Wednesday, December 7, 2016

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, […]

Why the Biggest Loser Participants Are Now Big Gainers

I never watch “The Biggest Loser,” the hit TV show. It has always made me cringe and want to cry. Why? Because eating and weight is my field, I’ve known for decades that diets don’t work long term and can actually make you fatter. In fact, it may surprise you to learn that science knew […]

Maintaining a Stable Sense of Self

Many dysregulated eaters find it difficult to keep a stable sense of self at all times, that is, to hold a core, positive regard for themselves that is undeniable and unwavering—no matter what. With an unstable sense of self, you feel fantastic about yourself when you’ve done well or when people like and praise you, […]

Self-compassion Is the Key to “Normal” Eating

Many people lack self-compassion, but it’s especially crucial for people who’ve come to hate their food failures and bodies. Make no mistake, lacking self-compassion puts you on the fast track to self-hate, so it’s a quality that none of us can afford to be without. First off, self-compassion is not: accepting unhealthy habits, giving up […]

Don’t Let Regrets Stress You Out or Push You Toward Food

Many people get hung up on regrets. What they wish they’d had or done takes up more real estate in their heads than the lives they’re currently living. To dwell in regret is like walking down a street looking backwards. While making yourself miserable, you miss the only part of your life that matters: now. […]

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