Love Yourself First

I follow Dr. Joshua Wolrich on Instagram. His posts mainly center around calling out diet culture and wanting us to improve our relationship with food.The other day one of his post/captions said something along the lines of "improve your relationship with food before you try to lose weight." My initial reaction was one of, "I…

Learning to Love My Body

"Since I was 17, I've always hated my body and it feels like my body's hated me. Can somebody find me a pill to make me unafraid of me."That's the first verse of P!nk's song "Happy" from her latest album, Hurts 2B Human. I was listening to "Courage," another great song off her newest album,…

Stretch Mark Love

I was sitting at home the other day and looked down at my legs. I saw my stretch marks and there was nary a negative thought that ran through my mind about them. Whether you call them "tiger stripes," "roadmaps," or "mommy medals" your stretch marks are nothing to be ashamed of.I know we've been…

Self-reflection Sunday: Body Image

What makes you feel beautiful? - For me it's a number of things, not always tied to each other, but always small: when I put my hair in a messy bun but the kind that looks freaking amazing; if I love the outfit I'm wearing; when I treat my body well by eating nutritious foods;…

Body Image: Eating Disorders

We judge our bodies too harshly. Judge ourselves even more for judging our bodies. We wonder why or how or when we might become greater than this. Greater than poking and prodding at the parts of us that are too big or not big enough. We turn to our minds time and time again to…

Body Image: Men

Body shaming and women I understand. Of course I do, I'm a woman. Body shaming re: men is a foreign concept to me. While I understand what is being marketed to boys and men today as the "perfect" body includes six-pack abs, chiseled chest, and arms full of muscle, what I don't fully grasp is…

Body Image: Body Shaming

Body shaming, what is it? Walden Behavioral Care describes it as, "criticizing yourself or others because of some aspect of physical appearance." Body shaming can come in many forms. Common ones that come to mind include fat shaming and skinny shaming, but there are many more ways in which we shame bodies. Recently, I've seen…

What is Body Image

This month we'll be covering the topic of body image including body shaming, men and body image, and eating disorders. But before we dive into those topics, let's talk about what body image is. The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) defines body image as: "Body image is how you see yourself when you look in…

Bad Body Days

I'm going to let you in on a secret - I don't always love my body. Some days I don't want to look in a mirror and see myself because I'm still on this unceasing journey of self-acceptance. But most days, I embrace my body and it's imperfectness.  (Or rather, its perceived imperfections.) And I…