Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Actress Emily Shaffer Interview “What I Would Tell My 18 Year Old Self”

I’m Emily Shaffer and I am an actor.  What this means is I am a hustler and a gypsy.  I work 3 jobs and audition for television.  As well as love the crap out of my husband and dog.  When the stars align – I get to BE on television.  Currently I’m working on writing […]

Pick Only Intimates Who Celebrate You

While talking with a client, we began exploring what kind of people she wanted out of her life and what kind she wanted to keep in and attract more of. She said, “I seem to pick people who I have to work to get to like and approve of me. I’d rather have friends who […]

Authentic Body Love in the Media

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

Which Stage of Change Are You In?

Most of us probably were raised to believe that if you want to change, you simply need to try hard enough and you will. In some circumstances, that can be true. Pushing yourself a wee bit more can sometimes initiate or accelerate change. But most of the time that we say we want to change, […]

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