Do you remember the first time you noticed your body’s outer appearance? Her curves and her lines and her bulges and her shape and her mass?
Do you remember the first time you made the connection between food, exercise, and controlling your body?
Do you remember the first time you restricted your food?
Do you remember the first time you exercised to counter food intake or to try to reform your body, like a lump of wet clay eager to be cajoled into a sleek, chic vase?
I hear answers to...
The supreme irony in embarking on a health and wellness journey is that we inevitably get bogged down in the vast store of information available to us. Much of that information is right at our very fingertips (thanks, internet!), and this is further complicated by the fact that a large portion of that information? It’s incredibly contradictory.
When it comes to food and our bodies, we have a tendency to place so much importance on what others TELL us and so little on our own experience....
Food rules. We all have them, whether we know it or not, and I’m all about breaking them. After all, what are rules FOR if not breaking? (Says the girl who followed all the rules perfectly for most all of her life until one day she snapped and stole a pumpkin from a street market in NYC.)
What do I mean when I say food rules?
Food rules are the disembodied voice of “should” that lives in each of our heads. The voice that says we shouldn’t have ice cream for dinner. We...
I swear to god, when I was emerging from the haze of a very disordered relationship to food and my body—I found the phrase "listen to your body" to be... infuriating.
"hi. yes. hello. um... body? hiiiiiii. I am.... talking to you, and all these people keep telling me to listen to you... so like... hi? whatchu...
Aside from health class in high school, or if you happen to take on a fertility journey, hormones aren’t talked about too much. That is... unless we’re talking about PMS, menopause, or post-menopause. Not many of us talk about early onset menopause, PCOS, perimenopause, or how much your hormones are ruling your days.
What if your hormones and understanding them a bit more was... key?
I rode the hormonal imbalance roller coaster for years, and it was FRUSTRATING. I then...
"Why do vegans insist on recreating meat meals and calling them 'vegan this' or 'vegan that'? Why are sautéed mushrooms 'vegan scallops' or grilled portobello 'vegan steak'?"
Question posed to me by my meat loving guy.
I considered this and realized he has a few good points. For vegans and vegetarians, it's my opinion that it's fun to try to recreate meals in a plant based way. It's nice to have andouille sausage made of beans and mushrooms or cheese made out of carrots and...
“So how long is this going to take?”
The comforting smush of the couch in my therapist’s office invited me to sink downward.
Release. Let go.
The sensation was in direct contrast to the stiffness of my chic Bank Officer’s work wear. The button downs and navy-ness of it all never suited me. But… then again... at that particular moment… nothing felt like it suited me.
I wanted to escape my body and the life I’d somehow locked myself into as much as I...
We've made it to part four of our exploration of "Gut Health Basics". Need to catch up?
Part One: When You Can (or can't) Feel It In Your Gut | The Basics of "The Gut"
Part Two: The Gut Brain Connection | Who's the real mother board? The brain? Or the gut?
Part Three: Shame and Digestion | How your thoughts and feelings are affecting your health.
Now that we know what we know from the previous three installments: we're gonna chew more (part one), maybe take a probiotic...
I'm taking a brief detour off of the well tread path of science and "health" to venture into the brain waves/patterns of thinking/psychology behind food.
Last week I shared about the gut brain connection, emphasizing that our gut has its very own nervous system. It is capable of communicating information to the brain, and the brain is capable of communicating information to the gut. Moreover, 90% of the communication is happening from the gut to the brain.
Remember the vagus nerve?
You are what you eat. Butterflies in your stomach. IBS related to nerves.
When I was a young thang singing in cabarets and doing showcases in New York City, I started noticing that before I went on stage, I would have HORRIBLE cramping in my stomach and feel the need to rush to the bathroom due to... tightening bowels right before my number was called. I had plenty of experience on stage and could think of no reason why this would suddenly be happening to me. The distress would...