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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Intuitive Eating Basics: The Anti – Diet, to Start Wednesday 3/22 from 8-9 PM EST.

Intuitive Eating Basics 6-Week Class

Introducing Guest Instructors, Susan Schrott DCSW, LCSW, CEDS, CYT and Lisa Bargellini for Intuitive Eating Basics, a 6-Week Virtual Class starting this Wednesday, 3/22 8-9 PM EST. Sign-up: http://ericaleon.com/intuitive-eating/ OR email: erica@ericaleon.com

Posted by Erica Leon Nutrition LLC on Saturday, March 18, 2017

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Body Image—It’s Not What You See, but How You Feel

“If you can learn to like how you look, and not the way you think you look, it can set you free.” — Gloria Steinem

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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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Shopping List and Quick Meal Ideas for Busy People

In today’s quick food environment, planning, chopping, and cooking healthy meals and snacks can be nearly impossible. Whether you are short on time on a regular basis or just need a quick meal in a pinch, below you will find a shopping list of healthy fresh, boxed, canned, and frozen products as well as sample meal ideas.

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I Lobbied Congress for Improving Access to Eating Disorder Treatment, Coverage and Education — You Can Too!!

 

My interest in the political process changed when I volunteered to participate in Spring Lobby Day for the  Eating Disorders Coalition  on April 18, 2016 as a representative of IFEDD (International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians). Although I grew up around politics my entire life — my mother worked for Governor Mario Cuomo of New York State and my husband was the mayor of Ardsley, NY, a small Westchester County village for six years — I never truly understood how the political process worked.

On April 18th, I visited offices and spoke to staff from both Senators and Congressmen/women to lobby for passage of The Anna Westin Act. This legislation is poised to be a landmark victory for eating disorder sufferers and their families. The bill is still waiting for a vote in Congress. I walked in and out of offices with Team New York/New Jersey. We were a small group of volunteers with a team leader for the Eating Disorders Coalition named Gail Schoenbach. Gail has been lobbying for the Eating Disorders Coalition for many years and she directed us on how to speak to people in the Congressional offices. We wanted to bring a face and story to the topic of eating disorders and we each had a chance to talk about the impact that eating disorders has had in our own lives.

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