These are always my favorite posts to write. Probably because it means I get to read articles and call it productivity.
“Close your eyes and imagine the best version of you possible. That’s what you really are; let go of any part of you that doesn’t believe it.”- C Assad
Happy Mother's Day and happy graduation day to all my Carolina loves! I'm checking in with one last weekend wrap up before I head off to Europe and all semblance of normal posting gets put on hold until mid-July. Warning you now.
The After Myth It's so hard and so scary to be honest and vulnerable--and Anne nails it. <3
Alternative to Fitspo's Messages I view fitspo like beer--it must be used responsibly. Sometimes I'm capable of handling it; other times, not so much. I'm at a point now where I can trust myself to walk away from it, but it wasn't always like that and these messages are always useful.
How Eating Disorders Are Like Cancer This is a really interesting perspective. I have a friend who uses the word "remission" to describe his relationship with his eating disorder instead of "recovery" (which I adore)--he explains it that his eating disorder is not present for now, but he's aware of the likelihood of it coming back, of slipping or relapsing, and for him, "remission" fits better. The physical aspect is just another similarity.
Why Diets Don't Actually Work *praise hands emoji x5* Diets, if they are not healthy, responsible, life changes made based on the advice of a registered dietician, are bullshiz.
Why I Gave Up a $95,000 Job to Move to the Caribbean and Scoop Ice Cream I thought about this article all week after reading it. The dream, really.
Getting Back to Basics I was going to quote part of it, but you should just go read it instead. Apparently the link doesn't work and I can't find the post again (of course), but I just recommend scrolling through Isabel's blog here: http://isabelfoxenduke.com/
Let me know what you think!
Eat When You're Hungry, Not When It's Time This is a lesson I am absolutely still learning, but this is a good reminder!
When Is Our Body Finally Good Enough? This is a great reflection. I agree with every single word.
Vanessa Papstavros I'm in love with these designs and comics--and the snarky humor is great.
Being ON a Diet vs. HAVING a Diet Chalene is the best (and her podcast is the bomb). And this is another post that's gotten stuck in my head and made me keep thinking for days after I read it. The word "diet" has become so loaded with negative connotations that we often forget "diet" simply refers to what we eat. I love the three steps she lays out--mostly because I've seen them put into action. Step 1 for me was taking on the 21 Day Fix and steps 2 and 3 came with working for Beachbody. One of our "roles" as coaches to always keep working on our personal development (it's literally in the coaches handout) and I've already learned so much about myself--and it's only been two months.
...anyway, this article is great and you should probably read it. :)
'Mom, When Do Grown-Ups Stop Eating Breakfast?' *trigger warning for numbers, descriptions of a severe eating disorder, and disordered thoughts* I hate to end this post on such a sad note...but this article is truly so important. I've had enough conversations with others to know that it's so hard to communicate what eating disorders feel like on the inside. This comes closer than anything else I've ever read. (So please take that TW seriously.)
- "My body is no longer anorexic, but sometimes my brain hangs on to that bewildering behavior when I’m out of touch with myself" -- this line perfectly sums up everything I wish I could say over and over again.
Thanks for reading and--as always--leave any comments you have in the section below!
Happy spring, everyone!
I adore spring and flowers and new beginnings. This might be my favorite time of the year. Have some lovely blog posts to celebrate. (Also, my next challenge group kicks off tomorrow and I'm always super stoked to get to spend three weeks with amazing women who are taking control of themselves and pushing themselves forward to a better, happier life.) :)
And I'm Feeling Good: Shifting a Bad Body Image Day Without Kidding Yourself: I have a feeling that this is just one of many posts I'll be recommending from WANT (Women Against Negative Talk--I'm obsessed already.).
The Psychology of Hating Food (and How We Learn to Love It): I am so incredibly grateful to be at a place where I can appreciate the psychology behind our relationship with food--to be where I am distanced enough to gain understanding and appreciation and to find this sort of thing really interesting. And I'm also thankful for my mom's rule of "try a bite and then you can say you don't like it" because it's definitely made me a more adventurous eater. (Anyone have any recipe suggestions?!)
6 Scary Things that Happen When You Skip Meals: this is so very, very important--as are the resources at the end.
The Truth Behind "Fat Free" Foods: Kayla's a rockstar. Learn what's really in your food!
The Scale: Robyn is amazing. So is this post. I'm still working on moving away from the scale and numbers in general, so it's always nice to have that reminder.
It's a super crazy busy week for me this week, so I'm not sure how frequently I'll be able to post, but shoot me a link if you read a cool article or a message if you have a question or just want to say hi!
This week was a good week, y'all. I had so many articles to share that I actually decided to save some of them for next week. :) Stay tuned! Here are my favorite, most thought-provoking reads from the past seven days...
Are Habits the Secret to Happiness? I think it is hilarious that I'm linking you to an article on how easy habits are to form...right after my 21DF post talking about how the program is focusing on creating habits. But I love getting this added insight on how habits are formed and how they work (more or less). The other day, I found myself doing something totally normal and thought "okay, what was the trigger/basis for this?". This article definitely stuck with me.
What Bravery Looks Like (So Far) I love Maxie. She is the very definition of a #girlboss and has the wisest wisdom and most inspiring posts. I get her blog sent to my email and her posts are such a joy to read first thing in the morning. Couldn't resist sharing this one!
What Happens When Your Body Image Nightmare Comes True "But being sick didn’t erase my complicated relationship with beauty — it just made it more fraught. Wanting to look pretty isn’t a privilege reserved for the healthy; the standard just feels even more out of my reach now...After all, our cultural definition of health is beauty, and we’re told all the time that both are possible if we just apply enough discipline, diet, and exercise. We make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight “for our health,” but we’re really thinking of our skinny jeans or how we looked on our wedding day. When people do lose weight, they celebrate their new dress size, not their reduced blood glucose level. In my case, weight didn’t cause and couldn’t fix my health problems — it was just the most obvious symptom." I could quote dozens of lines from this article. But you should probably just go read it instead.
15 Unhealthy Habits You Can Start Changing Right Now I love all of these. I also realize that it is so much easier said than done but becoming aware is the first step to taking action!
*Bonus: Maddy Moon I'm just reccing this entire website. I've lost hours to her posts. Maddy is an ex-bikini competitor (so TW for pictures) and has worked to find balance in her life and in herself between food and exercise. I haven't tried her podcasts yet, but I'm sure they're going to go in my rotation (with Nick Grimshaw's highlight reel (bless.) and the Beachbody Coach call; it's my favorite way to spend the walks to class!).
Have a wonderful Sunday!
Why Strong is Not the New Skinny: "replacing one “ideal” physical characteristic with another does nothing to solve the problem of body dissatisfaction"
Your Body Is Not Your Masterpiece: "Stop spending all day obsessing, cursing, perfecting your body like it's all you've got to offer the world. Your body is not your art, it's your paintbrush...YOU HAVE A PAINTBRUSH which can be used to transfer your insides onto the canvas of your life -- where others can see it and be inspired and comforted by it."
Celebrating the "After": (This was written by my amazing Embody co-chair Sarah. She's super cool. <3) "...these “before” pictures are dangerous. They’re selling the exact message that NEDA Week is working against – that weight and appearance is the best measure of your health and happiness. They reduce the severity of an eating disorder down to one’s weight and size."
The Problem with 'Fat Talk': "Fat talk does not motivate women to make healthier choices or take care of their bodies; in fact, the feelings of shame it brings about tend to encourage the opposite."
Bonus: A Dietician's Take on Shakeology. Tveen is an AMAZING coach and I'm so glad to have her on our team. Getting to hear her perspective on Shakeology was really interesting. Go check it out!
Double bonus (in honor of March Madness--go Heels!): Middle-aged women impacted by eating disorders I thought this was really fascinating and had no idea about some of the statistics this article shared. That said: eating disorders do not discriminate.