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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.

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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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April Showers Bring May Flowers (and Diets / Disordered Eating?)

It’s Spring — time for proms, graduations, and thoughts of warmer weather. For many, this time of the year is also synonymous with insecurities about body size, leading many to start a brand-new diet. The billion-dollar diet industry feeds off our insecurities, and sales of the latest and greatest diet products soar. At the same time, the incidence of eating disorders also rises. Although eating disorders involve complex biological, psychological, social and cultural factors, dieting is a strong risk factor for their development.

According to the National Eating Disorder Association, “Cultural pressures that glorify “thinness” or muscularity and place value on obtaining the “perfect body”; narrow definitions of beauty that include only women and men of specific body weights and shapes; cultural norms that value people on the basis of physical appearance and not inner qualities and strengths; stress related to racial, ethnic, size/weight-related or other forms of discrimination or prejudice” play a role in the development of eating disorders.

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FREE WEBINAR: Live Your True Values with Intuitive Eating Wednesday 3/15/17 8-9 PM EST

Reflect on Your Values and the Actions you can take to support these values with Intuitive Eating. You’ve been down the diet rabbit hole and just know there is a better way to live.

This FREE webinar will introduce you to the key concepts in Intuitive Eating, a way of looking at food, weight and well-being that will free you from the shackles of dieting.

Learn to listen to your body’s own natural signals of hunger and fullness, and break free from emotional eating once and for all. Learn to be compassionate towards your body while learning skills you will need to have a more attuned and value-driven life.

After this webinar, you will be able to recognize that:

– there are other ways of managing  emotions, thoughts or circumstances WITHOUT depending on food

-You can find satisfaction and feel good about eating

-Self-care is important to feeling  good in your own skin

 

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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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Why is Mindful Eating So Difficult?

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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