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Jun 25, 2019

What does it mean to have health at every size? In episode 36 of the Fit Strong Women Over 50 Podcast, Chris Brown and Jill McCauslin talk with Erica Leon about body image, intuitive eating, and learning to live in a healthy way. Erica is a registered dietitian and is the owner of Erica Leon Nutrition, an outpatient group nutrition practice in White Plains, NY.

As a registered dietitian, Erica counseled people on diets, primarily to lose weight.  After 10 or 15 years of noticing that people kept losing weight, only to regain it and then return for yet another diet, she looked for another way to help people regain health.

Erica uses a “non-diet” Health at Every Size ® approach, which helps chronic dieters to discover their natural, internal signals of hunger, fullness and satisfaction.

Jill, Chris, and Erica discuss how Erica promotes healthy behaviors like physical activity, eating in a balanced way, and "regular" meals.  Erica says, "Intuitive eating allows you to focus on your bodily sensations."

Healthy at Any Size

Some of the topics covered in this episode is

  • What harm the "diet culture" does to many women
  • Why a little more body fat for women over 50 is actually helpful for protecting the body.
  • Why the principle of habituation works

Some of Erica’s favorite mantras to eliminate negative voices are:

  • I am fine just as I am
  • I don't need to please anybody
  • I am my own best friend
  • I believe in myself


Intuitive Eating as a concept was developed by two revolutionary dietitians: Evelyn Trebley and Elyse Resch

Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works by Evelyn Tribole, M.S., R.D and Elyse Resch, M.S., R.D., F.A.D.A.

Intuitive Eating Workbook

Health at Every Size (The Surprising Truth about Your Weight) by Linda Bacon

Becoming Elli Mantras

Social Media

You can find Erica Leon at:

Facebook: Erica Leon Nutrition 

LinkedIn: Erica Leon Nutriton

Instagram:Erica Leon Nutrition

Twitter: Erica Leon RDN

Pinterest: Nutrafit1

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