Normal Eating® for Normal Weight

The Path to Freedom from Weight Obsession and Food Cravings

Sheryl Canter, M.A.


Normal Eating® is a uniquely effective step-by-step program to free people from compulsive urges and emotional eating. It's not a quick fix, but it's a real fix. You not only lose weight, you become a true normal eater. Many people who've failed to solve their eating problems in the past finally succeed with Normal Eating®.

The Normal Eating® method draws from the Zen principle of mindfulness, 12-step wisdom on addiction, intuitive eating (the non-diet approach), cognitive psychology, and solid nutrition. Author Sheryl Canter analyzed the natural recovery process and broke it into stages, with each stage building on the last. The result is a gentle, step-by-step guide that greatly improves the odds of success.

The book lays out the program in detail. An accompanying online support group lets you ask questions of the author, and apply the ideas to your own life.

Sample Chapters

The Table of Contents shown at right has links to a few sample chapters. You also can access the sample chapters on the sidebar to the left.

Purchase Information

Normal Eating® for Normal Weight can be purchased from this site or from online bookstores such as and Those from Down Under can order the book from Fishpond in Australia or New Zealand. It's in many other online bookstores, as well.

It's also available as a downloadable ebook.

About the Author

Sheryl Canter earned an M.A. in Counseling from New York University in 1980, and led her first support group for emotional eaters at the N.Y.U. Counseling Center. In 2002 she started the Normal Eating Support Group, an online community whose popularity led to the writing of this book.

A Sampling of Reviews from
5.0 out of 5 starsThis book has made me a normal eater, March 27, 2009

I first read a shorter version of this book eighteen months ago. At the time I had a poor body image, was obsessed with weight loss, had a terrible fear of weight gain, was a binge-eater and compulsive exerciser. I'd tried, without success, to solve my eating and body image issues by reading almost every other book published on the subject. Sheryl's book, in combination with her extremely good online support forum allowed me to completely change the way I look at my body and the way I behave around food. I still overeat sometimes, but I no longer binge and I've overcome my exercise addiction.

"Normal Eating" takes a compassionate and common sense approach to solving eating problems, largely through increasing mindfulness. Written in a simple, pragmatic style, the book outlines a practical four-stage method of changing your relationship with food and your body. A major difference between this and similar programs is that Normal Eating focusses on ACTION. Rather than encouraging the reader to engage in wishy-washy thought / visualisation exercises as some programs do, this book focusses on making real, lasting, tangible changes to your behaviour and your thinking.

Sheryl makes no claim that this is easy or a quick fix. It isn't. It took me a year of hard work and regular participation on the forum to really see changes in my behaviour and eating. But it paid off. I still find it amazing that I no longer binge, and I'm extremely grateful to the author for this positive change in my life.

5.0 out of 5 starsBeyond diets!, March 27, 2009

Prior to discovering the Normal Eating book and website, I had tried Geneen Roth's books, Overeaters Anonymous, and myriad self-help programs to heal my obsession with dieting and my weight. Nothing ever "clicked" for me in the way Normal Eating has! I can't believe I'm saying this, but I am now a normal eater, at a normal body weight, and most of the time I don't worry or obsess about food. I am free to enjoy any food, anywhere, without guilt, and I've learned to deal with my feelings in a direct and productive way. I am indebted to Sheryl Canter and her ingeniously simple approach to intuitive, natural, normal eating (just like children do before our society gets to their brains!). It works precisely because it's not a gimmick, not a list of 10 foolproof strategies. Instead, it is a journey into yourself, and there is work only you can do. But it's so worth it!

5.0 out of 5 stars Normal Eating is Deliciously Wise and Helpful, April 12, 2009
By  Ronna Kabatznick (Berkeley, CA USA) - See all my reviews
I was surprised how quickly I became absorbed in this book. It's great way to understand the perils and pitfalls of overeating. It offers excellent, motivating methods to learn how to change one's mind and behavior, which create a sense of deep satisfaction, both physically and emotionally. ' I was particularly drawn to the description of the 'Big Empty,' which describes the compulsive, addictive need to eat more and more, only to feel less and less satisfied. Without preaching or rhetoric, Ms. Canter says that it is only by finding a spiritual connection that we can really feel that longing, ache, black hole of need within. She writes beautifully and her advice is both sound and wise. I highly encourage reading Normal Eating if you're looking for a path to understanding and changing unskillful eating habits. Ronna Kabatznick, Ph.D. author of The Zen of Eating: Ancient Answers to Modern Weight Problems.


Bookmark and Share

Normal Eating® Book

Paperback: $14.95
Autograph book? 

Downloadable eBook versions

Support Group Bundle (save 10%)