ONE-TWO PUNCH (OTP) was specifically created to show you how to put the best aspects of nutrition information into action — in a way that makes sense. It’s designed to feel comfortable and still allow you to reach your health and fitness goals.
This concept evolved as I was trying to simplify food and eating for individuals visiting with me. There are so many things influencing our behavior with food. Without help, it can be overwhelming.
Plain and simple, I am an EATING COACH. Every day I coach individuals to improve their relationship with food; to help them understand, recognize and honor their body cues while also trying to sort out the confusion about the nutrition advice coming at them every day.
Groundbreaking and sensational work on this concept was introduced by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch in their first book, Intuitive Eating. Many Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) refer to this book as “the bible” when it comes to an emotionally healthy relationship with food.5
Let me review a couple of definitions. Intuitive eating includes rejecting the dieting mentality, using nutrition information without judgment and respecting your body, regardless of how you feel about its shape. Intuitive eating summarily is the practice of eating for physical rather than emotional reasons, relying on internal hunger and satiety cues and the unconditional permission to eat.5-6
Mindful eating is a process of paying attention to your actual eating experience, without judgment.6-8 Aspects of both intuitive eating and mindful eating are used throughout this book.9-11
This method is not going to solve everyone’s issues with food. It’s just not. That’s my preamble to all the naysayers that will say this isn’t complicated enough. Seriously? This is not a detailed, quick fix plan. It doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles. It won’t help you lose 10 pounds in a week. It may not help you lose 20 pounds in a month, but you will improve your relationship with food and your body.
It is going to take effort and thought, even though it is simple. It will require a lifestyle and mind shift in your relationship with all food. And it is going to require trust. Trust in the information found in this book and trust in yourself. It is a long-term, sustainable, do-anywhere, at any-age plan. It does take work. It does take commitment. Apply this method and don’t overanalyze it. Think about the bigger issues of your life like friends, family, work and so on.
Pay attention to your body’s physical hunger—BURN. Combine key nutrients every time you eat—BALANCE. ONE-TWO PUNCH will help you BECOME a healthy weight and have a healthy relationship with food. Let’s get started!
5. Tribole E, Resch E. Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works. 3rd ed. New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press; 2012.
6. Tribole E. The difference between intuitive eating and mindful eating. Intuitive Eating website.
7. The Center for Mindful Eating. Why Mindful Eating?
8. Lofgren I. Mindful Eating. Am J Lifestyle Med. 2015;9(3): 212-216.
9. Camilleri G, Méjean C, Bellisle F, Andreeva V, Kesse-Guyot E, Hercberg S, and Péneau S. Intuitive eating is inversely associated with body weight status in the general population-based NutriNet-Santé study. Obesity. 2016:24(5):1154–1161.
10. Tylka T. Development and psychometric evaluation of a measure of intuitive eating. J Couns Psycho. 2006: 53(2)226-240.
11. Bruce L, Ricciardelli L. A systematic review of the psychosocial correlates of intuitive eating among adult women. Appetite. 2016;96:454-472.