Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Low-Fat Love 101: Cultivating Your Identity

Last month my blog offered advice on how parents can help their daughters develop a positive sense of self. My first piece of advice centered in the importance of cultivating independent interests and skills, such as activities in the arts. This advice came from a personal place as my daughter Madeline (12 years old) has […]

Bodies Die But Connect Spirits Forever

My birthday has never been celebrated in the traditional sense because there was always a Lent and Easter celebration. I suppose as a child I felt left out but as an adult my birthday is meaningful in a non traditional way. A long time ago I started a tradition of giving my mother a gift […]

Coping with FEAR

We all have fear, it’s how we as a species has survived this long. Our amygdala or “Reptile Brain” as this is often referred to, keeps us safe with the amazing ‘fight or flight’ response.  It can also keep us STUCK when we react out of fear.  Coping with fear is something all of us […]

Weight Bias in the Workplace: CVS Employees Threatened to Reveal Weight or Pay Penalty

CVS Caremark’s new employee health policy requires participants to provide their weight, body fat, and glucose levels…or pay the penalty of $50 per month. This coercive strategy forces employees to pay a fee in order to maintain health-related privacy. The weight centered bias in this plan is clear. “Going forward, you’ll be expected not just […]

BODY EMPOWERMENT – “Working Through Work”

As part of the weekly Wednesday posting of my ongoing YouTube series “Body Empowerment,” here’s “Working Through Work (Body Empowerment 59)” originally posted June 4, 2012, on YouTube.com by Caroline Rothstein. This video addresses conversations with a viewer about working through negative comments and behaviors from co-workers/bosses/colleagues regarding body image and food in the workplace. About BODY EMPOWERMENT: […]

Paying It Forward

The Spring Lobby Day with the Eating Disorders Coalition (EDC) is coming up, and it’s got me reflecting on how I got involved as an activist, writer, and advocate. In 2007, a friend was trying to organize an event for Eating Disorder Awareness Week, and she was trying to get guest speakers to come and […]

Dancing Again

This Guest Post graciously submitted by Mandi Degner. Last week, I finally took a long and honest look at myself in a mirror for the first time in my available memory of life. I didn’t hate her. I didn’t yell at her. I didn’t tell her she was ugly. On Tuesday, I just looked. On […]

Meet Becca — Pioneer, Visionary, and Environmentally-Friendly Taxidermist

Real Deal exclusive interview with Becca: a Pioneer, Visionary and Environmentally-Friendly Taxidermist.  I first met Becca about a year or so ago, when we both attended a production of NORMAL THE MUSICAL in Charleston, SC.  Becca offered feedback that — to this day — has served as a catalyst for some new programs for our […]

Music Speaks to My Heart

Whenever I have a chance, I listen to music as it empowers me.  Plain and simple: Music speaks to my heart. It also unites people. One particular memory stands out as a highlight of my trip to Great Britain and Ireland this past summer with one of my sisters  (the same sister who introduces me […]

#RealDeal Applauds First Lady Obama — “Health Not About Size or Weight!”

First Lady Obama, #RealDeal applauds and salutes you!! THANK YOU for lending  your voice to help others learn that HEALTH is not just about size or weight and for stressing that every person’s body is intended to be different.  It is time to put an end to weight obsession! From PRWire dated March 18, 2013 […]

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