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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

I used to hide behind my super lean, 5’9” frame because calculating macros was easier to control than hard conversations—with myself and with others. As a bikini competitor, my body was judged ad nauseam. Sure, the training that went into my stage-ready physique taught me a lot about discipline, but the dieting lifestyle it invited […]

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