• An elderly lady looking into the distance. She is wearing a blue shirt, a long necklace, a scarf, and dark tinted glasses.
    My Life,  Nutrition

    Nutrition, Exercise, Alzheimer’s Disease and Victim-Blaming

    Happy Friday, everyone! I am working really hard to not feel like summer is winding to a close, even though I’m finished with my summer course. I can’t complain because I don’t start classes until after Labor Day, but I definitely want to soak up the sunshine while I can. I spent today trying to fix my website, but at least I did it while sitting outside. You may have seen an Instagram story of mine a while back about chronic/degenerative illness and blaming sufferers, and I wanted to expand on it a little bit. We also celebrated my grandma’s 90th (!) birthday last week, so she’s been on my…

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    Intuitive Eating

    Intuitive eating and how to find satisfaction in your meals

    Hi everyone! I hope you’re enjoying summer and all of the foods that go along with it. Watermelon really seems to be everywhere, but I’m a stone fruit kind of girl, personally. It’s been busy, since I’ve started my Anatomy and Physiology summer course, but there have also been some birthdays around here- and even I’ve managed to get in a few getaway weekends. Anyway, today I’m talking about a key tenet of intuitive eating: satisfaction. I’ll be sharing my best tips for feeling mentally satisfied after a meal.

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    Diets,  Disordered Eating,  Intuitive Eating,  Recovery,  Self Care

    How to deal with diet culture

    So, you’ve rejected the weight-loss-for-health paradigm. You’re working on accepting your body and challenging diet culture. You’re trying to honor your hunger and your cravings. Yet at every turn, you find yourself immersed in a conversation about the best way to lose weight, or about somebody’s new attempt at the Paleo diet, or how to get visible abs in time for summer. What to do? Yeah, I don’t really know. But I’ll give it a shot.

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    My Life,  Study Abroad,  Travel

    What I gained from study abroad (and why I’m ready to go back to the United States)

    As some of you know, I am currently on study abroad in Seville, Spain. (Well, at the moment I am technically in Italy, but you know what I mean). I’ve changed a lot over the last year, as many people who live in another country do. My personality is the same, but I had a chance to do some internal reflection- some “digging,” if you will. So today, I’m going to take a moment to reflect on these changes- which may or may not be permanent.

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  • Green graphic that says body positivity is supposed to make your life better, not harder. make it work for you.
    Body Image,  Recovery,  Self Care,  Self-Confidence

    Body neutrality, body acceptance and why it’s what’s inside that counts

    Hi everyone! I hope you all had a great three-day weekend. Monday was not an official holiday in Spain, but I…decided that it would be for me and took a four-day trip to Stockholm. Something I never would have done before coming here! (But it was a very educational trip, and ultimately more important to me than having perfect attendance in classes where attendance isn’t even mandatory.) Anyway, as promised in last week’s post, today I’ll be talking about body neutrality, body acceptance, and resources/concrete steps to improve your body image- because even if you can’t love your body, it might make your life a lot better if you could…

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    Body Image,  Recovery,  Self Care,  Self-Confidence

    Do you need to love your body?

    I started to write a blog post on body positivity and realized it was actually two posts. I need some more time to gather my thoughts on body positivity, so that post probably won’t be up until summer. Instead, I’m going to talk about why (spoilers) I don’t think you need to love your body to have a healthy body image. You’ve probably heard of body positivity, but have you heard of body neutrality? Depending on your situation, it might serve you better. Personally, it resonated with me from the first time I heard of it. But this post also got ridiculously long, so I broke it up. (Honestly, why is…

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  • Products,  Study Abroad,  Travel

    Grocery Shopping in Spain

    If you know me personally, you probably know that shopping for clothes is not really my thing. I get bored, grumpy, tired, and hungry- the hanger gets real. On the other hand, I do like a good trip to the grocery store. Maybe it’s because I still live at home and going grocery shopping is something I choose to do rather than have to do, or maybe it’s because I love food, but I’m a careful shopper and I have a good time with it. Now, if supermarkets would just STOP BEING FREEZING and crowded, we’d really be talking. Of course, country-hopping around Europe has allowed me to visit a…

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    Intuitive Eating

    Spanish meal times and why you should eat when you’re hungry

    Principle #2 of intuitive eating is “Honor Your Hunger.” Sounds simple enough, right? Eat when you’re hungry- although please note that it does not say “only eat when you’re hungry.” (Intuitive eating is not the hunger and fullness diet)!

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    Diets,  Disordered Eating,  Self-Confidence

    How diets impact your ability to make decisions

    I hope everyone had a good weekend! Last week, I had a great little getaway to Geneva and the surrounding area in France and Switzerland. I stayed with family friends who I didn’t remember, but they were so warm and welcoming and went out of their way to make my stay a pleasant one. They really reminded me of the people in my life back home. I guess that shouldn’t surprise me- my grandmother and the father’s mother have been best friends for about six decades. Anyway, I felt a little homesick upon returning to Seville because of that. Plus, we’ve had two spring breaks in four weeks (no complaints…

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  • Health at Every Size

    An Introduction to Health at Every Size, Set-Point Theory, and the Weight-Neutral Approach

    Good evening! I hope everyone had a great weekend. As promised, today I’m doing a Q&A on Health at Every Size, body image, and the weight-neutral approach to health care….which turned out to not be entirely in a Q&A format, either. If you want to learn more about intuitive eating, check out last week’s post. Intuitive eating and Health at Every Size can go hand-in-hand to foment a holistic picture of health (physical, mental, spiritual, social…). This post gave me a run for my money. Many links (and there are a lot of links) lead to primary literature in the sciences. Feel free to take a look if you want…

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