Archives for Interviews
For you body acceptance might feel elusive. It might feel out of reach. It might seem overwhelming or foreign or just unnatural. Maybe you think it's insignificant or unrealistic or not feasible to actually embrace your body. Which is why I wanted to interview one of my favorite people, Anna Guest-Jelley, who's penned a powerful, personal and practical book about body acceptance called Curvy Yoga: Love Yourself & Your Body a Little More Each Day. Below, Anna reveals the biggest myths about body acceptance, how yoga can help and what body acceptance looks like for her today---after trying 65 diets throughout the years.
There's a lot of confusion surrounding self-compassion: We see self-compassion as self-indulgent. We see it as selfish. We see it as weak. Which is unfortunate because a) this means that we don't practice self-compassion and b) self-compassion isn't any of these things. I asked several individuals who specialize in self-compassion to clear up the often misunderstood concept by answering this question: What do you wish people really understood about self-compassion? Last week I shared several of their truths in this piece. Below, you'll find several more truths from another therapist and a nutritionist.
In November I started a mini interview series all about caring for ourselves while caring for our kids. As a new mom, I'm interested in seeing how other moms navigate self-care. Because it's funny how when you need self-care the most---parenting, of course, can get overwhelming---may be when you're least able to provide it.
Practicing self-care is especially tough when you're a parent. After all, your time is limited. Very limited. You also might wrestle daily with guilt: Shouldn't I focus solely on my baby? On my family? I can't take this time for myself. That's not what a parent does! But self-care is powerful and important for all of us. Still this doesn't mean it's easy. Which is why I wanted to find out how other moms practice self-care amid the challenges of parenthood.
Carving out time for ourselves gets tricky when we become parents. As a (very) new mom myself, I'm especially curious how others navigate self-care and parenthood. Because it's very easy to forget ourselves and get overwhelmed. Which is why I decided to start a short series where working moms reveal what works for them.
Today, I'm happy to share my first interview with Anna Osborn. Anna is a therapist in Sacramento, Calif., who specializes...
Recently, a reader, Jen, left an excellent question on my post about what to do when you gain weight. She wrote: "Also, I was wondering if you could write on the topic of family members commenting on weight gain. I grew up in a family that focuses a lot on weight and appearance, and doesn’t care to discuss emotional health. I’m visiting family over Thanksgiving this year, and have been ruminating and ruminating and ruminating about what my family will think of me. Some of them I haven’t seen for 3 years, so they’ll certainly notice if I’ve changed; and they’ll comment on it, too. That’s what I’m most afraid of, and why I keep thinking about Thanksgiving, and dreading it very much in the process. Currently, I don’t have tools that I can use to deal with the emotional pain of them commenting on my appearance, if they do. I’ve learned to handle my own mean comments, but comments from family members just seem too difficult to manage." Of course, she's not alone. This is a common, very common, issue that we face, whether we're recovering from an eating disorder, working on embracing our bodies or trying not to focus on weight at all. Our families might comment on how much weight we've gained or lost. They might comment on how much we're eating or not eating. They might make other comments about our appearance, which hurt us. And they might make these comments at any time, at any gathering. Which is why I wanted to explore this topic right away. (Plus, the holidays are right around the corner.) I've asked a few different experts to chime in. Today, I'm sharing an excellent response from Amy Pershing, LMSW, ACSW, the founding director of Bodywise BED Recovery Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. She's also the clinical director of the The Center for Eating Disorders in Ann Arbor, and a past Chair of The Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA).
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.
Today, I'm pleased to present my interview with Karen Horneffer-Ginter, Ph.D, a psychologist and author of the book Full Cup, Thirsty Spirit: Nourishing the Soul When Life's Just Too Much. Below, Karen shares her insight into practicing self-care and overcoming obstacles to self-care, accepting ourselves and feeling difficult emotions.
Today I'm blogging for World Mental Health Day. This year's theme is mental health and older adults, so I'm focusing on eating disorders in this population. One of the biggest myths about eating disorders is that they only affect adolescent girls, that somehow older adults are immune to them. However, eating disorders affect people of all ages, young and old. (They also affect all races, religions and both men and women.)