The Body Acceptance Debate

About two months ago, at 310lbs, I was on the Dr. Oz my swimsuit. Crazy? Yes, for sure. A woman that I admire, Brittany Gibbons, had written an amazing book called, "Fat Girl Walking", and was promoting it on the show. I had been asked to go out in my swimsuit and surprise her. It was the most terrifying day of my life. Even if it had been 15 years ago, when I was in the best shape of my life, it still would have been terrifying. Once I got out there on the stage, it was easy. I was to tell Brittany how I felt about her movement....more

Giving room for the vaginas to breathe

Taken from IF mothers know better, then grandmothers know best....more

How to Cultivate Compassion in the 21st Century

Compassion is the keen awareness of the intersection of all things.   - Thomas Merton Last week was pretty amazing. On Tuesday, I saw His Holiness The Dalai Lama speak on a panel about The Importance of Education in Promoting Universal Human Values....more

6-Minute Super Quick Upper Body Blast

Happy Thursday to you all!  How's your week going so far?  Mine has been fairly good so far.  On Monday I did a ton of meal prep that's lasted me all week, which always gets me excited.  I made my first-ever protein bite recipe!...more

Brain Fog, Forgetfulness and Focus – Where Do They Come From and What Can I Do?

Let’s talk about brain fog. That is when you feel very foggy and fuzzy, and it’s hard to focus or concentrate. This symptom affects as many as 2/3 of perimenopausal and menopausal women. So what is the cause of brain fog? No one knows for sure, but it has something to do with the fact that the brain is no longer enjoying the reliable estrogen supply it had when our ovaries were doing their jobs properly. And brain function is worse when women are not sleeping well because they are experiencing symptoms of hot flashes and night sweats....more

Seeing the Light – Vision Problems as We Age

Many of you are going to notice that your vision will worsen as you transition through menopause. Dry, tired, irritated eyes affect about 60% of menopausal women. One reason for this is due to hormonal changes in menopause that affect the composition of tears....more

How old are you really?

A few months ago, a couple of coworkers were trying to figure out my age. Eventually, one of them just came out and asked me. Several of them thought I was significantly younger than I actually am. I know this is not because of the way I look (I think I look my age), but rather because of the energy level that I have....more

Fenced in by Shadows

Some years ago an old friend was telling me about one of his colleagues. This person frequently spoke of his vast years of experience in the field they both worked in.But my friend saw his colleague's dialogue as not only irritating but also as quite far from the truth. This man often brought up his seniority of 25 years. What my friend saw however was a man with one's year experience ...more

It's Not About What You Can't Eat, It's About What You Can

 Heather Carey, M.S.Culinary NutritionistMore and more, from meeting with clients, to simply exploring the internet, I have come to realize that many of us live with a deprivation mentality around food.  When it comes to diet, losing weight, or making any changes to our eating, the conversation almost always turns to what we are not allowed to eat rather than what we can eat.I can say with confidence, this almost always sets you up for failure....more

The *real* reason you should get healthy.

I got the philanthropy bug at 14-years-old after organizing a carwash for a little girl in my community that was battling leukemia. Her name is Tori, my name is Tory—I felt an obligation to help out my soulsister even though it wasn’t that simple in my high school brain. Nothing feels simple in a high school brain. I was an overachieving teen. I strived for perfect grades, I danced for an elite performing company, I was president of student council....more