understand how prevalent diet culture is - and why I struggle with disordered eating and poor body image. It's a great book. I'm excited to read more books like this. I'm only a few months in to working with a CEDRD and this is the first book I've read. I really liked it, and it helped me understand how prevalent diet culture is - and why I struggle with disordered eating and poor body image. It's a great book. I'm excited to read more books like this.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    Good information but way too much of it. A little overwhelming. Lots of nice charts - if you are into charts . . . . .

  25. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    I liked this book for its practicality, journal prompts, and overarching theme of restoring my relationship with myself. It goes far beyond the tagline on the front: “transform your health from the inside out— and never say diet again.” I think “diet” is a way to pique interest, but I heard about this book in the category of self-compassion. The point about diets is made though: be gone with diet culture and oppressive body image messages! I’ve come a long way in my mind being polluted by diet c I liked this book for its practicality, journal prompts, and overarching theme of restoring my relationship with myself. It goes far beyond the tagline on the front: “transform your health from the inside out— and never say diet again.” I think “diet” is a way to pique interest, but I heard about this book in the category of self-compassion. The point about diets is made though: be gone with diet culture and oppressive body image messages! I’ve come a long way in my mind being polluted by diet culture, but the prompts and chapters reminded me of how much more work I’d like to do, especially with self-love, putting myself first, and disrupting imbalanced environments that don’t embrace the whole person. I kept imagining, “What if everyone truly internalized and expressed body kindness? What if we collectively made health, joy, leisure time, and relationships—including with ourselves—non-negotiables and musts in our lives, being certain to strike balance when lows and stress strike too forcefully? What if we all could say we love ourselves and our bodies just the way we are and that was the norm? And no one wondered how or why that was possible?” Talk about major value and priority shifts! This book also lead me down an awesome IG path of people truly practicing #bodykindness Please reach out to me any time if you’re on this journey too! @rebeccascritchfield has a chapter on building your body kindness tribe, and quite honestly, I’m craving these kinds of connections and chances to learn from others. I’m still doing the work, and I’m thrilled to see the journey I’ll be on! So grateful for these body kindness warriors! They are reshaping our minds through powerful forces like resilience and compassion.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lynndell

    Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. Thanks to NetGalley and Workman Publishing for the opportunity to read and review Body Kindness: Transform Your Health from the Inside Out - and Never Say Diet Again by Rebecca Scritchfield. This book focuses on body kindness with the following four parts: what you do, how you feel, who you are, where you belong. The journal suggestion is genius and by writing The Body Kindness Manifesto as the first entry, it gives the reader/writer Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. Thanks to NetGalley and Workman Publishing for the opportunity to read and review Body Kindness: Transform Your Health from the Inside Out - and Never Say Diet Again by Rebecca Scritchfield. This book focuses on body kindness with the following four parts: what you do, how you feel, who you are, where you belong. The journal suggestion is genius and by writing The Body Kindness Manifesto as the first entry, it gives the reader/writer empowerment. The book contains amazing and simple visual ideas to reinforce positive choices and mindset, such as draw a spiral tornado: write one body kindness that makes you feel good and write down what you do and how you usually feel. Keep adding body kindness choices until the tornado is filled, building one positive choice feeling on top of the other. Reflect as you do this! The most helpful comment - "Choose to put yourself first." Diet, exercise, sleep, emotions, fun, resilience, values, peace, self compassion, connections, inspiration and spirituality make this an invaluable book - 5 stars for the easy to read and follow format and also extreme helpfulness!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I discovered Rebecca through her Body Kindness podcast. After listening for the past several months, I have come to greatly admire her attitude towards food and physical activity. She is a huge proponent of healthy at any size and body acceptance and kindness. She’s so inspiring! After learning how she views the world, I feel myself hyper-aware of comments people make throughout my day that seem so antiquated- from overhearing a coworker who is trying to latest fad diet to hearing someone body-sh I discovered Rebecca through her Body Kindness podcast. After listening for the past several months, I have come to greatly admire her attitude towards food and physical activity. She is a huge proponent of healthy at any size and body acceptance and kindness. She’s so inspiring! After learning how she views the world, I feel myself hyper-aware of comments people make throughout my day that seem so antiquated- from overhearing a coworker who is trying to latest fad diet to hearing someone body-shame a 6-month-old in front of a group of people and not having anyone blink an eye! Our society is so messed up in this area. This book seemed kind of basic to me, but probably only because I’ve been listening to her for months so I am already acquainted with her philosophies. I still think this would be a great read for anyone who is trying to recover from dieting of any kind, or anyone who struggles with any kind of body image issues. She covers the topics of eating, physical activity, sleep, emotions, goal setting and more. Her unfailingly positive approach makes this book a fun read, as well as an informative one.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Donoghue

    Well it says something that it took me 4 years to get through this book. I was given it for free somewhere and in flipping through the pages, looked like a unique, kinda cool format. Thought it would be an easy read. It reads like some Instagram “influencer” who is telling YOU what YOU need to do to improve your life, but doesn’t actually do it herself in reality, while sending conflicting messages throughout. Be kind to yourself and eat what you want, but then gives very specific portion contro Well it says something that it took me 4 years to get through this book. I was given it for free somewhere and in flipping through the pages, looked like a unique, kinda cool format. Thought it would be an easy read. It reads like some Instagram “influencer” who is telling YOU what YOU need to do to improve your life, but doesn’t actually do it herself in reality, while sending conflicting messages throughout. Be kind to yourself and eat what you want, but then gives very specific portion control and food directions. Huh? I also felt like it was condescending and preachy. And tons of homework and journaling. While I am a fan of some degree of journaling and personal accountability, this was craziness. She spent so much time asking you to reflect on things. No wonder we are a society of people who spend more time reading about what they should be doing versus just taking the time to do it, which is the hardest part of all. Don’t recommend.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Aliyah Northington

    This book has some good points, and overall, I enjoyed it. However, I completely understand these other viewpoints. Someone said her privilege is showing. A lot of the book does tend to make it seem like it's sooo easy to put these habits into practice. Another thing I read was that the food chapter seemed a little diety. I also got that feeling! It took me nearly four months to finish this book... The food chapter says that there are no food rules and that you should free yourself from any rest This book has some good points, and overall, I enjoyed it. However, I completely understand these other viewpoints. Someone said her privilege is showing. A lot of the book does tend to make it seem like it's sooo easy to put these habits into practice. Another thing I read was that the food chapter seemed a little diety. I also got that feeling! It took me nearly four months to finish this book... The food chapter says that there are no food rules and that you should free yourself from any restricting, rule like thoughts yet we are given 3 options that look a lot like rules. With that being said, I feel like the overarching theme of the book truly came from a place of love. While I won't be putting everything into practice, I will be soon asking myself "Am I creating a better life for myself?"

  30. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    The ebook version I read was poorly formatted and that made reading this book painful. The author talks about being trained by Evelyn Tribole, one of the creators of Intuitive Eating, but this book doesn’t resemble Intuitive Eating in any way, which is unfortunate because that’s how it’s being marketed. I imagine a lot of people will buy and read it, and walk away thinking this is what Intuitive Eating is. I’m not a fan of books that are written like blog posts, and that’s how this read to me. It The ebook version I read was poorly formatted and that made reading this book painful. The author talks about being trained by Evelyn Tribole, one of the creators of Intuitive Eating, but this book doesn’t resemble Intuitive Eating in any way, which is unfortunate because that’s how it’s being marketed. I imagine a lot of people will buy and read it, and walk away thinking this is what Intuitive Eating is. I’m not a fan of books that are written like blog posts, and that’s how this read to me. It was also full of internally conflicting advice. I would advise anyone looking for a book on intuitive eating to pick up the original Intuitive Eating book, now in its 3rd or 4th edition, by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch.

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