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 … [Read more...] about Diets and Diet Culture Have Been the Fabric of Our Lives
The pressure to look good is no secret; it’s bred into us from birth. Advertising especially targets prepubescent girls, hawking make-up and designer clothes. By the time they’re teens, more than half of all girls say their appearance is the prime concern of their lives. … [Read more...] about We are Stuck in the Thin Ideal! Say NO to Diets and YES to “Intuitive Eating”
“If you can learn to like how you look, and not the way you think you look, it can set you free.” — Gloria Steinem … [Read more...] about Body Image—It’s Not What You See, but How You Feel
On Tuesday, November 1st at 7PM ET, I will be offering an 8-Week Virtual Intuitive Eating Basics workshop for a limited number of qualified participants. Does That Include You? Can you imagine a life where you feel free around food without obsession or worry? How would you like to gain compassion for yourself, knowing that every mistake is simply a learning opportunity with no judgment or blame? If you would like to have stronger self-esteem and body confidence, regardless of your size, it might just be time to try a different approach. … [Read more...] about Is Intuitive Eating Basics For You?
Cooking for Recovery Class with Erica Leon Nutrition and Cook Learn Live This month our group chopped, mixed and baked their way to Recovery! The support each member provided each other in trying new textures, tastes and of course, facing scary foods, was awesome! I have to admit…I have never made such a beautiful frittata! With Jenna Lebowich guiding, we made a fabulous meal of two types of frittatas -- kale, basil & goat cheese, and zucchini, mushroom & mozzarella cheese. We also made a quinoa salad & peach crumble for dessert. Erica Leon Nutrition holds Cooking for … [Read more...] about We Made Frittatas with a Twist!
We asked 25 men and women in New York City why they thought eating mindfully (we gave a basic description of what this means) was so challenging. Here’s what we heard: Eating mindfully is desired, but respondents cited a lack of time … [Read more...] about Why is Mindful Eating So Difficult?