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My favorite HAES, Intuitive Eating, and anti-diet books

Updated: Feb 2, 2022

The Intuitive Eating Workbook by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch


We go through this workbook with many clients looking to heal and improve their relationship to food. It takes you through each principle of intuitive eating. Each section summarizes the concepts of the principle, then guides you through pen-to-paper pages to make the principles applicable and relatable to your life. The Intuitive Eating book (4th edition), is a longer read and gives detailed explanations of each principle.






Body Respect by Linda Bacon and Lucy Aphramore



This is a quick read summarizing the state of the science on weight management. Linda Bacon, PhD, has spent her career researching these topics and is the author of the ground-breaking book, Health At Every Size. Body Respect hits all the high-points of Health At Every Size and is much more readable for the general layperson. It is a very helpful read for someone who is just getting started on educating themselves about the concepts of weight-neutrality and avoiding weight stigma and cycling.



More than a Body by Lindsay and Lexie Kite, PhDs


This is the go-to "body image" book. The authors, twin sisters and both PhDs, have dedicated their careers to researching the objectification of women in our society. They give a history of our culture's view of women, as well as practical and tangible steps to take to move out of that objectification. Now, they are incredible leaders in this space and give talks to women all over the world.












Body Kindness by Rebecca Stritchfield

This is the intersection of self-compassion and intuitive eating. It is a beautiful book that takes you through pen-to-paper exercises and teaches how treating yourself with kindness, compassion, and respect can lead to better health and a better life. The four principles- what you do, how you feel, who you are, and where you belong- helps you identify your true self and what you really care about in life.









Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff


Self-compassion is one of the keys to living a more fulfilled and contented life. It has also been shown to be a key factor in disordered eating recovery. Dr. Neff gives clear explanations and direct action plans on how to achieve being compassionate and kind to oneself.














Health At Every Size by Linda Bacon, PhD


This is the deep-dive original Health At Every Size book. It is quite a read and more health professional/researcher-facing. It delves into all the details of Linda Bacon, PhD's work and research into weight science. It describes the social impacts of weight stigma and the damages of weight cycling.














Anti-Diet by Christy Harrison, MPH, RD


Christy Harrison, MPH, RD, is a trailblazer in the field and has a podcast (Food Psych) with hundreds of episodes, where she interviews everyone from yoga instructors, to physicians, to dietitians, to therapists, to social justice advocates all about diet culture, weight stigma, intuitive eating, Health at Every Size, and more. She describes the history of diet culture in this book and how it is impacting us today. She then turns to actionable behaviors and changes in order to "reclaim your time, money, well-being, and happiness through intuitive eating."



Gentle Nutrition by Rachael Hartley, RD

In this book, Rachael Hartley, RD, goes deeper into the concept of Gentle Nutrition (the last principle of intuitive eating) than any other work we have seen. She goes into the nuance of the implications of gentle nutrition on our daily lives and overall health. The second half of the book is a cookbook! There are amazing new recipes to get you inspired in the kitchen as well as beautifully photographed food to pique your interest.







Sick Enough by Jennifer Gaudiani, MD, CEDS, FAED

This is a comprehensive guide into all the potential complications of eating disorders. This is more health professional-facing, but can also be helpful for those in recovery or those who have loved ones in recovery. Dr. Gaudiani explains each topic in detail and shares her vast knowledge willingly. She is considered one of the top experts in the treatment of eating disorders in the country. If you have said or heard a loved one say that they aren't "sick enough" to merit treatment, this book may offer some insight into the seen and unseen impacts of an eating disorder in their life and health.

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