Halloween doesn’t have to be a scare-fest! Stick to your intuitive eating guns and find pleasure in the trick-or-treating festivities. Halloween is the start of the holiday season, and though it can be merry and bright for some, for others struggling with food and body image, it can be the beginning of a stressful and complicated few months. The key to surviving the most candy-saturated holiday of them all, though, is to remember one basic promise: You are allowed to feed yourself. Seems simple, right? Too simple? I don’t think so. There are way too many guides out there on how to … [Read more...] about My Number One Secret To An Intuitive Eating Halloween
Dieting can easily obstruct our internal cues, and interfere with our ability to eat "normally." But what does "normal" eating even mean? Is there a "perfect" way to eat? How does "normal" eating fit in with intuitive eating? Written by Ashley Seruya, B.A. … [Read more...] about What is ‘Normal’ Eating? Is it Intuitive?
Satisfaction is a key part of "gentle nutrition," which is why it's the very last principle of intuitive eating! It takes time and lots of patience to unlearn years of dieting and to fully embrace and respect your body. There are many ways that diving into nutrition too early can derail your intuitive eating journey. Fears of weight gain, and worries about eating in an “unhealthy” way, lead some people to turn intuitive eating into another diet. Some people try adding rules or restrictions around their food intake in the name of “nutrition,” while others try to avoid weight gain … [Read more...] about Gentle Nutrition: End Dieting, Find Satisfaction with Intuitive Eating
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!
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?
Relaxing is easier said than done for most of us, but it might just be the key to a healthy heart and soul. When we are under stress, our natural alarm system is turned on and we pump out adrenaline, which results in quicker breathing, a fast heart rate, and a rise in blood pressure. This response, over a prolonged period of time, can result in serious health problems. Mindfulness decreases cortisol levels in the body; this hormone is associated with sugar cravings and overeating. Mindfulness has been defined as, “the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment – and … [Read more...] about Mindfulness and Your Health