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How Do You Actually Accept Your Body?

How Do You Actually Accept Your Body?

We’ve been having a lot of discussion lately in The Normal Eater’s Club around body acceptance.  And some of the ladies have been asking, “but HOW do you actually accept your body?!” We know we’re supposed to work on body acceptance if we want to make peace with ourselves and be sane around food. But the question then becomes…HOW? The first step is beginning to change our beliefs. We live in a society that is body-centric. We are told how to look and what size we need to be to be enough. (And yes, there have been incredible body positive movements
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What To Do When You’re Afraid of People Judging Your Weight

What To Do When You’re Afraid of People Judging Your Weight

One of the big things I hear from clients all the time is this: What if people think I’m fat and gained weight? What if I go home and my family comments on my weight? What if everyone is thinking how frumpy and fat I look every time I’m out? A few weeks ago, one of my clients said, “well, if I was on an island with no one else, I wouldn’t care about my body and being a little bit heavier! It’s worrying about other people’s opinions that makes me crazy.” It’s like the fear of judgement from society
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Why I Stopped Looking at my Body in the Mirror Everyday (And Why You Should Too!)

Why I Stopped Looking at my Body in the Mirror Everyday (And Why You Should Too!)

What’s your reaction when you look at yourself in the mirror? I’m guessing it’s not a big smile radiating love for your amazing body, acceptance of all your “flaws” and admiration of all that your body does for you? Instead you’re plagued with the “Ugh, I hate looking at my body in the mirror” thoughts.  Amiright?? (Yes, I’m part mind-reader 🙂 ) I used to simultaneously be obsessed with looking at my body in the mirror while also hating what I saw. For oh-so-many years, I had this crazy morning ritual. I woke up, headed to the bathroom, lifted up my shirt,
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Are You Too Critical of Yourself?

Are You Too Critical of Yourself?

This week I was putting the final touches on my flagship program, Healing From Within, and was battling crazy critical thoughts… What if it’s not perfect?  What if there are mistakes?  What if it’s not good enough?  What if it doesn’t help people?  I was scrutinizing each sentence, criticizing each module and second guessing everything I had written. I was about to rip my hair out, so I decided to go for a walk. The distractions of the city pulled me out of my mind, and it dawned on me… Why am I being SO critical of myself and my work? I know
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Getting Through That “Body Discomfort” Feeling

Getting Through That “Body Discomfort” Feeling

It continues to amaze me just how many women (and men) struggle with some sort of weight issue, body distress, or eating struggle. I was discussing my business vision with a friend who admitted her own struggles with some of these issues to me: “Feeling uncomfortable in your own skin is a suffocating feeling and very difficult to handle when people look at you and think you’re crazy for thinking that or just don’t understand.” I so resonated with that. I remember feeling so uncomfortable in my body, so unhappy with my weight, and so distressed about my imperfections, that
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How Yoga Can Transform Your Relationship With Your Body

How Yoga Can Transform Your Relationship With Your Body

Years ago, the therapist I was seeing recommended I try yoga. “Ugh”, I thought. “Yoga is for hippies”. But I went. I went even though I was wrapped up in thinking about how many calories I would burn during class. I went even though I thought, “this isn’t REAL exercise”.  I went because deep down, I somehow knew it would change my life. I wasn’t quite sure about yoga at first. But something kept me coming back. I remember a teacher’s instructions in one of my first few classes:  “Soften your body, relax your mind. Bring your focus to your
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