Resources For Eating Disorders And Intuitive Eating

by Jennifer McGurk on April 7, 2017

I find myself suggesting resources all the time to clients and healthcare professionals to help everyone learn more about eating disorders, intuitive eating, and health at every size. I figured it’s time to share these valuable books/podcasts/e-courses with all of you.  It doesn’t matter if you are a client, family member, or healthcare professional- we ALL have a lot to learn.


Top Resources for Eating Disorders

International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians

International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals

National Eating Disorder Association


Life Without Ed, by Jenni Schaefer

8 Keys to Recover from an Eating Disorder, by Carolyn Costin

Overcoming Binge Eating, by Christopher Fairburn

Almost Anorexic, by Jennifer Thomas

(Find these in your podcast app or itunes!)

The Recovery Warrior Show

The Eating Disorder Recovery Podcast

Resources for Health at Every Size and Intuitive Eating

Registered Dietitians for Body Confidence

The Health at Every Size Community

The Association for Size Diversity and Health

Intuitive Eating Community


Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch

Intuitive Eating Workbook

Health at Every Size by Linda Bacon

Body Respect by Linda BaconBody Kindness by Rebecca Scritchfield

Savvy Girl, A Guide to Eating by Sumner Brooks and Brittany Deal

(Find these in your podcasts app or itunes!)

Love, Food

Body Kindness

Food Psych

Dietitians Unplugged

Life, Unrestricted

The Body Love Project


EDRDPro Symposium:15 experts (myself included!!) presenting on eating disorders, HAES, and intuitive eating! The symposium begins April 28th.

Kylie Mitchell’s IMMAEATTHAT “How to Eat” Course 

Christy Harrison’s Intuitive Eating Fundamentals Course



Top 3 Tips for Improving Body Image

by Jennifer McGurk on April 7, 2017

What is Body Image?
Body image is how you see yourself when you look in the mirror or when you picture yourself in your mind. It encompasses:

  • What you believe about your own appearance (including your memories, assumptions, and generalizations).
  • How you feel about your body, including your height, shape, and weight.
  • How you sense and control your body as you move.  How you feel in your body, not just about your body.

Negative Body Image

  • A distorted perception of your shape–you perceive parts of your body unlike they really are.
  • You are convinced that only other people are attractive and that your body size or shape is a sign of personal failure.
  • You feel ashamed, self-conscious, and anxious about your body.
  • You feel uncomfortable and awkward in your body.

Positive Body Image

  • A clear, true perception of your shape–you see the various parts of your body as they really are.
  • You celebrate and appreciate your natural body shape and you understand that a person’s physical appearance says very little about their character and value as a person.
  • You feel proud and accepting of your unique body and refuse to spend an unreasonable amount of time worrying about food, weight, and calories.
  • You feel comfortable and confident in your body.

(Taken from NEDA:

Top 3 Tips to Improve Body Image

1. Focus on Body Neutrality First
It’s impossible to go from hating a body to loving a body right away.  Practice the thought of body neutrality, meaning that you can see your body for what it is (a body!!).

2. Respect Your Body
Appreciate what your body can do for you: walk, stand, sit, stretch! Treat your body with respect by giving it fuel, movement, sleep, and relaxation time.

3. Practice Body Self-Care
Wear clothes that fit you well and make you feel comfortable.  Do something everyday that makes you feel good.

Favorite body image resources: 

1. NEDA’s 10 Steps to a Positive Body Image:
2. The book “Body Respect” by Linda Bacon and Lucy Aphramor, On Amazon here:
3. The Body Image Workbook by Thomas Cash, on Amazon here:
4. CSAB Body Image webinar by Marissa Sappho: (#13 for the recording)

5.  Rebecca Scritchfield’s Body Kindness Podcast:


Sharing My Recovery Story

March 1, 2017

It’s Eating Disorders Awareness week! This week always holds a very special place in my heart because I feel like our community comes together in a big way to support eating disorder treatment. This year is extra special for me because I’m sharing my own recovery story on Christy Harrison’s Food Psych podcast, Episode #91! […]

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10 Easy Self-Care Practices for Valentine’s Day

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Happy Valentine’s Day!!! This holiday is usually all about celebrating those that you love, but what if we flipped it and made this holiday all about you? The most important relationship is the one you have with yourself. Self-love and self-care are concepts I find myself talking about all the time with my clients, especially […]

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Body Shaming

February 1, 2017

Over the past years, “body-shaming” has become a hot topic, not just online but in everyday life. Unfortunately, body-shaming can happen to almost anyone — regardless of gender, ethnicity, social class, or age. Celebrities, pregnant women, thin people, curvy people, fit people, athletic people, young people, old people — the list of who’s become a target for body-shaming […]

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3 Things to Do in January Besides “Diet”

January 1, 2017

Ugg… January is here! It really is “national dieting month” and even though I’ve tried to avoid “diet talk” as much as possible, I still hear friends, family, and clients talking about how they are going to be “good”, “eat clean”, “lose weight”, and “finally take control back”. So if you know me, you know […]

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I still remember getting the email from the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) that said “Be one of the first dietitians credentialed to fight obesity in America”. I opened up the email and BOOM! In huge letters the email started off with “The wait is over.”  Obviously CDR is really excited about the new credential for […]

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Redefine Holiday Eating

December 1, 2016

As much as we love the holiday season, it can be equal parts wonderful and stressful. There is usually a lot going on, including planning trips, shopping for gifts, seeing friends and family, and of course, eating holiday food! I don’t know about you, but I hate those “healthy holiday articles” that suggest walking away […]

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Pros and Cons of Hello Fresh

December 1, 2016

As a busy mom, it is sometimes really hard to get dinner on the table!! I have wanted to try a meal delivery service for awhile now and when my friend Lauren gave me a coupon for a free trial week of Hello Fresh I jumped on it!  A meal delivery service is NOT a diet […]

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