Give the Gift of Body Positivity

I’m often asked about what books to read when starting to embrace body positivity, health at every size and the anti-dieting world. This time of year many will take some time off (I hope that you are one of them). Many will exchange gifts with their family, friends, and co-workers. Here’s a list of a…

Freedom to Feast

Growing up, food was always an anchor to my memories – each holiday had its special treats; each vacation spot had its special food shop or special restaurant with that special dish. Holiday parties and family gatherings were an education that I didn’t really need, but I took it in like it was gospel. I…

Buffet Bliss

Do you get stressed out and overwhelmed eating at a buffet? With holiday and travel season approaching, many of us end up eating at buffet style restaurants and pot-luck dinners this time of year. Instead of feeling that buffet burden, I want to share my strategy for buffet bliss! I’ve been eating at buffets twice…

Why I DON’T Do Affirmations

Based on of the idea that you can ‘fake it till you make it’, affirmations are supposed to be powerful and life changing. But is it really all that simple? Celebrity Psychologist Sherry Gaba preaches, “As you repeat your positive affirmations, you will begin to believe the words. You will face outside stress with newfound…

An Open Letter to All Health Professionals

We all have our biases. That’s part of being human. But as a health care professional, we need to be held to a higher standard and we need to check our personal biases at the door. Far too many doctors, both in the traditional medical system and the integrative system, treat patients with obesity with…

Eating is Boring

If I asked you how many times this week you ate without any distractions, what would you say? How many of those meals weren’t interrupted by cell phones, TV shows, work emails or driving the kids to soccer practice? Our busy lives have made us change our eating habits, and not for the better. So,…

Trick-Or-Treat

Halloween can be a tricky dilemma for families who are trying to ‘clean-up’ their diets and create healthy eating patterns for their children. Do you let your kids go collecting and just limit how much they eat daily? Or maybe not restrict at all? Just let them have at it! Do you let them experience…

No Way Am I Buying Bigger Pants!

Fall is upon us and that means…wardrobe change! But what if you pull out last year’s skirts, pants and dresses only to find that they shrunk? Or maybe it’s that you expanded? Either way, they won’t fit comfortably. So, what’s a girl to do? I’ll tell you what many will do – they’ll decide to…

Eat Cake for Breakfast

As parents, we work incredibly hard to make the life of our kids better than our own. So when it comes to their health, we do everything we can to make sure they don’t struggle the same way we do. But the problem often lies in our efforts. We tell them, “don’t eat too much…