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. Kids' … [Read more...] about Kids and Body Shame: Preventing Disordered Eating with Non-diet Approach
All Bodies Fit
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?
“If you can learn to like how you look, and not the way you think you look, it can set you free.” — Gloria Steinem … [Read more...] about Body Image—It’s Not What You See, but How You Feel
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. … [Read more...] about Is Intuitive Eating Basics For You?
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 … [Read more...] about We Made Frittatas with a Twist!
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?