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We Are The Real Deal is a body image blog driven by over 15 contributors discussing all perspectives that impact women and body image; eating disorders, fat acceptance, weightloss, health at every size, fitness, you name it! We love to rip the media and fashion for their photoshopping scams, and... Full Bio
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Healthy and Happy: The Positive Role Team Sports Play on Adolescent Girls by WeAreTheRealDeal Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Graciously reposted from www.LauraCipulloLLC.com Do you remember what middle school was like for you? If you’re like me, you probably try not to remember. Being a teenager i ... Read on »
More on Trauma and Eating Disorders by WeAreTheRealDeal Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders We have long known that a correlation between trauma and eating disorders exists, and now the picture is becoming clearer and clearer according to “The Power of Treating Eat ... Read on »
Femininity and sexism by WeAreTheRealDeal Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Why are qualities that are considered stereotypically feminine so often dismissed with negativity? Why is it that crying is weak, and why is it that even now a woman is ofte ... Read on »
What If You Were Friends with Ingrid Nilsen or Caitlyn Jenner? by WeAreTheRealDeal Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders This week I’m so inspired by Ingrid Nilsen. She shared a video about her coming out journey that is really sweet and beautiful. Nilsen courageously wore her heart on her sle ... Read on »
Diabulimia: Learning More about your Teen and their Type-1 Diabetes Diagnosis by WeAreTheRealDeal Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Graciously reposted from www.LauraCipulloLLC.com Diabulimia is an unofficial term, used by both the American Diabetes Association and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundati ... Read on »
Caitlyn Jenner’s still Ideal Beauty Image by WeAreTheRealDeal Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Before you tell me how to do it better, before you lay out your big plans for changing, fixing, and improving me, before you teach me how to pick myself up and dust myself o ... Read on »
Responding to Fat Shaming by WeAreTheRealDeal Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders The subject of being bullied, teased or shamed in childhood for being fat comes up often on my Food and Feelings message board and in talking with clients. If you have let t ... Read on »
How Your Dinner Plate Can Affect Your Diet by WeAreTheRealDeal Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Graciously reposted from www.LauraCipulloLLC.com Did you know that your dinner plates can actually affect the amount of food you and your children consume? As a mom and diet ... Read on »
4 Tips to Feeding Your Inner Self with Self Care by WeAreTheRealDeal Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders In order to survive and create balance, start connecting with your true self. In a world of external focus where a scale determines your worth and your salary defines your s ... Read on »
Does Comfort Food Really Provide Comfort? by WeAreTheRealDeal Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders If “comfort” food didn’t really bring you comfort, would you be as likely to eat it or eat as much of it? We’ve come to believe that foods which are high in fat and sugar bo ... Read on »
National Giving Day — Please Help Us Win Matching Grants on May 5th! by WeAreTheRealDeal Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders YES! You can help Mental Fitness bring primary prevention programs to schools nationwide. Our national nonprofit qualifies to have donations matched from up to TWO pools of ... Read on »
Are Scare Tactics Causing More Harm Than Good? by WeAreTheRealDeal Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders How to live in a processed world and make right choices. Do scare tactics work? I know the new documentary Fed Up declares that scare tactics have worked for decreasing toba ... Read on »
Four Secrets to Authentic Love by WeAreTheRealDeal Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders As the saying goes, “Love is all around us.”   Make a commitment today to see and experience love at least once per hour.  Try it for a day.  Notice the love with which a co ... Read on »
Interview with voice actress, Maddy Peters: Standing up for others by WeAreTheRealDeal Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Please tell us about yourself and what you do? Hey, I’m Maddy. I’m a voice actress on TV shows like Martha Speaks and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and I’m also an ar ... Read on »
Interview with Miss Vermont, Lucy Edwards: Being a role model to younger women by WeAreTheRealDeal Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Please tell us about yourself and what you do? I am the current Miss Vermont. I’m taking time off of school right now to serve the state, and promote the four points of the ... Read on »
What Does Emotional Health Look Like? by WeAreTheRealDeal Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders I often get the impression that clients don’t really understand what it looks or feels like to be emotionally healthy. Of course, emotional health runs on a continuum; there ... Read on »
How To Build Mental Fitness in Schools by WeAreTheRealDeal Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders After working in schools across the nation the last 8 years to bring evidence-based mental fitness prevention programs to educators and kids, I thought I’d share some key st ... Read on »
If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by WeAreTheRealDeal Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Graciously re-posted courtesy of www.MomDishesItOut.com   Just like the series of books by Laura Numeroff , if you give a kid a cupcake, there’s more meaning in that one cup ... Read on »
Childhood Anorexia and P.A.N.D.A.S. – A Missing Link? by WeAreTheRealDeal Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders New evidence suggests some cases of childhood anorexia nervosa may be caused by a treatable syndrome called PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associate ... Read on »
#RealDeal Applauds #FatIsNotAFeeling by WeAreTheRealDeal Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders @MentalFitness and #RealDeal’s very own Caroline Rothstein has been part of launching an international movement.  In just a few days, her #FatIsNotAFeeling video had over 1  ... Read on »