Archive for April, 2010

10 Body Image Questions to Ask Yourself This Sunday

Friday, April 30th, 2010

I really like the blog Marc And Angel Hack Life. It’s creative, clever, thoughtful and helpful. The inspiration for today’s post comes from one of their old posts on 20 questions you should ask yourself every Sunday. Marc recommends spending about 30 minutes every Sunday for self-reflection.

So, below, you’ll find my version of a self-reflection session that relates to body image. You can work through the questions today, if you prefer, or this weekend. The point is to think about how you’ve treated yourself — and others — this week and what improvements you’ll try to make the next week.


Confessions of Compulsive Eating: Recovery, Resources & Food, Part 2

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

I regularly feature Q&As with individuals who’ve recovered from eating disorders, binge eating, negative body image and any kind of disordered eating. If you’d like to share your story of recovery, I’d love to hear from you! You can email me at mtartakovsky@gmail.com.

Here’s part two of my interview with love2eatinpa, who writes the must-read blog Confessions of a Recovering Compulsive Eater. Below, she shares what led to her recovery from compulsive eating, how she marks the milestones, her current perspective on food, how she opened up to her daughter about her eating disorder and much more.


Recovering from Compulsive Eating: One Blogger's Story

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

I regularly feature Q&As with individuals who’ve recovered from eating disorders, binge eating, negative body image and any kind of disordered eating. If you’d like to share your story of recovery, I’d love to hear from you! You can email me at mtartakovsky@gmail.com.

I first discovered the blog Confessions of a Recovering Compulsive Eater when I came across the powerful post “Letter to My Daughter: Mom Has An Eating Disorder” — and featured it as one of 20 inspiring body image posts on Weightless.


Body Image & Healthy Ways to Cope from "The Pocket Therapist"

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Every Monday features a tip, exercise, inspiring quote or other tidbit to help boost your body image. For many of us, Mondays are tough. We may feel anxious and stressed out, anticipating an arduous week, especially if we didn’t get much rest and relaxation during the weekend. These kinds of feelings don’t create the best environment for improving one’s body image. In fact, you might be harder on yourself and easily frustrated. You might even feel like you’re walking on egg shells – with yourself! With these posts, I hope you’ll have a healthier and happier body image day, that’ll last throughout the week.

Got a tip for improving body image? Email me at mtartakovsky@gmail.com, and I’ll be happy to feature it. It can be anything you do that’s healthy and helps boost your body image. I’d love to hear from you!

Developing a more positive body image doesn’t just mean liking how you look. I think it goes deeper than that. It means accepting and liking your whole self, and taking good care of yourself — through the every day and through the tough times.


Eating, Managing Stress & Healthy Coping: Q&A with Lyndsay Elliott

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

I used to cope with life with food. If I was upset, I’d drown my sorrows in double-fudge ice cream, cereal or whatever else was in my cupboards or fridge. I expected food to help. Or maybe I didn’t know what to expect, and figured food would work for now.

It would become an inevitable cycle: I’d eat to ease the pain. Then, I’d get upset with myself for turning to food for comfort and for overeating. The next day, I’d try to be good and restrict what I ate, hoping my willpower wouldn’t fail me. But, ultimately, I couldn’t “be good” for long, and so the cycle continued.


Body Image Tips & Healthy Eating Myths: Q&A with Susan Schulherr, Part 2

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Here’s part two of my interview with eating disorder specialist and author Susan Schulherr, LCSW. Yesterday, in part one, Susan talked about what disordered eating really is and ways we can reduce unhealthy habits.

Today, Susan shares her favorite body image tips, healthy eating myths and facts, how to end fat-talk and much more. I think you’ll find some of her insights surprising – in a good way.


Q&A with Susan Schulherr: What Disordered Eating Really Means

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

There’s a lot of confusion surrounding the definition of disordered eating. Is dieting disordered? Is overeating disordered? What does it even mean to overeat? In a society where dieting is synonymous with healthy eating, food is vilified and magazines promote tips to trick our bodies, it’s understandable how we’ve lost sight of what normal eating – and unhealthy habits – really are.

Today, I’m thrilled to present my interview with Susan Schulherr, LCSW, who cuts through the confusion and gives advice on seeking help along with tips on reducing disordered eating. Susan is an eating disorder specialist and author of Eating Disorders for Dummies. She also writes a fantastic blog that provides ideas and inspiration for eating disorder recovery. Plus, you can download free recovery worksheets on her website.

Be sure to check out part two of our interview tomorrow!


20 More Inspiring Ways to Boost Your Body Image

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Every Monday features a tip, exercise, inspiring quote or other tidbit to help boost your body image. For many of us, Mondays are tough. We may feel anxious and stressed out, anticipating an arduous week, especially if we didn’t get much rest and relaxation during the weekend. These kinds of feelings don’t create the best environment for improving one’s body image. In fact, you might be harder on yourself and easily frustrated. You might even feel like you’re walking on egg shells – with yourself! With these posts, I hope you’ll have a healthier and happier body image day, that’ll last throughout the week.

Got a tip for improving body image? Email me at mtartakovsky@gmail.com, and I’ll be happy to feature it. It can be anything you do that’s healthy and helps boost your body image. I’d love to hear from you!

A few weeks ago, I linked to some fantastic body image boosting pieces of writing. Today, I’d like to share more inspiring writing with you. Some of these directly address ways to improve your body image, while others are about being positive or about listening or about the beauty of imperfection. Either way, I hope you find these links helpful in some way. How you view your body, yourself as a whole and the world around you are all important and intertwined. It’s all a cycle that makes up your beautiful life.


The Last Supper: The Meal Before Your Diet Begins

Friday, April 16th, 2010

A few days ago, I got a text from a good friend: “Up for a mojito or cuban food? About to start my diet back and having a final meal.” I responded with “you can eat anything you want in moderation at any time.” After about a 30-minute discussion on the phone – more accurately, I think I was doing most of the talking – she still wasn’t convinced. She’d already started her diet, and seemed excited.


Men & Body Image: Q&A with Leigh Cohn, Part 2

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Yesterday, I posted part one of my interview with Leigh Cohn, MAT, CEDS, the publisher of Gurze Books, which specializes in eating disorder publications and awareness. Leigh is also author of Making Weight: Healing Men’s Conflicts with Food, Weight and Shape, so I’m thrilled that he was able to share his insight on the topic of men and body image.

Below, Leigh talked about everything from stereotypes and stigma to self-acceptance and leading a healthy, fulfilling life.


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