A bowl of yogurt seems like a strange adversary, but yogurt and I have been at war for years. I like yogurt. I really do! It's sweet, fruity, you can put fun things in it like granola and blueberries and even chocolate chips, it doesn't require preparation, and it's a decently filling and convenient breakfast … Continue reading Eating My Way to the Other Side
Dear readers, as much as I beat the drum of Health At Every Size (HAES), I have a confession to make: I am not what most would consider "healthy." A Cough, a Crash, a Tangled Cluster of Symptoms Most mornings, upon waking up, I cough. I cough and cough and cough. I feel pressure under … Continue reading Unhealthy
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I've seen a lot of chatter online about Self Magazine's latest online issue, with Tess Holliday on the cover. And for good reason: The interview with Tess Holliday is awesome The essay by Lindy West, edited by Ijeoma Oluo, is awesome The essay by Jes Baker is awesome The inclusion of more bodies, voices and … Continue reading Thoughts About Self Magazine’s Bo-Po Reckoning
I've been working from home since January. And it has been absolute bliss. I wake up at 8:30 a.m., brew myself some coffee, toast a bagel, and sit down to start my day in yoga pants. Throughout the day, I can take short breaks to walk my dog, pet my cat, wash the dishes. I … Continue reading Guide to Surviving Diet Culture in the Office
I've been hearing about Dietland on AMC for months now. This mainly speaks to how large and powerful the "body positive" movement has become on social media: influencers have been promoting this show, starring Joy Nash of "A Fat Rant," with genuine excitement about a show tackling the beauty myth with a real, actual fat … Continue reading Dietland on AMC: A Review
Recently, I was going through old pictures of myself and pining for the body I used to have. I wrote Memories of a Body about the experience of going through those pictures, the feelings they evoked, and the memories I had tried to ignore. I saw a thinner body in pictures of myself in my … Continue reading Older, Wiser, Richer, Wider.
I am four years old. I am taking ballet class. I have to get up early on Saturday morning to go to ballet class at Karen Sachs' Dance Academy. I hate waking up early and I hate wearing itchy tights, but I love ballet class. I feel graceful and powerful when I dance, even if … Continue reading Memories of a Body.
I've been following Jes Baker and her blog, The Militant Baker, for a few years now. She was one of the first "body positive" personalities I was exposed to. And, in a lot of ways, embodied a lot of the things I love and hate about the body positive movement. At first, "activism via selfies" … Continue reading Landwhale by Jes Baker | Book Review
It was a perfectly imperfect day. I forgot my wedding ring; a friend had to rush back to our house to grab it before the ceremony started. The weather was cold and crisp that day in March, and the wind was blowing; a few guests couldn’t stand the cold and watched our ceremony from the … Continue reading I was a fat bride. And it was awesome.