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Archives for Health At Every Size (HAES)

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A Wish for You for 2018

May you stop letting numbers dictate your life, your happiness, your sense of peace, what you eat, how you spend your day (, decide to work out because you need to burn off ______ calories or because you must lose those last _____ lbs.). And most importantly, may you stop letting numbers dictate how you feel about yourself (, I weigh _____ lbs., which means I'm not worthy, which means it's OK for...
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73 Last-Minute Body Positive Gifts For Your Loved Ones & Yourself

Since I started writing Weightless (in 2009!), every year around this time, I’ve shared a list of last-minute gifts we can give to our loved ones and ourselves. I’ve combined those lists, updated them and added new ideas.

Below, you’ll find a combination of presents you can purchase and gifts that don’t cost a thing. When I say body positive in the title, I mean anything that supports a positive body image. Anything that...
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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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