Posts with the category: Health

Let's not cave in to the pressures of diet industry

Diet culture evolved from our cultural preference over the course of history for the “thin ideal” in beauty which eventually became falsely equated with health. We can learn from history and learn to separate our weight from wellness.

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Body acceptance is a radical act of self-love

I am standing for anyone who has struggled with a self-esteem issue like me, because all bodies are valuable. All bodies are good bodies.

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Mirror mirror on the wall, what we look like isn’t all

The pressure to measure up to the American beauty ideal — thin, firm, smooth and young — is greater than ever before. Redefining beauty isn’t about choosing to participate in beautifying or not. Instead it’s about creating a cultural shift in how beauty is defined and how our self-worth as women is defined.

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Size or shape doesn’t define your health

Health comes in all different sizes and shapes. Smaller bodies don’t necessarily tell the story of a healthy person, nor do larger bodies tell the story of a lazy person. You can’t know everything about a person’s behavior or life by simply looking at her body.

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Check yourself: Fat isn’t a four-letter word

Our culture has indoctrinated us to fear fat if we want to be good, happy and healthy. As a result, those assumptions are accepted as truths.

All weight gain is bad; all weight loss is good.

All thin people are happy; all fat people are unhappy.

All thin people are healthy; all fat people are unhealthy.

I am asking you to question these assumptions.

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Dear diet — it’s not me, it’s you, so goodbye

Diets and diet culture is causing more harm them good. They are presented as the solution to our health problems but can actually be creating physical, mental and emotional health challenges.

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'Fit and ripped' male ideal breeds body image misery

Let’s openly discuss and redefine healthy male body image. When we live and teach an elevated definition of health, no matter what our gender, all human bodies benefit. This is radical acceptance.

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Imagine your life without a diet

So if not dieting, what can you do to take care of your whole health instead? Transform how you eat. Transform how you view your body. Move on with your life, the ultimate reward of pushing diet culture off your plate.

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Weight Shame Hurts Every Body

Weight stigma frames larger bodies as a problem and weight loss as the solution. Thus we may spend a lifetime pursuing weight loss or living in fear of weight gain which is harmful to every body.

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Reduce the Impact of Stress with Micro-resilience

Do you power through your emotions, fatigue and stress? Do you end up collapsing at the end of the day? Learn micro-resilience techniques to reduce the impact of stress. Recharge your batteries by weaving small recoveries into your daily routine.

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Social Media Body Positive Feeds to Follow

“Try on” body neutrality and improve your relationship to food and body by following these positive body image social media feeds. Fill your feed with realistic and positive images of bodies and health.

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Intuitive Eating: do you need to re-learn how to eat?

When we were born, we instinctively knew how to eat. But as we move through life, we are impacted by the messages from the world around us. We’re taught over and over again about what to eat. We are taught not to trust ourselves, but instead trust the food authorities. And the “what” we are told to eat to promote our health, shifts, year after year.

These lessons come from family members (more often than not with good intentions), the latest clean eating book, social media and more. And that finger wagging at us telling us we shouldn’t eat this or that, comes from our own thoughts and self-judgement about food and our bodies that we learned from living in diet culture. These lessons can also come with a side of guilt and shame.

Many (most!) of us need to relearn how to eat: intuitive eating.

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Are You On A High Fact "Diet"?

Do you ever feel burdened by the fact that you know so much about nutrition? This is what is called a “high-fact diet”. Many of us are almost too well educated about what we eat, and this is actually creating stress in our bodies. And yes, I am speaking from personal experience. If we overthink every morsel we eat, we can be causing more harm than good.

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What is Body Positive Fitness?

I know from my professional Non Diet Nutrition | Healthy Body Image practice that many of us want to change our bodies to meet culture’s ideals because of the messages that we hear and see every single day. This is not OK and is producing an epidemic of body dissatisfaction. We have the power to make a change and shift towards body positive fitness.

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Are you a Normal Eater?

There is so much stress and confusion around what to eat these days that many of us have no idea what normal eating is anymore. You may even be suffering from disordered eating or an eating disorder and not even know it. Disordered eating and the pursuit of thinness is so normalized in our culture that it is often dismissed and even encouraged within health and wellness fields.

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Eating Psychology Coaching for Everyone Who Eats

Do you or someone you love struggle with health, self-esteem or body image? Dynamic Eating Psychology Coaching is valuable for anyone who eats (yes, I know that’s everyone) who wants a more harmonious relationship with food, body and self. Why? Because life is too dang short. It’s time for a new approach.

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Living Like Your Hair is on Fire

Learn my 5-minute trick to set up your day for success. It’s simple, easy and, yes, you have the time to make your day feel like it’s not a never-ending emergency. You owe it to yourself!

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