Dreams of Changing Attitudes

It's said there's truth in dreams.  My dreams the other night revolved around the question whether it is important to  change our attitudes  before changing our decisions.  I was thinking/dreaming about how it affected our ability to successfully put a healthy lifestyle in place.  Yes, we dietitians have strange dreams.  Or is just me?  🙂 […]

What The Heck Is Self-Acceptance

Last summer Karen C.L. Anderson of the blog Why Weight: A Real Life “Before” and After Story shared on A Weight Lifted a story of her personal journey towards self-acceptance.  Her post today looks at how things have changed in a little less than a year.  What a difference a year makes…. We’re excited for […]

Getting What You Want into Your Life

Meet Michelle from Eating Journey: Confessions of a Reformed Eater.  Besides leading her own personal journey to a better place in her mind and body, Mish is also the creator of the “movement” Exposed that’s all about being okay with our less-than-perfect bodies.  In the below, which she originally shared on A Merry Life (friend […]

It Happened This Week: Holiday Tips, Kickboxing, Self-Talk, and Helping Yourself

The holidays are coming!  The holidays are coming!  Are you ready?  Thanksgiving is just days away and soon Christmas and New Year’s will be here, too.  To help get ready, read over these tips for staying healthy during the holidays.  And check out an interview of Marsha on PyschCentral’s blog Weightless about how to navigate the misguided holiday […]

Self Acceptance Comes First

This week Marsha began her guest contributing at We Are The Real Deal by writing a post asking the question “If I Don’t Like Me, Can I Take Care Of Me?”  In her post Marsha asked readers to imagine that after successfully adopting a healthy lifestyle, they found their weight remained the same.  How would […]

In Quest for Health, Self-Acceptance Comes First

Today’s post comes from Karen C.L. Anderson, who we met on Twitter. We started reading her blog (Why Weight: One Woman’s Journey From Struggle To Acceptance) and thought she was doing great work on self acceptance. Apparently, we’re not the only ones who think so — she’s currently writing a book with the same title. […]

It Happened This Week: Tai Chi, Beth Ditto and the Photoshop Effect

Tai Chi practice improves arthritis symptoms, via Science Daily. The fashion world is reaching out to heavier young women with hip new clothing lines by punk rocker Beth Ditto and more, reports the New York Times. On that note, Big Fat Deal has the scoop on the first ever plus-sized fashion week in New York […]

The Biggest Loser — One Fewer Guilty Pleasure

Beverly’s back with her thoughts on this popular television show that she observed several young women watching during her stay at Green Mountain at Fox Run. “I’ve been struggling with my response ever since,” she says. Yes, I’m among the millions who have watched “The Biggest Loser.”  Who will fall below the dread “yellow line.”  […]

A Love Letter To My Behind

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of Dara Chadwick, author of the forthcoming book, “You’d Be So Pretty If…Teaching Our Daughters to Love Their Bodies–Even When We Don’t Love Our Own” She’s got a great blog that we encourage you to check out. Here’s Dara’s “Love Letter to My Behind”: On Monday, I wrote about turning […]

Pride and Prejudice (and Fat Suits and Supermodels)

You may have heard about a recent episode of the Tyra Banks Show where Tyra Banks donned what’s becoming the never-ending fat suit, (let’s not forget about Gwyeth, Eddie, Courtney, et al) setting out to experience life as a 350-pound woman. Below is the transcript from the CNN interview about Banks experience, conducted by Sibilia […]

Self-Esteem Vs Self-Acceptance

I watch a lot of infomercials – always have. I find them far more entertaining than the regular programming. I particularly enjoy weight-loss focused infomercials, including the next greatest exercise, the next greatest diet, the next greatest supplement, the next greatest way of thinking to-lose-weight-mercials. You could call it an pre-occupational hazard J. For years […]