It’s About Paying Attention: An Intuitive Eating Giveaway!

By Katie, 5:43 am

On Sunday I had the pleasure of seeing Evelyn Tribole, co-author of the groundbreaking book Intuitive Eating, speak about her approach to healthy eating.

While the principles of intuitive eating are not new to me – as evidenced by my frequent discussion of them on this blog – I did learn a lot from Tribole’s presentation about some new and exciting research in this area. Hearing her speak was a great reminder for me about why I strive to eat intuitively in the first place.

She made a lot of interesting points that I’ll be exploring in future blog posts, but today I want to share with you an example she gave that, to me, gets to the heart of what intuitive eating is all about.

And this example concerns the telephone.


Have you ever been talking to someone on the phone, and even though the person is giving the correct verbal cues – an “uh-huh” here and an “oh, yes” there – you can just tell that they’re simultaneously checking their email, or going over their to-do list, or browsing Facebook? While they are adequately participating in the conversation, they’re just not fully there, and the experience is then compromised for both parties.

(Or perhaps, like me, you’ve been the one guilty of checking Facebook…sorry, Mom!)

Evelyn Tribole pointed out that when we follow any kind of diet or strict meal plan, our experience of eating is very much like that telephone conversation. We may be physically present – we may be getting by ok – but we’re not totally there. The focus on calories or weight becomes like email-checking or Facebook-browsing; it’s a distraction from the full experience.

Eating intuitively, then, is the opposite of that kind of grand-scale multitasking.

Intuitive eating is about paying attention.

It’s about paying attention to our food and the experience of eating. It’s about eating mindfully instead of digging in while watching television or reading a book.

And it’s about paying attention to our bodies and ourselves – our hunger and fullness cues, our bodies’ signals that we need more or less of something, and our physical and mental alerts telling us to slow down and explore an emotion a little more.

Intuitive eating is like having a telephone conversation with ourselves without the distractions of email or Facebook…or calories or fat grams. It’s about saying I’m fully here.

Haven’t read the book yet? Wish you owned a copy of it? Here’s your chance!

The Giveaway

After Tribole’s talk, I eagerly lined up to say hello and have her sign my copy of Intuitive Eating. And I purchased a second copy to have signed for one of you!

Healthy wishes!

For kicks, I’ll also throw in my “Live Life to the Fullest” 2011 Calendar (which can also be purchased here…it makes an inspiring, unique holiday gift!).

Two ways to enter:

1. Leave a comment on this post. It can be anything you want! Something as simple as, “I’d really like to win this giveaway!” works just fine.

2. Share this giveaway in some way – link to it on your own blog, share it on Facebook, mention it on Twitter using @KatieHWS, or  e-mail it to a friend. Just be sure to leave a second comment telling me how you shared it.

You have until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 28 to enter. I’ll choose a winner at random and announce the name on Sunday evening.  Good luck!

82 Responses to “It’s About Paying Attention: An Intuitive Eating Giveaway!”

  1. R says:

    How nice that I can participate as well. I think I need this book.

    • Katie says:

      Even if you don’t win the giveaway I encourage you to consider buying it. I really think you’d get a lot out of it!

      • R says:

        I think I will buy it once I am financially independent again.

  2. Hi Katie! Great giveaway! I’d love to have a copy of this book (and your calendar!) I’ve been struggling with the eating issues lately, and I think it would be nice to have some reading material that focuses on mom’s health rather than baby’s health for a change. My son is my top priority, of course, but it’s so easy to let myself slide down the priority list!

  3. Stephanie says:

    Hi, Katie. I’m inspired by your positive attitude and would love to win your calendar and the book.

  4. I love reading your posts on this topic because it’s something I’m constantly workig on

  5. As a nutrition and mental health professional working with eating disorder and body image populations, I loan out books and THIS would be a fabulous book to be able to provide for my clients! Thanks for doing a giveaway :)

  6. I have shared this giveaway on my Facebook page so my fellow eating disorder specialist RDs and LCSWs can know about it!

  7. Ange says:

    I also tweeted about the giveaway!

  8. Hayley says:

    If I didn’t already own the book I’d definitely enter this giveaway. What a GREAT post and an excellent analogy to the importance of eating without distractions.

    Happy Thanksgiving! Beautiful prayer that you wrote…I’m so glad you shared that with us. :)

  9. Lena says:

    Intuitive eating is definitely something I need to work on, rather than aimlessly sticking my hand in the snack bag. Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. MaryJane says:

    Hi! Just tweeted about Intuitive Eating book @meditatethis. Looks like a must have book!

  11. What a fantastic metaphor for how we approach eating. As some wise individuals have said, the way we eat is the way we live.

  12. Cee says:

    This is absolutely something I am struggling with right now. Thank you for this giveaway!

  13. Pat says:

    Sounds like a great book! I’ve tweeted about it as well @gettingfitfor50

    thanks for doing this giveaway!

  14. Danielle says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I’m really interested in learning more about intuitive eating!

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  16. Carri says:

    Great giveaway, great book! I’d love to win.

  17. Ruth says:

    I’d love to win this book. I’m going to share this on Facebook too, and comment again.

  18. Ruth says:

    Please enter me again! Shared via FB (exact phrasing below):

    Ruth Eileen Powers
    Here is a link to a blog that is giving away an interesting sounding book on intuitive eating called….wait for it…Intuitive Eating:
    I’m sharing this for a 2nd chance to win.
    Hurry though, you most comment and/or share by 5pm tomorro…w.See More

  19. Hailey says:

    I discovered your blog today and it is just the thing I’ve been needing. At times I feel like I’m in a constant fight with food, but if I can learn to eat intuitively I know I can take back control. I’m excited to follow your blog, and I would love to win that book!

  20. Lesley says:

    I’m new to all of this and just learning but your blog has spoken to me on so many levels! I used to listen to my body and was VERY self aware, then i fell into a cycle of dieting (even though I called it healthy eating). I was militant almost and obsessive. Struggling to change my mindset to get back to my healtiest self and restore balance in my life. Thank you for all of your posts! This book would be a great help at this point for sure. xoxo

    • Katie says:

      Thanks, Lesley! Unfortunately the contest is over (a winner was announced last night), but I encourage you to buy the book or check it out from your local library. The authors actually talk about the many code words we use for dieting, like “healthy eating.” It’s interesting stuff! And congratulations on your commitment to restoring peace and balance in your relationship with food, and your life. :)

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