Sunday, August 31, 2014

Am I Only 77% as Valuable as a Guy?

Lately, we have been hearing a bit more in the media about the economic standing of women in the United States. Some of us might have heard that in forty percent of households women are the primary or only breadwinner. And we may have also heard that women make an average of seventy seven cents […]

Am I an Instrument or an Ornament?

I just read a wonderful article on The Huffington Post. In it, Jennifer Aniston interviewed Gloria Steinem about life and feminism in 2014. It’s full of tons of great information but one especially potent statement stuck with me. Steinem said that women are taught to think of our bodies as ornaments and men are taught […]

Is Your Tween Hiding Her Lunch? by Laura Cipullo, RD, CDE, CEDRD

REAL GRANDMOM ASKS: My 11 year old granddaughter is hiding her sandwiches and lunchables that are packed for her lunch in her room; sometimes before she even leaves for school. She takes a bite out of the sandwich or lunchable and puts in back in the container and seals it up, then hides it in her […]

A Love Letter to My Daughter

Dearest. As I fed you at 4 o’clock this morning I admired your beautiful face: the curve of your check, the peacefulness of your gently closed perfect eyelids with their fan of lashes, the ski slope curve of your up-turned nose. You are everything you need to be. You are beautiful, not because society says […]

Australia and eating disorders research

Hope Network Founder, Becky Henry is back to blogging and shares her experiences from eating disorders conference in Australia. What do Australia and eating disorders research have to do with an anniversary trip.  Plenty it turns out. Read below and find out…for in the name of sanity, time and that ever elusive “life-balance” I’m always […]

Promoting a Healthy Body Image in Your Home

As a child, I grew up in a very traditional, Italian home where dinner each night was by far the best part of my day. It was a time when my family of five would gather around the table, talking, laughing and sharing delicious fare together. Food was always a part of our lives and […]

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 […]

Emma Bell’s Painfully Powerful True Body Image War Story

The talented and generous Emma Bell shares with Real Deal her painful story of being bullied … When I was 6 years old I got in trouble for kissing my ‘boyfriend’ in preschool during reading. We thought we’d get married.  When I was in 1st grade I serenaded the boy I liked with a rousing […]

Healthy Body Image Tips for Pregnant Women and New Mothers

These tips are adapted from Does This Pregnancy Make Me Look Fat? The Essential Guide to Loving Your Body Before and After Baby (HCI Books) by Claire Mysko and Magali Amadei Take weight out of the equation. This might seem like a radical suggestion considering that pregnancy weight gain and post-baby weight loss are such […]

Low-Fat Love 101: Raising Preteen Girls

In the battles we wage over accepting or resisting low-fat love in our lives, the greatest battle is with ourselves. When we develop a strong and positive sense of self we are less likely to settle in our relationships with romantic partners, friends, coworkers and others. When we feel good about ourselves we are less […]

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