I felt the pressure to fit into the gowns I saw as I flipped through bridal magazines. Every photograph I looked at seemed to promote skin-tight satin and buttoned-up bodices. How would a backless gown look with a colossal surgical scar running down my back?
You might never be a size 2 (or even a size 6 or 8). But if you make taking great care of yourself a priority, you're going to look and feel better, and that's going to fuel all kinds of positive changes in how you approach your life.
Ahhh... I cannot tell you how much I love this quote I recently ran across from Ms. Burke-Charvet: "If not now, when?" she says. "I totally am wor...
Babies love flesh. My daughter searches for the softest parts of me when she's sick or she needs a hug or reassurance. I love her cheek on my breast, her head pressed against my tummy on the couch. The way she gets cold in her bed at night and begs for me to come in so that she can put her little feet in the folds of my legs to warm her toes.
When you eat well, you live well. When you eat healthy, you are healthy; when you nourish your body, you nourish your mind:
Can you imagine if you woke up tomorrow and didn't worry about the size of your clothes? If your butt looked all right in your jeans? Wouldn't it be liberating to finally not compare or judge ourselves or others, for that matter, and accept ourselves as is?
As the size acceptance movement has grown, plus size women with big bellies and thick butts have been proudly selfie-ing it up all over social media, but for women with lipedema like myself, there has yet to be much of an outlet for expression.
We all know counting calories is a valuable tool in losing weight. But do you know that counting compliments could be just as valuable?
Hold it right there! Before you go down that rabbit hole of despair after you've compared yourself to your cousin's friend's sister Sally (who you talked to once, and wait, why are you even Facebook friends?) let's get real about the social media comparison trap.
Beauty comes in different packages. Fashion and the world will be richer when we realize that illness and beauty are not mutually exclusive.
In an ideal world, all body figures will be equally cherished. But in order to do that, we must first acknowledge the imbalance in what it means to have a "beautiful" figure. Telling curvy people that they are beautiful does not threaten the beauty of skinny people.
I know it's hard to begin accepting your body. You've always been taught that it's not ok to do so. However, if you're at a place where you feel ready to start this process but are having trouble making it stick, let me see if a slight shift in perspective can help.
Truth: You never need to tell a woman that she has gained weight. She knows it. She avoids mirrors, hates photographs of herself, and loses the urge to shop for clothes.
This part of me, I have lent it out, given it, abandoned it... My body is tired, wrinkled, damaged. It bears indelible lines, marks that nothing will be able to erase. It has changed, a lot. It has almost become a stranger. I feel like I have lost contact with it.
With these and other tools I've learned to trust that yoga, dance and other movement are so much more than a physical practice. We heal our minds and spirits along with our bodies as we celebrate ourselves through movement.
As a mental health therapist and individual who has learned how to accept and appreciate my own body, the following are my tips for working towards body peace.