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Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Connecticut, breakfast

When we’re trying to eat intuitively and ditch our dieting mentality, it can feel like we’re a party of one.

Everywhere we look, we see ads for weight-loss programs, diet foods and diet pills.

We’re shamed and blamed about our food choices (you better not eat that if you want to be “healthy.” you know it’s bikini season, right?).

Our friends and family might be “watching” what they eat (e.g., counting calories), and we assume we have to watch, too. (Or maybe some people even suggest it.)

When we’re trying to find foods that truly nourish us, when we’re trying to rebuild our relationship with food, it can help to have some good reminders.


When You Feel Guilty After Eating

Friday, May 30th, 2014

CT cafe

For Memorial Day weekend, Brian and I visited friends in Miami. We ate lots of my favorite foods: shrimp, french fries, gelato, whole wheat waffles.

While I enjoyed every bite, afterward, I felt the subtle, gnawing nudge of guilt. And some negative thoughts had slithered in:

What if you gain weight from all of this? You’ve already gained weight since last summer. What if it all goes straight to your expanding hips and thighs? What’s wrong with you? Did you really need to eat the whole plate? You know, you look pregnant, right?

While I can’t control these automatic thoughts, I can remind myself that they’re definitely mistaken. I can remind myself of the truth.


When Your Body Feels Like A Burden

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

creative joy, 2012, yellow flower

Think of your body as a plant

that needs water

and sunlight on a daily basis.


What Bad Body Image Days Can Teach Us

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

connecticut park

This week I mentioned that those bad body image days — the days we hate our bodies, the days we forget to listen to ourselves, the days we’re this close to starting another diet — have something to teach us.

The key is to listen and be curious. Raise questions. Explore the hidden parts. Explore the puzzle.

Those down days may teach us how to be kind to ourselves even when we feel incredibly uncomfortable in our own skin. They may teach us what depletes or distresses us. They may teach us what doesn’t work, paving the way for the things that do.


How To Enjoy Food This Holiday Season

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

dinner 2013

Today, I’m republishing an older piece to remind us to enjoy and savor the foods we’ll be eating this holiday season. Sadly, we’re surrounded by articles and ads that warn us about how many pounds we’ll gain if we eat two helpings of dessert. Ads and articles that perpetuate a vicious cycle of fear, guilt and shame around food.

It isn’t right. And it doesn’t have to be this way, either. Instead, we can focus on enjoyment, nourishment and curiosity this holiday season. One bite at a time. I hope this piece gives you some good ideas to do just that.


Body Image Booster: Your Body Is Not The Problem

Monday, November 18th, 2013

quote, your body is not the problem

Every Monday features a tip, activity, inspiring quote or some other tidbit that helps boost your body image, whether directly or indirectly — and hopefully kick-starts the week on a positive note!

Got a tip for improving body image? Email me at mtartakovsky at gmail dot com, and I’ll be happy to feature it. I’d love to hear from you!

When we can’t fit into a pair of jeans or yoga pants, we automatically blame our bodies. When we can’t do a certain exercise, we blame our bodies. When we can’t lose weight or need to take in more calories than the diet plan allows, we blame our bodies.

We blame our bodies for all sorts of problems, setbacks and concerns, even though they’re not at all at fault.


What I’ve Learned In Four Years Of Writing Weightless

Friday, November 8th, 2013

you are worthy as you are, image

I mentioned several lessons I’ve learned throughout the four years I’ve been writing Weightless in this giveaway post (you can enter to win a book of your choice). But I wanted to expand on the lessons and share a more thorough list.

So here’s what I’ve learned in four years of being a body image blogger.


Body Image Booster: Rethink Your Shoulds

Monday, November 4th, 2013

stop shoulding on yourself, quote

Every Monday features a tip, activity, inspiring quote or some other tidbit that helps boost your body image, whether directly or indirectly — and hopefully kick-starts the week on a positive note!

Got a tip for improving body image? Email me at mtartakovsky at gmail dot com, and I’ll be happy to feature it. I’d love to hear from you!

I love author Shauna Niequist’s blog. Recently, she penned this post on should statements, which I think most of us — umm, probably all of us — can relate to.


What To Do When You Fear Weight Gain Or Do Gain Weight

Friday, April 26th, 2013

NYC in Oct 2012

So many of us are scared to gain weight. And so many of us become disgusted with ourselves when we do.

It’s this fear and disgust that drives our desire to diet, engage in punishing exercise and hate our bodies unless the scale says a certain number. They can also color how we see ourselves at the core: as failures.


20 Strategies To Soothe & Stave Off Stress

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Amelia Island, beach

April is National Stress Awareness Month, so today, I’m highlighting ways we can soothe and stave off stress in our lives. While stress is inevitable — it’s life, after all — it’s important we have tools at our disposal to cope with it effectively.

Stress can negatively affect how we feel about our bodies and ourselves. It can trigger emotional overeating and anxiety and sink our mood. In short, it can be really overwhelming. It also doesn’t help if the strategies we turn to are detrimental to our health and well-being.


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