Friday, October 30, 2020

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 […]

Family Based Therapy (FBT) Summary by Becky Henry 2013

Family Based Therapy (FBT) Summary by Becky Henry 2013 – Thanks to Sharon Heywood at Adios Barbie for asking me to write my interpretations of this treatment model for her blog.  Back in 2002, after two years of trying desperately to get my daughter’s eating disorder diagnosed we finally had the EDNOS diagnosis. I was relieved and thought […]

BODY EMPOWERMENT – “Support Systems”

As part of the weekly Wednesday posting of my ongoing YouTube series “Body Empowerment,” here’s “Support Systems (Body Empowerment 52)” originally posted February 20, 2012, on by Caroline Rothstein. Check it out! About BODY EMPOWERMENT: Founded in 2008, “Body Empowerment” is hosted and produced by NYC-based writer, performer, and eating disorder recovery advocate Caroline Rothstein. In an effort […]

The 20 Year Battle With UTI’s … Finally Won

My first bladder infection occurred 20 years ago, when I was dating the guy “I wasn’t supposed to be dating.”  Thanks Motorcycle Dude. So — naturally — I was a bit sheepish when I called my parents to ask them what it was.  I remember my mom saying (… loudly), “there’s only two ways to […]

Wasteful worry

Updated and graciously re-posted from Gurze Publications:   Occasionally I receive emails from a physician, whom I’ll call “Sue,” giving me an update on her life.  She and I have never met—we live in different states—ours is an email relationship.  She suffers with bulimia but no one in her life knows:  not her family, friends […]

Dear Teenage Girls, You’re Asking the Wrong Question (But It’s Not Your Fault)

This guest post graciously re-posted from Virginia Sole-Smith‘s blog.  Time Magazine tells me there is a new and disturbing trend du jour: Teen girls posting YouTube videos in order to let the Interwebs decide the 2012 version of that age-old burning question: Hot or not? A quick survey of YouTube does indeed pull up dozens of videos […]

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