Worrying about your weight as you shelter in place need not be on your mind. Social media’s latest pandemic hashtag — quarantine15 — is diet culture ramping up again to prey upon our body insecurities, body shaming us for profit. Go easy on yourself and others and don’t push weight stigma or food rules during a crisis, or ever.Read more →
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.Read more →
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.Read more →
Instead of viewing our bodies as problems that need to be fixed, we can heal from generations of body shame created by cultural messaging based on assumptions about health and perfectionist body ideals.
We can dismantle body shame by understanding its origins and the myths that cultivate it, by learning to separate wellness from weight and celebrating body diversity as part of the human experience.Read more →
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.Read more →
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.Read more →
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.Read more →
The great poet Rumi once said, “The satiated man and the hungry man do not see the same thing when they look upon a loaf of bread.” We all come to the table with different perspectives and life stories with food. No two people will metabolize a slice of pizza in the same way. One person may see the pizza as a delicious treat while another who feels insecure about her body may look at it with fear and guilt. The former will metabolize the food completely while the latter’s body will struggle to process it. When we explore our unique thoughts, feelings and beliefs about food and our bodies, we can feel more relaxed around food and our bodies and re-purpose this energy to give our unique gifts to the world! Often we need to re-train our brains to have a happy and healthy relationship with food.Read more →
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.Read more →