Monday, December 22, 2014

How to Deal with Holiday Food Pushers & Have Fun!

The holidays can be a whirlwind of calories and obligations pulling at you from every corner. To counteract all that chaos do the following three things: 1) Make a list of what honestly sounds fun for YOU during the holidays.  That could be anything from trimming your own tree solo with a glass of wine […]

Interview with Professional Dancer, Ingrid Graham: Happiness is a Direct Result of Our Actions

November 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Body Image, Dance, Featured, Role Models

Please tell us about yourself and what you do? I am a professional dancer, choreographer and teacher. I also sit on two nonprofit boards and help procure funding and publicity for the causes close to my heart. I love working with children and founded a mentoring program for young aspiring dancers in the community. Can […]

Eating disorder recovery: using inspirational guides

Inspiring quotes and images can open your mind, invigorate your heart, refresh your soul and inspire your creative path.  You need all this to stay courageous and committed on your path to your eating disorder recovery. Here are some quotes to help you on your way.  Use them in your journal and in your meditations. […]

Body Image Myths and the Last Accepted Prejudice

A lot of us spend a lot of time consuming media from all directions. Print, online, video, audio. We are bombarded with messages about how we are supposed to look. For women, the pressure to achieve the ideal female body image is powerful. All-around we are shown images of hyper-slim, either tall or petite, large […]

Beyonce, Thank You for Making Feminism Cool Again

If you saw the 2014 VMAs, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Beyonce closed the show and brought the house down with an incredible performance. It was everything from avant garde, to provocative, to unabashedly sexy, to touching. Besides her obvious, and stunning talent and beauty the underlying message was loud and clear, “I […]

Renovation of our minds: How to transform your mind to think more positively.

Therapists work with many different types of people, people whose stories and struggle are each different and unique. One common thing I have noticed as a therapist is how powerful our thoughts truly are. Thoughts can either be your best friend or the toughest meanest bully you can ever encounter. The power however is in […]

How Can We Eliminate Fat Chat Forever?

I’ve wondered about this since I was in eighth grade. I stood in the lunchroom after school waiting for the bus by myself. None of my few friends were on a late bus so I was alone. Carla* sauntered up with Kerri*, who had the same birthday as me. I was wearing my brand new […]

Love Yourself and Make Your Summer Sizzle

Summer breezes, swimming on hot days, and steamy nights provide the perfect backdrop for a self love makeover.  Enacting some of the principles of Spiritual Dating can make it happen!  Spiritual Dating can take an unsatisfying romantic life and turn into a fulfilling, sensual, and emotionally safe celebration of love in all it’s forms. Here […]

Rise, Maya Angelou, Rise!

In dedication to Maya Angelou’s courage, vision, pioneering dedication to the written, spoken and living word, to her grace, sassiness and for teaching us — like no other — how to use and offer our voices, how to live with love in our hearts and courage in our souls, #Real Deal shares Maya Angelou’s poem, Still I […]

Am I Only 77% as Valuable as a Guy?

Lately, we have been hearing a bit more in the media about the economic standing of women in the United States. Some of us might have heard that in forty percent of households women are the primary or only breadwinner. And we may have also heard that women make an average of seventy seven cents […]

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