Written by Ashley Seruya, B.A. There’s a common refrain in intuitive eating and eating disorder recovery work: when am I going to be done? There’s this enduring idea that there’s an end point; an event or moment that you can look at and say, “Hey, here’s where it all was fixed!” But recovery and intuitive eating work isn’t like that. In fact, I would say life isn’t like that. Not one bit. … [Read more...] about Finding the Gray: When Intuitive Eating and Eating Disorder Recovery Aren’t So Black & White
Eating Disorders & Prevention
The movie hasn't been released -- yet the trailer itself has created much controversy in the eating disorder community and press. In the first 9 seconds we see disordered eating behavior. By the end of the 2 minute & 23 second promo we have now seen at least 5 very serious eating disorder rituals, including calorie counting, excessive exercise and fluid intake, difficulty eating, body checking, as well as scenes from the hospital, fainting and the skeletal spine of an emaciated body. These can negatively impact someone struggling with recovery or potentially trigger someone over the edge … [Read more...] about To the Bone Trailer Chills to the Bone: Trigger Warning for Disordered Eating & Diet Behavior
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?
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 … [Read more...] about Why I Won’t Be Going Vegan… Like, Ever…Ashley Blogs
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!
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”