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! … [Read more...] about 3 Ways to Make Intuitive Eating Tangible
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, … [Read more...] about April Showers Bring May Flowers (and Diets / Disordered Eating?)
Written by Ashley Seruya, BA 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; … [Read more...] about Recipes for Eating Disorder Recovery, Barbecues!!
Written by Ashley Seruya, B.A. The intuitive eating process brings about a lot of change, some of which can be downright terrifying. Enter: weight gain. It should be noted that weight gain is a possible side effect of making peace with food, but it isn’t necessarily inevitable. Some people lose weight on their intuitive eating journey, others maintain, and still others gain. Which camp you will eventually fall into is really anyone’s best guess, but making peace with weight gain - or any bodily changes - during this process is a huge part of body acceptance and truly embracing the … [Read more...] about 3 Steps to Making Peace With Weight Gain
Written by Ashley Seruya, B.A. Are you noticing yourself placing diet rules and restrictions on your intuitive eating journey? Leave diets behind once and for all and avoid these 3 diet mentality traps. For many of us, intuitive eating is something we come to when we finally give in and seek refuge from diet culture. We’ve likely been battered for so long, the rules and restrictions hammered into us for years on end, and we’ve seen it all fail miserably time and time again. Those of us who come to intuitive eating often do so with heads hung low, knowing we’ve finally hit our diet limit, … [Read more...] about Intuitive Eating is Not Another Diet! 3 Things to Remember
The "Gentle Diet" Recently, a client told me that she looked up the words, “gentle” and “diet.” to learn about Intuitive Eating. I love that description, because intuitive eating is a gentle approach to improving health as we become the expert over our bodies and its many sensations. This means saying “goodbye” to strict diets as they promote: negative self-judgments, shaming, and "should" around food intake and body size. We must welcome compassionate self-care by: honoring hunger, registering fullness cues, moving our bodies in a way that feels good, and finding new ways to comfort … [Read more...] about Is Intuitive Eating like a “Gentle Diet?”