Best Of Body Love 2012

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We covered a lot of ground here at the Body Love Wellness blog this year. Just in case you missed some of the best posts on things like fat politics, and body love tips, and dealing with the holidays, I’ve put together this quick recap!

Pop Culture & Fat
This year, we talked fat and formerly fat celebrities, Lady Gaga’s tweets about not eating, and why a media diet is so much better than other diets.

We also started the #stopbiggestloser campaign which so many of you have joined!

Health At Every Size®
I shared some tips on how to get started with HAES®, and pissed off many people by writing that weight loss is not an achievement.

On the intuitive eating front, we talked about 5 steps that help you break up with dieting for good, permission and cravings, why portion control doesn’t work, and we dealt with a frequent problem among former dieters — avoiding food shopping. We also took some pressure off ourselves when it comes to HAES® and body positive advocacy.

And of course, back in September, we held the first HAES® Master Class, which you can still get access to here.

Self Love & Acceptance
We talked a lot about self love this year, including posts on embracing your “mistakes”, letting go of “fixing” certain health issues, and letting go of blaming your weight for physical problems and other problems.

We explored why you should let go of weight loss prerequisites when you’re looking to date more, let go of the dream of being thin so that you can enjoy your life right now, and why examining your fears around loving your body is so helpful.

I also shared some tips on how to deal with tough situations like negative comments about your body, compliments that make you feel uncomfortable, comparing yourself to others, feeling judged, feeling uncomfortable about your body during the summer, and dealing with being a non-dieter during the holidays.

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Fat Politics
Back in January, we talked about how understanding body diversity meant being on the right side of history and why fat pride is really for everyone. And while women were being kept out of the debate around birth control and healthcare, we noted that women and fat people in general have been kept out of discussions around “obesity.”

We also talked about why we fat people need to stop seeing ourselves as “temporarily embarrassed thin people” if we want to create real fat identity and power. We also broke down why things like soda bans are a bad idea, why healthy is not the new skinny, and why the concept that weight loss is about health is really just a result of marketing and crappy journalism.

Supporting Fat Kids
Early last year, we talked about how you can best support the fat kids in your life (hint: dieting is not the answer)! I also gave some special advice to fat teens. And, of course, there’s our #stopbiggestloser campaign that I mentioned above.

Embracing The Divine Feminine
Last but not least, this year I let you in on some of the specific ways that I combine divine feminine concepts with HAES®, including how to amplify your intuition, eat like a goddess, and why sometimes things that seem “frivolous” are important forms of self care. We also reframed beauty as abundant rather than scarce and still worthwhile of consideration.

Next week, I’m bringing back a favorite holiday gift for you folks… but until then, I hope you’ll enjoy checking out and revisiting these posts!

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Golda is a certified holistic health counselor and founder of Body Love Wellness, a program designed for plus-sized women who are fed up with dieting and want support to stop obsessing about food and weight. To learn more about Golda and her work, click here.

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6 thoughts on “Best Of Body Love 2012

  1. I like the “not befores, just kids.”
    There was a little fat fellow on my son’s recreational soccer team. He played as well as his thinner counterparts. One time my mother came to a game and she was on about how she didn’t see how such a fat kid could even run. She kept at it until I finally said “Jesus Christ, Mom, isn’t it a good thing that he’s an active kid? So many kids aren’t active these days. I think it’s great to see this active fat kid out there running and having a good time.”
    Us fatties can’t win. When we exercise, we get the message that we shouldn’t be exercising until we’re thin enough to look “hot” in gym clothes. When we don’t exercise, we’re lazy. Damned if you do and damned if you don’t.

  2. Thank you for your wonderful posts, book and cd they have all made such a difference to my life and the way i see myself..maybe you should write another book with all this in.

    keep up the great work, never before has something had such an impact on me, well done xx

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