More Body Image

18 Sep

What’s the Link Between Eating Disorders and Vegetarianism? (part 2)

I became a vegan out of desperation, not to be healthy, not to save the animals, not to lose weight, but to stop practicing my eating disorder.Read More

Less exercise, more health

Eat less and exercise more? Even Homer Simpson knows he should put down that donut and get off the couch. But reversing the ratio between energy input and outgo carries its own dangers, and compulsive exercise can become a habit with life-threatening consequences, as well as stress fractures, arthritis and reproductive problems. Read More

Top reasons that Americans are obsessed with food

Even PBS now has a food channel (called “Create”). Cooking shows are to food what pornography is to sex and have been labeled “gastroporn.” The unspeakable savoring of unattainable meals. Read More

Women, Weight and Work: What do we really value?

We all know that who we are and what we’ve achieved are more important than what we weigh, don’t we?  Then why are so many women, even high achieving women, obsessed with being thin? And how would life be different if, suddenly, those extra pounds vanished? I lost weight and found out.  Read More

Sweet tooth? How your taste buds affect your weight.

weet tooth? Personally, I think I might have a salty one. Candy bars can sit in my fridge untouched for eons while a nice wedge of gouda disappears in a matter of seconds. But why do we all have such different taste preferences?Read More


28 Jul

So in light of my most recent life adventures, and my overall feelings this morning, I’m dedicating this blog to a bunch of neat articles about body image. Let’s get to it!

How To Love The Body Parts We Hate

“Although we take pride in embracing our body just the way it is, like anyone, we’re prone to self-conscious moments.

From asymmetrical breasts to flabby upper arms, here’s a look at the four body parts that make us look twice in the mirror…and how we’re working to love them.” (Read More…)

What Eating Disorder Recovery Means & More

Here’s part two of my interview with Elizabeth Short, who writes the blog Finding Hope, about her recovery from an eating disorder. Elizabeth struggled with an eating disorder for 16 years. Though her eating disorder was severe and she suffered a long time, Elizabeth was able to recover. Like other women who’ve shared their stories on Weightless, she’s another example of the real hope – and recovery – that exists when you find effective treatment, commit yourself to it and work hard. (Read More…)

Body Image Boosters: Asking Yourself The Thought-Provoking Questions

Some good excercises to work on your self image.

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How To Respect Your Body

“Respecting your body means treating it with dignity, and meeting its basic needs,” write registered dietitians Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch in their book, Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works. “Many of our clients treat their pets with more respect than their own bodies – they feed them, take them out for walks, and are kind to them.” Wow, that’s a powerful statement, and, unfortunately, one that’s true for so many of us.” (Read More…)

Celeb lookalike surgery requests raise red flags

So don’t be trying to go out and become Kim Kardashian! (Read More…)

I Like Your Site

16 Jul

Sites I’m liking:

A Cover Worth A Thousand Words

6 Jul

Magazine covers…they have the typically difficult job of wrangling in readers while simultaneously being design savvy and advertiser-friendly. Sometimes, covers jump out at me from the news stands. The cover photo, the colors, or maybe even just the headlines – those are what strike me most. Seeing as this will someday be apart of my career, I’m taking a look back at some magazine covers I’ve found I like.

Great use of tasty food imagery!

Love her or hate her, one of our most iconic magazine covers. I was like 9 when this came out and I still remember seeing it on the stands.

Loved the use of fonts.

I love Nylon’s use of bright colors and innovative fonts. They always excell in that department.

Sex sells, what can ya say?

Lady GaGa covers never dissapoint.

It’s also interesting to me to see the common theme that some magazines adopt.

Men’s Health:  Strong headlines, one guy, black and white attire, yellow-highlighted headlines (for emphasis I’m sure)

Shape: Girl in bikini on a beach, bold white headline on the left, usually headline saying “Plus:…” at the bottom.

I Never Knew…

24 Jun

So I’m at work, a little lonely and again so hungry, so I’ve decided to torture myself with food. Haha.

Why not look up strange varaiations on foods or possible flavors,products, etc. we don’t have around here?



Apparently they are chocolate-covered Twinkies. And they apparently are difficult to find in some parts of the country. I’m not a big Twinkie fan myself, but Wikipedia claims that these things are terrific.

Strange Pringles Flavors

Three very strange Pringles flavors, available in Asia

We all are familiar with Sour Cream & Onion and Barbecue flavors but how about Curry? Or Soft-Shelled Crab? Or even Seaweed? uh…yum? Most of these flavors are only available internationally.

Strange Kit Kat Bar Flavors

Again, another food with bizarre international flavors. Japan boasts  “tasty” versions such as Sweet Potato, Apple Vinegar, Sweet Corn, Pumpkin and Green Tea.

Other countries have special recipe Kit Kats (made from different cocoa beans) and other slightly altered version of the bars we know.

A Kool-lickle

There is somewhere in Mississippi where lucky patrons can get a pickle “soaked in strawberry, cherry or tropical fruit Kool-Aid…” Wow, how could that taste?

Butterscotch Krimpets

From what I’ve read these little cakes are only available in Pennsylvania and they have a huge following.  They are mini sponge cakes with butterscotch icing. Sounds pretty yummy to me 🙂 . A review can be read here, for those so inclined.

Cereal Variations I’ve Never Heard Of

I consider myself almost a cereal conniseur, I love the stuff. So how is it these cereal versions escaped my knowledge?

Post’s Dino Smores Pebbles. They have tiny dog (or exscuse me, dinosaur) bones miked with chocolate and marshmellow pieces. How tasty! They appear to be still available.

Post Cinna-Graham Honeycombs   Um,yes please? They also boast a Strawberry-Blasted version!

 Kellog’s Special K Yoghurty version   Special K and yogurt? I’m there. Or at least, I would be if it weren’t only available in the UK.

Garbage Plates

These piping-hot plates of ridiculousness are found Nick Tahou Hots in Rochester, New York.  It “is a combination of one selection of cheeseburger, hamburger, red hots, white hots, Italian sausage, chicken tender, fish (haddock), fried ham, grilled cheese, or eggs; and two sides of either home fries, French fries, baked beans, or macaroni salad. On top of that are the options of mustard and onions, ketchup, and Nick’s proprietary hot sauce, a greasy sauce with spices and ground beef. It’s served with rolls or Italian toast on the side,[3] which is made fresh at the bakery next door.[2]” Good Lord!

Strange Lay’s Potato Chip Flavors

Again there are a good handful of weird flavors for international Lay’s consumers. Our neighbors to the north can enjoy flavors such as Fries & Gravy, Curry, Wasabi and Salsa.

Rare Poptarts

Some hard-to-find and/or discontinued flavors include Gingerbread, Orange Cream, Icy Cold Polar and Chocolate Graham Cracker.

I Scream…For A Good Cause :)

24 Jun

Ben & Jerry’s Exclusive Flavors at Target

Beginning this week, and available only at Target stores, Ben & Jerry’s is launching two new “philanthropic” flavors, both aimed at encouraging consumers to volunteer in their communities.

Raspberry cheesecake flavor best describes Berry Voluntary, which is laced with white-chocolate chunks and raspberry swirls.

Brownie Chew Gooder is vanilla caramel ice cream loaded with pieces of fudge brownie and topped off with caramel swirl.

Both are available in either a mini cup ($1.25) or a pint ($3.50).
“Scoop it Forward” is a promotion where if you register to volunteer on a short-term project (from a few hours to an ongoing commitment; you decide) through — depending on your community, opportunities range from serving food to the homeless to assisting children with reading or homework — and then forward that opportunity to five friends, not only do you receive a coupon for a free pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream but so do those five friends. After you donate some sweat and labor to your chosen project, you get a $1-off coupon for even more Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

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If You Can’t Design…Admire!

23 Jun

I’m trying to vamp up/ re-do my portfolio website before I lanuch it in the fall.

As I Stumbleupon (the best resource I’ve found for finding inspiration!), I’ve come across plenty

of design work I love. Let me share with you:


It’s a business card. Too cute huh?

This Lithuanian website has an awesome design! Courtesy: Smashing Magazine

These sites are neat too.

More Logos to love.

There is so much talent out there! I’m always in awe of it.

Taste To-Do List

18 Jun

Now that food is starting to become more apart of my life, I have a million recipes I want to try. Over this year I hope to check off all of these from my “wishlist” of recipes.

As a pecestarian it is hard to find a huge variety of meals sometimes. This looks tasty.

Never even had zucchini but these look sooo yummy.

Baked goods are a weakness.

Lots of Logo Love

16 Jun

Logos I think are creative/great/fun to look at.


Smashing Magazine et al.

What You See May Be A Lie

15 Jun

Interesting concept:

“You May Look More Like Gwyneth Than You Think”

Linda Carroll writes:

Do you look in the mirror and see a short stubby person staring back at you? 

Not to worry. It’s possible that your brain is playing tricks on you and you’re actually as tall and svelte as Gwyneth Paltrow.

OK, maybe that’s a stretch.

Still, British researchers have determined that most people are very bad at assessing their own dimensions. In the mind’s eye, we almost always see shorter and stubbier — right down to the size and shape of our hands.

To determine how skewed people’s perceptions might be, Dr. Matthew Longo and colleagues from University College London rounded up a group of volunteers and asked them to put their left hand, palm down, under a board and then to indicate on the surface of the board the location of the covered hand’s knuckles and fingertips. With amazing consistency, people imagined a hand that was two-thirds wider and one-third shorter than their actual hand, according to Longo’s study, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

As it turns out, you don’t know the back of your hand as well as the saying may imply.

And while this knowledge might improve even Paltrow’s self-image, it could be much more helpful to people with eating disorders.

“These findings may well be relevant to psychiatric conditionsinvolving body image such as anorexia nervosa, as there may be a general bias towards perceiving the body to be wider than it is,” Longo says.

What’s surprising about the new research is that it comes from healthy people, says Mia Holland, chair person of the counseling studies department at Capella University.

Counselors will sometimes ask anorexic patients to draw a life-size picture of themselves, Holland says. Then the counselor will ask the person to lie down on the drawing while someone else inscribes a tracing of the person on the same paper. In those with severe anorexia, the difference can be stunning.

“A size 4 might draw herself as a size 14,” Holland says. “When the patient looks at the drawings it can be a real shocker.”


As someone who can relate ten-fold to not seeing the truth in the mirror…this article is def. interesting. What do we do if we will never see the way we truly look?