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The Body Love Box: A Review

The Body Love Box: A Review

A few months ago, I received a Body Love Box in the mail. I heard about it through a Facebook post from Lindley Ashline, creator of the box. (Lindley is a fat positive photographer!) I was SO excited to open it right away and explore the amazing fat positive, body positivity, pieces of artwork in there.    Now that it’s getting colder out, many of us are putting on our snuggliest sweaters for the winter. And there is also that pressure many of us are feeling about working on a “summer body.” Subscribing to the Body Love Box throughout the winter is a lovely reminder that we are worth SO much more than what our bodies look like. And everyone deserves to have fun in the sun, no matter what they look like.   You might be thinking, “This sounds awesome!! Tell me more about this box.”   The Body Love Box is a monthly subscription box, with trinkets and goodies that are body-positive and fat- positive. It highlights intersectionalities as well as honors those of LGBTQ+ identities and people of color. The box features artwork from marginalized artists, and these artists are of course compensated for their amazing work. There are different categories of boxes you’re able to purchase on the website but the one we received was Beach Babe Box. What exactly is included in the box? (taken directly from the website: Artwork by fat and marginalized artists Body liberation books and zines Self care items Info on resources in your area Coloring pages Body positive stickers, pins, buttons, collectibles and trinkets Health at Every Size ©...
Love Your Body Month: Our Favorite Resources for Body Love and Positivity

Love Your Body Month: Our Favorite Resources for Body Love and Positivity

By Alex Raymond, RD,LD and Rebecca Foss, Intern.  It’s that time of year—a time for red and pink hearts and flowers, but did you also know that the month of sending love to others with Valentine wishes is also a month to celebrate and love your own body? February is Love Your Body Month and it’s a great time to celebrate your body. Like I always say, “you don’t have to love your body in order to respect it.” So, it’s okay if you take this month to learn how to appreciate your body, even if you don’t get to a place of “body love.” It’s okay to  redefine what “love your body month” means to you and your recovery. Maybe you spend this month starting to explore body image with your treatment team. You might read articles about the body positive movement. Maybe it means you learn how to “love your body” aside from physical attributes. Maybe love your body month isn’t for you. And you have to stay off of social media for a bit to reset. Please remember… “Loving your body” also means we remember and accept that our bodies do not define our worth. It means that no matter what shape or size, we are worthy of love and belonging. We start to believe our bodies are “good” even if we don’t like how they look or our bodies don’t do the things we want them to do. All bodies are good bodies.   To celebrate Love Your Body Month right, we’ve compiled a list of some great resources for you to come back to throughout...
Self Care During the Winter

Self Care During the Winter

By Alex Raymond, RD, LD. Burr it’s starting to get a bit chilly over here in the DMV area!!   I personally have never been one to favor cold weather. When it starts to get cold (like below 60, I know I’m a baby), I fantasize about migrating to warmer weather. The snow is okay, but honestly, I think I could live without it. I’ve been talking to my clients about this change in weather, and the change in the amount of light we experience, and many find self care difficult. Sometimes people generally feel a bit more tired during the winter due to the darkness and cloudy days. People also find they aren’t outside as often. Sometimes people find boredom sits in. Sometimes it’s a combination of all of those (it certainly is for me!) I thought it might be a good idea to write this post about self care during the winter months. Even though it might be frigid, it’s crucial to take care of yourself and to spend time relieving stress through a positive outlet.I like to call this “building your self care tool box.” The more tools we have, the more we can choose from when stress sets in. Here are some ideas: 1. Finding a new hobby   The winter months may be a great time to find a new hobby! It doesn’t have to be a hobby you’ll shine in, but just something different to spend your time. This would also be a good way to challenge that perfectionist voice. I’ve considered signing up for a few painting classes this winter. Granted, I am...
Eating Disorder Recovery During the Holidays

Eating Disorder Recovery During the Holidays

By Alex Raymond, RD, LD. Aah, the holidays are right around the corner…… Even though Christmas stuff has been out in the stores since August. Sure, the holidays can be a joyful time for many of us. I personally remember loving the holidays growing up. I got to travel to my grandparents’, hang out by fire, eat some cookies, and most importantly, I didn’t have to go to school. Nowadays, the holidays are a bit different… I wind up traveling to see my mom or dad who live out west. My apartment sadly doesn’t have a fireplace, but I’ll snuggle under a blanket. And, I still eat cookies… As wonderful as the holidays can be, they can also be extremely stressful. When healing from an eating disorder, being around food, maybe moving less, hanging out with family, can all be triggers to increased ED thoughts about food and body. With many of my clients, we spend time discussing these triggers and possible healthy coping tools. That’s why I created this holiday guide. I wanted to give my clients space to brainstorm ideas about the holidays (struggles, excitements, plans, worries…etc) and different coping tools to use. You can refer back to this guide throughout the holidays when you feel you need a reminder of what to do. I’d encourage you to add to it and to use with various members of your treatment team. Click here to Download the Guide to ED Recovery During Holidays Worksheet     I also wanted to use this blog to talk about some coping skills to use, especially on the big family gathering days:   ...

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