Put weight loss on the back burner to find food peace.

Doing Intuitive Eating When You Still Want Weight Loss

 

“Fears of weight gain lead some people to turn intuitive eating into another diet.” – Erica Leon

Written by Ashley Seruya, B.A.

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Gentle Nutrition: End Dieting, Find Satisfaction with Intuitive Eating

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 by following what some professionals have called “the hunger and fullness diet.” But these are both diets in disguise, and ways to twist intuitive eating away from its original intentions!

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How to find the gray in eating disorder recovery and intuitive eating.

Finding the Gray: When Intuitive Eating and Eating Disorder Recovery Aren’t So Black & White

Written by Ashley Seruya, B.A.

There’s a common refrain in intuitive eating and eating disorder recovery work: when am I going to be done?

There’s this enduring idea that there’s an end point; an event or moment that you can look at and say, “Hey, here’s where it all was fixed!” But recovery and intuitive eating work isn’t like that. In fact, I would say life isn’t like that. Not one bit.

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Intuitive Eating Troubleshooting: Why it’s Time to Put Nutrition and Health on the Backburner

Written by Ashley Seruya, BA

Intuitive eating can be challenging when coming from the diet world, and many of us are tempted to worry about “health” when we first start our journey… but is this helpful? Simply put, no.

Many of us who come to intuitive eating do so after either chronically dieting our whole lives, or struggling with an eating disorder. This means that when we finally decide to make peace with food, we are already at a disadvantage. We’ve likely been depriving ourselves and restricting, physically and mentally. We likely have a lot of nourishing to catch up on, physically and spiritually. We likely have a lot of rules around food and movement, and are terrified to give them up.

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3 Ways to Make Intuitive Eating Tangible

 

Written by Ashley Seruya, BA

Intuitive eating can feel hard, but it doesn’t have to be. Experiment with new ways to make your progress more tangible to make the journey easier!

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Ashley Blogs: Nice to Meet You!

Hi there! My name is Ashley, and I’m the newest member of Erica’s team. I’m super thrilled to be here, and I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you a little about myself, specifically how I came to work with Erica, and how my relationship with food and my body has impacted my life. Believe me, that’s a long list of things that I won’t have the time to really dig into now, but I thought I might at least share the tip of the iceberg.

 

I, like many of you, was preoccupied with food and my body at a young age. From the first time I can remember being aware that I had a body, I can only recall an overwhelming feeling of discomfort. As I moved through puberty and my body began changing, things really started to heat up. I was getting subliminal messages every day from family, friends, and the media about what my body was supposed to look like, what I was supposed to be eating, and what I had to do to be worthy of anyone’s time and effort (re: be pretty and skinny). Food was a constant point of contention – I can recall scarfing down freshly fried chicken cutlets in my formal dining room, hiding because I was afraid of my own hunger and ashamed that my mother would see me bingeing and think I was a failure – and my body consistently made me feel at odds with everyone around me.

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