Being "anti-diet" is counter-cultural! When I think about what it takes to maintain my anti-diet truth in this diet culture world, I get really, really mad. I get mad that I have to put in so much effort to protect myself from the world that I live in, and to protect my own mental health and my recovery. And I know that we all feel this struggle and frustration. One of my favorite quotes on the topic is from a wonderful colleague of Erica's: "We're trying to recover in a world that hasn't yet recovered itself." - Julie Duffy Dillon And it's so, so true. Our world is stuck in it's own … [Read more...] about How to Be Anti-Diet in a Diet Culture World
Mindful eating and intuitive eating often go hand in hand... but is there a problem with conflating the two as the same? If you've ever perused the intuitive eating webiverse, you might notice that this kind of eating is often discussed alongside other terms, mainly "mindful eating." Mindful eating is something that's brought up in the intuitive eating conversation a lot, and it's definitely an important part of the process. Mindful eating is way of relating to food that encourages true connection with what we put into our mouths, and asks us to investigate whether or not we truly … [Read more...] about Intuitive Eating vs Mindful Eating: What’s the Difference?
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, Fall is Here!
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
Intuitive eating can feel like a big leap of faith, but what happens when you start and it just feels like you’re failing over and over again? What happens when the bingeing, the main thing that the intuitive eating was supposed to cure, just won’t stop? Written by Ashley Seruya, B.A. … [Read more...] about Intuitive Eating and Deprivation: AKA Why You’re Still Bingeing