My approach is highly individualized and rooted in intuitive eating, mindfulness, self-compassion, and the principles of Health at Every Size (HAES). I blend expertise in nutrition and psychology to help you break the cycle of dieting, learn to eat ‘normally’, and nurture lasting health behaviors without obsessing about food or your body.
As an intuitive eating coach and body image specialist, I help you cultivate a healthy relationship with both food and your body, without trying to control your weight. I take a holistic self-care approach, meaning that I help you learn how to take care of yourself in all aspects of health – including food, exercise, stress management, coping skills, sleep habits, and more. I help you figure out a way of eating that is right for you and that allows you to take care of your body, without restriction or deprivation. My approach will allow you to discover how to feed and nurture your body in a way that permits you to live your life fully while connecting more authentically to yourself and to others.
I work with many parents who are looking to improve their own food habits and body image so that they can model a healthy relationship with food and bodies to their children. My goal is to empower parents to help their children develop positive behaviors around food, movement and body image.
I aim to empower parents to make decisions in regards to feeding their child based on Ellyn Satter’s division of responsibility and developmentally appropriate nutrition messages. My goal is to alleviate some of their frustrations/concerns about their child’s eating habits and/or body size by using evidence-based interpretations of growth charts, eating behaviors, and nutrition. I offer support on developing a positive body image, which extends more than just “liking” your body, so that parents can model this for their children. My hope is that this work we do together allows both the parents and the child to adopt behaviors that promote body trust and physical, emotional and psychological well being.
When working with parents of children, I refer to Ellyn Satter’s Division of Responsibility.
Erica Leon Nutrition has three dietitians. We all BELIEVE OUR BODIES ARE A GIFT AND WE CAN work towards healthy behaviors at every size. We support parents in helping their children recover from all types of eating disorders and honor the family as the first line treatment provider. We also work with children, teens and adults with ALL types of disordered eating. We use an intuitive eating model, but also recognize that most individuals struggling with an eating disorder need prescriptive meal plans. We always work in a team with a physician and therapist (at the minimum).
Thrive by Spectrum Pediatrics helps children overcome their feeding challenges, and supports parents as they work to establish happy and healthy mealtimes. We work with families both in person and remote throughout the country. We work closely with families to identify the causes of challenging mealtime situations and provide evidence-based, individualized and manageable strategies through family mealtime coaching. We also provide evidenced-based strategies to help children overcome their feeding challenges and become the little eaters they were meant to be. Our ground-breaking Tube Weaning Program helps children move beyond feeding tube dependency and into the freedom of eating by mouth.