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On Eating, Dieting and Refocusing on Ourselves

This week I came across an article on another website that featured two dietitians sharing what they eat in a day. They mentioned eating certain foods to prevent "over-indulging" at their next meal and having such and such tea to keep them from eating more chocolate.

I've seen similar articles on other websites. And I've seen similar words. Words about not exceeding calorie counts and filling up on certain foods to prevent eating entire meals (of pasta, for instance).

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Binge Eating

My Body Image Dream for 2016


Today, in the U.S., we honor Martin Luther King, Jr., who had an incredible dream and helped make it a reality. Inspired by his powerful speech and Therese Borchard’s beautiful piece, every year I republish a post on my personal dream (which I’ve updated since last year). It’s a dream that focuses on everything from how we treat each other to how we treat ourselves.
I have a dream that our society will stop judging, shaming and bullying people because of their size, shape and weight.

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Culture

My Theme for the New Year

This year instead of setting resolutions, intentions or a word of the year, I've decided to do something a little different: create a theme. That just feels right. I like the idea of selecting a unifying, overarching path that I can walk in 2016. An idea that permeates the entire year, a reminder for every day. It's similar to a word of the year, but "theme" sounds invigorating and inspiring to me.

It reminds me that while I can't control the plot, I do control how I perceive the plot, the lessons I learn and the steps I take.

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Body Image

Dismissing “New Year, New You” Messages

Years ago, I would've consumed the "New Year, New You" messages like it was real nourishment for my soul—except that it's akin to snacking on rice cakes. No substance or sustenance. No enjoyment or savoring. Just emptiness, and possibly a stomachache.

I would've sat on the couch and mapped out all the things I needed to change about myself. It would've been a long list, a list created quickly and easily, the weaknesses and inadequacies pouring out of my head and onto the paper.

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Body Image

16 Resolutions I’m Not Setting in 2016

Pausing and thinking through what we want our lives and our days to look like is powerful. After all, it's important to get intentional and deliberate about our time on this earth. And I think knowing what we don't want is just as important as knowing what we do. And it's especially helpful if we have no clue what we want. That's why this year I've created a list of resolutions I won't be setting in 2016.

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Body Image

3 Life-Changing Lessons on Body Image and Self-Care — and a Giveaway

This month Weightless turns six years old! Wow. Holy moly. To honor the blog's birthday, I'm sharing six lessons I've learned thus far about building a positive body image and taking compassionate care of ourselves. Life-changing lessons. I don't say this lightly, and I don't say it to create a catchy title. These lessons really have changed my life for the better. They've changed how I perceive myself, how I cope with pain, how I make decisions and how I live my life.

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