Healing from PTSD with Yoga: A Research Based Approach

Healing from PTSD with Yoga: A Research Based Approach

When most people think of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), they picture a veteran suffering the consequences of all they’ve seen at war. But this isn’t always the case.  In fact, the American Psychiatric Association found that PTSD affects 3.5 percent of U.S. adults every year, from all nationalities, ethnicities, and cultures, and at all ages. Though that [...]

Moving From a Place of Body Positivity to Body Acceptance

Moving From a Place of Body Positivity to Body Acceptance

It’s 1960. A crowd of people—500 to be exact—gather to protest in New York’s Central Park, holding banners that read “Fat Power” and “Buddha Was Fat.” They're burning diet books and photos of supermodels, challenging antifat ideas, and demanding a change to overcome the discrimination those living in larger bodies face daily. This is the fat [...]

Break Free From Diet Culture Using the Satisfaction Factor

Break Free From Diet Culture Using the Satisfaction Factor

Have you ever been full and still been hungry? If so, you could be missing an important piece to eating: the satisfaction factor, or the pleasure of eating. The truth is, we can eat anything and feel full, says Health Coach Lauren Hansen. However, fullness is only the physical sensation of satiety. Satisfaction, on the other hand, is the mental sensation of [...]

Understanding Body Dysmorphic Disorder: What it is and How to Overcome It

Understanding Body Dysmorphic Disorder: What it is and How to Overcome It

We all, at times, have been guilty of staring at ourselves for too long in the mirror. Picking at what “could be” and “should be,” wishing for something different than what we’ve been given, and treating our flaws as the most important thing about us.  There is a distinct difference, however, between the phenomenon of [...]

The most raw and vulnerable thing I’ve ever done: my upcoming book and why I wrote it

The most raw and vulnerable thing I’ve ever done: my upcoming book and why I wrote it

HELLO! Wow, it has been a long time. I apologize for being a little MIA on here...but I promise it's for good reason. You see, I sort of did this big thing by SIGNING WITH A PUBLISHER TO GET MY FIRST BOOK PUBLISHED! Typing those words never fails to bring a smile to my face. [...]

The message I’d go back and give myself, and the message I want others to hear now

The message I’d go back and give myself, and the message I want others to hear now

The other night I was doing normal quarantine things like going through old boxes of school work because everyone saves past assignments and handouts, right?! I'm joking. I know this is not a normal phenomenon, which is why I decided I should probably sort through the weird attachment I have with past reading assignments, statistic [...]

Eating Disorder Recovery, Anxiety, and Hormonal Health with Madeline Miles

Eating Disorder Recovery, Anxiety, and Hormonal Health with Madeline Miles

I’ve always believed the best way we can learn is through the stories of others. After committing to eating disorder recovery, the number one thing to kickstart my journey was hearing how women near and far from me had learned to see themselves in a new way and break free from their disordered behaviors. This [...]

How Do I Maintain a Healthy Relationship with Exercise During the Holidays?

How Do I Maintain a Healthy Relationship with Exercise During the Holidays?

It's easy to make the holidays about things they weren't ever meant to be about. Thanksgiving becomes all about Black Friday shopping and Christmas becomes a whole lot of stress over gift-giving—two holidays that were never supposed to be about materialism, consumerism, or worry. During this time of year, I think it's tempting to make [...]

You Can Have Your Cake and Eat it Too: Saying Goodbye to Labels and Befriending Your Body

You Can Have Your Cake and Eat it Too: Saying Goodbye to Labels and Befriending Your Body

There are a few standout things that make me cringe, and the phrase "clean eating" is certainly one of them. Any time I hear these words, my limbic system gets triggered and it takes biting my tongue and a few deep breaths to avoid going off on a tangent to whoever is talking. In this [...]