How to Combat Shame

We all experience shame, also known as guilt, humiliation, or embarrassment. Shame is universal – but we don’t have to surrender to it. We can fight it. Read on to learn how to combat shame.I’ve been feeling that it’s important to use this space to talk about the shit that no one talks about. The stuff that has such a big stigma attached to it that everyone feels they need to bottle it all up because we don’t think it’s “normal” or it doesn’t live up to these unrealistic expectations that we, or society, have set for ourselves about how we’re supposed to feel and act. Like when you have problems in your relationship with your significant other. Admitting to seeing a therapist.  Experiencing postpartum depression. Talking about body image issues. Having anxiety about tying the knot. Undergoing financial struggles. The types of things that when admitted, make us feel like a failure. The stuff NOBODY wants to talk about…

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5 Simple Ways to Live Your Yoga

The physical practice of yoga is only one tiny piece of what yoga truly means. So, how do you go beyond the physical practice? Today, I’m sharing 5 simple ways to live your yoga. What does live your yoga mean, anyways? It’s certainly a subjective phrase and open to interpretation, but I believe it means taking everything you learn and embody on your mat and carrying that with you throughout your day-to-day. When we talk about yoga, usually images of people handstanding or contorting their bodies are conjured because that’s the image of yoga mainstream media has portrayed to us. But the physical practice of yoga, asana, is actually just one of eight limbs of what makes up yoga. Yoga is SO much more than downward dogs and sun salutations. Two of the limbs are the yamas and niyamas and I like to think of these as the book of commandments for…

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Musings on Healing and Recovery (A Concussion Update)

Sharing my concussion story, what life has been like lately with post-concussive syndrome, and my musings on healing and recovery.These past six weeks have been excruciatingly hard and in some ways they have also been strangely beautiful.

The Incident

In case you didn’t know, six weeks ago I was in an accident. Steve and I had just finished a dinner date night out (after not being home together for three weeks, we had lots of catching-up to do). After dinner, we decided to walk across the street to another restaurant where our friend recently started a new job – we thought we’d pop over to say a quick hello while he was working. As we crossed the street, my eyes were set on the restaurant where he works and so my gaze was to the right. Little did I know that to my left, a pick-up truck was making a…

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45 Best No-Bake Desserts

Now that summer’s in full swing, I’m aaallll about the no-bake dessert. Easy. Cool. And no oven required. What’s not to love?! Perfect to eat around the pool, share at a backyard cookout, or enjoy at any summer gathering (hellooo 4th of July!), these 45 Best No-Bake Desserts are the perfect summertime sweets!Vegan Gluten-Free Black Forest Trifle via The Foodie DietitianGrilled Apricots with Honey Whipped Cream via Your Choice Nutrition

No-Bake Blueberry Custard Pie via Fannetastic Food

Mini Berry S’mores Sundaes via My Cape Cod KitchenNo-Bake Blueberry Lemon Ice Cream Pie with Coconut Walnut Crust via Spicy RD Nutrition

Sweet Potato Cookie Dough Dip via Bucket List Tummy

No-Bake Coconut Avocado Lime Tartlets via Marisa Moore NutritionPaloma Popsicles via The Nutrition Adventure

No-Bake Greek Yogurt Peanut Butter Pie via Beautiful Eats and Things

Chai Tea Latte Popsicles via The Foodie DietitianChocolate Coconut Cream Pudding via Bucket List Tummy

Nut-Free Edible…

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3 Ways to Experience More Food Satisfaction

Hey, friends! As I continue to recover from my concussion, my intern Dana is popping on the blog to share a post about how to experience more food satisfaction. Satisfaction is such an important piece of intuitive eating and something that often goes by the wayside with dieting. 

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Somewhere along the way, food gained a reputation as being primarily fuel. And while we certainly need all kinds of food to give us energy and keep us feeling our best, food is far from being simply fuel. Food connects us to our cultures and our families. Food helps us celebrate life’s big occasions. Food is delicious, pleasurable and satisfying…or at least it should be.If you listen to popular opinion (aka diet culture) you’d likely think the only foods that are acceptable to fill your plate with are ones that are beneficial to your physical health. Ones that provide certain amounts…

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Three Cheese Tortellini with Pesto Shrimp and Asparagus

The perfect weeknight dinner, this Three Cheese Tortellini with Pesto Shrimp and Asparagus comes together in less than 30 minutes.This post is sponsored by Nestlé’s Balance Your Plate program and Buitoni. Thanks for supporting the brands that make TFD possible and as always, opinions are my own!

Pasta has unfortunately gotten a bad rep over the years. Blame it on the Atkins Diet of the 90’s or the Keto or Whole 30 diets of 2018, or blame it on the current obsession with demonizing gluten. Any way you shake it, people are afraid to eat pasta.

And I get it. It’s so easy to get carried away by sensationalized media headlines telling you that this one food is the reason behind your weight gain or your health woes. And it’s so easy to fall prey to the promises that diets like Whole 30 and Keto dangle before our eyes.But…

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Spring Vegetable Cacio e Pepe

Peppery and oh, so cheesy, this spring vegetable cacio e pepe is the perfect springtime comfort food. Oh, what a longggggg weekend I had. And I mean that in the worst sense of long. lol

For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my Stories and know about the accident I was in last Friday night. For those of you who don’t, let me quickly fill you in. I was hit by the driver’s side mirror of a big pick-up truck while crossing the street. The truck was making a sharp turn and didn’t see Steve or I crossing the street (and we didn’t see them coming either) and BAM. My head was whacked by the truck’s mirror. I was basically in a state of shock the rest of the night and vacillated between hysterical laughter (omg did that really just happen?) and ugly crying…

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