- I was introduced to motivational interviewing almost two years ago in my Nutritional Counseling class, and we used one of Molly Kellogg‘s excellent books as one of our texts (she contributes a chapter to this book, as well). A year ago, I participated in a day-and-a-half workshop on motivational interviewing.
- I own several books on mindful eating (and have read most of them), and have been working to incorporate mindfulness into my meals, and other areas of my life (I started a formal zen meditation practice in September).
- I have done enough reading in the areas of obesity and eating disorders, and had enough experience with patients/clients through my dietetic internship, to know that weight is not the be all, end all of health, and that obsession with weight and dieting is harmful both mentally and physically. I’ve also attended a handful of educational sessions and workshops on Health at Every Size.
Wellness, Not Weight is a well-written, content-rich introduction to three vitally important topics. Integrating mindful eating, motivational interviewing and Health at Every Size into one volume makes perfect sense, and this book flows beautifully from broad theoretical overview to science-based supporting details to real-world ideas for putting these ideas into practice with clients. Wellness, Not Weight does not try to be the be-all, end-all source on these topics, but it lays a substantive, well rounded and inspiring foundation, then offers robust resource lists that make it easy for readers to explore further.
Each chapter was written by experts with hands-on experience in these topics by way of research, teaching, clinical practice or all of the above. As such, this book was immensely useful to be as a nutrition and dietetics student and will continue to be a valuable resource as a registered dietitian nutritionist. A must read for nutrition and health professionals who work with patient/client populations that struggle with obesity, eating disorders or chronic dieting and for students of nutrition and dietetics.
Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy of this book in exchange for a review, but my opinions, as always, are completely my own.