"Imagine a world where all bodies were valued and all people are supported in compassionate self-care." - Linda Bacon Written by Ashley Seruya, B.A. When we're talking about creating a healthier society, we need to be asking some specific questions that most people never consider. Instead of wondering how we can shrink the population, or how we can continue to educate youth and families on the nutrients and vitamins in fruits and vegetables, it's time to ask different questions. It's time to really investigate what we prioritize when we talk about health, and whether or not that … [Read more...] about How Health at Every Size & Self-Care Can Improve Your Health
Did you know that the word frappé means beating or striking together in French? Or that the frappé originated in Greece? A distributor of Nescafe coffee accidentally created the cold frothy drink which is now the most popular coffee beverage sold in Greece. Visit New England and youwill find the frappe is a milkshake. A frappé is quite the international drink. If you google the word, frappé, you’ll be inundated with articles on the best and worst coffee drinks for your health, how to order healthfully at Starbucks, and watch your waistline with frappés! It’s enough to make a person feel … [Read more...] about Frappés, food morality and food neutrality.
Part 1: In doing some research on body image over several generations in my family, my 86- year-old mother mentioned an incident of which she had never spoken. Imagine for a moment -- Going off to your freshman year of college a little nervous -- “Will you do well in your classes? Will you get along with your roommate? You then learn about a mandatory procedure for freshmen -- a “posture study” where you’re photographed stark naked from the front, back and side. Sounds ridiculous -- but this really happened. My mother’s brief flashback started my research to verify if her mental faculties … [Read more...] about Did the Ivy League Nude Photo Scandal Affect Self-esteem & Body Image?
My mother has lived in the same New York City apartment -- my childhood home -- for close to 60 years. Deciding to finally move south, we sifted through her apartment filled with as many memories as possessions. The process flooded my senses with remnants of diets and diet culture: a doctor’s scale in the master bedroom, Weight Watchers food scales, bowls and measuring cups in the kitchen, bookshelves lined with diet books a la Atkins, Stillman, South Beach, Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem, and finally to my former bedroom, which still displayed that full length mirror I’d spent hours standing in … [Read more...] about Diets and Diet Culture Have Been the Fabric of Our Lives
“If you can learn to like how you look, and not the way you think you look, it can set you free.” — Gloria Steinem … [Read more...] about Body Image—It’s Not What You See, but How You Feel