Monday, April 27, 2015

Are Scare Tactics Causing More Harm Than Good?

How to live in a processed world and make right choices. Do scare tactics work? I know the new documentary Fed Up declares that scare tactics have worked for decreasing tobacco sales. Personally, I worry that scare tactics will actually contribute to more fat shaming, diet shaming and finger pointing. I was really surprised that […]

Four Secrets to Authentic Love

As the saying goes, “Love is all around us.”   Make a commitment today to see and experience love at least once per hour.  Try it for a day.  Notice the love with which a coworker holds the door for you with a smile.  Notice the love between the couple in the car next you […]

Interview with voice actress, Maddy Peters: Standing up for others

Please tell us about yourself and what you do? Hey, I’m Maddy. I’m a voice actress on TV shows like Martha Speaks and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and I’m also an art student studying illustration at Maryland Institute College of Art. I love drawing and animation and when I graduate I want to […]

What Does Emotional Health Look Like?

April 2, 2015 by  
Filed under Empowerment, Self Esteem

I often get the impression that clients don’t really understand what it looks or feels like to be emotionally healthy. Of course, emotional health runs on a continuum; there is no one person who exemplifies it to perfection. But, the same way that people may eat differently yet “normally,” emotional health has certain hallmarks. Here […]

How To Build Mental Fitness in Schools

After working in schools across the nation the last 8 years to bring evidence-based mental fitness prevention programs to educators and kids, I thought I’d share some key strategies for ways to build mental fitness in youth. With one in five children currently struggling from mental illness* and with more than 38 million Americans struggling […]

If You Give a Cat a Cupcake

Graciously re-posted courtesy of www.MomDishesItOut.com   Just like the series of books by Laura Numeroff , if you give a kid a cupcake, there’s more meaning in that one cupcake than just the fact of being a cupcake! In our “Something More Than Fish” blog post, we discussed a similar concept. Today, however, we’re using […]

#RealDeal Applauds #FatIsNotAFeeling

@MentalFitness and #RealDeal’s very own Caroline Rothstein has been part of launching an international movement.  In just a few days, her #FatIsNotAFeeling video had over 1 million hits after this BuzzFeed article was released. This week, HuffPo writer, Hannah R. Winsten outlined the counter-movement being formed (#FatIsAFeeling) and described how “Endangered Bodies, the feminist, body-positive activist and support group […]

Eating Un-favorite Foods

Graciously re-posted courtesy of www.MomDishesItOut.com So the fish sticks are still a “stinking” issue at our house! As I have shared in previous blog posts—especially “Something More than Fish” and “If You Give a Cat a Cupcake”—on many days, food is something more than just food. And just like I tell my clients, particularly those […]

How Online Support Improves Your Relationship with Food

I’ve always believed that my Yahoo Food and Feelings message board and Facebook “Normal” Eating page help troubled eaters feel better about themselves and their relationship with food. Now an article entitled “A burden shared” in the 1/31/15 issue of The Economist (page 72) gives me hope that what I’ve assumed might be true. Although […]

Tinder and The Age of Online Dating

Tinder has become all the rage recently; all of my friends are talking about matching with someone or getting a message, and I’m over here like what the heck is Tinder? Do you mean the thing you start a fire with, that sort of tinder? As a 23-year-old graduate student I wouldn’t say that I […]

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