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REBEL Resources- How to Eat What You Love

REBEL Registered Dietitians Favorite Non-Dieting Books

Eat What YOU Love, LOVE What You Eat: I recently had the pleasure of reading Michelle May’s, “Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat” and immediately wanted to share it with all of you. It is the most practical book about healthy eating I have ever read. Stuck in the eat-repent-repeat cycle? This book helps you move away from the pressures of dieting and the guilt of eating and embodies a more positive food-focused mindset. The author really puts herself into her literature and gives personal examples that help make this book believable.

The book covers four main themes: Think, Nourish, Live, Eat. Each theme suggests focusing on your body’s hunger cues, not ruling out or labeling any “bad foods”. My favorite chapter was “A Flexible Approach to Self Care” because it discusses everyday things that normal people face. It addresses what to do when you get off track, how to measure your own personal change, and differentiating between self-care and neglect. The chapter ends with a life long approach and how you can be the healthy person you really want to be.

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This book also includes many healthy, unique recipes that are particularly special because the author and her husband comment on each recipe. Michell May, the doctor gives health tips for each recipe and her husband, the chef, provides useful cooking tips to ensure success. Each recipe also includes “family notes” that bring the recipe to life and give tips on making the meal enjoyable for everyone.

Intuitive Eating:  Authors Tribole Resch encourage people to start their intuitive eating eating journey by learning to love food again and to resist the “diet” mentality cycle that encourages restriction of the foods we want the most. By focusing on your whole self rather than losing weight, you are able to make peace with food, a crucial step in making peace with your body.Here is a summary of her book, Intuitive Eating by one of our nutrition interns.

Child of Mine: Ellyn Satter helps parents recognize their own relationships with food and weight that could be affecting how they feed their child. Her is a summary of her book, Child of Mine by one of our dietitians, Bobbi Boteler, RD, LD, CEDRD.

8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder: Recovery from an eating disorder is possible. This book is excellent for people recovering from eating disorders and to better understand how dieting can trigger eating disorders. For a complete review of Carolyn Costin’s book, click on this link 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder.”

Taste The Sweet Rebellion: Our Registered Dietitians have also published a new non-dieting workbook that can empower you to eat well without dieting, take a look at our Taste the Sweet Rebellion book.

Get away from restrictive rules and dead-end dieting and get back to honoring your thoughts and your body the natural way. When you “eat what you love” you are happier in mind, body, and spirit; don’t deprive yourself of that. If you want to make peace with food and learn to enjoy food again, contact us at or call us at 301-474-2499.

Blog updated September 2016.



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