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The Before And After Photo Myth

The Before And After Photo Myth

I’ve had people tell me I needed to put up a before and after photo on my site. Because, well…the whole “look at me before and now see me after” transformation sells! People see my before/after pics and they’re supposed to think “wow, what a transformation, I’m gonna hire her to get me to that place“. But the whole thing somehow seems wrong to me. Because I don’t quite buy the whole before and after transformation… It’s one of those times where you only see a snapshot of the me that went through this journey. You get a glimpse in time
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How To Stop Comparing Yourself On Social Media

How To Stop Comparing Yourself On Social Media

Have you ever been in a fine, normal, go-about-your-day mood and after taking a quick procrastination break on Facebook (or Instagram or Twitter), you see a new post by a friend posing in her bikini on the beach and it sends you into a tailspin of negativity and “I hate my body” thoughts? Yep, that happened to me yesterday. It’s amazing how social media can instantly transform you from a “I’m-normal-and-happy-at-the-moment” person into a “I’m-now-turning-into-a-crazy-person” lunatic (and usually sparked by someone you barely know!) You see a friend of a friend of a friend post honeymoon pics from Costa Rica in her
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Consumed by Food? 6 Lessons on Overcoming Disordered Eating

For a good twelve years of my life, I was obsessively consumed with food. I had this unhealthy relationship with my body and my eating. I simultaneously loathed myself and desperately desired to be skinnier, while also compulsively binging until I couldn’t move. For months I would restrict. I’d eat some fruit for breakfast, green peppers and ranch dressing for lunch, and a few bites of whatever was in my fridge for dinner. I was also hooked on diet pills and exercised until I worked off every single calorie I had eaten (which was not much). And then, because no
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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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Why Eating Healthy Is Like Dating A Guy That Looks Good On Paper

Why Eating Healthy Is Like Dating A Guy That Looks Good On Paper

We all strive for eating healthy and trying to be as nutritionally sound as possible. But sometimes eating chai seed smoothies, flax oatmeal, and kale as every side dish can actually turn out not so great. Let me explain… Let’s say a client hands me their food journal and it looks like this: 8:00 am: greek yogurt and blueberries 11:00 am: handful of almonds 12:00 pm: salad with grilled chicken and extra vegetables 3:00 pm: an apple with nuts 6:00 pm: tilapia with broccoli and cauliflower This is like the quintessential near-perfect diet diary, amiright?! I mean, submit this in class and you’d get
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