Declaring Our Independence From What Doesn’t Serve Us

By Margarita Tartakovsky, MS

grand central, nyc

Every year, around July 4th, I republish and update a piece on declaring our independence from what doesn’t serve us — everything from dieting to damaging beliefs. Hope you find it helpful!

Tomorrow, we’re celebrating our independence here in America. But wherever you live, it also might be the day you celebrate your independence, too.

It might be the day you liberate yourself from certain behaviors, beliefs, objects or people that sink your body image, your self-care, your mood and your life.



Body Image Booster: What Feeds You?

By Margarita Tartakovsky, MS

colored pencils

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 the 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.

Rosie recently penned a beautiful post on exploring what feeds us. She writes: “What feeds your soul?  Takes you to a place of satisfaction and the feeling of being well cared for… by you.”



Body Image Boosters From The Blogosphere 6.29.14

By Margarita Tartakovsky, MS

wizard of oz quote

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!

10 ways we body shame without even realizing (excellent piece!).

The pendulum — the ride between a restrictive state of mind and an over-consumption state of mind.

Going backwards to flow forward.



On Self-Care And Holding Our Breath

By Margarita Tartakovsky, MS

Amelia Island beach, bird and exhale caption

In my book I talk about giving ourselves the permission to play. Because it isn’t necessarily our lack of time or too many responsibilities that stops us from playing.

Rather, it’s our beliefs. It’s our belief that now that we’re adults, we shouldn’t play. We must get serious.

It’s our belief that we’re too busy or too tired or too old.



Body Image And Self-Care: On Asking For Support

By Margarita Tartakovsky, MS

you are worthy as you are, quote, trees

Last week I wrote about how we can ask for what we need. Because we can’t expect others to read our minds. And we can’t expect them to decipher our hints, jokes or passive-aggressive remarks.

That’s why it’s key to be clear, direct, humble and polite.

Sometimes, though, we might not have the words. We might not know what to say when we’re put on the spot. Or we might be too frustrated, angry or hurt to say the words.



Playful And Powerful Quotes on Food, Cooking & Eating

By Margarita Tartakovsky, MS

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.



Self-Care And Asking For What You Need

By Margarita Tartakovsky, MS

white flowers, taken by mama, june 2014

I talk a lot on Weightless about exploring and responding to our needs. This is a powerful way to cultivate self-compassion and a fulfilling life.

But I know it can get tricky when our needs involve other people — which is often.

Personally, I used to assume that others, if they truly loved one, would automatically know what I needed. That’s how it works, right?

Assuming that others can read our minds — i.e., do the impossible — can lead to a whole lot of hurt feelings, resentment, miscommunication and arguments. Because when those people inevitably don’t deliver, we blame them and ourselves and still remain hungry.



Body Image Booster: Experiencing Loving Kindness

By Margarita Tartakovsky, MS

creative joy retreat, 2012, hearts

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 the 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.

A few weeks ago I shared how we can be just 10 percent kinder. Because kindness is an important part of cultivating a positive body image and taking better care of ourselves.



Body Image Boosters From The Blogosphere 6.15.14

By Margarita Tartakovsky, MS

red flowers, west coast of florida, taken by mama, june 2014

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!

When the real me meets the photo me.

The power of our personal stories.



Your Summer Self-Care Wishlist

By Margarita Tartakovsky, MS

west coast of florida, taken by mama, june 2014

This summer I’m craving bike rides, savoring the sight of big green trees for miles and the feel of the breeze cooling off my sweat-soaked skin.

This summer I’m craving a scoop of chocolate ice cream with rainbow sprinkles.

I’m craving grilled shrimp and french fries by the beach.



 
 

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