Thinking about a Meal Plan or Diet Food?

Have you ever thought “Jeez I just wish that someone else would do it for me?”   I sure have. It was in my most desperate times and when I felt most out-of-control. That’s when those kinds of plans are most appealing right?  I didn’t care if the food was going to taste like cardboard,…

Block Fat Talk for a More Enjoyable Family Feast

  Gatherings of people, especially involving woman, invariably end up in conversations about who lost or gained weight and what diet or exercise program is being followed.When you’re working towards a body positive approach to life, or recovering from an eating disorder, this can create quite a challenge. How do you respectfully, yet firmly, direct…

Christmas Turtles

Throughout my journey, I’ve met some fabulous and inspiring women. I find more often than not, as any teacher would agree, I learn just as much from my students as they learn from me. We walk the same path together, and along the way, we find ourselves in very similar situations. Last year during the…

Has Christmas Lost Its Charm?

Do you remember yourself as a young child, lying in bed on Christmas eve, mind racing with thoughts of reindeer, colourful toys and old Saint Nick? That feeling of waking up the next morning to a half-eaten plate of cookies in the living room, presents under the tree, and a smiling family to greet you?…

Are You Calling Me Fat?

Fat talk. We’ve all heard it, and we’ve all felt the sting that comes along with it. Sometimes it’s subtle, like when your aunt suggests that you’re, “probably not hungry for dessert” but other times it can be very clear, like when a friend mentions that, “you’ve gained some weight since I last saw you.”…

Showing Up at Parties Starving

With the holiday season upon us, dreams of sweet eggnog, warm fires and festive activities swirl through our mind. As the sparkling greeting cards begin to arrive, and the smell of pine settles into our home, thoughts of endless treats and goodies emerge. With so many parties and family gatherings that we attend over the…

Food Crazy or Food Sanity?

Since Canadian Thanksgiving has arrived, I wanted to share a story about family dinners and what can happen when the ‘lose-weight-at-all-costs’ mentality creeps in. Recently, I met a woman who would like to have a baby. Her family is Portuguese. (That will become important later.) She has been prescribed a particular diet by her doctor…