2019 was quite a challenging one for me on the mental health front. So much so that I couldn’t resolve myself to share my struggles with you earlier. But as I spent more time reflecting on last year, I also noticed a strong need to truly open up about these difficulties. Here, I finally took the plunge.
Our brain’s ability to record taste, pleasure, aroma, satisfaction from eating is a powerful driver when it comes to (re-)establishing a healthy digestion.
Words matter. When we keep hearing that thinness = morality and thinness = health, we do end up ‘feeling better’ at a lower weight. But we are mistaken to think we can achieve a better relation to self by modifying our appearance.
This week, I am sharing some of my favourite podcast episodes. Most of them talk about recovery from disordered eating / eating disorders. Some evoke diet culture and the violence of the patriarchy. Many involve incredible life stories and brave activists that courageously fight to carve a path towards food and body freedom for all of us. I hope you enjoy them!
A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about self-care: what it is and why it matters for body image. For this second part, I am listing what self-care looks like for me.
“Emotional eating” is usually self-diagnosed. It tends to involve copious amounts of shame and suffering, and is witnessed across a wide spectrum of size, gender, ethnicity, age, socio-economic status, etc. If you identify with this term, here are some ways you can understand it better and slowly dismantle its power over you, in a compassionate, non belligerent way.
In this guest post, Plus size fashion blogger and body positive activist Hanane Fathallah answers some of my most burning questions about food, body image and Ramadan.
Have you ever noticed that it is socially accepted for people to be ‘naturally thin’, yet ‘naturally fat’ people are constantly shamed into weight loss ‘for their health’? In this post, I am exploring the basic principles behind ‘Health at every size’, and why higher body weight does not necessarily mean less healthy.
CBT has been one of the determining treatments for my recovery and to finally let go of a perfectionism that kept moving from one area of my life to another. In this little Q&A with ‘The Psychiatry and Therapy Centre’, we explore CBT in more details.