As parents, we have to be SO careful about the behaviors we demonstrate in front of children. Kids absorb everything around them, and even subtle diet rules and body shame will seep into their brains, and they will mimic it. We have to do our best to show kids that no foods are "bad", and that all bodies deserve respect. If we diet in front of our children, we show them that they shouldn't trust their bodies, and that food is out to get them. Instead, we should be showing them how to trust their internal cues, and to always put their needs above societal expectations. Kids' … [Read more...] about Kids and Body Shame: Preventing Disordered Eating with Non-diet Approach
Part 1: In doing some research on body image over several generations in my family, my 86- year-old mother mentioned an incident of which she had never spoken. Imagine for a moment -- Going off to your freshman year of college a little nervous -- “Will you do well in your classes? Will you get along with your roommate? You then learn about a mandatory procedure for freshmen -- a “posture study” where you’re photographed stark naked from the front, back and side. Sounds ridiculous -- but this really happened. My mother’s brief flashback started my research to verify if her mental faculties … [Read more...] about Did the Ivy League Nude Photo Scandal Affect Self-esteem & Body Image?
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 … [Read more...] about Should I be worried about my child’s weight?
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 … [Read more...] about 5 Ways to Practice Self-care (and Love Yourself) on Valentine’s Day!
Hi there! My name is Ashley, and I’m the newest member of Erica’s team. I’m super thrilled to be here, and I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you a little about myself, specifically how I came to work with Erica, and how my relationship with food and my body has impacted my life. Believe me, that’s a long list of things that I won’t have the time to really dig into now, but I thought I might at least share the tip of the iceberg. I, like many of you, was preoccupied with food and my body at a young age. From the first time I can remember being aware that I had a body, I can … [Read more...] about Ashley Blogs: Nice to Meet You!
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