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FREE WEBINAR: Live Your True Values with Intuitive Eating Wednesday 3/15/17 8-9 PM EST

Reflect on Your Values and the Actions you can take to support these values with Intuitive Eating. You’ve been down the diet rabbit hole and just know there is a better way to live.

This FREE webinar will introduce you to the key concepts in Intuitive Eating, a way of looking at food, weight and well-being that will free you from the shackles of dieting.

Learn to listen to your body’s own natural signals of hunger and fullness, and break free from emotional eating once and for all. Learn to be compassionate towards your body while learning skills you will need to have a more attuned and value-driven life.

After this webinar, you will be able to recognize that:

– there are other ways of managing  emotions, thoughts or circumstances WITHOUT depending on food

-You can find satisfaction and feel good about eating

-Self-care is important to feeling  good in your own skin

 

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Should I be worried about my child’s weight?

I have seen an alarming trend in my nutrition therapy practice — repeat customers. These customers are the kids, tweens, teens and families with childhood weight concerns I have worked with over the past decade. Here is what I am seeing — eating disorders — lots and lots of eating disorders. Anorexia, bulimia, binge and emotional eating, and unspecified poor relationships with food and body image. I am seeing this in both males and females.

On a personal note, I can remember a powerful body-shaming message that I received when I was younger. It was like yesterday that my ballet teacher told me, in front of the entire class, that I simply must slim down since it is important to be thin for ballet. I was ten years old, at the very beginning of puberty and never set foot in that ballet school again.

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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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Ring in the New Year with the Gift of Health! Join me on 1/03/17 For a Free Webinar on Intuitive Eating

Tired of dieting with no results, just bad feelings and repeated weight gain? Just in time for the holidays and New Year, give yourself the gift of health. Health means nurturing your body with satisfying foods and movement that feels good. The only way to end your feelings of deprivation (through dieting) is to start giving yourself unconditional permission to eat. It is truly life-changing to discover your own internal sensations of hunger and fullness. If you are looking to achieve improved health parameters (blood pressure, cholesterol, etc.) and achieve a weight that is “just right” for your body, try a NEW APPROACH — Intuitive Eating!

Learn more in a FREE webinar. Join us on January 3rd, 2017 from 7 – 8PM EST

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Diets and Diet Culture Have Been the Fabric of Our Lives

My mother has lived in the same New York City apartment — my childhood home — for close to 60 years. Deciding to finally move south, we sifted through her apartment filled with as many memories as possessions. The process flooded my senses with remnants of diets and diet culture: a doctor’s scale in the master bedroom, Weight Watchers food scales, bowls and measuring cups in the kitchen, bookshelves lined with diet books a la Atkins, Stillman, South Beach, Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem, and finally to my former bedroom, which still displayed that full length mirror I’d spent hours standing in front of as a teen!

Body image issues

Thankfully, I never developed a full-blown eating disorder but certainly dabbled in diets and had my fair share of body image issues through the years. Society is much more critical of a person’s weight and body size now than when I was growing up. Many young people feel enormous pressure to “fit in” and look a certain way. The media only fuels the focus on external attributes by using anorexic-looking fashion models in television and magazine ads. Eating disorders do not discriminate and can be seen across all races, sexes, ages and sexual orientation.

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