Archives for November, 2010

Body Image Boosters

Body Image, Bird By Bird


Mondays can be rough for many of us, and this doesn’t create the ideal environment for building a better body image. To help you turn that around, every Monday features a tip, activity, inspiring quote or some other tidbit to help boost your body image – and kick-start 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...
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Food

Body Image, Gratitude & Turkey Day


I've talked before about the importance of being grateful for our bodies and what they do.

Being grateful for our bodies helps improve our body image. We see that we are more than arbitrary sizes or weights.

We see our bodies for what they truly are: amazing, beautiful and intricate vehicles of life. They carry us and give us breath.

Even if you don't celebrate Thanksgiving,...
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Eating & Dieting

10 Ways to Celebrate Food


In our society, food is either feared or narrowly viewed as fuel.

When it's feared, people restrict, stay away from high-calorie foods, choose low-fat versions and go on diets.

Inevitably, food fears lead to guilt, shame and overeating.

When people see food as fuel, they take the pure enjoyment out of it. And eating becomes robotic and also restrictive.

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Food

How to Have a Fat-Talk-Free Holiday Season

Yesterday, clinical social workers and authors Judith Matz and Ellen Frankel provided some great insight into navigating all the "healthy eating" advice we're bombarded with in the beginning of - and throughout - the holiday season.

But reading articles on what not to eat and how not to gain weight in magazines and on the Internet isn't the only issue.

Oftentimes, we don't have to go far to...
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Food

Healthy Eating During The Holidays: Q&A with Judith Matz & Ellen Frankel


November doesn't just mark the beginning of cooler weather and Thanksgiving celebrations; it also signals the arrival of "healthy eating" advice. The advice that reveals a slew of secrets on how to avoid gaining weight during the holidays, what to do when faced with a buffet and, as Self magazine puts it, "how to dodge holiday diet traps."

The underlying (or blatant) message of this advice is that there's a danger of...
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Body Image

Comparing Your Beauty & Yourself To Others


Every Monday features a tip, exercise, inspiring quote or other tidbit to help boost your body image. For many of us, Mondays are tough. We may feel anxious and stressed out, anticipating an arduous week, especially if we didn’t get much rest and relaxation during the weekend.

These kinds of feelings don’t create the best environment for improving one’s body image. In fact, you might be harder on yourself and easily frustrated. You might even...
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