When asked how observant I was growing up, my answer was always, "I am Conservative." I came from a home that valued religion by placing a major emphasis on the importance of being a Jew—and my…parents maintained traditions, holidays, music, foods, and prayers. In the community I was raised, there was a large Jewish population. It seemed I shared similar customs, rituals, and life events with my classmates and friends from school. But at the same time, I competed at a high level of soccer, where the teams I played… >> Read More
Eating disorders aren't just something that happens to rich teenage girls--which is a dangerous stereotype that keeps being fed to people. Eating disorders happen regardless of sexuality, gender,…race, and class--and they kill people every year. Eating disorders include disorders like body dysmorphia disorder--which is a condition where someone doesn't perceive themselves and their body image accurately, often feeling as if they are overweight, for instance, even when they are not. Body dysmorphia is particularly subtle, because many people suffer from it--and while… >> Read More
As a writer who “came out” via blog in 2008 about my very personal disordered eating history, I have never shied away from telling the ugly, messy truths about my recovery–the setbacks, the…triumphs. It was all laid bare on my blog, a daily journal into the life of someone in the throes of disordered eating recovery. My readers–those either personally struggling with similar issues or who had loved one who was, or simply my own concerned family and friends--came to my blog to see if I was… >> Read More
Two out of my three kids are picky eaters. The middle kiddo, who is 9, will take at least a bite of most things that we ask him to try. He prides himself on being our adventurous eater. My 3-year-old…is a typical picky toddler. She eats PB&J, chicken nuggets, bananas, goldfish crackers--the usual. I’m not worried about her. She’ll come around. But my oldest, my 12-year-old...that’s another story. He’s always been a picky eater. He always preferred to have the same lunch made for him to take to school every day. I always assumed… >> Read More
"Are you sure you aren't having twins?"
"You must be due any day now."
"You are definitely bigger this pregnancy than with your first two."
And, the best one of them all…
"Do you know…what you're having? Because I know you're having a girl." I answered, "Oh, really? Why do you say that?" Waiting for her response, I was quietly expecting her to say, or at least lie to me, that I am glowing like it's a girl. But, she replied, "Because she has taken away all of your… >> Read More