Tuesday, July 1, 2014

An Update (saying no to perfection)

Saying No to Perfection (and an update)

I know it has been a long time since my last update, and I also know I have taken a lot of “breaks” over the past few months. There has been a lot going on, and I’ve come to realize that I’ve been allowing perfectionism to get in the way. Some things have happened over the past weeks that triggered me back to some old eating habits and the pressure I had put on myself to be a “perfect eater” sort…

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Intuitive Eating Tip: Get Groceries!

Intuitive Eating Tip: Get Groceries! // “Intuitive Eating is all about giving yourself the freedom of choice - but what’s the point if you don’t give yourself any options with which to utilize that freedom of choice?”

I am back after an unnecessarily long hiatus. I do apologize – I’ve decided, though that June is a new month! I started working more full-time now, and I’m sorting out my schedule and priorities and this blog is one of them. So without further discussion, here is one of my biggest Intuitive Eating tips… Go out and get some groceries!

This is one of the things I struggle with the most. Maybe it’s…

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

simplytrustinghim said: Intuitive eating is obviously my goal, but sometimes I feel like eating everything. My physical repairs are done, but mentally I'm confused. I think that if I would have gotten busy and not depressed last year, I wouldn't have relapsed, and my body would have stabilized in weight and mentally at some point. I just really don't know what to do, so any advice/help would be appreciated! I really don't want to be obsessed with food or messed up mentally all my life.

Hi - I would definitely recommend seeking out a counsellor/therapist and specifically one who specializes in eating disorders if possible. I also highly recommend reading the Intuitive Eating book by Tribole & Resch and any book by Geneen Roth. It’s definitely a process - and it’s important to remember in order to heal on the outside, we need to heal on the inside. Eating Disorder and Disordered eating behaviors are not the problem, they are the symptom, and so we need to get to the root of the issue and that can be done through therapy. All the best - it’s a process but it’s so worth it!

uncaringexpedience said: I'm very new to intuitive eating and I'm used to counting every last calorie, even attempting to calculate after one of my frequent binges. I want to get away from calorie counting but also become a more mindful eater. Do you think an app like myfitnesspal that tracks what you eat would be helpful or harmful?

In my opinion an app like MyFitnessPal would be incredibly harmful. Intuitive Eating isn’t about charting and calculating and obsessing - it’s about trusting. Trusting your body’s ability to feed itself and honouring your hunger/fullness queues and cravings. I also know many fitness apps don’t offer the most balanced, healthy approach to fitness and often embrace many “fitspo” type behaviours, so I would strongly caution you about that.

Friday, April 18, 2014

YES!! Thank you, @cheerios! #generationhealthy #enddieting #hookedforlife


YES!! Thank you, @cheerios! #generationhealthy #enddieting #hookedforlife

Find me on twitter, guys! Http://twitter.com/lauren_b_sag - I post all my blogs, body positive and HAES, makeup, and cute pics of Zoey :)

Find me on twitter, guys! Http://twitter.com/lauren_b_sag - I post all my blogs, body positive and HAES, makeup, and cute pics of Zoey :)

Monday, March 31, 2014

Finding Substitutes | What counts, What doesn’t

Finding Substitutes | What counts, What doesn’t

A cucumber is not a substitute for a chocolate bar. 

Let me repeat that: a CUCUMBER is not a substitute for a CHOCOLATE BAR. 

This may seem like an obvious fact – we’re not even comparing “apples and oranges” here (at least they are part of the same food group). No we are comparing two completely different things, each on a completely different side of the taste-o-meter.

Yes, I did just make…

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Anonymous said: not sure if this is the same blog that i read a couple of years ago when i was suffering from EDNOS and big periods of binges/restriction. when i first read it i thought it was stupid, but now i've converted & feel so much better, thankyou. i still don't drink softdrink cos it's just gross, but i don't obsess over what i eat (though sometimes i don't care so much that i just don't bother to eat which is bad). i actually lost the 8kg gained from bingeing, by eating this way, without meaning to..

A: It might be! I’ve definitely been writing here for a couple years :) I am so glad that you “converted”! This is such great news!

Thanks for stopping by and leaving an update!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Anonymous said: Hi, I'm new to the concept of intuitive eating and have some questions. I'm pretty sure I've struggled with an undiagnosed ED for several years. I'm concerned that I generally eat in an unhealthy way. I'm tired of battling my appetite all the time, but how do I know what to eat and when? I find it hard to tell when I'm really hungry vs. when I just think I am. I am exercising regularly as well. Also, will my body naturally lose the excess fat I have? Thanks!

Thank you for your questions! I will answer them in order:
1) How do I know what to eat and when?
You just have to trust your body. I know that sounds simplistic, but it’s true. Trusting your body isn’t easy at first - you have to learn to listen to it - but that’s where the principles of Intuitive Eating come into play! Start listening/feeling for your hunger queues and when you feel the hunger urge come along, stop and take a moment and think about what you really want to eat in that moment - and then do your best to fill that craving. I wrote on this in my Eating Guidelines series, here is the link:

2) I wrote about this, too: http://honouringappetite.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/theat-when-you-are-hungry — you have to learn to listen to your body and really listen for those hungry/fullness queues. It takes time and practise, but it will come.

3) Intuitive Eating isn’t about weightloss or weight gain. It’s about allowing your body (and mind) to return to it’s natural state of feeding itself with the goal of self-preservation. This means that over time, your body will reach and maintain your natural, healthy weight. This may come from weight loss or weight gain or no weight change at all - I can’t guarantee which it will be, but I can guarantee that body satisfaction will come with it whether your body changes or it doesn’t - because at the end of the day it’s not about changing your body; it’s about changing your thoughts.

Hope this helps!

As always, I recommend reading “Intuitive Eating” (the official book” by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch AND any (and all) of Geneen Roth’s books.

Monday, March 24, 2014

The Eating Guidelines: #7 Eat with Enjoyment, Gusto, and Pleasure!

me in 2007

We are at the end of our Eating Guidelines series. I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed the last few article and have found them helpful. If you have any topics you’d like me to cover in upcoming blogs (or ideas for another series) please comment below.

And now that we know “how” to eat, it’s time to finish things off with a celebration… 

Guideline #7: Eat with Enjoyment, Gusto, and Pleasure! 


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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Eating Guidelines: #6 Eat (with the intention of being) in full view of others

The Eating Guidelines: #6 Eat (with the intention of being) in full view of others

Once again I apologize for my hiatus. Thank you to those of you who have been waiting patiently and haven’t lost faith in my ability to keep a schedule yet! I know it is Tuesday, but I figured better late than never. I am back to posting every monday (I promise!). There is only one more post after this and then we’re done with The Eating Guidelines series – If you have any topics you’d like me to…

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

5 Tips for Intuitive Eating and the Holidays

Seeing as I missed posting on Monday this week, I thought I would take a break from our series on The Eating Guidelines to offer some tips on eating intuitively during the holidays.

Christmas is just around the corner, and the holiday parties and shopping…

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Monday, December 2, 2013

The Eating Guidelines: #5 Eat Until You Are Satisfied

I don’t want to take much of your time apologizing for my lack of posts lately; so I am just going to say that I am back and continuing on with my series on the Eating Guidelines..

In honour of this new “home” for the blog, I am doing a series based on…

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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Anonymous said: i'm recovering from a year long eating disorder. during the day i can eat pretty normally, but around bedtime, usually between 9 and 12, i am STARVING. i'm also in a "screw it" type of mindset. i've tried eating more throughout the day, more protein... nothing helps. i haven't been weighing myself but i'm terrified of how much weight i might have put on.

Dear Anonymous, 

I am sorry you are going through such a difficult time, just know it doesn’t have to last forever - even though it may feel like it. It is difficult for me to offer extensive advice in this situation, but perhaps you are not eating enough for dinner? Also, there is nothing wrong with having a snack before bed. I often do this. Some of my favourites are nutella on toast, honey on melba toast, or some oatmeal. Remember, your number one priority is taking care of your body - and right now that means feeding it when it needs to be fed. 

You can trust your body - remember that. Intuitive eating is all about building this trust. I understand the “screw it” mindset - but that is no way to live and is unnecessary. Just because you are hungry before bed doesn’t mean you have to resort to “screw it”. Think about it, typically you eat breakfast around 7-9am and then lunch around 11-1pm and then again dinner around 5-7pm, so that means you are eating around every 3-4 hours. Well if you have dinner around 5 or 6, it is only normal that you would be hungry again three or four hours later. 

As for weight - that’s when you should say SCREW IT! Weight doesn’t matter - weightloss or weightgain (unless you are attempting to gain weight as part of recovery for an ED such as anorexia). So screw it if you have gained weight. It’s not about weight. It’s about taking care of your body. Weight isn’t a good indicator of health, anyways. And though society may tell us otherwise, it is not an indicator of beauty, either. 

Just focus on the truth. And pick up a copy of “Intuitive Eating” by evelyn tribole and elyse resch and some Geneen Roth books if you haven’t. 

Hang in there - you can do it! 

-Lauren Bersaglio