Eating Disorder Recovery: Q&A with Reader Becky Oot

I’ve already had the great opportunity to speak with several women about their recovery from eating disorders and emotional eating (you can find the interviews here). I hope to regularly feature Q&As with individuals who’ve recovered from eating disorders, binge eating, negative body image or any kind of disordered eating. If you’d like to share your story of recovery, I’d love to hear from you! You can email me at
Today, I'm thrilled to include an interview with Becky Oot, who blogs at...

Empathizing With Your Body

What would your body parts say if they could talk?

What would they reveal about how you've treated them, about what you've said to them?

These may seem like silly or strange questions, but they're part of an important exercise that may help you see your...

Book Review: Goodbye Ed, Hello Me

Happy 2010 everyone! I hope you enjoyed a wonderful weekend. Today, I'm happy to feature a book review by reader Kate Thieda, who shared her story of eating disorder recovery with us last month here and here. Below, she's written an excellent review of Goodbye Ed, Hello Me by Jenni Schaefer. Thanks so much, Kate, for your review!! Oh, Marsha Hudnall over at the fantastic blog A Weight Lifted has included an interview with me today. I was thrilled to...

10 Ways to Celebrate Your Body Year-Round

I was reading Therese Borchard’s post on seven ways to celebrate Christmas year-round, and I was inspired to create my own list of suggestions for celebrating our bodies in 2010 and beyond. Hope you find it helpful!

Reflect on how you’ve treated your body and yourself in '09. How have you treated it well? How have you treated it poorly? Did you listen to your body when it was hungry or hurting? Has your body image improved or gotten worse? What events contributed to...

Q&A with Julie Parker of "Beautiful You"

I hope everyone had a very happy Christmas and a wonderful weekend, with minimal post-celebration guilt (if you're still struggling, check out these six tips). Today, I'm happy to present an interview with body image expert Julie Parker of the fabulous blog Beautiful You. Below, we talked about her work, tips for building a healthier body image, myths about eating disorders and more. 1. In your bio, you write that you’ve worked in the body image and eating disorder field for over ten years. Tell us more about your work and yourself. I started out my career as a counselor and soon noticed many girls and young women coming to me for issues related to self-esteem, body image and eating disorders.  I chose to read and study further and quickly found myself incredibly passionate about wanting to be a body image advocate and do more for those who were desperately suffering.  This eventually led me to working for The Butterfly Foundation – Australia’s largest charitable foundation that supports people with eating disorders and negative body image.  I have also experienced my own body image and self-esteem battles and can very much relate to the wide reaching issues they can create and sustain in someone’s life. 2. What led you to start Beautiful You? While I am very privileged to have a ‘voice’ in the eating disorder and body image field with work, I wanted to share more of my personal thoughts.  I wanted Beautiful You to be a space that was inspirational and life affirming, but also challenged the many insidious and exploitative practices that detract from us having positive body image and self-esteem. 3. What are some of your tips for building a healthier body image? Love yourself as you are.  Stop believing your life will be perfect if you are thin.  Don’t weigh yourself.  Don’t diet.  Seek ways to lead a balanced life.  Enjoy food.  Find a physical activity you love to do.  Never compare your appearance to someone else.  Become media savvy and literate.  Embrace size, gender, age and cultural diversity.  Recognize your absolute uniqueness.

22 Last-Minute Gift Ideas

So it's Christmas Eve Day, and you may be thinking, "Margarita, it's way past last-minute anything," and you're probably right - though I think some men will argue with me (when I worked at Godiva in college, most of the shoppers on the 24th...

This Holiday, What's Your Food Hiding?

Do you wear food as a mask?

While replying to the amazing Jess Weiner (a great body image and self-esteem advocate) on the first post in the holiday series on how to recognize healthy eating advice, I had a thought about food and its deeper role.

Jess wrote:
I think the choices we make around the holidays are so totally loaded with other emotional layers that sometimes it’s just not about the food — and advice that skims the surface of the deeper issues for...