Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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 […]

Hope For The Holidays

The holidays can be a very magical and special time for many people around the world but for others the holidays equate stress, anxiety, sadness or anger. This can be for a variety of reasons, familial issues, relationship issues, money issues, health issues the list goes on. For some reason the holiday season is the […]

Rebel Your Way Out of Misery. Here’s How

Adversity may be inevitable but misery is optional. This goes along with the saying: “Adversity is a great teacher.”   You may not learn much from misery. But the burden of misery can become more than you can or are willing to be.  Then you rebel. Blog this!Bookmark on DeliciousDigg this postRecommend on FacebookShare on […]

What is it … ?

Updated and graciously re-posted from Gurze Publications: In a conversation with my husband the other night I asked him the names of his elementary school teachers and what he most remembered about them.  He did far better than I, recalling all but his third grade teacher.  When it was my turn I was struck not so […]

Befriending Anxiety

June 5, 2013 by  
Filed under Anxiety, Mental Health, Wellness

It is crucial for psychiatrists and therapists in NYC to educate clients that anxiety is not to be avoided, feared or simply doused with psychiatric medication. In fact, it needs to be pursued, befriended and mastered. different types of anxiety All competent mental health professionals agree that living well requires that we regularly take emotional […]

Binge Eating Disorder — The Bridge Between Obesity and Eating Disorders

Written by Robyn Hussa Farrell and Chevese Turner — Founders of NORMAL and BEDA, respectively. As we know, the nation is caught in the grip of epidemic health crisis, including both mental health and obesity.  Following extensive recent studies, we now know that mental illness (including addictions) is more widespread than previously imagined and is […]

Worth the “Weight”?

I never thought I could learn so much about myself from a cactus! Upon a recent trip to Arizona, I learned something about the Saguaro cactus (the really tall ones that can have a bunch of “arms”, once they are 75 years old). They can shrink and expand, based on how much moisture they hold […]

Mental Holocaust

January 5, 2013 by  
Filed under Body Image

I am currently reading Healthy Selfitude by NORMAL President Robyn Hussa and this month I am more aware of the shift toward mindfulness but also realize that as an African American that grew up in the Protestant church how foreign this concept may come across. I would like to speak to you as you consider […]

On the Olympics & Body Diversity

This Guest Post graciously submitted by Virginia Sole-Smith  I know, I know, the Olympics ended Sunday (with that weird Spice Girls reunion/closing ceremony). But I was at the beach last week, so these are some late musings. Every four years there is always a lot of talk about how Olympic athletes aren’t like us regular folk, particularly […]

Thoughts on mental health

November 14, 2012 by  
Filed under Addiction, Eating Disorders, Featured

Updated and graciously re-posted from Gürze Publications: In the San Francisco Chronicle there was an article by Martha Woodruff titled, “Let’s treat addiction like the disease it is.” Ms. Woodruff was writing about an HBO executive who was seeking treatment for a substance abuse relapse. Woodruff asked, “When is this country going to relax its […]

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