non diet approach helps prevent body shame and negative body image

Kids and Body Shame: Preventing Disordered Eating with Non-diet Approach

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.

Non-diet for kids to prevent body image issues

 

Kids’ Bodies are Ever Changing

As a growing kid, lots of body changes are going to be taking place for your child! This is to be celebrated, rather than micromanaged. If you feel as if maybe your kid’s weight is getting higher than it “should” be, stop for a second! Think about this: do you want them to end up restricting their food, and potentially developing disordered eating habits? Do you want them to be obsessed with what they put in their mouths, and worried about disappointing you if their weight goes up? Navigating body size in your children can be hard. Trust me, I know! We don’t want them to be bullied or to struggle. But it’s important that no matter what, the home is a SAFE space, not a place where they are made to feel ashamed of their size. If you try to intervene, it’s likely to not only make the problem worse, but it will also probably have a negative impact on your relationship with your child. No one wants that!

Be a Role Model for  Your Kids!

Interested in making peace with food, learning more about intuitive eating, rejecting the diet mentality, and finally living your life without obsessing over your weight? As a registered dietitian and certified intuitive eating counselor with over 20 years of experience, I bring you the Intuitive Eating Basics 101: Finding Food Peace and Body Freedom Forever online course. Start your journey today!

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Nude Posture Photos and Self-Esteem

Did the Ivy League Nude Photo Scandal Affect Self-esteem & Body Image?

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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 were still intact! There it was — a detailed and compelling article by Ron Rosenbaum in the New York Times Magazine Section, January 15, 1995: “The Great Ivy League Nude Posture Photo Scandal. “(1)

“One fall afternoon in the mid-60’s, shortly after I arrived in New Haven to begin my freshman year at Yale, I was summoned to that sooty Gothic shrine to muscular virtue known as Payne Whitney Gym. I reported to a windowless room on an upper floor, where men dressed in crisp white garments instructed me to remove all my clothes. And then — and this is the part I still have trouble believing — they attached metal pins to my spine. There was no actual piercing of skin, only of dignity, as four-inch metal pins were affixed with adhesive to my vertebrae at regular intervals from my neck down. I was positioned against a wall; a floodlight illuminated my pin-spiked profile and a camera captured it. The procedure did seem strange … But I soon learned that it was a long-established custom at most Ivy League and Seven Sisters schools … All of them — whole generations of the cultural elite — were asked to pose.” – Ron Rosenbaum

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“If you can learn to like how you look, and not the way you think you look, it can set you free.” — Gloria Steinem

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Is Intuitive Eating Basics For You?

On Tuesday, November 1st  at 7PM ET, I will be offering an 8-Week Virtual Intuitive Eating Basics workshop for a limited number of qualified participants.

Does That Include You?

  • Can you imagine a life where you feel free around food without obsession or worry?
  • How would you like to gain compassion for yourself, knowing that every mistake is simply a learning opportunity with no judgment or blame?
  • If you would like to have stronger self-esteem and body confidence, regardless of your size, it might just be time to try a different approach.

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We Made Frittatas with a Twist!

Cooking for Recovery Class with Erica Leon Nutrition and Cook Learn Live

This month our group chopped, mixed and baked their way to Recovery! The support each member provided each other in trying new textures, tastes and of course,  facing scary foods, was awesome!  I have to admit…I have never made such a beautiful frittata!

 

With Jenna Lebowich guiding, we made a fabulous meal of  two types of frittatas — kale, basil & goat cheese, and zucchini, mushroom & mozzarella cheese. We also made a quinoa salad & peach crumble for dessert. Erica Leon Nutrition holds Cooking for Recovery Classes monthly in conjunction with Cook Learn Live in White Plains.

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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

 

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