In 1993, Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch were dietitians working next to each other in the same office. Both of them, in keeping with the wisdom of the time, spent their days counseling their clients on nutrition and meal planning, all with the aim of helping their clients lose weight. Yet both of them had lingering doubts. Discipline and dieting worked for their clients for a time, but inevitably, diets proved impossible to maintain, and natural hunger resurfaced.
When Tribole and Resch shared their dissatisfaction with each other, the two realized there must be a different approach to eating: one that emphasized satiety, not restriction; intuition, not discipline; pleasure, not austerity. They created a philosophy of food that did just that, and Intuitive Eating was born. They published the first edition of their book, Intuitive Eating: An Anti-Diet Approach in 1995.
Centered around ten major principles, ranging from “honor your hunger” and “make peace with food” to “feel your fullness” and “cope with your emotions with kindness,” the philosophy advocates that we become more mindful and self-aware eaters, and that we work with, rather than against, our body’s natural craving for food.
In honor of the 25th anniversary of the first publication of Intuitive Eating, the pair have released a fully updated fourth edition of the book. The Talkspace Voice spoke to Tribole and Resch about how their “anti-diet” approach to eating can benefit our mental health, and how making peace with food and loving our bodies can help further the fights for gender and racial justice.