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Articles: Body Embracement

5 Strategies to Cultivate Body Respect in a Thin-Privileged World

As a nutrition coach, I often hear things like: “I just can’t accept my body at this size.” “I need to lose weight so that I can feel more confident.” “I will [start dating, apply for that new job, try that new class, etc.] after I reach my goal weight.” The trouble with these statements […]

What Is Obsessing About Your Body Helping You Avoid?

In the last decade or so, our culture has maintained its decades-long obsession with weight, but added obsessions with health, fitness, wellness, anti-aging, and nutrition as well. We started valuing bodies that were strong and lean over bodies that were thin and waif-like, introduced fitness as a mandatory hobby and lifestyle, and saw juice cleanses […]

How Do You Speak About Fitness?

Have you ever read one of the list articles about all the hidden meaning in logos? After you do, you’ll never not see the arrow in the FedEx logo. Marketing doesn’t happen spontaneously. Companies create messaging campaigns around a brand or product and use specific words and imagery that evoke the feelings the company brand […]

The Generational Side of Body Image

How many times do you find yourself in a conversation with other women and the only topic of discussion is what their clothes look like, how their body sizes up, and how they wish they could change or alter their appearance in some way? When you keep your eyes (and ears) open for it, it’s […]

How to Talk to Our Children About Body Diversity

Whether you’re a parent or not, there’s a good chance that, if you have children in your life, whether a sibling, niece or nephew, of children of friends, you’ve likely had the “pleasure” to live a moment where a child opens their mouth to make what can be perceived as a mortifying comment about someone’s […]

Life as a Plus-Size Trainer

I’ve been a personal trainer for seven years now. I consider myself a bit of a “sneaky” trainer, because to look at me you would have no idea. I look nothing like a trainer you would see on TV. I look nothing like trainers you would see on a Facebook ad, or in a workout […]

Are Big Muscles “Scary?”

There I was at the pool, reading a good book, soaking up some much needed vitamin D, and doing my best to enjoy a beautiful summer day, when I overheard a conversation that left me feeling triggered. I’d forgotten my headphones, which means I couldn’t help but hear most of the conversation going on between […]

These 10 Women Proclaim Their Bodies Are Flawless — SHOCKING!

On New Year’s Day I posted a very raw and vulnerable picture of myself in just a tank top and underwear on my professional Facebook page with a message that is very close to my heart.   I felt compelled to post this photo because as women, starting at a very early age we are […]

Why I’m Not Embracing My Flaws in 2017

    Note: After making this Facebook post earlier today I received a number of messages from women asking how they can share this with other women in their lives who don’t have Facebook. I hope you know how much I appreciate your support and wanting to share this critical message with other women. I was reading a […]

Why I Love Being Big

I’ve spent most of my life obsessed with my size. For a long time, I wanted to get rid of all of it. It felt disgusting and wrong to be big. It felt like I was failing at being beautiful. I wanted to be tiny and adorable. I had this image in my head that […]

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