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When Elyse and I wrote the first edition of Intuitive Eating, it was published in 1995, and not a well-known concept. Today, there are Intuitive Eating support groups around the world and exciting research, which continues to validate the Intuitive Eating approach to living and eating.

We receive countless emails of gratitude from people around the globe, on how our process changed their lives.  The truth is every one has inner body wisdom, we merely help you to re-discover it!  It is truly a rewarding privilege to facilitate the transformational journey of Intuitive Eating–whether through our writing, audio, workshops or one-on-one coaching– for both individuals and health professionals.

Intuitive Eating is an approach that teaches you how to create a healthy relationship with your food, mind, and body–where you ultimately become the expert of your own body.   You learn how  to distinguish between physical and emotional feelings, and gain a sense of body wisdom.   It’s also a process of making peace with food–so you no longer have constant “food worry” thoughts.  You begin to realize that health and your worth as a person does not change because you ate a so-called “bad” or “fattening” food.  On the surface this may sound simplistic, but it is rather complex. For example one of the basic principles of Intuitive Eating is the ability to respond to inner body cues, “Eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full”, which may sound  like a no-brainer. But when you have a history of chronic dieting or rigid “healthy” rules about eating, it’s quite difficult, because a number of things need to be in place, including the ability to trust yourself!

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Interviews/Media on Intuitive Eating



Research on Intuitive Eating

Augustus-Horvath CL. A test and extension of an acceptance model of intuitive eating with younger and older women. Dissertation. Ohio State University, 2008.

Bacon L. Size Acceptance and Intuitive Eating Improve Health in Obese Female Chronic Dieters. J Am Dietetic Assoc.2005;105:929-936.

Cole R &  Horacek T. Applying PRECEDE-PROCEED to Develop an Intuitive Eating Nondieting Approach to Weight Management Pilot Program. J Nutrition Educ & Behavior.2009;41(Mar-Apr):120-126.

Cole R &  Horacek T. Effectiveness of the “My Body Knows When” Intuitive Eating Non-Dieting Weight Management Pilot Program.J Am Dietetic Assoc 2007;107(August Suppl):A90.

Hawks, ST et al. The relationship between intuitive eating and health indicators among college women. Am. J. Health Educ. 2006;26:322-324.

Hawks, SR. Intuitive Eating and Healthy Weight Promotion. Am. J. Health Educ. 2006; May/June:130-137.

Hawks, SR. Intuitive eating and college women. Am. J. Health Educ.2005 ;

Hawks, SR. The Intuitive Eating Validation Scale: preliminary validation. Am. J. Health Educ. 2004;35:26-35.

Hawks, SR e. Intuitive eating and the nutrition transition in Asia. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2004;13(2):194-203.

Mathieu J. What Should You Know about Mindful and Intuitive Eating? J Am Dietetic Assoc 2009;109(Dec):1982-1987.

Mensinger, J. Intuitive eating: A novel health promotion strategy for obese women. Nov 2009.

Smith T and Hawks S. Intuitive Eating, Diet Composition, and the Meaning of Food in Healthy Weight Promotion. Am J Health Educ 2006(May/June):130-134.

Smitham L, Evaluating Intuitive Eating for Binge Eating Disorder 2008 (Nov). Univ Notre Dame.

Tribole E. Intuitive Eating Selected References Apr 2009.

Tylka T, Intuitive Eating Assessment Scale. J Counseling Psychology 2006(53):226-240.

Tylka T. & Wilcox J. Are Intuitive Eating and Eating Disorder Symptomatology Opposite Poles of the Same Construct? J Counseling Psychology 2006(Oct):474-485.

Weigenberg, MJ. Intuitive Eating Is Associated with Decreased Adiposity (2009, Abstract).

Support Groups for Intuitive Eating

  • Intuitive Eating Forum: Through Thick & Thin This is a community of Intuitive Eaters supporting one another. This forum has several sub-groups available to help support your Intuitive Eating journey, such as: Emotional Eating, Body Image, Success Stories and Community Events. Free.
  • Intuitive Eating Mommies Connect with other moms who are tired of the dieting treadmill and get support for Intuitive Eating. Free.

Training for Professionals: Learn Intuitive Eating Counseling Skills

  • Coaching
  • Skills Training: Small Group Teleseminars and Workshops (fee)

Worksheets: Intuitive Eating Client Worksheets

Intuitive Eating Client Worksheets