A customizable diet is still a diet

The January diet monsters are out in full force. This year, the hot trend is clearly the customizable diet. MADE JUST FOR YOU! In this magical MODERN version of a diet, for MODERN people, you can dare to…eat something that you enjoy! Leave your home! Live a life! (For a fee, of course. Freedom is…

New year, same me

I’ve always loved this time of year. There’s something about the idea of a fresh new start that makes me feel focused, renewed, motivated — ready to set goals and smash them. But this year I don’t feel invigorated. I just feel kind of lost. This season of my life has been really, really hard,…

When anti-dieting feels dismissive

When I was in my early 20s, just out of college and adjusting to Real Life, I wanted to lose weight, and couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t happening. I watched what I ate (obsessively), I worked out (obsessively), but the scale never budged…so then I binged. I was so frustrated I decided to return…

Control isn’t coming

When I was a kid, my changing body drove me crazy. I was getting larger in all the ways I didn’t want to. Taller? Nope. Wider? Constantly. Why couldn’t I make my body do what I wanted? Why couldn’t I control it? I had control over so little then. My class schedule, my teachers, my…

If you’re setting intentions, be intentional

It’s the time of year that so many people around the world set health and fitness intentions, and this year that’s on my mind too. Now that the holidays are over and I’ll have a bit more time, I’ve decided to make a goal for the coming months: to strengthen my abs. I’ve set a…

Body acceptance is a superpower

Body acceptance sounds pretty touchy feely, doesn’t it? Maaaybe even a little cheesy? But boy oh boy, it’s so much more powerful than that. It’s like a force field that protects you from bullshit. And guys…there’s so much bullshit out there. If body acceptance were easy, everyone would rocking it. But it takes work, introspection,…

What self-love means to me

Rise and shine, Valentines. I know this day can be pretty weird if you don’t have that special love in your life. And I don’t even mean a significant other — I mean self-love. Self-love looks and feels different for everyone. For some, self-love is visible and outspoken and expressive — maybe bikinis on the beach,…

The trouble with weight-loss resolutions

Last week, my coworker walked over to my desk to talk about her New Year’s resolutions. She said she wanted to study for the GMAT, the U.S. entrance exam for business school required to take her career to the next level — and also lose weight. But she felt she could only tackle one of…

Don’t sacrifice 90% of your life to weigh 10 pounds less

Weight loss isn’t easy. It’s really hard. It takes a full-time commitment, laser focus, and a lot of sacrifices. I used to think that made it a noble pursuit — an admirable, even enviable, way to live a life. I no longer feel that way. At the end of it all, what do I get?…

Last-minute Halloween ideas

Oh dear. Halloween really snuck up on me this year. No costume, no ideas, no time to run out and grab something…no worries! Here are a few last-minute character ideas that will certainly scare the living daylights out of everyone I encounter. I hope they get you inspired too. HAPPY HALLOWEEN, Y’ALL.  Candy eater. Enjoys…

Balance is not a number

You cannot count it. You can’t measure it or weigh it. You can only feel it. Balance is not a job. You are not required to clock in and out, or think about it every moment of every day, or arrange for special days off. You are allowed to keep it in the back of…

My body is not a topic

I can’t believe how much body and diet talk I hear every single day — at my job. Politics are inappropriate because they are so divisive, but trashing our bodies? Yes please, lots of that. We can all agree on hating our bodies. Gross. The billion-dollar diet industry has made bodies, especially female bodies, a…