real talk: can you be obese and healthy?

real talk: can you be obese and healthy?

You’ve been learning about – and are inspired by – the Health At Every Size ® movement, HAES for short…but it is so counter to the diet-obsessed culture you’ve been immersed in all your life. HAES can feel opposite to EVERYTHING you ever learned. From what you’re hearing from your healthcare providers to what your family said growing up, that little voice inside still wonders: how can it possibly be true that I am healthy in a bigger body? How can you be "obese" and healthy?? (Oh, and, before I go on. Throughout this post, you’ll see the word “obese” in quotations to represent that this writer does not agree with the BMI classification system. Read on to learn why that is and how harmful...

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examples of thin privilege hidden in plain sight

examples of thin privilege hidden in plain sight

Have you heard of thin privilege? These days, as people do the work of investigating their own privileges and prejudices, society has the opportunity to become more kind and just. This post, with examples of what thin privilege is – and isn’t – will give you an opportunity to better advocate for yourself and others.  In this blog post, I’ll be covering what thin privilege is, why you need to know what it is and how we can all do the work together to make our society more inclusive and kind. And if you’re looking for a welcoming community of women also interested in this work, I’ll be inviting you to join my coaching program at the end - stay tuned! what is thin privilege? Any...

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healthy new year WITHOUT the resolutions

healthy new year WITHOUT the resolutions

What does a healthy new year even mean, honestly? And how do you make it stick? If you feel like if one more person says "new year, new me” you might snap.  I'm saying - same, girl. Same.  You are determined to start this New Year differently. In the past, you have dieted at the top of the new year every single year for as long as you can remember.  The pattern is completely predictable and you’re sick of it. Each new year, you start with enthusiasm and a new diet. And then the diet doesn’t actually solve the problems or cultivate better self-esteem...or lasting weight loss.  Your enthusiasm and willpower peter out.  And then, predictably, you quit. Cue the mixed...

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leaving the clean plate club for good

leaving the clean plate club for good

Thanksgiving is coming and you know what else is coming? A lot of food, a lot of leftovers and this nagging feeling to stay in the “clean plate club” because that is how you were raised.  So you’re thinking ahead (go, you!): “whatever I do, I need to portion out my meals, plan and portion my snacks and then I can stay in control. This time I am not overeating.”  The problem is that you can’t ever seem to *not* clear your plate. No matter what you promise yourself. Ugh! What gives? If you’re wondering how you break this dang cycle that seems to date back to your grandmother’s kitchen and let go of the guilt over starving children somewhere else in the world that would be grateful for...

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how to stop the good food vs. bad food spiral: halloween edition

how to stop the good food vs. bad food spiral: halloween edition

The air is beginning to turn crisp, so you’re thinking about apple crisp – can you make it healthier? –  and bam: you start on the good food vs. bad food morality spiral.  Or maybe you’re in the grocery store, overhearing folks talking about Halloween candy and how terrible candy is for you, our children, and that it should be banned.  Whew. Does that feel a bit dramatic to you, too?  We have a lot of labels that we use to describe our food. Healthy. Low-fat. Delicious. Forbidden. Satisfying. Off-limits.  The more we categorize foods based on their moral value, the more complicated (and sucky) our relationship with food can be. It can feel exhausting to worry about...

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