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Part Two: What To Do When Loving Your Body Ain’t Working For You

Part Two: What To Do When Loving Your Body Ain’t Working For You

Last week, I blogged about what to do when eating what you want isn’t working for you. And I realized that the discussion isn’t complete without addressing the whole “loving your body” thing, as well. Food struggles and body image issues often go hand in hand. You’re dieting because you hate what you see in the mirror. You think you need to be smaller, thinner, and a size or three tinier. Let’s be real though…it’s a struggle to love your body in this day and age when images of stick-thin women are idolized as what we need to aspire to be. And
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7 Affirmations to Love Your Body & Own Your Awesomeness

7 Affirmations to Love Your Body & Own Your Awesomeness

Affirmations (or mantras) can be a good pick me up when you’re feelin’ crappy about yourself, your body, and those 20 pounds you think you need to lose. They can work wonders in shifting all the negative crap that keeps repeating in your mind. I used to think affirmations were lame and cheesy, but I’ve shifted my perspective in the past few years. I love that they work on a subconscious level to re-vamp all the critical things you tell yourself on a daily basis. So keep these 7 affirmations to love your body handy when you need a good
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58 Fabulous Ways to Find Freedom Around Food

58 Fabulous Ways to Find Freedom Around Food

Here it is…the whole enchilada, the entire kit ‘n kaboodle.  This is a compilation of every blog post ever written. Exactly 58 ways to help you find freedom around food, feel at ease in your body, and be at peace in your eating.  Happy reading! (Want a chance to win a $50 gift card?! Share your favorite post and be entered to win. Instructions at the bottom) Why Eating Healthy Is Like Dating A Guy That Looks Good On Paper The 3 Things You Need To Stop Doing To Be Happier Today The Real Reason You Can’t Accept Your Body
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Don’t Spend Another Summer Hiding In Sweatpants.

Don’t Spend Another Summer Hiding In Sweatpants.

Feelin’ crazy around food and hating your body go hand in hand. When you’re feeling insane around food (i.e. you eat 9 cookies in one sitting, followed by an “I blew it”, which sends you to the freezer for the rest of those skinny cow ice cream sandwiches…) it stems from a deep hatred of not liking your body and thinking your thighs, butt, arms, legs, and stomach need to be fixed. You want to control, restrict, and diet because you’re trying to sculpt/tighten/tone your body into something that’s more acceptable/desirable/sexier/thinner/etc.  And when does this whole vicious cycle seem to rear it’s
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The Real Reason You Can’t Accept Your Body

The Real Reason You Can’t Accept Your Body

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about body acceptance lately. And the reasons why you (and most women) can’t accept your body. Warm weather is here and it’s that time of year when all of our insecurities start bubbling up… “Do my thighs look fat in these shorts?” “Will my love handles hang over my bathing suit?” “Does this tank tap make my arms look big?” And it got me thinking about accepting our bodies. I mean, really, truly accepting them. It was a beautiful day out a few weeks ago, so I got out my jean shorts to wear.
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3 Ways To Feel Good Naked (Even When You’re Feeling Fat)

3 Ways To Feel Good Naked (Even When You’re Feeling Fat)

Whether you’re single or in a relationship, the thought of stripping down to your birthday suit can be terrifying.  When we hate our bodies, we panic at the thought of showing off our physique, hide under baggy clothes, and dread the moments where we have to be intimate. I know it’s hard when you despise your body to believe that people wouldn’t run away in horror if they saw you naked. A few weeks ago, I had a lovely woman write in to me: I met a wonderful man when I was living abroad. It’s been a year and a half now that
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