Tuesday, February 25, 2014



The 12 Best LOVE YOUR BODY Blogs/Web Pages

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In honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. I have compiled some blogs and web pages that are wonderful tools for your journey to LOVE YOUR BODY.


I have noticed that when we love our bodies, that is—engage in the practices of self-love, we protect ourselves from self-harm.  Self-care and self-love are the anecdotes to the cultural pressures to judge, analyze, and lose ourselves.

I also included a few resources for those of us who are struggling with eating disorders. See the end of the blog : )

So go ahead- LOVE YOUR BODY and here is how - have fun!!

ONE: The Body Positive 


“The Body Positive transforms beliefs about beauty, health, and identity, freeing people to use their talents and passion to change the world instead of their bodies.”

TWO: Weightless (from Psychcentral)


“Weightless is about fostering a fulfilling body image and life, at any shape + size. It’s about well-being, not weight.
Weightless is about building a healthy relationship with food and yourself. It’s about transforming your self-care, and finding self-acceptance and self-love.
Weightless is about becoming a clever consumer and recognizing when women’s magazines and other mediums tout unrealistic and damaging tips and standards.”

THREE: Audios Barbie 


“Adios, Barbie: The One Stop Body Image Shop for Identity Issues including Size, Race, Media, and More!

Since the dawn of the world wide web (or at least since 1998), AdiosBarbie.com has been the only site whose mission is to broaden the concepts of body image to include people of all ages, cultures, genders, abilities, sexual orientations, races, and sizes. And while that’s a mouthful, we believe that body image, like identity, happens in the mind. In fact, a person’s body image has very little to do with one’s actual body. Rather, it comes from external influences, beliefs, habits and conversations.”

Four: Already Pretty 


Already Pretty blogger, “Sally McGraw is a Minneapolis-based freelance writer, blogger, and communications professional. She earned a creative writing degree from Binghamton University in 1998 and, after graduation, worked in the book and magazine publishing industry for 10 years. She has contributed writing to local newspapers, magazines, and websites throughout her entire professional life, and is an ongoing contributor to the Minneapolis Star Tribune and The Huffington Post.”

FIVE: We are the Real Deal


We Are The Real Deal is an educational blog universe instructing today’s youths on body image, healthy coping, nutrition and self-esteem via empowering content authored by professionals from arts, wellness, nutrition, yoga and psychology.

WATRD’s mission is to empower girls and women by providing a “safe” space to learn about healthy body image, finding the voice, stress management and to promote media literacy.  The site is a program of the mentalfitness, inc. national nonprofit."

SIX: Nourishing the Soul 

“Pull a chair up to the table and…
…get comfortable. Nourishing the Soul was created to be a forum for growth and self-discovery, as well as a resource for the latest news, research, and advocacy information in the fields of eating disorders and body image. Whether you’ve experienced disordered eating, know someone who has, or simply want to learn more about how our relationship with food and our bodies can become distorted, I welcome you. I hope this site is not only a source of information, but one of hope as well.”

SEVEN: Health at Every Size (HAES)  

 “Let’s face facts. We’ve lost the war on obesity. Fighting fat hasn’t made the fat go away. And being thinner, even if we knew how to successfully accomplish it, will not necessarily make us healthier or happier. The war on obesity has taken its toll. Extensive “collateral damage” has resulted: Food and body preoccupation, self-hatred, eating disorders, discrimination, poor health... Few of us are at peace with our bodies, whether because we’re fat or because we fear becoming fat.
Health at Every Size is the new peace movement.
Very simply, it acknowledges that good health can best be realized independent from considerations of size. It supports people—of all sizes—in addressing health directly by adopting healthy behaviors – An excerpt from Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight by Linda Bacon, PhD.”

EIGHT: Love Your Body  

Every day, in so many ways, the beauty industry (and the media in general) tell women and girls that being admired, envied and desired based on their looks is a primary function of true womanhood. The beauty template women are expected to follow is extremely narrow, unrealistic and frequently hazardous to their health. The Love Your Body campaign challenges the message that a woman's value is best measured through her willingness and ability to embody current beauty standards.”

NINE: Intuitive Eating 

This web page connects you with tons of resources, training materials, and inspiration for eating with and for your body.

TEN: Hardy Girls Healthy Women 

“Hardy Girls Healthy Women (HGHW) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the health and well being of girls and women. Our vision is that all girls and women experience equality, independence, and safety in their everyday lives. To that end, our mission is to create opportunities, develop programs, and provide services that empower them. Since day one, Hardy Girls programming, resources and services have been powered by the latest research in girls' development. Much of that research comes from the work of Hardy Girls co-creator and board member, Lyn Mikel Brown.”

ELEVEN: Powered BY Girl 


“POWERED BY GIRL is an online media activism campaign for girls by girls. We exist to interrupt media sexism in all it’s racist, classist, homophobic forms with humor, satire, and the online tools at our disposal. Whether it’s a drawing, cartoon, poem, satiric remake of an ad, or a good old rant against the patriarchy, every post here is original work from our fantastic social media interns and guest girl bloggers. We consider ourselves culture jammers who call out the absurdity of who and what we’re expected to be in the media and in our daily lives.”

TWELVE: The Body Love Conference 

“The Body Love Conference is a high energy, positive and progressive event where women can come together to build a community in a supportive environment while participating in revolutionary presentations and workshops. Backed by an all-volunteer staff of dedicated body-positivity activists and artists, Baker’s  Body Love Conference dream is well on its way to becoming reality. Among the body-positivity celebs already booked to attend are EffYourBeautyStandards founder and model Tess Munster, and local celebrity photographer Jade Beall of A Beautiful Body Project. With over 400 anticipated attendees and an all-day program of presentations and workshops on a range of subjects – featuring the history of the beauty myth, social concepts of aging, post-birth bodies, clothing alteration, body-positive dance, overcoming self-hate with love, and why it’s crucial to challenge and reform social norms, among others - The Body Love Conference is attracting enthusiastic participants from Tucson and beyond.”


A photo I took in Kenya in July 2013

 And a few to Help with Eating Disorder Struggle

ONE: Eating Disorder Hope 

“Eating Disorder Hope™ offers education, support, and inspiration to eating disorder sufferers, their loved ones, and eating disorders treatment providers. Eating Disorder Hope™ resources include articles on eating disorder treatment options, support groups, recovery tools and more. Whether an individual struggles with bulimia, anorexia, body image distortion, or binge-eating disorders, Eating Disorder Hope™ can help.
Eating Disorder Hope™ promotes ending eating disordered behavior, embracing life and pursuing recovery from anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and other eating disorders. Our mission is to foster appreciation of one’s uniqueness and value in the world, unrelated to appearance, achievement or applause.”

TWO: Something Fishy 

“We are dedicated to raising awareness about eating disorders... emphasizing always that eating disorders are NOT about food and weight; They are just the symptoms of something deeper going on, inside. Something Fishy is determined to remind each and every sufferer of anorexia, bulimia, compulsive overeating and binge eating disorder that they are not alone, and that complete recovery is possible. If you are the loved-one of someone that suffers with an eating disorder, use this website to educate yourself. The more you know, the more you are equipped to provide the support your loved-one needs. If you have an eating disorder, you can find help. You can recover. And you deserve to do both.”

THREE: National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) 

NEDA supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care.”

FOUR: Academy for Eating Disorders AED 

The Academy for Eating Disorders is a global professional association committed to leadership in eating disorders research, education, treatment and prevention.”

FIVE: Eating Disorder Help Gide 

“If you have an eating disorder, you may believe that being thin is the key to being happy, or that if you can control what you eat, you’ll be able to control your life. But the truth is that happiness, confidence, and self-empowerment come from accepting yourself for who you truly are—and that’s only possible with recovery.Overcoming an eating disorder involves rediscovering who you are beyond your eating habits, weight, and body image. It also involves learning to recognize and deal with your emotions in healthy ways, rather than using food—whether by obsessing about it, avoiding it, or overeating—as a substitute.”

SIX: ANAD http://www.anad.org/

National Association of Anorexia and Associated Disorders

SEVEN: Families Empowered 


Support for families with members struggling with eating disorders.




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