Emotional Abuse – The Scars You Can’t See

“Hey.” That’s all the text said but I deleted it immediately. It was from a guy friend of mine and I was afraid what my boyfriend at the time would say if he saw it. Something inside me clicked when I deleted that text. I thought to myself “Why the hell should I be afraid?” Almost in daze, I began … Read More

Virgin Territory – A Beginner’s Guide to Sex

My first time was about as far as you can get from a Nicholas Sparks novel. I was 19, a technical virgin willing to try any (PG-13-rated) thing except actual intercourse. One night after a party, I was rolling around in bed with a casual friend. Clothes were coming off, we were both tipsy but not drunk, and he said … Read More

Living with anxiety: a work in progress

Many of my friends and family members have probably heard me mention my anxiety disorder, but don’t fully understand what that means. I mean how could they? It’s different for everyone. For me, it’s mostly fear of everything. I also have social anxiety, which is at the top of my fears. This isn’t me being “dramatic” or “sensitive.” It’s an actual … Read More

Young Ladies of the SEC, There’s No Shame in Our Game

Headed to an SEC game this weekend? You’ve probably heard about one blogger who wants the young ladies of the SEC to “leave the club clothes at home.” Her controversial post has been taken down but, alas, those screen shots live on. I’ve seen tons of reactions to her essay ranging from frothing rage against bullying and body shaming (which, admittedly, is the … Read More

Shop smart – 5 ways to feel morally superior about your shopping cart

Whenever I’m unloading my groceries in the checkout lane, I always scan my selections and pretend I have to justify my purchases to an imaginary nutritionist who’s writing an article called about how to shop smart for Shape magazine. Weird, I know. But years ago, I actually read an article just like that in Shape magazine, where a nutritionist was … Read More

Whole30 Check in – Avocado Everything

It’s a curious first world problem to stand in front of your well-stocked pantry and think, “There’s nothing in here I can eat.” To see cans of black beans and garbanzo beans, oatmeal and peanut butter and shake your head mournfully before closing the door. But that’s Whole30 for you. Despite the deprivation and the world seeming to conspire against me, I … Read More

Whole30 Test Run. Who’s with me?

For a few months now, I’ve been tempted to try Whole30, the nutritional program designed to change your life in 30 days. According to program creators Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, it’s like “a short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune … Read More

Home Gym on a Budget

Oh to have the home gym of a Hollywood starlet. Not to mention a hot personal trainer to go with it. Unfortunately, limited space and limited funds mean you have to be a little bit more strategic when putting together a home gym of your own. And yes, a home gym is a must, because working out is a must … Read More

Strategic Snacking for Energy, Workouts and More

Hunger – or boredom, stress and PMS masquerading as hunger – can derail your healthy eating habits. Strategic snacking however, can help you stay on track with your health goals, while fueling your workouts and boosting your energy. Here are some of excellent options for the most common snacking occasions. To beat your afternoon energy slump: Steamed edamame is packed with energy … Read More

Lebanese Stuffed Peppers

If you’re looking for an easy, healthy weeknight dinner (and who isn’t?), you need to try these Lebanese Stuffed Peppers. Some people call them Mahshi, my family calls them Meshi. (We’re Lebanese on my dad’s side, with a wee bit of Irish, which explains my pasty alabaster complexion.) Meshi, Mahshi. Tomato, To-mah-to. Point is, it’s delicious. Mahshi, (which sounds like a … Read More