By Alex Raymond, LD, RD.
When I think of Fall, I think of apple cider, flannel, and using the weather growing colder as an excuse to stay in and read.
I was thinking about what to write about for this week,and I realized that I haven’t actually been reading a ton lately. Which is a bummer because I really enjoy a nice book! Back in either 2016 or 2017 (honestly I can’t remember!) I made it my New Year’s Goal (which I actually started in March of that year lol) to read a book a month. It was the only New Year’s Resolution that I ever stuck with. The past year has just gotten so busy for me and I feel like I have been reading less often, but more volume. For example, the only times I’m actually able to read is when I’m on vacation. In Thailand, I read 4 books. In Budapest, I read 3.
It always feels so great to get lost in a book!
Especially a thriller, which if you take a look at my bookshelf, those are literally the only books I own… Besides of course some body positive/non-diet/others-along-this-same-line books. Which is actually the topic of this blog.
I feel like there have been so many amazing books out lately on my “to read” list and some that I’ve read that everyone should know about 🙂
1. Land Whale: On Turning Insults Into Nicknames, Why Body Image Is Hard, and How Diets Can Kiss My Ass by Jes Baker
I actually have not read this, but it’s totally on my “to read” list. I have heard nothing but wonderful things about the book. Jes is a fat woman who advocates for fat positivity/acceptance. She talks about her experience living in a larger body. If you read if before me, let me know what you think 🙂
2. Body Respect by Linda Bacon and Lucy Aphramor.
I just got finished reading this book. It’s such an important read for healthcare professionals (therapists, dietitians, nurses….etc.) because it breaks down the research surrounding dieting and the so called “obesity epidemic.” I’d also recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning about Health at Every Size ©, who has chronically dieted, or who is in a stable place in their recovery from an eating disorder. This book does have lots of numbers in it, so please be mindful about this if numbers can trigger you.
3. Body Positive Power: Because Life Is Happening and You Don’t Need Flat Abs to Live It by Megan Jayne Crabbe.
@bodyposipanda is one of my favorite body positive Instagram accounts! This is another book I have not read and I am excited to read it. I would recommend this book to anyone who is trying to make peace with her body and who are looking for a bit of body positive inspiration.
4. Body Kindness By Rebecca Scritchfield.
We have this book in our office and I often pull it out and show it to clients. This is an amazing book if you’re looking to read more about breaking free of the dieting mindset and learning how to respect your body. It has unique tools for you to work through while reading and for professionals to use in session.
5. Hunger by Roxanne Gay.
I personally loved this book and am a huge Roxanne Gay fan. This book speaks about her experience living life in a larger body. I read it straight through on a plane to Thailand. Every health professional should take the time to read Hunger. This book does include many numbers and may have some triggering information.
6. Intuitive Eating and the Intuitive Eating Workbook by Elyse Resch and Evelyn Tribole.
One of my all time favorites!! If you buy this book, please make sure to get the third edition 🙂 I would recommend this book to anyone who has struggled with chronic dieting, health professionals and those in a stable place in recovery from an eating disorder. I pull out activities from the workbook all the time in session and many of my clients have found them to be so useful.
There you have it…
What are some of your favorite non-diet/body positive books?? Email us and let us know what you think of these books or if you have any books suggestions for us to check out 🙂
If you have any questions about recovery resources, or want any book recommendations, please reach out and email me at Alex@empoweredeatingrd.com. I would love to hear about your favorite recovery resource or boy positive books as well!