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you say tomato blog from registered dietitian, Maggie Perkins

A photo of six books with the text Weight Inclusive Book Recommendations from a dietitian. Tomata connects families, adults, and children to a nutritionist that specializes in health at every size, intuitive eating, baby-led weaning, and picky eating. Clients learn to enjoy food and be body positive.

Tired of being inundated with media that focuses on weight loss? Here are some of my favorite weight-inclusive books that break down the science  and guide readers to have a positive relationship with food and the body. Happy reading!

1. New to the weight-inclusive space? Anti-Diet explains the main principles 

In Christy Harrison's book, she examines the history and research to explain  how diet culture harms our health and steals our time. If you are just getting started on your work with your relationship to food and your body and you want to feel empowered and knowledgeable, then read this book!

2. Looking at weight from a different perspective

Harriet Brown is a professor and communication specialist and she wrote this book about the history, culture, and science behind weight. This book engages the reader by  laying out the astonishing research and culture around weight.  Brown uses her personal story along with other people's stories to show the impacts of diet culture 

3. Every BODY deserves radical self-love  

Explore how radical self-love can transform our relationship to our bodies and use it to become a champion for all bodies in this world. Learn how to heal from the violent systems that diminish our relationship to the body.  

4. Nutrition without a side of shame

Are you ready to learn how to feed yourself well without focusing on weight? Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch guides readers on how to have a healthy relationship with food and the body. Intuitive Eating is defined as a self-care eating framework that uses instinct, emotion, and rational thought to guide the eating process.  This approach helps people learn to eat in a way that is enjoyable and freeing yet nutrient-rich.

5. Every parent needs to know this feeding advice

 In Ellyn Satter's, Secrets of Feeding a Healthy Family, parents learn how to prevent and reduce picky eating while increasing food enjoyment and nutrition for the family. The methods laid out in this book are recognized as best practices by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This is a must-read if you are a parent! 

6. The best guide for starting a baby on solids

This book includes Ellyn Satter's family feeding best practices (see #5) but it focuses on how to start a baby on solids. It goes over nutrition for baby from around 6 months to 36 months.  The approach outlined in Born to Eat cultivates a positive feeding relationship which can benefit a child's eating behaviors for a lifetime.

Helping people enjoy food and feel confident about nutrition. 

The material in this blog is not intended to be used as medical advice. Please work closely with a competent health care team on your specific medical needs.

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