The Moment I Stopped Caring About My Weight

In college I was a svelte 130 pounds. I could wear anything and look like a waif. I could eat buckets of ice cream or live on black coffee and cigarettes, it didn’t matter because my weight was seemingly never more than an ounce over 130 lbs. Life was pretty good.And then I got mortgaged to my long-term boyfriend. Add 10 lbs.And then I got pregnant. Add another 10 lbs. once the post pregnancy weight finally evened out.And then I got married to the long-term boyfriend....more

Dangerous Weight Loss Pills

 On my website, www.SmashYourScale.com I work daily with women who are struggling with weight loss. Without fail every week at least one of my members asks, “Isn’t there a diet pill that works?”...more

Top 10 Reasons to Ditch Diets

Today, May 6th is International No Diet Day (INDD).  The holiday is dedicated to raising awareness of how unhealthy and harmful dieting can be and teaching people how to have a healthier relationship with food. In honor of INDD I've put together a list of the Top 10 Reasons to Ditch Diets.  1. Diets don’t work...more

The Five Bite Diet is an Eating Disorder Diet

Okay, it’s time for: The Worst Diet of the Month Award. The very first winner of this prestigious honor is (drum roll please)… the Five Bite Diet. A more accurate moniker might be, The Eating Disorder Diet. ...more

What’s the Best Diet for Weight Loss and Health?

I’ve seen a lot of diets come and go and come back again. From Ornish (10% fat, vegetarian) to Atkins (high protein, low carb) to Cabbage Soup and Paleo, been there, done that.You can probably guess the most common question I’ve been asked in my 20 plus years as a Registered Dietitian and Psychologist, “What’s the best diet, Dr. A?”...more

Feel Great this Summer: 7 Body Confidence Tips

The May issue of O, The Oprah Magazine really got my OMG up. A survey of over 4,000 O readers found: 43% of women missed out on going to the pool or beach because they didn’t like their appearance! That’s right 4 out of 10  of us are skipping summer fun, denying ourselves pleasure because of Bad Body Image....more
Ivy LaArtista  Thanks for the encouraging words and for sharing them with your social network. ...more

How Fitbit Changed My Life aka A to Z Challenge - On eXercise

I was looking back through some prior posts, and I came across this photo......more

Whatever happened to Will Power?

By most accounts, I appear to have Will Power. After all, it's 5:34 a.m. as I begin typing this. My alarm went off at 4:30 on Good Friday, a religious holy day, a holiday from work, and I am typing rapidly because I am leaving for the health club in 10 minutes. (Although truth be told, I only got up at 4:30 because it was preset on my alarm clock, and it was easier to get up than to change the clock.)...more

Are You Healthy?

It’s everywhere you turn. Calorie counts. Exercise routines. Fat grams. Step counters. Sugar-free. BMI. Diet this. Say no to that. AAAAGGGGGHHHH!...more

The Beck Diet Solution: My Experience (Week Three)

In spite of one indulgent day of feeling rather sorry for myself (yes, I managed to keep it to just one day!), it's been a terrific week of working through another chapter in The Beck Diet Solution and also (re)starting my diet. This week I give myself credit for: ...more