Episode 118: Reclaiming Your Whole Self Through Integrated Eating and Movement with Maria Sorbara Mora

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Why We Love Maria:

Maria Sorbara Mora, MS, CDN, CEDRD-S, C-IAYT is a 15-year Registered Dietitian, Certified Nutritionist, Author and  Founder/Executive Director of Integrated Eating Dietetics-Nutrition PLLC and holds a Masters of Science in both Nutrition Education and Applied Physiology from Teachers College (TC), Columbia University. 

Integrated Eating, her private and holistic practice with multiple offices in the New York tri-state area, offers nutritional guidance, meal support, yoga therapy and outpatient groups for those struggling with eating and body issues, addictions and trauma, and clinical and yoga supervision, and professional trainings for professionals in related fields. Maria is also a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), 200-hour Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher  and recognized by the International Association of Yoga Therapy (IAYT) and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy (PRYT). In  2010, she expanded her practice to include yoga therapy and now leads yoga therapy groups throughout New  York. 

Her recent book (2019), Incorporating Science, Body, and Yoga in Nutrition-Based Eating Disorder Treatment and Recovery: The Integrated Eating Approach is an innovative guide that demonstrates how clients and clinicians can untangle, discern, and learn from the complex world of eating disorders. With voices from every stage of recovery,  the book illustrates how clients can claim mastery in food and life. 

Maria is a leading voice in the industry and a featured guest at conferences speaking about anorexia, bulimia,  variations of binge eating (BED, compulsive and emotional eating), orthorexia, body image distortion, and  compulsive exercise disorder. She has been an integral part of multi-disciplinary eating disorder teams at The  Program for Managing Eating Disorders (ProMED), Columbia University Health Services and Barnard Health Center.  She has also worked with athletes with eating disorders, including the Columbia University wrestling team and  women’s cross-country team.

She founded Integrated EatingTM, a unique approach to the treatment of eating disorders, which combines and elevates the concepts of mechanical, mindful, and intuitive eating. Integrated EatingTM enables an individual to  establish a level of mastery around creating a healthy relationship with their food, mind, and body by guiding them  through a step-by-step process to truly recover and heal from disordered eating. She contributes to outlets like the International Journal of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and  Making Connections, published by The National Eating Disorders Association. 

Her day-to-day mission is to integrate body, mind, and soul into the traditional treatment modality for patients.  Her life mission is to support individuals in recovery to awaken the truest of all teachers…themselves.

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On the Pod, We Discuss:

  • Maria Sorbara Mora’s history with food and how her upbringing impacted her relationship with her body
  • Why she began to consider her relationship with food and exercise in college and how it changed the trajectory of her life
  • How she developed the Integrated Eating Approach based on her research and clinical work with eating disorders, body image and yoga therapy
  • The four stages of treatment and why Maria meets people where they’re at in recovery
  • Why movement can be so integral for healing and why Maria introduced yoga therapy to her practice
  • The Free Your Fitness initiative Maria is launching and what’s in store for people who want to positively shift their relationship with exercise
  • The tenant of self study in healing your relationship with food and your body
  • And much more

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