As we approach the New Year, I am sure that many of you are thinking about your goals, resolutions, and ways to improve yourselves in 2018. Consider this: instead of burdening yourselves with restrictive diets which only lead to feelings of deprivation, backsliding and guilt, why not focus on self-care strategies to improve your health? Healthy bodies can exist in a wide range of shapes and sizes, and self-care leads to lasting health-promoting behaviors. Speaking of self-care, below are 7 simple ideas to take care of yourself in the coming year. Happy 2018! What is … [Read more...] about Ring in the New Year with 7 Simple Strategies for Self-Care
With Thanksgiving behind us, we are now approaching the time of year when diet culture literally invades our homes. If you are tired of hearing about fad diets, consider buying a holiday gift that supports you or your loved one’s authentic health. Any of the following items will be sure to make your special person feel truly supported in making peace with food and their bodies. Here are some gift ideas for the anti-dieter in your life! Books to Encourage Body Kindness To send a message about size acceptance and the non-diet approach, I highly recommend Health at Every Size by Linda … [Read more...] about Gift Ideas for the Anti-Dieter
As parents, we have to be SO careful about the behaviors we demonstrate in front of children. Kids absorb everything around them, and even subtle diet rules and body shame will seep into their brains, and they will mimic it. We have to do our best to show kids that no foods are "bad", and that all bodies deserve respect. If we diet in front of our children, we show them that they shouldn't trust their bodies, and that food is out to get them. Instead, we should be showing them how to trust their internal cues, and to always put their needs above societal expectations. Kids' … [Read more...] about Kids and Body Shame: Preventing Disordered Eating with Non-diet Approach
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?
I have seen an alarming trend in my nutrition therapy practice -- repeat customers. These customers are the kids, tweens, teens and families with childhood weight concerns I have worked with over the past decade. Here is what I am seeing -- eating disorders -- lots and lots of eating disorders. Anorexia, bulimia, binge and emotional eating, and unspecified poor relationships with food and body image. I am seeing this in both males and females. On a personal note, I can remember a powerful body-shaming message that I received when I was younger. It was like yesterday that my ballet teacher … [Read more...] about Should I be worried about my child’s weight?
I have never been a big fan of Valentine’s Day. I spent most of my 20's searching for love, always feeling empty when I had no one to share V-Day with! To me, it’s still an artificial holiday made up by Hallmark to sell chocolate candy, flowers and cards. I mean, everyday should be Valentines’ day. As an older and (slightly) wiser human, I have realized the importance of self-love. We are worthy of care and attention. No-one is going to take better care of me than…ME! These are my five favorite self-love activities: Get rest. I love to nap in the middle of the day when I can. It … [Read more...] about 5 Ways to Practice Self-care (and Love Yourself) on Valentine’s Day!