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I’ve found a direct correlation for myself between how much I’m judging other people, especially their bodies, and how much I judge myself. I cannot truly say which comes first, but the more I nitpick at other people, the more unhappy I find I am with myself. The more unhappy I am with myself, the more I catch myself judging others. 

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Some thoughts on Moderation and Body Diversity

‘The idea of “moderation” might seem great on the surface, but it’s become a sneaky way for diet culture and patriarchy to tell us to shrink ourselves: “It’s OK to eat a little bit, but not ‘too much.’” “It’s OK to listen to your cravings, but only if they’re the ‘right’ cravings.” “It’s OK to take up some space with your body, but only up to a certain point.” “It’s OK to speak up, but also keep your voice down.” “It’s OK to think outside the box, but don’t make anyone uncomfortable.”’

“We are sold the idea that our bodies are all meant to look a certain way – thanks, diet-culture. After examining the fossils of our early human ancestors, archaeological researchers found that body diversity, specifically larger body size, is *not* a new phenomena.”

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life is too short to hate your body

What it comes down to is:
Life is too short to hate your body. Life is also too short to not enjoy foods you love.

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Talking about Health through the Lens of Expansion (as opposed to contraction/restriction)

Hello all, The difference between Expansion and Contraction when it comes to health is a concept I’ve been thinking and talking a lot about lately, and since I’m giving a talk on the subject on November 3rd, I thought it was time I wrote a more in depth post about this. Coming from a background…
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Accessibility, Privilege, and the Wellness Community

I’ve been thinking a lot the last couple days about privilege, accessibility, and the wellness community.

I think there are two very valid and real sides to this story, and I think the first step to greater understanding is more discussion and openness so that both sides can see the validity of the other side, do what they can to help the other side, and also so we can see each other as HUMAN.

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Tracking Mental/Emotional Progress - Why I have clients journal about their bodies!

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Breathing Exercises

One of the best ways to get into meditation if you’re new to it! We’ve all heard someone tell us to count to 10 before we make a brash decision out of anger, and these two exercises are just the grown up and mindful version of that advice.

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Videos on IGTV for those Visual/Auditory Learners

I just wanted to share some links here for videos I have been doing through Instagram TV on my account @eehpuhbuh!

Also, be on the lookout for more information on a Body Image group I will be starting up at acac Albemarle Square in the near future, as well as some changes to my and Pam’s group BeYOUtiful You.

I’m also planning some cool collaborations with other amazing health professionals, so be on the lookout for information on those as I get things set in stone!

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Being Okay Being Alone

If you’ve worked with me for Personal Training or Health Coaching or been a close friend of mine, you’ve probably heard me bring up the importance of journaling at least once. This, for me, has been the most important thing I’ve done in learning to be comfortable being alone.

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Accepting Help

For me, a big thing I’ve learned in the last couple years of my health journey has been to accept help where I need it. I’ve spent a lot of time being stubborn and not asking for the help I need to get me where I want to go. Despite seeming like opposites, the skill…
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What do I mean by "body positive"?

What do I really mean when I say I am body positive? And what does it mean for you to try to become body positive too?

Being body positive to me means that I respect, value, love, and accept all bodies. It means that I work every day to judge my own body as well as the bodies of others less than I did the day before. It means seeing the inherent value in everyone as a part of the human race.

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Resources for Moving Towards at Zero-Waste Lifestyle

One of my recent goals has been to work towards a zero-waste lifestyle by refusing certain disposable goods, choosing to bring my own reusable items when possible, and finding more sustainable and long-lasting goods to purchase.

I’ve compiled a list here of some of my favorite swaps to make to reduce waste with links to Amazon, however, you should try to find these products or similar ones at your local health food store if possible to support small business!

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Resources for Body Positivity

You want to give up dieting and beating yourself up when you don’t meet your exercise goals and figure out how to truly live a more healthy and balanced life.

So what now?

Here’s a list of resources I’ve compiled that have helped me on my body image journey:

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How to feel better in your body right now!

Disclaimer: This post has nothing to do with drinking more water, eating “better,” exercising more, or losing weight quickly (or at all). If you’re imparting on a journey to make your body look different so that you can finally like it, I hate to tell you this, but even once your body looks the way…
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Now Offering: Body-Image-Focused Health Coaching

After getting certified as an ACE Health Coach in February & not really having the breathing room to figure out what I wanted to do with it until now, I’m happy to announce that I will now be offering body-image-focused Health Coaching!

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"Intuitive Eating Mistakes" from Caroline Dooner

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Every body is a good body, and my goal is to help you feel your best!