"Fears of weight gain lead some people to turn intuitive eating into another diet." - Erica Leon Written by Ashley Seruya, B.A. Desire for weight loss is SO normal in our society, and fear of weight gain is completely understandable. We're steeped in fatphobia, and we live in a culture where people are systemically discriminated against because of their size. It makes sense that you don't want to be fat! Be here's the thing... fatness isn't actually bad! We live in a world that perpetuates this falsehood, and we need to do the hard work to debunk this myth on a societal level. But … [Read more...] about Doing Intuitive Eating When You Still Want Weight Loss
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
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
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