To Exercise or Not to Exercise?

Years ago, the way I engaged with exercise was very rooted in fat-phobic, diet-entrenched societal expectations. I thought I had to go to the gym, and only the gym, for exercise; I thought that I should exercise for aesthetic purposes and workout even if I was tired; I thought I need to burn a certain number of calories and take a certain number of FitBit steps during a run. 

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No Sugar? No, Thank You.

The crazy thing is, the way to stop this cycle is to, in Christy Harrison’s words, “give up the fight against dieting” -- and, therefore, the fight against your body. It means surrendering to how your body naturally wants to exist in the world, being grateful for its incredible capabilities and life force, responding to your own hunger and fullness cues, eating socially, and YES: honoring your cravings. That’s right. If you’re craving pasta and meatballs, for the love of life do not eat zoodles. Get your damn real pasta and carbohydrates. 

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Anti-Diet Inspiration for Your New Year

2018 is here! And while this means an opportunity for growth, fun experiences, new friends + loved ones, and more happiness, it also means a lot of people will be dieting. Resetting. Sugar cleansing. Detoxing. Green-juicing. Exercising in ways that they don’t enjoy. Eating in ways that are restrictive and life-sucking because diet culture tells us we should. That we all should do it for our “health”; that it’s not a “diet”.

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College: What I Wish I'd Known

“The transition in the fall will not be easy, your campus will not immediately feel like home, you don’t have to pretend to love everything about your new life on social media, and you may truly dislike your first semester in college, but my goodness, know that it is all worth it. I promise. Congratulations on your graduation — I’m pretty damn excited for what the future has in store for you.”

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How I Got My Period Back

I hopped over to Greece via a study abroad program for college freshmen. I feel so fortunate to have had this experience -- we got to travel to several beautiful cities and countries while living in Greece. I came home to a chilly December New England with some newly developed acne and no sign of a regular period since October 2014. I’m not sure what specifically caused my menstrual cycle to disappear, but from what I know now, I suspect it was a combination of:

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Two Years of Blogging: From Paleo Recipes to Breaking the Diet Cycle

And now, as I enter into my fourth year of college and my third year of this blog, I simply would like to eat peanut butter pretzel bites and quinoa-black-bean-sweet potato salads and chocolate fudge brownies and vanilla lattes and kale smoothies and pumpkin pie and Chik-Fil-A and sweetgreen and not. give. a. flying f!ck.

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I Have Been Changed For The Better.

This fall, I applied for and was offered an internship working in marketing for a giant technology company in the San Francisco Bay Area from January to June. Today, as I travel back to the mystical land of the East Coast for the first time all year, I want to share with you some of the most pertinent, impactful, and transformative things that I’ve learned over the course of this half-year while living, eating, and working on the West Coast.

It’s been a beautiful and totally wild ride.

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Resources to Improve your Relationship with Food

Since listening to podcasts and reading books + articles about orthorexia, intuitive eating, Health At Every Size, body respect & love, and the truth about wellness on Instagram, I realized that these habits of mine have actually been restricting me from intuitively eating and having a normal relationship with food. These habits have not been healthy at all. Far from it, actually.

And after years of so much damn rigidity and self-regulation,

I don't want to have to do this anymore. 

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Why you don’t need to work off the dessert you just ate.

For years, our subconscious minds have been berated by the diet mentality; this part of our brains will tell us that it’s unacceptable to indulge, that we are undeserving, and that we should not enjoy dessert. The diet industry offers a plethora of reasons for this -- some of the recent, top ones being: sugar is 'dangerous'; we should be 'burning fat'; we should only eat these certain foods to 'lose weight'.

Dear friend, I encourage you remind yourself that you actually, totally can eat dessert whenever the hell you feel like it because the diet industry is full of shit. 

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The Truth About My Paleo Diet Experience.

Starting in January of my freshman year in college and continuing to December of my sophomore year, I was a dictator over my own consumption of food. I banned gluten, all gluten-free grains, highly processed oils, dairy, fried products, refined sugars, and all dessert except for 100% dark chocolate. (Yep, that type of bar actually exists. And it is bitter). I preached to anyone who would listen about why grains were “bad for me” and why I would never, ever eat them again. 

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Why I'll Never Weigh Myself Again

You've achieved your goal from the night before to get up and go to the gym first thing in the morning. You pushed yourself during your workout, you became out of breath, your heart was working its hardest, and even though you are super sweaty now, you feel amazing. Alive. Proud. Awake. However, depending on the number that will flash in front of you on the gray, cold machine in two seconds, your entire day will be altered. You'll either feel good (but not where we want to be just yet), or instantly upset. All it takes is one number. One indication of your gravitational pull to the Earth. 

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Seven Tips for a Productive Workspace

It can be easy to get lost in your workspace and find yourself operating less productively than you want to be. Here are some tips that I've learned along the way that have helped me to focus and work better. 

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XOXO: An Ode to Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day, is, as much as social media would like you to believe, absolutely 100% NOT the day to hate on yourself for not having a boyfriend or girlfriend. Whether you are romantically involved with another human being at the current time or not, realize that you already, always & forever, have a special someone. That someone is yourself. The relationship that you have with yourself is the longest relationship that you will ever be in, so you better treat it damn well. 

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