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I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.

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Good morning! :mrgreen:

I woke up extra early to get crackin’ on my book writing. For some reason, my brain only wants to think “that way” in the early hours of the day. At night, my mind is exhausted and it can’t handle anything more than TV, Twitter, and blog reading. Anyway…

Look who I saw in this month’s Fitness magazine: MizFit!

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I love seeing bloggers in print! How awesome does she look!?! 😀

Breakfast

I ate the “usual” for breakfast this morning: banana oats with Teddie peanut butter.

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However, this time, I used soy milk instead of water and my oats came out so incredible creamy. Why don’t I do this more often?

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Creamy banana oats + iced coffee:

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Feel Great Weight

New post on Health.com: Fat Acceptance: Body Love or Bad News?

Question of the Day

What do you think about the Fat Acceptance Movement?

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72 Comments

  1. Hi Tina! Your blog is super-cute! I was wondering if you have an archive of the articles you’ve written online. There was one you wrote about what to do if your jeans were too tight or how to get back on track or something, and I’d love to read it as a refresher/re-motivator! Thanks! 🙂

  2. The only acceptance that matters is that which you feel for yourself. I believe it is up to individuals to determine what makes them happy and feel accepted. I also believe in a balanced lifestyle since that is what best for me.

    I am so in the same boat about working better in the mornings. I woke up at 5am to get stuff done today. Plus the city is so quiet – it’s fun to watch as it “wakes up” 🙂

  3. Hi Tina! Thanks for following me on Twitter! I love your blog. Have you ever tried hemp milk? It’s a great alternative. I LOVE oatmeal. About 2 months ago Brother’s All Natural came out with some at my local Costco and it has freeze dried fruits. Love it as no added ingredients. Keep up the great work!
    Mitzi
    http://www.nutritionexpert.com

  4. Oh boy, this is a tough topic! I hesitated about commenting for a little while, but thought I’d add my two cents. To me, fat acceptance is about self-esteem and self-love more than anything else. Shouldn’t we always feel good about ourselves, whether we are overweight or not??

    I think the show “What Not To Wear” really has it right when it comes to this topic. Stacy and Clinton dress the people on the show to look beautiful (and feel confident!) at whatever weight and size they are at the moment, not where they want to be ideally or where they should be according to BMI charts or whatever. Many people wind up feeling so good after being on the show (now that they finally take pride in their appearance) that they wind up losing weight! 🙂

    As someone who used to weigh 250 lbs., I’ve struggled with low self-esteem for years. When I was bigger, I never thought I was attractive or strong or anything, really, and I think my lack of confidence was part of the reason the weight took so long to take off; I’m sure it would have been easier if I loved my fat self and my body then, even though I wanted to change it. Now that I’m getting healthier and approaching (slowly!) my goal weight, I’m FINALLY starting to appreciate my body and feel beautiful once in a while, but it stinks that it took so long to get here.

    Anyway, I have so much more to say on this topic – I feel like I could write a book — or a guest post! 🙂 — on fat acceptance/self-esteem and weight loss. E-mail me if you are interested, Tina!

  5. My brain works the same way–I do my best studying and writing in the morning, at night, I’m useless!

    I agree about the “fat” part of the movement. Why can’t it just be “self-acceptance”. Aren’t they just further segregating people who are struggling with their weight?

  6. I think that fat acceptance is important both for one’s self and when viewing others. It is not for me to make snap judgments about others’ lives based on one criteria, their weight. People who do have health and weight issues are not going to be prompted to reduce their weight by others’ judgment or criticism.

    And when it comes to one’s self, acceptance is always critical no matter what your weight. Until you accept yourself and really care about yourself, it’s going to be virtually impossible to make sustainable positive changes to your health. To say you accept yourself doesn’t mean that you’re saying your weight is fine & doesn’t need to be reduced. Rather I think of it as – your weight is currently what it is, and you love yourself regardless of what the scale says.

    I have read of many people who have had gastric bypasses, lost a lot of weight, and then began behaving in other unhealthy ways – e.g., excessive gambling, shopping, etc. What matters is not just your pounds, but how healthy you are in body, mind, and spirit.

  7. I’m not all too familiar with the fat acceptance movement. I think obesity is a major, major issue in our country and should finally be addressed once and for all. I don’t think people who are overweight or obese should think that it’s okay to be like these because they believe they were born to be that way. It’s great to try to “be happy in your skin” but if you’re overweight or obese, a person really should make some life changes to try to lead a healthier lifestyle than includes eating the right foods, exercising, and engaging in healthy hobbies. People simply cannot ignore this epidemic

  8. I think everyone should treat everyone equally. But I would like to point out that this goes BOTH ways. I am skinny. I am a marathoner but I also eat A LOT. I have always been really skinny as a kid and have used weight gainers to try to add bulk to my frame. In high school I used to wear the padded biking spandex under my jeans to add a butt to my appearance. I have since learned to just accept my boy frame and move on. But I do feel like I am judged just as much as an overweight person for being underweight. I HATE it when people ask me how much I weigh because they would NEVER ask someone obviously obese how much they weigh. So why is it acceptable to ask me? Or when people make assumptions that I have an eating disorder…just as they would assume an overweight person is lazy. I think if we all just stopped focusing so much on other people and just focused on leading our OWN healthy lives we would all be a lot better off!

  9. I’m torn personally. On one hand, I’m all for the idea that women don’t have to be a size 2 to be beautiful. I think the focus on size over health is a terrible thing that hurts us all from the time we’re very young. But I think there’s a huge difference between someone who’s a size 8 not dieting to an unhealthy state and someone who’s obese and doing nothing to help their health.

    Also I want to second what Kelly B said – why does no one think twice to comment on our bodies, yet they’re polite enough not to do the same to someone who’s larger?!?! And I hate when people treat me like there’s something wrong with me, when it’s the rest of the country that’s gotten larger on average (I just stayed the same size!).

  10. Great article! I agree about the wording of “fat acceptance”, because it takes the focus away from health and wellness. It’s so important to accept your own body no matter where you are in your journey to health, but it’s also important to pursue a healthy weight, healthy diet, and a rational mindset towards food. Thanks for being a great example for women 🙂

  11. Tina, I enjoyed reading what you had to say in your FGW article. What a great point that we should really be focused on “self” acceptance!

  12. great post!

    i’m exactly the same way when it comes to productivity. i need to get to work in the morning, because after 3 p.m. it’s just not going to happen.

    i really liked your health.com article, and i agree with your viewpoint on the fat acceptance movement. i think “fat” is a dirty word, and for me it will always be associated with fat talk. i much prefer the idea of a self acceptance movement. i think it’s important for women to be healthy and happy with themselves and their bodies, no matter what unique size and shape they take. great perspective on your part 🙂

  13. I think the fat acceptance movement is kind of stupid. Yes, everyone should have confidence, and yes, fat people should not be discriminated against or belittled. However, by embracing fatness, the fat acceptance movement gvies people one more excuse not to get healthy. And let’s be honest, despite unrealistic magazine standards, America is WAY too fat.

  14. I don’t think there is anything wrong with the fat acceptance movement necessarily. I think there is a need for everyone to be accepted, regardless of size. I think that it is important to focus on getting healthy. Some people who are overweight are healthy. Even more healthy than skinny people. It’s about advocating health, moderation and acceptance. Not about condoning poor behaviors.

  15. I’m of two minds on fat acceptance. I agree with the underlying principles of the movement. I don’t think anyone should judge anyone else on what they eat or when they eat it, and they shouldn’t make assumptions about if or how often someone works out.

    However, some fat acceptance bloggers that I’ve read say that BMI doesn’t apply to them because they embrace HAES and truly do good things for their body. Yes, there are some people who defy BMI and others whose bodies want to be at a higher weight than a doctor would like. For everyone else (including me), they shouldn’t let their fat-positive outlook overshadow potentially dangerous health issues in their future due to obesity. Just because you feel fine now doesn’t mean you’ll be healthy forever. It’s like a smoker saying that he can still run now, so the smoke isn’t getting to him.

    Weight is a personal matter for everyone, and everyone should make their own decision about how they manage it. However, it shouldn’t be removed from the discussion about a person’s overall health. Weight matters — skinny, heavy or otherwise.

  16. I have a hard time commenting on FA, mostly because according to society’s “standards” I am fat. I weigh over 200 pounds, I shop in the plus size section, and my BMI makes me morbidly obese. BUT, I have been maintaining a 25 pound weight loss for two years, my cholesterol is about as healthy as it gets, my blood pressure is in the healthy range, I exercise 7 days a week, and eat 5-7 servings of vegetables a day.

    The FA movement is NOT about giving people who are overweight excuses to be unhealthy. If anyone is interested, you should check out kateharding.net
    I don’t do a good job of trying to explain FA.

    Personally, I’m into Health At Every Size.

    I suscribe to the Health at Every Size movement/approach.

  17. I agree about the “fat” part of the movement. Why can’t it just be “self-acceptance”. Aren’t they just further segregating people who are struggling with their weight?

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