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On Eating this Holiday Weekend

The average American gains X number of pounds between Halloween and Christmas. It takes just a few meals to gain weight but many months to lose it. Don't eat the cheesecake! That's way too many calories. For every "treat," you need to do X number of push-ups and burpees and cardio You'll be paying for that pumpkin pie! Never have a second helping! Don't forget about bikini season!


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Why I Don’t Read Fitness or Health Magazines Anymore

I'm not sure that I've ever felt good reading a fitness or "health" magazine geared toward women. Instead, I've felt self-conscious, inadequate and way too big. At some point I realized the words in their glossy pages weren't gospel. I realized that I didn't have to believe or act on their tips---which focused on watching my weight and what I was eating (like a hawk),...
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On Eating, Dieting and Refocusing on Ourselves

This week I came across an article on another website that featured two dietitians sharing what they eat in a day. They mentioned eating certain foods to prevent "over-indulging" at their next meal and having such and such tea to keep them from eating more chocolate.

I've seen similar articles on other websites. And I've seen similar words. Words about not exceeding calorie counts and filling up...
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Binge Eating

My Body Image Dream for 2016


Today, in the , we honor Martin Luther King, Jr., who had an incredible dream and helped make it a reality. Inspired by his powerful speech and Therese Borchard’s beautiful piece, every year I republish a post on my personal dream (which I’ve updated since last year). It’s a dream that focuses on everything from how we treat each other to how...
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Body Image

Your Body Is Not The Enemy


In our culture there is a prevailing belief that if we can't get our bodies to look a certain way, to lose weight, to fit into an old pair of jeans, then they're the enemy.

They're an enemy we have to subdue, manipulate and pound into submission. An enemy we need to insult, yell at and despise.

Today, I wanted to share a reminder that, in fact, our bodies are...
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Books

How To Enjoy Food This Holiday Season


Today, I'm republishing an older piece to remind us to enjoy and savor the foods we'll be eating this holiday season. Sadly, we're surrounded by articles and ads that warn us about how many pounds we'll gain if we eat two helpings of dessert. Ads and articles that perpetuate a vicious cycle of fear, guilt and shame around food.

It isn't right. And it doesn't have to be this way, either. Instead, we can...
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The Lure & Loathing Of Women’s Magazines: Part 2 With Author Jennifer Nelson


Here's part two of my interview with Jennifer Nelson, author of Airbrushed Nation: The Lure and Loathing of Women’s Magazines. In her book, Nelson gives readers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the business of women's magazines. She delves into how articles are made -- and just how they affect us.

Below, Nelson explains why she still likes women's magazines and why they continue to promote damaging ideals. She also offers valuable advice for readers...
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An Inside Look At Women’s Magazines: Q&A With Author Jennifer Nelson


I used to love reading women's magazines. It was my break from homework and books for school. I'd catch up on the latest fashion trends, read an interesting article and get a few beauty tips.

But then I remember reading an odd tip from a writer on not eating an entire piece of cake: She'd take a bite -- maybe two -- and then pour salt on it.

And that's when I started realizing that...
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The Sly Ways Women’s Magazines Lie To Us

In her book Airbrushed Nation: The Lure and Loathing of Women's Magazines, author Jennifer Nelson gives readers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the history of these publications, how they're run -- and the damaging ways they affect us.

Several facts in the book especially surprised me. Facts that I think you should absolutely know whether you love these publications or loathe them.

Specifically, below are tidbits from Nelson's book on how women's...
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