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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.

This Weekend Meet At The Table

Friday, July 12th, 2013

 soup in CT, 2011

“This is what I want you to do: I want you to tell someone you love them, and dinner’s at six,” writes bestselling author Shauna Niequist in her new book Bread & Wine: A Lover Letter to Life Around the Table

I love this idea. On Monday I talked about the importance of gathering our loved ones (or acquaintances, classmates, co-workers) for delicious food and meaningful conversation. (Without body bashing, criticism or gossip.)

Ditching Dieting: Celebrate International No Diet Day!

Monday, May 6th, 2013

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Instead of my usual body image booster, today, I’d like to talk bout dieting. That’s because, today, is International No Diet Day (INDD).

INDD was started by Mary Evans Young, the director of the British anti-diet campaign “Diet Breakers” and author of the best-selling book Diet Breaking: Having It All Without Having To Diet.

Today, it’s celebrated all over the world.

Body Image Booster: Practicing Mindfulness

Monday, March 25th, 2013

hollywood beach, 2013

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 your 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!

Mindfulness can be helpful in improving our body image. It can remind us to savor the here and now (and stop chasing thinness). To tune out the noise of women’s magazines and other unhelpful media — and tune into ourselves. To savor our food and tiny moments. To observe our bodies, thoughts and feelings without judgement. These are incredibly powerful things.

A few years ago, professor and author Michelle Lelwica, ThD, explained the benefits of mindfulness in an interview here on Weightless.

Body Image Booster: Your Permission To Feel Pleasure

Monday, March 18th, 2013

miami flowers, oct 2013

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 your 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’ve always been afraid of feeling too much pleasure, joy or comfort.

For instance, I’ve believed that work must be arduous, even miserable, at times. It’s work, after all.

If it’s easy and enjoyable, then clearly you can’t do a good enough job. Clearly, in order to submit good work, you must feel the difficulty, the rigor, and barrel through it.

Are Shadow Comforts Starving Your Spirit?

Friday, March 15th, 2013

CT coffee and ice cream

People often ask researcher and author Brené Brown, Ph.D, “Where is the line between pleasure or comfort and numbing?”

This is a powerful question to consider when thinking about how we tend to our needs, process our emotions and truly soothe ourselves.

In her newest book Daring Greatly, Brené cites Jen Louden’s term “shadow comforts,” which refers to the various devices we use to numb ourselves.

Brené writes, “When we’re anxious, disconnected, vulnerable, alone and feeling helpless, the booze and food and work and endless hours online feel like comfort, but in reality they’re only casting their long shadows over our lives.”

3 Steps For Overcoming Emotional Overeating

Friday, March 8th, 2013

culinary school, penn, light and flowers

One of the biggest reasons we turn to food for comfort is disconnection. We’re disconnected from ourselves. 

As author Julie M. Simon writes in her book The Emotional Eater’s Repair Manual“You’re cut off from your most basic signals, your emotions.” In her book Julie shares a helpful strategy for reconnecting to ourselves.

My Favorite Strategy To Stop Emotional Overeating

Friday, December 28th, 2012

culinary school, penn, light and flowers

Our relationship with food is often complex, so it takes time to develop a healthy relationship with eating. But I’d like to share a strategy that’s been really helpful to me throughout the years.

In college I used to turn to food when I was upset, bored, anxious or lonely. Which meant that I turned to food very, very often. (It also didn’t help that I thought dieting was the answer to my woes, and I spent some days pretty hungry.)

Body Image Boosters From The Blogosphere, Holiday Edition

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

{via etsy by Carl Christensen}

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. Hope you find these links inspiring, too!

This month many amazing holiday-themed pieces have popped up on the Web. They focus on truly enjoying the holiday season and nourishing ourselves, body, mind and spirit. Here’s a round-up of these beautiful posts.

Helping Your Child Have A Healthy Relationship With Food: Part 3 With Dr. Katja Rowell

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

This is the last part of my interview with Dr. Katja Rowell, M.D., a feeding specialist and author of the must-read book Love Me, Feed Me: The Adoptive Parents’ Guide to Ending the Worry About Weight, Picky Eating, Power Struggles and More. (I highly recommend it for all parents!)

Below, Dr. Rowell reveals the practical and effective ways parents can help their children build a healthy relationship with food. Specifically, she follows Ellyn Satter’s evidence-based feeding models: The Trust Model and Division of Responsibility. I wish these models were standard practice in every pediatrician and dietitian’s office.

Dr. Rowell also discusses healthy eating and feeding in our earlier interviews on Weightless. Be sure to check out parts one, two and three.

Learn more about Dr. Rowell at her website, and read her fantastic blog. Also, check out these valuable additional resources from Dr. Rowell’s website.


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  • Josefina: the line about giving myself a smile…felt good I felt truly absorbed thanks, I needed this now
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