That Skinny Bitch

Have you ever looked at someone and thought “that skinny bitch…” in a very real sense or even in joking? When you see someone slim, what words come to mind? How different are they from the words you think of when you see someone fat? We have been brought up in a culture that tells…

Are Food Rules Making You Crazy?

As human beings we like order, and as such we love to organize things. There’s no question that throughout the ages there has always been some form of order within tribes or governments, and most importantly, within families. These forms of order use different rules and regulations help keep everyone in check and living harmoniously.…

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’…

Body Image Has Nothing To Do With the Body!

When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Do you see a beautiful, caring and strong woman? Or do you see an extra 10 pounds, an imperfect complexion or a disappointing appearance? It’s not just you, we tend to see the flaws in ourselves more than others would[1]. We look in the mirror…

You Can’t Ignore Nutrition

Finding a balance between health and indulgence can be tricky. We have known for years that our eating habits and mental health are intimately connected[1], yet there is not one diet that’s proven effective. The problem with so many of the diets and weight loss regimes out there is that they don’t take into account…

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…

Enjoy Your Comfort Foods

I was talking to a friend of mine about how this time of year can be so difficult. It’s difficult because it’s darker outside, it’s colder outside, and so naturally we start to spend more time indoors, we get less active, and a little less social. She was telling me how she’s starting to want…