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    Curious & Curiouser Podcast, Episode 14: Food, Mindful Eating, and Emotional Bananas with Liz Winters, NTP

Curious & Curiouser Podcast, Episode 14: Food, Mindful Eating, and Emotional Bananas with Liz Winters, NTP

We have our first podcast guest, y’all! This week on the show, Tracey and I welcome our friend, fitness coach and nutrition expert Liz Winters, to talk about all things food, mindful eating, and how to negotiate with a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

Liz is a nutritional therapy practitioner and crossfit coach in here in Portland, and runs her own private nutrition practice and small group training practice, Sprout Wellness, where she educates and empowers people to improve their overall health through movement, nutrition, and realistic lifestyle shifts.

This conversation was so much fun to have, and Liz offers a ton of useful […]

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    This Isn’t A Test: The Comparison Trap and Why You Should Keep Your Eyes On Your Own Paper

This Isn’t A Test: The Comparison Trap and Why You Should Keep Your Eyes On Your Own Paper

“Comparison is the death of joy.” ~Mark Twain

One of the best pieces of advice I ever received was to keep my eyes on my own paper.

Which was basically just a suggestion to stop looking outside myself for constant validation and to start doing the hard work of figuring out who I was and who I wanted to become instead of expecting someone else to give me all the answers.

Most of us feel this innate pull to compare ourselves to others at every turn.

We compare our careers and our incomes and our homes and our relationships and our bodies and our […]

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    Curious & Curiouser Podcast, Episode 11: Self Care for Real Life

Curious & Curiouser Podcast, Episode 11: Self Care for Real Life

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Self care. A bit of a hot topic in recent years, huh?

In today’s episode of the podcast, Tracey and I are discussing this very thing, talking specifically about how true self care is often doing the things that are hard and not particularly comfortable — like paying your bills and having strong boundaries.

We also address the question of how to practice self care amidst the less-than-awesome political climate currently dominating the news cycle in the U.S., in order […]

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    When a Fry is Just a Fry (or, Please Don’t Attach Meaning to Everything)

When a Fry is Just a Fry (or, Please Don’t Attach Meaning to Everything)

“Half of what I say is meaningless; but I say it so that the other half may reach you.” ~Kahlil Gibran, Sand and Foam

Last week, I was having lunch with my boyfriend when he jokingly began to “read” our fries as a way to tell my future.

It was hilarious, yes, but it also made me think about how eager we can be to attach meaning to EVERYthing that happens in our lives and how sometimes looking for the deeper meaning is not actually that helpful.

Sometimes, a fry is just a fry, you know?

(And, yes, I love fries. I admit it.)

I spent many years caught up in an intense game of […]

Curious & Curiouser Podcast, Episode 7: Sex and Desire

Sex and desire. These are the topics for this week’s podcast episode.

(Spicy!)

Tracey and I started this podcast because we wanted a place to have honest, unfiltered conversations, to talk about things that get pushed aside or pretended away or ignored because they might lead to discomfort or uncertainty.

Well, I think we might have nailed it (pun intended) with this episode. It’s possible some parts of our discussion will make you slightly uncomfortable. Hopefully this dialogue also makes you think a little bit.

At the very least, I hope you laugh. We certainly did.

Please note that we talk very openly and honestly about sex, sex education, and […]

Announcing the Curious & Curiouser Podcast

Oh hey! Guess what? I started a podcast!

I know! I’m super excited, too. This project was birthed out of a random tea date with a friend, Tracey, who also happens to be a brilliant woman with a private therapy practice here in Portland, Oregon.

After wanting to secretly start a podcast on my own for at least a year, I was happy to learn that Tracey was also interested in embarking on such a project, and that we had similar visions for how that […]

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    New Body, Old Programming: Why It’s Ok to Love Your Body Regardless of Your Size

New Body, Old Programming: Why It’s Ok to Love Your Body Regardless of Your Size

“If you have the ability to love, love yourself first.” ~Charles Bukowski

Earlier this week, a few hours after waking up, I made the rare (in my case) decision to jump on the scale in my bathroom and find out what I weighed on that particular day.

Why? I seriously have no idea. Curiosity, I suppose.

It had been over a year since I last weighed myself. And before that? Well, let’s just say I’d spent the previous decade intentionally evading scales and asking to be weighed backwards at the doctor’s office, afraid that knowing the pounds and ounces of my own body might result in […]

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    On CrossFit and Body Image and Widening the Lens on Female Beauty

On CrossFit and Body Image and Widening the Lens on Female Beauty

“In all the years I’ve been a therapist, I’ve yet to meet one girl who likes her body.” ~Mary Pipher, Author of Reviving Ophelia:  Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls

“There is more wisdom in your bodies than in your deepest philosophies.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche

I have a confession:  I love CrossFit.

(Gasp.)

Like a lot of folks, I once had about a million pre-conceived ideas about CrossFit that left me convinced I would never, ever, EVER try it.

Specifically, I had been told — by other healthcare practitioners, especially — that CrossFit is dangerous and bad for me and cult-y and just a really terrible idea in general.*

And, so, I was pretty sure […]

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    Wrinkles, Gray Hair, and Cellulite? You Can Have Them All, But Still Feel Beautiful. I Do. (Or, How the Messaging Behind Skin Care and Beauty Products is Just as Toxic as the Ingredients)

Wrinkles, Gray Hair, and Cellulite? You Can Have Them All, But Still Feel Beautiful. I Do. (Or, How the Messaging Behind Skin Care and Beauty Products is Just as Toxic as the Ingredients)

“It is lovely to meet an old person whose face is deeply lined, a face that has been deeply inhabited, to look in the eyes and find light there.” ~John O’Donohue

When I was in 7th grade, I remember being invited to a pool party for a friend’s birthday and firmly deciding that I would not go because the tan lines from my soccer shorts would make my legs look too ridiculous in a swimsuit.

That’s right. I planned to skip out on a party due to what I felt was an inappropriate level of Pasty White Thigh for a 13 year old.

Where I picked up this idea I can’t say […]

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    Let’s Change the Conversation About Bodies. Because They’re a Whole Lot More Interesting Than We’re Making Them Out To Be. (Also: This Post Might Talk About Sex. Don’t Say I Didn’t Warn You.)

Let’s Change the Conversation About Bodies. Because They’re a Whole Lot More Interesting Than We’re Making Them Out To Be. (Also: This Post Might Talk About Sex. Don’t Say I Didn’t Warn You.)

“I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.”  ~Rita Mae Brown

On Sunday of this week, I got on a scale for the first time in at least six years. And for the first time in almost a decade, I actually looked at the number that appeared when I did.

This, you guys, was a big moment for me.

Mostly because the number didn’t terrify me or change how I felt about myself or really mean anything at all, honestly.

You see, in my mid-twenties, after years of measuring my self-worth by what some stupid scale told me about how many pounds of person were tucked […]