It's An Honor to Be Able to Say "Yes, I Have Stretch Marks!"

I'm sure you're familiar with model Chrissy Teigen, who has graced the coveted cover of Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue, Vogue, Cosmopolitan and many more glossies. She is also a TV host, a cooking writer and a red carpet darling, who attends every major award show with husband John Legend. She is beautiful, has an incredible body and seems perfect. But recently, she showed how human and imperfect she is with an Instagram post displaying her stretch marks. Naturally, the web world went crazy. ...more
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If I'm honest, I've never been able to fully enjoy myself sitting at the beach on a hot summer's day. Sure, when I first get there, I'll plop down my chair in the sand, gaze at the beautiful ocean, breathe in that salty ocean air and soak in the sunshine with a huge sense of pleasure but, inevitably, my gaze begins to wander. I don't think I'm unique in this experience. Before I know it, I'm people watching and eyeing up passers-by beneath the protection of my shades. It doesn't take long before some toned body goes running by on the water's edge and I'm reminded, yet again, of my non-existent exercise routine. I may be thin but I'm not toned. Someone who eats healthy can be skinny but to be toned you need to actually work your muscles. If you avoid exercise, as I almost always have, it's as if you'll always feel that slight sense of disconnect and discontent with your own body. It's a subtle non-spoken guilt that comes out to play only when you finally reveal your skin to the sunshine. No matter how many times I try to feel confident sitting on the beach, I generally walk away from the day feeling disheartened and agitated with no one to blame but myself....more

Do You Think You Are Beautiful or Average?

I was looking at something on Youtube when this video caught my attention. Dove has created a social experiment of sorts, asking really deep questions. And I thought that I would ask these questions, too. 1). If there were two doors -- one that had "beautiful" on it and one that had "average" on it -- which would you walk through? 2). When was the last time you looked into the mirror and smiled? I mean, really smiled! Not nitpicking and stressing about what you need to change or how much weight you need to lose? ...more
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I tried to ignore my roommate's eating disorder

This is my first blog, but I have a lot to share and hopefully you guys like it. While waiting for the check at a sushi restaurant, my roommate took longer than usual in the restroom. I get the check and walked back to the restroom and just hear the faucet continuously running.Oblivious to the fact that I knew what was going on, she exited the restroom in a cheerful manner. When we got in her car, I pretended not to notice the excess of laxatives in her glove box. I tried to ignore that she went to the bathroom after every meal....more

How to Be Kind to Yourself

About a year ago, in the middle of my yoga session, the yogi said something that was so profound and life changing that I stopped – mid Warrior.  As she adjusted one of my classmate’s poses, the classmate commented quietly that the lower she went in the pose, the more her “fat rolls poked out”.  The yogi, her hand gently on the woman’s hip, said something that nearly brought me to tears with its simplicity and sincerity. “Your body is listening,” she said softly as she adjusted her lunge lower.  “Speak kindly, as you would to a dear friend.”...more

I Lie to My Daughter About My Poor Body Image

Standing in front of the steam covered bathroom mirror, naked, dripping wet, and quite honestly ashamed of what is looking back at me, my tween daughter barges in. ...more
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I Changed My Mind and Lost 8 Pounds

I recently visited an Ayurvedic doctor and she bluntly stated, ‘You’re carrying excess weight for your body type, you probably have 10lbs to lose.’At first I was shocked and slightly insulted. Sister better check herself, doesn’t she know I just ran a half marathon last month? I work in the health industry, I eat cleanly and I exercise often. There is NO WAY 10 pounds can easily fall off this body....more
Hey beetsperminute, YES. I've come to terms with the fact that although I *know* how intricately ...more

A Letter To My Daughter About Loving Her Body

 One of my goals as a mom is to teach my daughter to love her body....more

Pink is NOT Fat.

As someone who has a strong interest in women’s issues, I feel compelled to give my 2 cents about Pink (Does she still spell it with an exclamation point??) & the recent brouhaha about her weight....more
I agree with you 100% What is really annoying is the mainstream media is quick to point fingers ...more