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Ashley Solomon, Psy.D is a psychologist who specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, body image, trauma, and serious mental illness.

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About Nourishing the Soul

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Pull a chair up to the table and…

…get comfortable. Nourishing the Soul was created to be a forum for growth and self-discovery, as well as a resource for the latest news, research, and advocacy information in the fields of eating disorders and body image. Whether you’ve experienced disordered eating, know someone who has, or simply want to learn more about how our relationship with food and our bodies can become distorted, I welcome you. I hope this site is not only a source of information, but one of hope as well.

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The mission of this site…

…to help readers reconnect with their bodies, minds, and spirits and begin to appreciate themselves as truly, uniquely beautiful. This isn’t an easy task in a culture that promotes unhealthy and unrealistic ideals – and not just in size and shape, but in other areas as well. There are so many pressures on all of us to achieve success, remain unfulfilled in our relationships with others and ourselves, and stay disconnected from our internal wisdom. I believe that this is why, as a society, we experience so much mental and physical illness. I hope that Nourishing the Soul plays a small role in encouraging its readers to develop a healthier and more respectful relationship with themselves.


I chose the name because…

…the idea of “nourishing” is powerful – it literally means both “to feed in order to keep alive”, as well as “to promote the development of.” I like both meanings. To feed and to foster. To sustain and to grow. To uphold and to thrive. Both are vital to our humanness. And, sometimes, both get lost in the shuffle.

When our lives become crowded with non-nourishment (e.g. friends who drain us emotionally, food that sucks up our energy, work that tears us down), we lose our ability to create the self that we desire. And in that process, many of us react to this stifled development by misusing food or mistreating our bodies. Whether you consider the human body a spiritual entity, a gift from a higher power, or a biological organism, it’s difficult to dispute just how incredible it is (If you doubt this, spend a full 60 seconds observing one of your hands… I’ll wait.). Thus, our bodies deserve our attention and our compassion… our nourishment.

You should check out…

…all the good stuff on this site. Check out posts by category in the drop down menu at right. Here are some noteworthy areas that you should be sure to see:

Nourishing Posts :: My favorite posts, broken down by category. This page includes both my own posts, as well as my favorites by other nourishing blogs.

Nourishing Reads :: You’ll find some of my favorite books that are helpful on the journey to health and happiness. Buying a book via the links provided will also help to support this site.

Nourishing Blogs :: A list of some of the best blogs that I’ve found – ones that promote a sense of healthy and happy well-being.

Nourishing Images :: A collection of photos that represent various perceptions of beauty. Consider using these for mindfulness practice!

Resources :: A growing collection of disordered eating and body image resources.

 

It’s important to remember…

Please do not substitute material on this site for actual consultation with a mental health professional. The information here is not meant as a specific treatment recommendation or personal communication with any individual. Yes, Nourishing the Soul is a place where I will share information, resources, and my thoughts, as well as encourage you to share your own. However, a website is not treatment and cannot take the place of getting individualized assistance. If you’re not sure if you might need to speak with a mental health professional, check out this post on when and why you should talk to a psychologist.

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Nourishing the Soul is a work in progress. I am eager to hear your thoughts and suggestions, so please feel free to email me at:

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