Written by Ashley Seruya, B.A. The intuitive eating process brings about a lot of change, some of which can be downright terrifying. Enter: weight gain. It should be noted that weight gain is a possible side effect of making peace with food, but it isn’t necessarily inevitable. Some people lose weight on their intuitive eating journey, others maintain, and still others gain. Which camp you will eventually fall into is really anyone’s best guess, but making peace with weight gain - or any bodily changes - during this process is a huge part of body acceptance and truly embracing the … [Read more...] about 3 Steps to Making Peace With Weight Gain
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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?
Written by Ashley Seruya, B.A. Are you noticing yourself placing diet rules and restrictions on your intuitive eating journey? Leave diets behind once and for all and avoid these 3 diet mentality traps. For many of us, intuitive eating is something we come to when we finally give in and seek refuge from diet culture. We’ve likely been battered for so long, the rules and restrictions hammered into us for years on end, and we’ve seen it all fail miserably time and time again. Those of us who come to intuitive eating often do so with heads hung low, knowing we’ve finally hit our diet limit, … [Read more...] about Intuitive Eating is Not Another Diet! 3 Things to Remember
The "Gentle Diet" Recently, a client told me that she looked up the words, “gentle” and “diet.” to learn about Intuitive Eating. I love that description, because intuitive eating is a gentle approach to improving health as we become the expert over our bodies and its many sensations. This means saying “goodbye” to strict diets as they promote: negative self-judgments, shaming, and "should" around food intake and body size. We must welcome compassionate self-care by: honoring hunger, registering fullness cues, moving our bodies in a way that feels good, and finding new ways to comfort … [Read more...] about Is Intuitive Eating like a “Gentle Diet?”
Written by Ashley Seruya, BA 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; … [Read more...] about Recipes for Eating Disorder Recovery, Spring Edition!
Written by Ashley Seruya, BA We live in a diet world, plain and simple. Our entire perception of health and fitness is molded by a diet mindset. Our views about nutrition, food, exercise, movement, and wellness are all colored by this paradigm that permeates every aspect of our lives. This diet culture that we live in takes us all hostage, and the result is a dysfunctional, if not completely disordered, relationship with food and our bodies. Many of us come to a point where we know we need something else; something different. The constant yo-yo dieting, trips down eating disorder lane, … [Read more...] about The Three Things You Have To Let Go Of Once You Are An Intuitive Eater