“I Recovered For My Son” With Steffanie McKay

“I Recovered For My Son” With Steffanie McKay

Many people call themselves mental health advocates, but what exactly does that mean? With the hundreds of mental health conditions, it can be hard to know which one an individual is choosing to advocate for, and why. Steffanie McKay, however, has made it clear—through her journey and several points of action—what she's passionate about and [...]

Embracing Vulnerability and Living a Fulfilling Life with Emily Gass

Embracing Vulnerability and Living a Fulfilling Life with Emily Gass

Hi friends! How are you? It's been awhile. I can't believe it's already June! Life has been hectic between moving, starting my job as an Eating Disorder Recovery Coach, trying to get into graduate school, and most of all, taking care of myself. Blogging hasn't exactly fit in with unpacked boxes, mental overload from so [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Mind and Gut Are Connected: Recognizing Your Cravings and Intuitively Enjoying Your Comfort Foods

The Mind and Gut Are Connected: Recognizing Your Cravings and Intuitively Enjoying Your Comfort Foods

I used to think eating just one cookie would equate to 5 pounds on my body. I used to punish myself for getting seconds of my mom's famous scalloped potatoes and ham. I used to wonder how others were able to enjoy pizza, when all I could think about was how I'd burn off the [...]

10 ways to overcome body dysmorphia, and to begin seeing yourself in a new light

10 ways to overcome body dysmorphia, and to begin seeing yourself in a new light

I struggled with body dysmorphia for most of my teenage years and sometimes, I still struggle. Staring at myself so long, I start to perceive the most minor, unnoticeable, and often nonexistent flaws in myself. I'll never forget standing in front of the mirror and trying on formal dresses my senior year of high school, [...]