Archive of ‘Healthy Body Image’ category

Creating a Healthy Social Media Feed

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It’s quite obvious nowadays that advertisements are continuously being shoved in our faces. I don’t even need to bring up any statistics or profound quotes to prove that what we are being advertised isn’t always sending us beneficial messaging. If anything, the messages we receive on a daily basis sound somewhat like “You’re too fat, you need more curves, you’re not good enough, nip this, tuck that.” Am I right? Seriously though—think about it. (more…)

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Model Melinda Brady Shows us that Beauty is Timeless

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We’ve all heard the phrase “age is nothing but a number.” If this is so, why is it that the media neglects to represent something that is such a natural and universal process such as getting older? Why is it that we only see the faces of 20-somethings or the heavily airbrushed faces of 30, 40, 50-somethings?

As women, as humans, our true worth cannot be expressed in a numerical value. Whether that be weight, height, the size of our breasts, the circumference of our waist, and especially not our age.

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My First Topless 5K

DSC_0060My mom, best friend, and I decided on a Monday that we were going to do a 5K on that Thursday which also happened to be Thanksgiving Day. There are some pretty amazing things I should point out from that one sentence alone, but I will move on. I wanted to use this race to move past another hurdle I have always struggled with. Jiggling. (more…)

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Meet Contributor Ana Rojas

Ana 1 (1)As the resident mommy, I will be contributing my experience not only as a woman but as a mom. Ever since I’ve had kids, I see the world in such a different way. I see the influence I have and the influence of the world around them. My desire to protect them and see them grow into healthy adults forced me to reconcile with the fears and doubts that plagued me throughout my life. I learned to question everything and challenge all of the beliefs I had been taught to determine if that was something I was going to pass on to my own little people. The truth was heartbreaking but liberating. I have learned quite a bit along the way and look forward to sharing my perspective along with the other amazing contributors. (more…)

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5 Ways to Make Peace With Your Body

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Oprah Winfrey — one of the most powerful women on the planet — was interviewed by Diane Sawyer who asked Oprah an important question. Sawyer stated, “I want you to finish a sentence for me. Before I leave this earth I will not be satisfied until I…” Oprah replied, “Until I make peace with the whole weight thing.” Oprah is a billionaire who has had tremendous success, and yet her answer to such a deep and soul-searching question was focused on her discomfort over her weight. I don’t know about you, but I do not want to squander any of my precious moments on this earth ruminating about how I would feel better if there were “less of me.”

As a mental health therapist and individual who has learned how to accept and appreciate my own body, the following are my tips for working towards body peace. (more…)

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Dating and the F-Word: Fitness

 

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A few weeks ago, I posted a photo and Instagram that gained a bit of attention. I was pleased to see that most of the feedback was positive. I’m here to give you a little back story on how this sassy post was inspired:

A few months after ending a long-term relationship, I thought I’d attempt to start dating. Having never really dated in my life, I felt vulnerable and nervous. Will there be someone else out there that understands my weird sense of humor? Will they accept my flaws and insecurities? Will they appreciate me? I quickly brushed off the anxiety and agreed to go out on a date with a guy I met on Instagram (incidentally), whom I had chatted with for a few weeks.  (more…)

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