Christmas Cookies – 3 Guidelines to Guiltless Indulgence

Christmas Cookies – 3 Guidelines to Guiltless Indulgence

Truly my favorite time of year…I love the lights, the music, the evergreen garland, the parties and, let us not forget, the array of beautifully decorated cookies that only emerge for this tiny window in our calendar year. I couldn’t always easily include cookies in my list of holiday loves. For many years it was a complicated relationship. … Continue reading

A Vote for Love

A Vote for Love

Today many hearts are broken, many hearts are grieving, many hearts are fearful, many hearts are celebrating, many hearts are relieved, many hearts are wrapped in hope. Today, we interpret our world from many different places but what unifies us is that at the center of ALL hearts there is a yearning for peace. We … Continue reading

Unpack the Shame from your Suitcase

Unpack the Shame from your Suitcase

  It’s summertime and for most of us that means long-awaited vacations, time on the beach, family reunions, summer gatherings etc. What this also means is that there are millions of people out there who are letting the joy of their events be eclipsed by the shame they feel about their body heading in to … Continue reading

Your Body: A Tumultuous Love Affair

Your Body: A Tumultuous Love Affair

You look in the mirror; you hate it. You give birth to your baby; you love it. You try on your bathing suit; you hate it. You finally feel better after a nasty flu; you love it. Your pants are too tight; you hate it. You feel proud of your workout; you love it. Up … Continue reading

A New New Years Tradition

A New New Years Tradition

I don’t remember when my former New Years tradition began but I am guessing it lasted for at least 20 years. Gearing up to the big day I would get intoxicated with excitement about my resolve to be perfect in my eating and exercise habits. I would completely convince myself that this was THE YEAR, … Continue reading

From Weight Watchers to Weight Wisdom

From Weight Watchers to Weight Wisdom

I had a big reaction initially when I heard the news that my beloved teacher Oprah is not only on the Weight Watchers diet herself but she has also decided to become a major shareholder in the company. Following my first response of gutted disappointment I was able to temper my response to one of … Continue reading

3 Tricks for Handling the Treats

3 Tricks for Handling the Treats

This time of year can induce feelings of dread; the taunting of the treats in the cupboard, the overage at the end of the night when not enough kids came by, the guilt about the carnage of shiny wrappers in the trash bin. Halloween doesn’t need to be so frightful. There are ways we can approach … Continue reading

The Comparison Trap

The Comparison Trap

 “She is so amazing, articulate, beautiful, thin, accomplished, confident” with every recognition of beauty in that person, that object of our envy, we sink further and further in to self doubt and inner criticism. I call these experiences our toxic comparisons. In my body loathing days I was filled with them – daily. All around … Continue reading

Baring it all in the Bedroom

Baring it all in the Bedroom

Ever wrap a bed sheet around your behind so your lover wouldn’t see you as you got up to go to the bathroom? I talk a lot about the impact of negative body image on one’s relationship with oneself but I don’t often discuss how it impacts our relationships with others. Loathing our bodies has many detrimental repercussions on … Continue reading

A Profound Courtesy

A Profound Courtesy

There are times when I look at my children and become so overcome with gratitude it actually momentarily takes my breath away. In our family we call these ‘love attacks’. “Oh honey” I say through teary eyes while having held a stare a little too long, “I’m having a love attack” and my kids ready themselves for a relentless round of … Continue reading