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Holiday “HELLth” Anxiety

 I’ve long loved the holiday season, but there was a time when it was the bane of my “perfect-body-goals” existence.  While the people around me were busy thinking of gifts, recipes, decorations, fancy dresses, ugly sweaters, movie marathons, friends, family and yule logs (ok, scratch that last one, nobody really thinks of those) I was busy thinking of

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“Dear” Scale

Dear Scale, I know it’s been twelve months since our last encounter. I remember the moment vividly – not because it was special – but because it happened every day for as long as I can remember.  Each morning I would shuffle, bleary-eyed, into the bathroom and drag you from the closet.  I’d cross my

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6 Reasons Why My Kids Won’t Be Stepping on the School Scale

Yesterday I wrote a letter to my daughters’ elementary school principal requesting that they be excluded from the annual, school-wide BMI (Body Mass Index) “health” screening.  Accordingly, I won’t be getting a BMI Report Card in the mail that details my children’s heights and weights along with the designation of either “UNDERWEIGHT,” “NORMAL,” “OVERWEIGHT,” or

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Shame Sells

Diet culture has become a way of life.  For many, it’s even become a religion.   Moralistic views of food and body are everywhere – vying for our righteous response.  While health and well-being are certainly worthwhile goals, the idea that a particular weight or meal plan is the key to attaining those goals is misguided. 

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3 Digits to Ditch Blog Series (Part 3)

If you missed the first two posts in my 3 Digits to Ditch Blog Series be sure to check them out HERE and HERE.  In them, I challenge you to let go of preoccupation with weight and clothing size.  While neither measurement accurately indicates physical well-being, both are frequently implicated in poor mental and emotional

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3 Digits to Ditch Blog Series (Part 2)

In Part 1 of The Three Digits to Ditch Blog Series I suggested that you step away from your scale and stop the daily weigh-in.  (READ MORE HERE).  Instead, set a positive tone for your day and improve your mood by calling your cousin or texting a friend.  Exchange your daily, agonizing ritual of weight

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