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It’s Never Too Late to Nourish Yourself

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

It's never too late, book, BJ Gallagher

In the book It’s Never Too Late to Be What You Might Have Been author BJ Gallagher shares stories of individuals who’ve achieved their hopes and dreams later in life.

For instance, she talks about one couple, Arnold and Raine, who started hiking in their 60s. They’ve hiked in Alaska and all over California, among other places, and they’ve hiked up 10,000 to 12,000 feet.


Weight And Self-Worth: The Meaning Of Weightless

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

weight and worth, quote

Lately, I’ve been thinking about the meaning and mission of Weightless. I know that some of you have been reading my blog for a few years, others are new readers, maybe some have even stayed with me since the very beginning, November, 2009.

The name “Weightless” was suggested by my close friend Jenny. I wanted something that conveyed my belief that our weight doesn’t dictate our self-worth, that we’re whole and good and enough regardless of the number on the scale and the food we eat, that we don’t need to internalize our society’s ridiculous infatuation with thinness. And so “Weightless” was born.


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.


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.


When Body Love Feels Phony

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

creative joy, hearts

Today, I’m honored to share a guest post by Darla Breckenridge, MS, a psychologist specializing in binge eating at Green Mountain at Fox Run, a women’s healthy weight retreat. In 2011, Darla co-authored Journey into Self: A Hundred Days of Guided Mindful Reflection.

Below, Darla explores what we can do when we don’t love our bodies and any positive body talk feels oh-so faraway. She offers a powerful and valuable technique that leads us away from body hatred and onto a more positive — and feasible and authentic — path.


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.


7 Tips To Help Kids Cope With Stress

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

riding bikes w brian, instagram

Stress can spark disordered eating. While the relationship between the two is complex and varies by person, many people turn to food — or away from food — in times of stress. Controlling food intake becomes a way to cope.

In other words, “many people react to stress by under- or over-eating,” according to Jamie Manwaring, PhD, a primary therapist at Eating Recovery Center’s Child and Adolescent Behavioral Hospital.

When stress strikes, kids may also seek comfort in bingeing or restricting how much they eat.


A Peek Into My Real Self-Care Routine

Monday, February 25th, 2013

* I’m incredibly honored to be part of Mara and Tamarisk’s blog hop, which features bloggers revealing what our self-care really looks like. Read the amazing and thought-provoking posts here. And be sure to check out Julie’s post tomorrow since she’s up next. 

I’ve had an interesting relationship with self-care. And by interesting I largely mean non-existent. Until I started writing Weightless, I’m not sure that I even knew of the words, let alone deeply understood them.

And, to be honest, I’m much better at recommending you take great care of yourself, then I am at practicing what I preach.


Coping With Failure Constructively

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

creative joy, notice, love and hearts, 2012

Even if our body image is in a good place, for some of us, the insecurities still linger. They simply morph.

So it’s no longer fears over a bigger belly but concerns over the perfect prose. It’s no longer wanting smaller thighs but worrying if you’ve said the wrong thing.

Either way, you end up in the same place: growing self-doubt, diminished self-confidence.


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.)


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