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Eating on Thanksgiving And During The Holiday Season

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Philly, Farmer's Market

You will see plenty of articles about the average number of calories in a Thanksgiving meal and how horrifying this is supposed to be. You’ll see plenty of articles on which foods you can eat and which foods you should never ever ever consume.

You’ll see articles portraying food as the enemy or Thanksgiving and the holidays in general as a battle you must defeat. (Or articles that create multiple enemies — one article said “food isn’t always the enemy” and then named something else that is.)

You’ll see articles that demonize food and you for “indulging.” They might be filled with judgement, scare tactics and guilt. They might be filled with ridiculous tips to manipulate yourself to eat less.


Self-Care Sunday 10.5.14

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

soup in CT, 2011

In addition to sharing links to others’ posts on self-care (along with a few of my own) in these “Self-Care Sunday” posts, I’ll also occasionally share a small tip or idea for taking kinder care of ourselves.

Yesterday, I was reading one of my favorite blogs “Eat This Poem.” It’s written by Nicole Gulotta, who I actually interviewed last year about her creative process. In her latest post, Nicole shares this beautiful quote from Laurie Colwin’s book of essays Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen:


Playful And Powerful Quotes on Food, Cooking & Eating

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.


On Guilty Pleasures And Self-Care

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

CT coffee and ice cream

When we’re embarrassed over something we enjoy, we call it a “guilty pleasure.”

We laugh it off. We apologize. We wonder and worry what others will think of us.

For instance, you might say that your guilty pleasure is watching reality shows or eating ice cream in front of the TV or listening to certain singers or liking certain books or films or foods that you’d be mortified if anyone found out.


Body Image Boosters From The Blogosphere 3.2.14

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

creative joy, sunflower, 2012

A positive body image goes beyond liking your looks. It encompasses taking good care of yourself and leading a fulfilling life. In this weekly series, I share some of my favorite posts from some of my favorite bloggers on this topic. Sometimes I also share relevant pieces that I’ve written elsewhere. Hope you find these links inspiring!

What defines a toxic relationship and how you can navigate one.


Self-Care And Simple Pleasures To Add To Your Life

Friday, January 17th, 2014

creative joy, 2012, yellow flower

“Many of us are plagued by cultural messages that doing things that feel good, just for the fun of it, is irresponsible and self-indulgent,” writes editor Karen Bouris in her book 31 Words to Create a Guilt-Free Life: Finding the Freedom to Be Your Most Powerful Self.

When we finally have some free time, we wonder what work we should fill it with. Should I pick up around the house? Do the laundry? Dust? Work on another project? Pay the bills?


Body Image Boosters From the Blogosphere 1.5.14

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

Hollywood FL, 2013, lonely ship

A positive body image goes beyond liking your looks. It encompasses taking good care of yourself and leading a fulfilling life. In this weekly series, I share some of my favorite posts from some of my favorite bloggers on this topic. Sometimes I also share relevant pieces that I’ve written elsewhere. Hope you find these links inspiring!

3 small steps for accepting yourself.

“In the end it really has been a gift to break my scale.  With it, I feel like it broke a pattern, a daily way in which I put the voice of others ahead of my own.


Create Your Own Body Positive Traditions

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

snowman ornament, tetya bella, nyc

A beautiful holiday is a personal one. It’s filled with your own traditions and customs. It’s filled with the people and activities that are meaningful to you.

It’s also an important time to consider your needs and ways to nourish them.


Body Image Boosters From The Blogosphere 12.1.13

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

hanukkah 2013

A positive body image goes beyond liking your looks. It encompasses taking good care of yourself and leading a fulfilling life. In this weekly series, I share some of my favorite posts from some of my favorite bloggers on this topic. Sometimes I also share relevant pieces that I’ve written on the Web. Hope you find these links inspiring!

The one thing you must give yourself this holiday season.

Mara’s favorite eating “rules.” (Mine, too.)


Weightless


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