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On Judging Ourselves And Feeling Painful Emotions

I think one reason we have an unhealthy relationship with food and ourselves -- eating 'til we're uncomfortably stuffed, restricting ourselves, hurling insults, not practicing compassionate self-care -- is because of judgment. Specifically, we judge ourselves for all sorts of things. We judge our appearance. We judge our mistakes. We cling to shoulds that fuel self-judgment and keep us stuck. I should weigh less. I should wear a size 4. I should eat less. I should never eat dessert or pizza or pasta. I should be able to do this with zero help.
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It’s Never Too Late to Nourish Yourself

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.
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Weight And Self-Worth: The Meaning Of Weightless

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.
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20 Strategies To Soothe & Stave Off Stress

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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When Body Love Feels Phony

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.
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Disordered Eating

7 Tips To Help Kids Cope With Stress

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.
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A Peek Into My Real Self-Care Routine

* 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.
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Coping With Failure Constructively

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.
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