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 … [Read more...] about Recipes for Eating Disorder Recovery, Leftovers Edition
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
Written by Ashley Seruya, BA Intuitive eating can be challenging when coming from the diet world, and many of us are tempted to worry about “health” when we first start our journey… but is this helpful? Simply put, no. … [Read more...] about Intuitive Eating Troubleshooting: Why it’s Time to Put Nutrition and Health on the Backburner
Intuitive Eating is the most effective and lasting nutritional approach to your health. Intuitive Eating is a method that teaches you to eat when you are hungry and stop when you are comfortably full. Intuitive Eating helps you integrate the messages of your body with your thoughts and behaviors and ultimately puts YOU in charge of your body and its health. Research consistently shows that diets do not work, but the problem is we live in a world where our entire perception of health and fitness is molded by a diet mindset. Many of us reach the point where we are done with obsessing … [Read more...] about What is Intuitive Eating?
Written by Ashley Seruya, BA Intuitive eating can feel hard, but it doesn't have to be. Experiment with new ways to make your progress more tangible to make the journey easier! … [Read more...] about 3 Ways to Make Intuitive Eating Tangible
It’s Spring -- time for proms, graduations, and thoughts of warmer weather. For many, this time of the year is also synonymous with insecurities about body size, leading many to start a brand-new diet. The billion-dollar diet industry feeds off our insecurities, and sales of the latest and greatest diet products soar. At the same time, the incidence of eating disorders also rises. Although eating disorders involve complex biological, psychological, social and cultural factors, dieting is a strong risk factor for their development. According to the National Eating Disorder Association, … [Read more...] about April Showers Bring May Flowers (and Diets / Disordered Eating?)