you're meant to be here

like right here, right now!

I know this because I think there may be part of you that knows deep down you are struggling to keep it all together with racing food thoughts, endless food rules, and constant self criticism....

And I'd like to hold space for that part of you right here on my blog.

My favorite quote is an old Swedish proverb that says, "joy shared, joy doubled; sorrow shared, sorrow halved." So linger a while here and let's double some joy and halve some sorrow.

how to eat adequately on the not-so-normal days

This weekend was SO full for us. For the past three years, aka like our entire marriage, Jared has had to work every other weekend. So at least my normal is two very, very calm relaxed weekends every month. He will be start CRNA (certified registered nurse anesthetist) school this January, so we are in […]

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photos you don’t like of yourself

I was just on a two week long trip with my family….there were lots of pictures taken ūüôā Some of them I like and some I dislike. Years into my own recovery and body image journey, I interact with photos I dislike differently than I used to and I wanted to share those boundaries. 1. […]

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finding relief from hard body image

This past month, Jared and I moved, drove 1783 miles across the southeast to celebrate and spend time with friends and family, packed and unpacked a 3 bedroom home, started new jobs, and got some hard news of a loved one’s diagnosis. On top of that, we all live in a world filled with devastation, […]

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life changes, and so do bodies

What’s your food and body and exercise autobiography? Any client of mine has been asked this question – and for good reason. Growing up in this world we collect messages and experiences, like putting coins in a piggy bank, ultimately setting the stage and writing the script for how to perceive and respond to life. […]

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caprese stuffed chicken

At least once a day I reminisce about my trip to Italy 2 years ago. Yes, it was just that magical. Every day was filled with gelato and Tuscan wine. And most days included a simple, yet mindblowing,¬†Margherita pizza. I was truly living THE dream. In Spain, I recently tried pan con tomate, bread with […]

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berry patriotic pies

Apple pie is the most American pie, no doubt about it. But these berry mini pies are the most patriotic¬†pies. If you were looking for a sign to bake this weekend, here it is! The berries are so juicy & sweet this time of year. Block parties are bound to pop up. And an American […]

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the greatest chocolate chip cookie you’ll ever have

Yup, you read that right. This cookie (and its dough, if you’re a daredevil like me and risk the salmonella)¬†is guaranteed¬†to rock your world. It’s my tried and true, my favorite, and my formerly secretive recipe. It’s my¬†recipe my dad asks me NOT to make so he doesn’t feel compelled to eat all two dozen. […]

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cheesy pesto pasta

I am not a big fan of Mondays. But I am a big fan of 10-minute dinners…especially on Mondays. Every Monday, I try to eat meatless. Mostly because I am a sucker for alliteration #MeatlessMonday. But going without meat on Mondays has other benefits too. First of all, plant sources of protein are usually less […]

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when I lose 10 pounds, then I will be happy…

When I lose 10 pounds, then I will be happy. When I can fit into a size 2, then I will be more lovable. When I eat fewer calories than I need, then I will finally be worthy. These are all statements that I have believed to be true at one point or another in […]

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how to eat for the holidays

In case you didn’t know – ¬†the holiday season is upon us. Although Thanksgiving has yet to occur, the Christmas decorations are up and the Santa commercials are playing. No complaints here, I absolutely love this time of year. Call me Buddy the Elf, but I ¬†l o v e¬†¬†this season. I love the traditions, […]

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