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A Powerful Body Image Book for Kids

Today, I’m excited and honored to share my interview with Judith Matz and Elizabeth Patch, creators of the powerful kids book Amanda's Big Dream. It tells the story of a girl who dreams of a solo in the Spring Ice Skating Show. But her confidence plummets when her skating coach makes a comment about her weight.

I’ve known Judith and Elizabeth for several years now, and have featured their important work here on Weightless. Elizabeth is a high school art teacher and illustrator who creates beautiful images that reflect a diversity of body types. As she says on her website: "Happy art for every body!"

Judith is a licensed clinical social worker who's been helping people overcome overeating and build a healthy relationship with food and themselves for over 25 years. She's also the author of The Diet Survivor's Handbook: 60 Lessons in Eating, Acceptance and Self-Care and Beyond a Shadow of a Diet: The Comprehensive Guide to Treating Binge Eating Disorder, Compulsive Eating, and Emotional Overeating.

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Self-Care Sunday: Inspiring, Thoughtful Quotes

On this Sunday I'm sharing a list of inspiring, uplifting and thought-provoking quotes from Louise Baxter Harmon’s book Happiness A-Z: The Gleeful Guide to Finding and Following Your Bliss. Her book includes sooo many good ones!

Record the quotes that resonate with you. Consider which words you agree and disagree with. Write down these thoughts, too.

It's important information about what we need, what means most to us, what really doesn't. It's all a window into our souls.

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Using Visualization to Cope with Body-Hating Thoughts & Other Concerns


Visualization is a valuable way to cope with our emotions. It can help us when our brains start churning out body-hating thoughts. It can help us pause and refocus.

It can help us when we need a soothing break, when we're seeking comfort.

In her book The Emotionally Sensitive Person: Finding Peace When Your Emotions Overwhelm You psychologist Karyn D. Hall, Ph.D, defines visualization as "a way of coping by using your imagination to picture relaxing events."

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What Damaging Assumptions Are You Making?

Sometimes, assumptions can get us into trouble. We become so convinced something is a fact that we act on behaviors that aren't good for us, that shatter our sense of self, that stall our self-care.

For years I had many assumptions that didn't serve me very well. I assumed that in order to be worthy I had to be thin. In order to be happy, I had to lose weight. In order to lose weight I had to put myself on ridiculous diets. In order to have someone love me, I had to earn it.

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Self-Care Sunday: Meaningful Mornings

Mornings can be tough. Maybe you like to sleep in as long as you can, and end up getting ready for the day by running around your house like a crazed animal.

Maybe you have a basic routine you've been cycling through for years. Maybe you work from home and get to work right after splashing water on your face and brushing your teeth.

According to psychologist and Psych Central blogger Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D, in his newest book Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion,  our mornings set the stage for the rest of our days. So when the day is filled with bumps, a good morning can help us navigate those challenges.

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When You Think Your Body Is to Blame

Many of us leap into conclusions when it comes to our bodies. For instance, we assume that if a piece of clothing doesn't fit us, it's clearly our fault. It must be because we're too curvy, our shoulders are too broad, our thighs are too big, our waist is too wide.
We do this with other things, activities and even people. Some of us play this blame game regularly. In the excellent book Yoga and Body Image, co-editor Anna Guest-Jelley shares the different ways she blamed her body.
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Self-Care Sunday: Eating Mindfully

I think eating mindfully is a beautiful way to take care of ourselves and to savor our lives. Eating mindfully simply means paying full attention to eating (or cooking or even washing the dishes).

Eating mindfully is a way for us to honor our bodies, to honor the process of nourishing ourselves. It's a way to honor the rich, long process that goes into food arriving at our tables -- from seeds sprouting in the earth to trucks bringing it to the store.

Here are some valuable insights, tips and reminders for eating mindfully from the book How to Eat by Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh.

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