Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Do You Believe in Mantras?

September 30, 2009 by  
Filed under Wellness

I used to think it was totally hokey to have a mantra. I thought only incense-burning, granola, living-out-of-my-backpack types had mantras. But as I’ve gotten older, suddenly, I’ve found myself relying on them more and more. Repeating these words to myself, or on my blog, have really helped me — even inspired me to be […]

I’m still lumpy.

September 27, 2009 by  
Filed under Self Esteem

Since about the age of 12 or so I was under the impression that if I just lost weight I’d look like all those pretty people in the magazines. You know, the white ones with long skinny bodies, toothpick arms, flawless complexions, and perfectly smooth skin. I mean, I resembled them already. I am white. […]

Incentivizing Health in the Workplace

September 26, 2009 by  
Filed under Fitness, Obesity

I feel extremely fortunate (particularly in this turbulent economy) to work at a company where employees not only have health insurance, but also were encouraged to “get healthy” with a new wellness program that was initiated this spring. After completing a total-body composition assessment, each employee was given a nice budget to use for a […]

New Memoir: Not All Black Girls Know How to Eat

September 23, 2009 by  
Filed under Bulimia

Stephanie Covington Armstrong, a recovered bulimic and an African-American woman, is the author of the new memoir, Not All Black Girls Know How to Eat. A friend of mine heard her interview on NPR recently and passed it on to me, thinking it would be a great topic for this blog. I couldn’t agree more. I haven’t […]

Cooking Up Self Esteem

September 22, 2009 by  
Filed under Wellness

Joy Manning is the restaurant critic for Philadelphia Magazine, the author of the cookbook Almost Meatless , and as you will read below –quite a talented blogger. Her work has appeared in Cooking Light, Food & Wine, Relish, Inked, and SeriousEats.com. When I asked Joy why she writes about body image and cooking, here is what she […]

In Proposed Campaign Against Eating Disorders, France Mulls “Health Warning” for Fashion Photos

September 22, 2009 by  
Filed under Body Image

According to a recent report, French politicians want to stamp a “health warning” on photographs of models that are altered (i.e., Photochopped) in order to make them more appealing. This is part of a campaign against eating disorders.

Halle Berry Responds to “Hollywood Bump Watch”

September 21, 2009 by  
Filed under Pregnancy

For weeks, the tabloids have been speculating that Halle Berry is pregnant. Her crime? Apparently the wearing of loose-fitting sundresses in L.A. (where the average temperature these days is about 85 degrees) is a big no-no. An A-lister who is not constantly showing off her perfectly slim and trim body MUST be pregnant, right? Wrong.

Thin Privilege, spare me.

September 18, 2009 by  
Filed under Fat Acceptance, Featured

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of mamaV and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the contributors of WeAreTheRealDeal. Please direct all bashing, frustration and/or hatred directly towards the author –AFTER you read our new, improved comments policy. —- The slender girl in our culture, is not the healthy antithesis […]

Shaving – My Hairy Little Secret

September 16, 2009 by  
Filed under Body Image

Jen Orcutt from Great Family Adventures submitted today’s kinda funny/kinda gross post for your reading pleasure! —- This post may contain TOO MUCH INFORMATION for some of you. If you don’t want to read about shaving habits and armpits, just move on. Right now. I mean it. OK. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Pay it forward: Women helping women

September 15, 2009 by  
Filed under Activism

We have been asked a favor, and I hope you will all lend a hand for a good cause. Just a few minutes of your time, could help Michal Finegold win an animation contest and be featured on the history channel–quite an honor for this ambitious woman. Here is her story… ——- Recently, I came […]

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