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 [...]
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 [...]
Fear will rob you of joy if you let it—here's the secret to overcome it.
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 [...]
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, [...]
If you're reading this because you're in the midst of recovering from an eating disorder, well done. I know the road is tough, but I promise it gets easier. If you're reading this and haven't yet committed to recovery, well done. I was there once too and can look back now and say it's the [...]
I spent many of my teenage years despising my menstrual cycle and for close to four years, I didn't have a menstrual cycle at all. Any time I did get my period I took it as a sign of failure rather than success. I would be disgusted with myself and with my body for stepping outside [...]