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…

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…

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…

All or Nothing is Killing Health

Have you ever thought to yourself “If I can’t do it right, then I won’t do it at all”? My brother and I were sitting in the kitchen one day and we got to talking. What do all of the top selling diets have in common? Why are they always unsuccessful[i]? It’s not the food,…

Is it Possible to be Fit and Fat, and Have Fun?

What does being ‘fit’ mean to you? Does it bring to mind images of tanned and toned bodies no larger than a size 4? Even with the #bodypositive movement, so many of us don’t associate different body types as being fit and healthy. Socially, we have formed such a strong connection between fitness and ‘skinny’…

What’s Wrong With Wanting to Lose Weight?

What’s wrong with wanting to lose a little bit of weight? What’s wrong with wanting to look better in a dress that you bought for an event. Nothing is wrong with it, I simply have not met anyone who would like to just temporarily lose weight. Nobody has ever said to me, “I just want…