In this article I am going to give an overview of Health at Every Size, or HAES, and the background behind the philosophy. What is HAES? HAES is an approach to health that focuses on self-care behaviors, not the pursuit of weight loss. It celebrates size diversity and honoring our differences, body attunement, autonomy, and taking care ofRead More
You tend to get what you expect. Do you expect people to be untrustworthy and negative? That is what you will see. Do you seek to see the best in everyone? You will bring out the best in them. Do you expect good things to happen to you, or bad? You tend to attract whatRead More
What is the best way to comment on someone’s body? Not saying anything at all. You have no idea what is going on in that person’s mind, or what they are going through in regards to their body image and relationship with food/movement. Even if you are close to them, they may carry a secretRead More
I spent a whole lot of time letting stress wreak havoc on my life. In trying to do everything and be everything to everyone (the “disease to please”), my life was slowly being drained from me. I felt resentful about how tired I was all the time. Stress was slowly deteriorating my health. Exhaustion oftenRead More
In a previous post, I wrote about the harmful effects of dieting in order to promote weight loss. “But Dana,” you may say, “I’m supposed to follow a certain diet plan because I have _____ health condition.” A healthcare provider may have told you to lose weight to “manage” a health problem. I wanted toRead More
Repost from 11/30/2017. This was written on the 4 year anniversary of the day that our lives were turned upside down, the day that God spared Ricky’s life.
This is the story of my husband’s almost fatal cardiac event and how he prevents progression of the disease.
Today is February 18th. It was 33 years ago that my mom gave birth to and lost my 2 brothers on the same day. They were born too early to survive in this world. I have always known it was hard on my mom, hard on both of my parents. I have always felt painRead More
Do you struggle to lose weight? Do you feel like you never keep off weight that you lose? Do you notice that every time you lose weight, you regain even more? Do you feel defeated and discouraged because, in your eyes, your eating and your weight are out of control? You are not alone. Let’sRead More
I wrote The Perpetual Battle with Weight, Part 2 initially as a stand alone post. Here I discuss the roller coaster that I see so many experience when focusing on weight loss. After much prayer and thought, I realized that it was important for me to share my own story first. In addition to the sufferingRead More