healthy diets

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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“Are You Tired of Being Fat And Ugly?” – A Response

This is a wonderful guest post written by my  niece, Jenny Rose, who is also the designer of my beautiful website. I am fortunate to have family members who “get” the damaging and body-shaming messages the media dole out on a daily basis. 

I came across this sign outside Nutrishop, a vitamins and supplements retailer next door to Chipotle (where I’d just unapologetically eaten 3 tacos).

The sign spoke to me:

“ARE YOU TIRED OF BEING FAT AND UGLY?” it shouted, ringing caps lock in my head.

“Who, me?” I answered.

“JUST BE UGLY!” it concluded, its underline signifying that this was the final word: Conversation over, now buy our products.

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