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June 10, 2020
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I Wish I Had findEDhelp When I Was Struggling

When I was in high school and first started struggling with “eating issues,” as my family labeled it, my parents had no clue what to do, nor how to find help for me. By chance, they found a counselor who was knowledgeable about eating disorders and who helped me immensely until I went off to college. As I headed off to Texas A&M, I naively thought that I had left my problems and my eating…
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June 09, 2020
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Breaking Up with Diet Culture

Toxic diet culture and personal insecurities—how are they related? When others and I talk about toxic diet culture, we are referring to any programs that encourage extreme weight loss, require restricting yourself, and suggest cutting calories and working out more, as well as programs that advertise weight loss pills and shakes. All of these products and programs promote a supposed ideal of what being healthy is. Basically, toxic diet culture entails anything suggesting that “healthy”…
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May 26, 2020
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Finding What Feels Good!

If you’ve never heard the term "joyful movement," that's okay. Movement is another way of describing physical activity or what one would typically refer to as exercising. Joyful movement is moving in ways that feel good and that we find pleasure in because we love and respect our bodies. It is not exercising to punish our bodies or exercising for weight-loss or weight-control. It is not exercise as our only means of coping. This can…
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May 21, 2020
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5 Secrets to Cultivating Positive Body Image

“Mirror mirror on the wall, You don’t get to make the call Of who I am, or how I see, The beauty inside and out of me.” Body image encompasses so much more than what we see in the mirror. How we look, how we feel, our memories and our expectations all factor into body image. Beyond our personal histories and feelings, societal messages also influence body image. Sometimes, those societal messages can feel relentless…
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May 19, 2020
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Pet Therapy: It’s Real.

When shelter in place became official, so did my status as a dog owner. Not exactly what I was expecting in the puppy adoption process, but if this pandemic has taught me anything it’s that timelines never go as planned. My partner and I were wanting to adopt a puppy for a while now, and the timing of our lives going remote sort of felt like a golden opportunity to be home together raising a…
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