What happens when a woman who loves food and writes about food for a living encounters intuitive eating? She learns that there is another way of relating to food beyond restrictive diets that have left her anxious and with low energy.

This fun and informative article also features an interview with Elyse Resch, co-author of the book Intuitive Eating – A Revolutionary Program That Works.

What about inflammation? Detoxification? Nutrition? The obesity epidemic? Standards of beauty? Resch knocked these down like so many Cadbury Creme Eggs. (1) Worrying over everything you eat causes an increase in the stress hormone cortisol, which is known to cause cancer growth. That’s worse than inflammation. (2) The very idea that we are toxic—the premise for detoxification—is toxic. If you are after wellness, you should feel good. You can’t put health over the horizon line and expect to achieve it. (3) Infants and toddlers eat intuitively. This has been proven… (4) Diet culture has grown as our dietary crisis and rates of unhealthy weight have increased. Whatever we are doing isn’t working!

Exactly. What we’ve been doing hasn’t worked. Maybe it’s time to try something different?

All You Can Eat? Inside the Intuitive Eating Craze | Vogue