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Erica & Ashley’s Recovery Recipe Roundup: March Edition!

When I (Ashley) first started my journey towards eating disorder recovery, I recall one simple phrase that I thought to myself over and over again: “What the hell do I eat now?”

Having followed various food rules for so long, I was at a point where my brain felt inundated with contradictory, confusing nutrition information. Not only that, but I was just dipping my toes into intuitive eating, a way of eating characterized by tapping into your inner hunger, fullness, and satiety cues to guide eating in a way that works to prevent bingeing and promote wellness; but how was I supposed to eat “intuitively” when starting at the fridge felt like walking into a battlefield? I knew I was supposed to be giving myself unconditional permission to eat all foods, a tenet of the intuitive eating model, but I still held onto so much fear around foods that had felt almost addictive during my eating disorder.

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Intuitive Eating (Non diet) Virtual 6-Week Class begins 3/22, 8-9 pm EST

Diet Plan

Intuitive Eating Basics is a 6-week VIRTUAL small group program designed to introduce you to intuitive eating or deepen your learning process.

Your class will include six one-hour group spotlight coaching calls (you can participate from the comfort of your own home via computer or phone).   You will receive tons of support from an expert! I have been working with people with a variety of eating concerns for more than 25 years. Certified as both an intuitive eating specialist and eating disorder dietitian, I can help you find satisfaction in eating again. Together, we will help you reconnect to your inner body cues, because you were born with all the wisdom you need for eating intuitively. 

Contact Erica for details and to sign up for one of our 10 slots!

5 Ways to Practice Self-care (and Love Yourself) on Valentine’s Day!

I have never been a big fan of Valentine’s Day. I spent most of my 20’s searching for love, always feeling empty when I had no one to share V-Day with!

To me, it’s still an artificial holiday made up by Hallmark to sell chocolate candy, flowers and cards. I mean, everyday should be Valentines’ day.

As an older and (slightly) wiser human, I have realized the importance of self-love. We are worthy of care and attention. No-one is going to take better care of me than…ME!

These are my five favorite self-love activities:

  • Get rest. I love to nap in the middle of the day when I can. It feels like a rebellious act of self-care!
  • Choose to be active or not. Some days I am burning to move my body, other days, not so much. Choosing is not laziness – but self-love.
  • Wear clothing that makes you feel fabulous — if you don’t have any – buy one item!
  • We spend so much of our day on the computer, iPhone, and iPad. Make a conscious choice to take one hour — or two hours — and get completely free of social media, news and other stimulation. Spend the time talking to a friend, having tea, coloring, listening to music, playing with a pet or doing NOTHING at all without judgement!
  • Pick a sense and use it — buy yourself flowers and SMELL THEM. Use lavender hand cream and FEEL it on your skin, COZY up and wrap yourself in a blanket in front of a WARM fireplace, BURN a candle. LISTEN to music, READ a book, TASTE your food by eating slowly and mindfully.

 

What do you do as an act of self-love?

To learn more about self-care, join my Private FaceBook Community: Eat, Live, Nourish Intuitive Eating Support

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Why I Won’t Be Going Vegan… Like, Ever…Ashley Blogs

Though the Grapefruit Diet and the like may finally have been condemned, there are other pseudo diets that lurk in the mainstream, masquerading as the key to optimal health while continuing to promote restriction, fear of foods, and disordered eating. For many of us who have dealt with disordered eating or eating disorders, vegetarianism, veganism, a gluten free lifestyle, and so forth can be a gateway to a whole new dimension of restriction. So many of us have gone down this path, cutting out this and limiting that. We swear it’s for health reasons; that we just saw the latest research and bacon will surely kill us, and we are making our decision based on what is best for our bodies, not our waistlines. And maybe for some that kind of decision might work. Maybe for some that might be true. Maybe for some, cutting out meat or limiting dairy might actually make their digestive system run a little smoother and their energy a little higher. Maybe for some it truly isn’t a big deal, and the ethical nature of veganism is reason alone to make certain dietary choices. I am not one of these people.

For me, the moment I think about restricting a single food item, alarm bells go off. My brain starts going loop-de-loo, and all I want is everything. The moment in which I think hey, bread is evil, let’s not eat bread, for example… all I do is eat bread. It happens with every single food group, and it has ever since my binge eating disorder really took ahold after years of yo-yo restriction. You see, my brain has been trained. It believes that every time I even think about removing something from my diet, I am about to go down the path of deep and heavy restriction. Past experience has told it so. And so when those thoughts start mulling around, my body’s survival mode kicks into high gear, and it’s binge season up in here.
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