My Top 10 Food Rules

There’s an abundance of diets and rules about what you should and shouldn’t eat, and it was important to me to put something out into the world that would escape some of that diet-culture dogma that gets spread around on a daily basis.

Guest Post: Using Routine to Reduce Waste with The Small Green Home

here is power in routine.

Like a current, it sweeps us along; it keeps us moving forward. In fact, we always wished to establish a solid routine. Waking each morning to make breakfast, packing a lunch, heading off to work… ebb and flow, ebb and flow. Even now, we still desire a strong routine.

But routine can also be negative.

You Are Maris. You Are Not Your Disorder.

Note: This open letter was originally published on The Invisible Illnesses Project. Dear Maris, You’re only 14, but your soul has been weathered by more years than you’ve seen on this earth. From the time you were old enough to walk, you were old enough to worry. You worried about being smart enough. You worried…

Acknowledging Privilege in the Yoga Community

Note: Before reading this piece, you may find it helpful and contextualizing to read my previously written article on social justice in relation to yoga. Scrolling through my Instagram feed one day, I came across an image that read: Maybe you manifested it, Maybe it’s white privilege. It’s the kind of image that’s phrased in…

How I’m Making Trash-Free Lifestyle Changes (and how you can, too).

The average American produces 4.5 pounds of trash every single day. Over half (55%) of this trash will be buried in landfills, and much of that will not be decomposed or broken down in our lifetime. 12.5% of trash produced will be incinerated, which produces air pollution in the process. (source) Recently, I’ve become very…

So You Think You Have an Eating Disorder.

I get this email/message at least a handful of times a week: I think I have an eating disorder. I don’t know what to do. I don’t know if I’m sick enough/thin enough/bad enough to get help. I’m afraid. What do I do? Paraphrased, of course. I’m honored to be in a position where people,…

On the Straight and Narrow

When I was in eighth grade, I tried to come out as gay. No, really, you read that right. I cornered a girl after science class and told her I was, like, pretty sure I was a lesbian. And I was totally prepared for my whole life to change. I had been terrified to tell…

Where Does Our Body Shame Come From?

I speak to a lot of women in the process of eating disorder recovery who feel a lot of emotions about the weight gain suggested by their recovery team: anger, sorrow, fear, guilt, shame. I’ve felt all these things, and I know how real they are. None of what I’m about to say is meant…

Your Yoga Practice Serves You, and it Prepares You to Serve.

When I first started yoga, I came to my mat every time asking what it could do for me. It was necessary at the time. I was 14, fresh out of the hospital, recovering from an eating disorder, and desperate for change. I was tired of feeling lonely in the world, and tired of feeling…