Mindful Eating Book Round Up

When starting a mindful eating or intuitive eating journey, you’ll quickly discover that no one program or book works for everyone. There are things you’ll love about some approaches and others you can’t stand.

Keeping in line with the idea that “knowledge is power”, you can pick up several books on the topic so you can tailor your program to suit your needs. I personally recommend that approach. Here are some of my favorites and other peoples’ favorite Mindful Eating Books:

mindfuleatingbook1-199x300Intuitive Eating
This one is in my personal Library and I loved most of it. I thought the information about hunger cues, satiety, and the food police was great. There was a little science/technical stuff too, which I love.
mindfuleatingbook2-200x300 Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat
Also in the Library. =) One of my favorite lessons from this book was about the Mindful Eating Cycle. There is a quote on page 59: “When a craving doesn’t come from hunger, eating will never satisfy it.” <– I love it. Definitely a good read!
mindfuleatingbook3-571x1024 Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think
Completely transformative! This book will forever change the way you look at food. Yes, I own it. It was awesome. It contains science, hardcore facts, and James Bond 007 spy data. Mind blown. Hidden persuasions – and not just in restaurants, either. It’s fascinating and not at ALL boring! Absolutely one of my faves. It will make you change habits instantly.
mindfuleatingbook4-202x300 Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food
I don’t own this one yet, but I plan to. There is also an audiobook version available (I love it when I have that option). I noticed it on the bestseller list and started reading the preview and discovered it’s written by a doctor and zen enthusiast – don’t we all need a little more zen? – but I like her lesson on awareness as a replacement for shame. She explains that there is a whole mind-heart-stomach thing going on, and I’m interested in hearing her take on this.
mindfuleatingbook5-200x300 How to Have Your Cake and Your Skinny Jeans Too: Stop Binge Eating, Overeating and Dieting For Good, Get the Naturally Thin Body You Crave From the Inside Out
Ok the title is a freakin’ MOUTHFUL (pun intended.) This one is great because it goes against everything that we have been taught over the years. And with chapter titles like, “Wait, I can REALLY Eat what I want?” and “Exercise – Love it or Leave It.” It really helps you personalize your own eating way of life. Thank you!
mindfuleatingbook6-200x300 The Mindfulness-Based Eating Solution: Proven Strategies to End Overeating, Satisfy Your Hunger, and Savor Your Life
A fairly new book to the mindful eating book offerings, this one is also on the bestseller list, but I haven’t purchased it yet. The cover leaves much to be desired and reminds me of starvation and deprivation. That said it must be good because it’s rated well! Chapter 1 sounds good – have your cake and eat it, too.
mindfuleatingbook7-214x300 Eating Mindfully: How to End Mindless Eating and Enjoy a Balanced Relationship with Food
This one is a calm, common sense approach to finding balance in the way you eat. It doesn’t promote any one diet or way of eating, It doesn’t talk about not eating certain foods ever again. There’s information on how to eat that food that you have often made off-limits (or labeled bad). However, there is also a focus on learning to eat nutritious food by making healthful swaps. Depending on your goals this one might not be for you. But Susan Albers is a mindful eating rock star.
mindfuleatingbook8-214x300Eating the Moment: 141 Mindful Practices to Overcome Overeating One Meal at a Time
This one is interesting because of the detailed outline and discussion of our 5 senses. There’s also a lot of information about all the reasons we eat.
mindfuleatingbook9-225x300 The Rules of “Normal” Eating: A Commonsense Approach for Dieters, Overeaters, Undereaters, Emotional Eaters, and Everyone in Between!
I will DEFINITELY be ordering this one soon! If you’ve felt a yearning to feel NORMAL with food, this one might be perfect for your mindset. For example, There are chapters where he talks about how you don’t pick a meal based on calories or a food scale. You pick your food based on this question, “if you were the only person left on the planet and could eat anything you wanted, what would it be?” Pure desire. <3 it.
Mindful Emotional Eating: Mindfulness Skills to Control Cravings, Eat in Moderation and Optimize Coping
When I opened the book and saw this sentence: “Emotional eating has been misunderstood and unnecessarily demonized.” …….So if you like the idea of making emotional eating OKAY, this one is definitely for you. The author’s basic premise is that ALL eating is emotionally based, and that by getting rid of the labels such as ‘good’ and ‘bad’ eating we can become mindful about our eating rather than trying to change it with rules and restrictions. Definitely refreshing.
Normal Eating for Normal Weight: The Path to Freedom from Weight Obsession and Food Cravings
Normal Eating® is a uniquely effective step-by-step program to free people from compulsive urges and emotional eating. It’s not a quick fix, but it’s a real fix. You not only lose weight, you become a true normal eater. Many people who’ve failed to solve their eating problems in the past finally succeed with Normal Eating.The Normal Eating® method draws from the Zen principle of mindfulness, 12-step wisdom on addiction, intuitive eating (the non-diet approach), cognitive psychology, and solid nutrition. Author Sheryl Canter analyzed the natural recovery process and broke it into stages, with each stage building on the last. The result is a gentle, step-by-step guide that greatly improves the odds of success.The book lays out the program in detail. An accompanying online support group lets you ask questions of the author, and apply the ideas to your own life.

What are YOUR favorite Mindful Eating Books that have helped you in your journey?

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Christy R. Hall

Christy R. Hall is a Wellness Mindset Coach & Emotional Alchemist. She focuses on helping people change their lives from the inside out. She uses hypnosis, Rapid Transformational Therapy (RTT), Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) to help her clients achieve real and lasting change. Christy says, “When you know how the mind works, it’s easy to make changes.” Christy fancies herself to be a Jedi Master, a verbal Ninja, and a Mindset Architect. In her free time, she spins yarn (both literally spinning fiber into yarn, as well as, writing), crochets for charity, watches silly cat videos, looks at pictures of Corgis, and plays massively multiplayer online games. Her current favorite is Elder Scrolls Online.