The messages we hear in our culture very much attribute health problems to weight gain. Conversations about chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease are very weight-focused, with weight loss often being the only “lifestyle recommendation” given by healthcare providers to those looking to avoid medications. But weight loss recommendations don’t always translate to improved … More The Truth About Weight and Health
I received a question the other day along the lines of, “Do you believe it’s possible that prayer will help prevent weight gain? If I ask God to keep my body the same, will he?” My answer, in short, was no. But I’ve had that thought before, too. In my teenage years, I was terrified … More Praying Away Weight Gain
I spend a lot of time talking with my friends and family about the futility in pursuing a thinner body. Most of them recognize this fact, but the biggest struggle is not admitting truth but in living it out. Even though many of us agree wholeheartedly that there’s more to life than achieving the “perfect … More If Thin Isn’t the Most Important Thing, What Is?
In casual conversation, I hear a lot of stories about other people making unsolicited comments about their weight, whether well-intending or not. These could include things like:”You look good!” or “You look so much better!” or “How’ve things been going? You look different!” The same is true in times of struggle, whether a person gains … More Unhelpful Comments
I enjoy experimenting with new style trends, though I’m probably the furthest thing from a fashionitsa — I usually only buy one or two “trendy” pieces each season and even still, I tend to prefer my favorite old comfy clothes. A colleague even once pointed out that the classic “Alexandra style” is a striped top … More An Ode to My Favorite Jeans