Resources for Getting Started with IE and HAES


When I first started diving into intuitive eating and Health at Every Size, I wanted to read and learn everything I could. But one of the tough thing about learning IE and HAES is that not all the information out there is trustworthy. Take Pinterest for example. Pinterest is kind of weird these days. You can find nearly any recipe, DIY project, or fashion inspiration that you want, but on the other hand there are a lot of ads and fishy links hanging around. If you look up intuitive eating, you'll find some good resources but also some not-so-great ones. It can be hard to spot the difference in the beginning. Bottom line, just be cautious when looking into these topics. Stick to the trustworthy sources until you feel like you have a good understanding of the principles. Then, if you want to branch out, you'll have the foundation you need to know whether it is a source you can trust.

Intuitive eating and Health at Every Size provide answers and make sense of many health issues related to dieting and body image. But that doesn't mean that there's no gray area. These principles are not black and white (is anything, ever??). Use the resources, but know that there's always more to be learned and explored.

I've referenced some of these books in the past, but I wanted to put together an easily accessible list, for those who are just getting started on this journey!

Health at Every Size by Linda Bacon, PhD. This book dives deep into the research behind the HAES theories. I would recommend that you read this book first to lay the foundation of your understanding. If you are struggling  with dieting and the desire to diet and control your weight, this book can change your mind. 

Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole MS, RD, and Elyse Reysch MS, RD, FADA, CED RD.  HAES and IE go together. You need both principles for it to all fit together. So naturally, once you've accepted the non-diet lifestyle, intuitive eating is next. You'll learn about how to feed your body, the way we were created to, without fear or food anxiety. 

The Intuitive Eating Workbook (also by Evelyn Tribole and Elise Reyche). The RD's from Intuitive Eating also came up with this helpful work book to help you work through the 10 principles of intuitive eating. With lots of activities and exercises, you'll walk away with a deeper more comprehensive understanding of the IE way of life. 

Body Kindness by Rebecca Scritchfield, RD. This book is beautiful and so fun to read. Written by an RD, she combines both IE and HAES topics in this book. I think my favorite part of this book is how she explains that it's still important and beneficial to pay attention to good nutrition, while honoring IE/HAES. 

Body Respect by Linda Bacon PhD and Lucy Amphramor PhD, RD. A great companion to Health at Every Size. This one is a little bit quicker read, highlighting more of the topics brought up in the first book.