Friday, August 17, 2018

Exclusive Interview with Patricia Leavy about her 25th Book Release and Feminism Today

Patricia Leavy, Ph.D. is an independent sociologist and best-selling author. She has published twenty-five books, earning critical and commercial success in both nonfiction and fiction, a rare accomplishment. Her work has been translated into numerous languages. She is also the creator and editor for seven book series with Oxford University Press and Brill-Sense, the co-founder […]

Authentic Body Love in the Media

Republishing this inspiring gem from 2016 … This week Lane Bryant released an ad campaign that we at #RealDeal are proud to get behind. A giant leap forward in ending weight stigma and fueling body acceptance.  Brava! Robyn Hussa Farrell Editor, #RealDeal

Staying Sane #RealDeal Style

With all that is happening around us politically, socially and environmentally, we need some serious strategies for staying sane, #RealDeal style. Below is a Top 5 list … but we’d love you to add your additions in the comments. In solidarity, Robyn Hussa Farrell, Editor #RealDeal Top 5 Pics for Staying Sane this Summer #1.  […]

Phenomenal Women: A Portrait Gallery of Role Models by Robyn Hussa Farrell

In celebration of the 10th year of this empowerment blog site, #RealDeal Editor, Robyn Hussa Farrell, shares this “gallery of role models” and fierce women leaders. Each of the below paintings were created while reflecting on the abundance of women role models in my life.  In honor and celebration of each of them, I wanted […]

It’s Okay to Have Conflicting Thoughts on How You Want to Eat

It’s not uncommon to have mixed feelings or thoughts. I’ve written about this dynamic related to eating and body image in Starting Monday and in The Food and Feelings Workbook. How can we not have them? I lie in bed many mornings thinking about how I both do and don’t want to arise and begin […]

What If You Never Lose the Weight?

A topic that has cropped up with clients recently is the question of what to do if they keep trying to eat more healthfully, exercise and take better care of their bodies and still don’t lose weight. Clients dance around this question and I suspect I do too at times. They want reassurance that if […]

Identity Is How YOU Define Yourself

I’ve just spent the better part of an hour unsuccessfully digging through reading material trying to identify where I read (within the last week!) that “biography is not identity.” I had to wait to carve out time to blog about this subject and, in the interim, forgot where I found these four words which leapt […]

To Say Or Not To Say.. That is The Question?

                                        “Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.”  Working in the field of addiction and eating disorders, as well as being in eating disorder recovery myself, I have […]

What Are We Really Afraid of in Becoming Fat?

When clients talk about not wanting to be “fat” or become “fat,” I ask them what exactly that means to them. What images do they conjure up, what do those images say about them and the society we live in, and what is having a “fat” body all about for them, whatever their current weight? […]

Interview with Olympic Gymnast Josh Dixon

Our Editor, Robyn Hussa Farrell, sat down with Josh to capture his #RealDeal story… Please tell us about yourself and what you do? California native, mixed race and 1 of 3 adopted children to Michael and Kathleen. I grew up in the Bay Area and ended up doing my collegiate gymnastics as a student-athlete at Stanford. Post […]

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