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The Power of Health at Every Size: Q&A with Therapist Kirsten Belzer

I'm not exaggerating when I say that the Health at Every Size movement changed my life. Essentially, it gave me permission to practice compassionate self-care without waiting until I lost weight and finally, supposedly deserved it. It gave me permission to focus away from weight (and other arbitrary numbers) and to truly focus on my well-being, to focus on the joy of movement and the pleasure and flexibility of eating. Because our health and...
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Cultivating a Healthy Relationship with Your Body: Q&A with Jennifer Rollin

Building a healthy relationship with your body might feel utterly impossible, especially if you've been bashing your weight or shape for years, especially if you look in the mirror daily with disgust, and say "Ughhhh." Thankfully, it's not impossible. Which is why I love sharing different tips and resources with you. Because you don't have to spend your days fixated on your supposed physical flaws, feeling terrible about yourself. You can change your relationship...
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The Truth About Self-Compassion

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...
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3 Ways to Be Kind to Your Body When You Don’t Like it Very Much

 

We don't have to be in love with our bodies---our weight, shape or size---to treat ourselves well. In fact, we don't even have to like our bodies. We don't have to walk around loving or liking every inch in order to feel good in our own skin. Because often what helps us to feel good in our own skin are actions and practices. The small gestures. The gradual steps we take every...
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7 Ways to Feel More Comfortable in Your Own Skin Without Losing Weight

We don't need to lose weight to feel comfortable in our own skin. One reason is that weight fluctuates so it's not a sure thing. Why depend on something that naturally shifts all the time? We also don't need to wait. Why wait any longer to feel more comfortable and at peace? Because there are many other ways. Recently, we talked about one way: identifying what's...
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The First Step to Feeling More Comfortable in Your Own Skin

Years ago I believed that in order to finally feel comfortable in my own skin, I had to lose weight. Because most days, I felt so uncomfortable, so overwhelmed, so weighed down, so stuffed and so sad. I thought being thin would magically make me feel calmer, less restless and antsy, less sad. I thought it would clear up my confusion, soothe my anxiety and make it all better.

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