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“I’ll have what she’s having…”—we all know that infamous quote from When Harry Met Sally. We are all surrounded by images of beautiful women—in films, on TV, in magazines, and on social media. The constant message transmitted by these images of idealized female bodies is that if you don’t resemble, mimic, or strive for that […]

Knowledge of nutrition is ubiquitous in today’s modern world, but for the modern girl, views about wellness and physical fitness are myopic at best. There is a failure to acknowledge the upstream determinants, from an individual’s lack of empowerment to the impact of social networks, to the messaging implications of how to lead healthier lifestyles. […]

My relationship with grief began when I was 16. It was April 2003, and I lost my uncle after he suffered a massive stroke at the top of the stairs leading to his apartment. I nursed my father back to some level of normalcy and life went on, as it always does. Later that year, […]

I was twenty-two years old. I was finishing a nutrition eBook—testing my recipes and taking notes on paper spattered with olive oil, dusted with chipotle seasoning. On the weekends, often, I was traveling for photoshoots or competing. In many ways, I loved what I was doing—so grateful for my fitness sponsorships and the platform I […]

There is reverence in the air and the sweet sound of jazz softly playing in the background as I sit here, perched on my stool. I sense that what’s about to tumble out may not be easy for me to write about and publish. Maybe taking this pause will help me to fully acknowledge that […]

The horizon disappears from view while the landscape appeared featureless, leaving no points of visual reference by which to navigate. I watched as the first flurries gently fell to the ground. I had a hard time sleeping that night—feverish, tossing and turning, sweating through sheets. The following morning started a little too early, with me […]

I’ve always had an overactive amygdala—the two almond-shaped clusters of nuclei in the brain governing emotions. Nimble and clicking, it was a gift in the classroom and allowed me to predict outcomes with accuracy. I’m not a pianist or a dancer—critical thinking was my only form of artistry. Still, my mind ran ahead of me […]

What are the factors that contribute to the stories—or mental constructs—that the brain spins together throughout one’s life? We know, intuitively, that they exist, operating outside of our conscious awareness and influencing our day-to-day decisions. When clarity is scarce, and uncertainty looms large, we insert expectation in a bid to move out of that uncomfortable […]

The term body image gets thrown around a lot in ED circles, but what exactly does it mean, and how does the brain process it? We understand that, as humans, we are born with an innate body model (more specifically, a body schema) that gives us the ability to separate our own embodied existence from […]

Look at you all social on social media. You must be a social butterfly. Think about the diverse range of social interactions spanning the gamut, from performance in job interviews and forming impressions on dates, to bargaining with a pushy salesperson and calculating the trajectory of a basketball into the hoop on behalf of your […]

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