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12 Unexpected Ways to Transform Your Relationship with Food & Yourself

  In my teens and most of my early twenties , I used to be totally weird with food. I had all these rules. I had to eat this for lunch, only this many calories for a snack, and if I ate too much, I’d “work it off” the next day in the gym. The worst part though was the games I’d play. I’d deprive, deprive, deprive to stick to “the plan” and then by the time I got around what I really wanted – I’d pig out. One of ...

Feeling Like a Loser? Here’s Why That’s a Good Thing

  When I first started on my (spiritual) journey, I was naive. At the same time, I was beating myself up and occasionally, felt like a loser.   I believed the more I challenged the beliefs holding me back, reframed my thoughts for the better, mediated, prayed, practiced mindfulness, lived self-kindness, moved my body out of love, and spoke my truth –  I’d be in a constant state of amazing energy. I wasn’t always in a constant state of amazingness. Did these things help me stay in a good place? ...

25 Things I Do To Love My Body (And How You Can Too)

In kindergarten, our class bully would sit behind me and pull out my hair tie – daily – just like clockwork. Leaving my French braid, side ponytail, or occasional half-up, half-down look to become unraveled. Throughout grade school, I was teased. I was somewhat chunky and just did my own thing. The teasing never bothered me, odd enough. In middle school and early high school, my “care-free, I-like-me attitude,” attracted friends. And as always, I was happy with who I was and what I looked like. It wasn’t until later ...

One Secret Every Woman Trying to Love Themselves Should Know

Jamming food in your mouth, in the car, scrambling to get to your appointment on time.  Feeling panicked.   Finally getting home, STARVING  (went too long without eating) – devouring chips, Cheez-Its, peanut butter, grapes – or whatever the heck is around. Aftermath = feeling pretty gross.   Pushing your body to workout because you despise your “big, stubby thighs.” Not because you love your body and want to feel vibrant, energetic, and strong. Feeling like you want to flip that switch.   Realizing some of the things and people in ...

Why I Stopped Comparing Myself to Others

This post is a guest post by Dr. Danielle Dowling & originally appeared here   Many of us are slaves to comparison. I’m not as thin as So-and-so I don’t earn as much as she does I’m not as funny or as intelligent I’m not as tall or as pretty The list goes on. And on. I totally get it. I do it too – but (thankfully) not as often ...

5 Surprising Questions for Body Love

This piece was originally a guest post I wrote for The Body Book     Women come to me to transform their relationship with their body and ultimately, themselves.   They’re tired of not feeling good enough, exhausted from trying to figure out how to eat “right,” and they’re ready to end the body bashing.   Sound familiar?   Here’s the thing, feeling good in your skin isn’t about being a size 2, it’s about nourishing your soul from the inside out and appreciating who you are (exactly as you ...

The Bizarre Question That Could Change Your Life

What if I asked you a bizarre question that could change your life? Intrigued? Well, good. That would just reassure you that you’re ready for a change-;) A new way of waking up every day. A new sense of self. A healthier, happier, more confident you.   Bottom line: you’re ready for something to shake you up. But, you don’t know where to start… In fact, you’re not even 100% sure what you want to change, but you are 100% sure that you want a change. Thing is, I don’t ...

How to Get What You Need

  You want more. Maybe you’re looking to: – Be happier in your relationship – Feel more appreciated in your friendships – Do more fulfilling work – End the negative self-talk – Find more peace in your day – Nourish yourself with real foods – Move your body more – Take time to breathe   Any of this ring a bell? Whatever it is that you’re working towards right now, remember this one thing—communicating your needs is key. Your life is vibrant. It’s complex.   Without asking for what you ...

5 Things I’ve Learned as a Wellness & Nutrition Coach

Entering the field of nutrition, I believed our health and wellness to be about food. Some aspects of the mind, yes – but mostly about the food. Well into the field of nutrition and wellness, a few hundred clients and years later, I see it’s  about the mind. Some aspects of food, of course – but mostly about the mind. As a nutrition and wellness coach, here are the 5 biggest things I’ve learned so far.     1. Inner change before outer change Our thoughts are our inner programming. ...

7 Things to Forgive Yourself for to Feel Good Again

  There are things we don’t even know that hold us back. They hold us back because we feel bad about them.  Sometimes they hold us back because we feel bad about feeling bad about them … or even thinking them.   If you find yourself: – Obsessing about a situation – Thinking how things would be different if you just did this or that – Feeling guilty or ashamed – Beating yourself up or – Beating yourself up about beating yourself up!   Read the below and start to ...