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self-help books to read
Wellness
Published Tuesday Jun 05, 2018 by Erica Arvanitis

7 Books That Will Change Your Wellness Game

Personal Growth
Motivation

Are you looking for a little life pick-me-up? Whether you’re searching for that creative spark, needing extra motivation to reinvent your routine, or finding the courage to forge your own path, clear some space on your shelf for these seven life-changing books the MINDBODY San Diego office swears by. 

 

FOR THE FACT FINDERS

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling 


“Factfulness is mind-expanding, opinion-changing, and gratitude-enhancing at a time when we've never needed it more. I plan on reading this book once per year. It's that affecting.” 
- Ryan K., Data Analyst

 

FOR THE FANS OF TOUGH LOVE



The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F**k: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F**k: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson 

“If you’re a little gun-shy to the more standard self-help guides, blogger Mark Manson is the life coach for you. Manson’s raw, honest voice shows us how to embrace our fears, confront those painful truths and find the courage we seek in life. It’s a seriously refreshing slap of real-talk with relatable humor. I highly recommend it.” 
- Erica A., Copywriter

 

FOR ALL THE FEELS

Tuesdays With Morrie

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom 

"’The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.’ This book changed my outlook on life and helped me see the world from a bigger perspective. You can't be afraid to try new things, and it's never too late to make your dream happen. There are so many life lessons that are beautiful and heartwarming within these pages, and I think everyone should be required to read this book.” 
- Devin D., Marketing Communications Specialist 

 

FOR THE TWENTYSOMETHING

The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter—and How To Make the Most Of Them Now

The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter—and How To Make the Most Of Them Now by Meg Jay, PhD 

“This book changed the way I think of work, relationships, and experiencing life in my twenties. It’s easy to feel lost or confused about your path in life, but I found this book to be very grounding. It instilled a sense of understanding about my generation and how to make meaningful decisions. I think it’s a must-read for any twentysomething who is figuring out their life, or for anyone who knows a twentysomething going through changes.” 
- Hanna H., Dynamic Pricing Specialist 

 

 

FOR THE EMOTIONAL EXPLORER

Daring Greatly Brene Brown

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown 

“As kids, we have no qualms about being open, honest, and vulnerable, but something funny happens along the way to adulthood. We learn to hide our cards—not letting people know our hopes, fears, dreams, troubles, and disappointments. Brené Brown paints the vision for how an individual’s world can be better fulfilled through embracing vulnerability. Constantly challenging you as a reader, this book motivates you to be willing to expose your flaws, shorting-comings, and struggles with those around you.”  
- Ryan G., Product Manager 

 

 

FOR THE REFLECTIVE READER

The Alchemist Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho 

“While it’s not explicitly self-help, The Alchemist comes to mind when I think of books that have been crucial during shifts in my life. This work of fiction by Paulo Coelho takes readers on a journey that will keep you turning pages while also dropping quotes that make you stop and reflect. One line that I think of all the time is ‘And when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.'” 
- Ari C., Dynamic Pricing Specialist 

 

FOR THE FREE SPIRIT 

The Four Agreements

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz

“This book helped me through hard times when it was difficult to find clarity. It really put life into perspective while giving me a sense of calm. It challenged me in every aspect of life: work, home, friends, family, you name it. It made me step out of my comfort zone by reminding me of the agreements—be impeccable with your word, don’t take anything personally, don’t make assumptions, and always do your best. Everyone should read this book and practice its lessons!” 
- Keana N., Consumer Products Marketing Manager

Erica Arvanitis MINDBODY
Written by
Erica Arvanitis
Copywriter
About the author
A copywriter by day, Erica spends her free time mastering the art of puzzles while forcing her 10-year-old Chow mix to wear sweaters. With experience in PR, social media, marketing, and copywriting, Erica lives and breathes the written word. Warning: don’t test her on Friends trivia - she will win every time.
intuitive eating tips
Wellness
Published Tuesday Oct 22, 2019 by Connie Weissmuller

5 Things You Might Not Know About Intuitive Eating

Nutrition
Food
Expert Advice

Intuitive eating is an approach to eating that has nothing to do with diets, “lifestyle changes,” cleanses, or anything of the sort. It is a powerful way of giving trust and peace back to your body and mind, likely after a time of giving that trust up to external means of control such as using apps to count calories and steps, or intentionally trying to manipulate your body size. 

Intuitive eating, in its truest sense, is supportive of one’s mental, emotional, and physical health. However, as diet and wellness culture have co-opted the term, there has been some misinformation that actually isn’t in line with intuitive eating at all. As a Registered Dietitian and nutrition expert, I’m here to hopefully clear up some blurry lines and share with you some ways to get accurate information about intuitive eating.

If you see someone promoting intuitive eating as a means for intentional weight loss—run!

Here’s the thing; intuitive eating isn’t used for weight loss. Weight change may be an outcome of intuitive eating, but we have no idea whether that means an increase, decrease, or no change in weight. If someone is promoting intuitive eating as an explicit weight loss, slim down, or detox strategythat’s a red flag.

This is why many intuitive eating informed dietitians, counselors, and therapists suggest ditching the scale. The scale doesn’t tell you how well you are eating intuitively, and it certainly doesn’t give you helpful information regarding your health. At the end of the day, intuitive eating helps you move towards a healthy weight that is right for you. That’s also called your set point weight. It’s different for everyone. Intuitive eating is the nutrition paradigm supported by the larger paradigm of Health At Every Size, which respects body diversity, challenges scientific and cultural assumptions related to body size, and encourages finding joy in moving one’s body. There’s so much nuance, which is why there is value in working with a professional well-versed in intuitive eating and Health At Every Size

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If you see someone promoting intuitive eating as a means for intentional weight loss—run!

Here’s the thing; intuitive eating isn’t used for weight loss. Weight change may be an outcome of intuitive eating, but we have no idea whether that means an increase, decrease, or no change in weight. If someone is promoting intuitive eating as an explicit weight loss, slim down, or detox strategythat’s a red flag.

This is why many intuitive eating informed dietitians, counselors, and therapists suggest ditching the scale. The scale doesn’t tell you how well you are eating intuitively, and it certainly doesn’t give you helpful information regarding your health. At the end of the day, intuitive eating helps you move towards a healthy weight that is right for you. That’s also called your set point weight. It’s different for everyone. Intuitive eating is the nutrition paradigm supported by the larger paradigm of Health At Every Size, which respects body diversity, challenges scientific and cultural assumptions related to body size, and encourages finding joy in moving one’s body. There’s so much nuance, which is why there is value in working with a professional well-versed in intuitive eating and Health At Every Size

It’s not just the hunger and fullness diet; there is so much nuance!

Often times, intuitive eating gets the most attention from “honoring hunger and fullness,” which is a huge part of intuitive eating, however; it’s not that simple. There are plenty of instances I can think of within myself, or with my clients in eating disorder and chronic dieting recovery, where you simply don’t get appropriate hunger and fullness cues.

Your body sends amazing signals when it needs nourishment, yet the culture we live in tells us that those innate signals can't be trusted. This can lead to diminished hunger and fullness cues from dieting, skipping meals, or following the bogus rule of no eating after 7 pm. This is where working with a professional to gain back appropriate cues is helpful. 

Sometimes we have to eat when we aren't hungry just for the simple reason that we need energy and nourishment. This can be uncomfortable. For example, before exams and presentations, while I was in school, I had no appetite, but I knew that my brain needed fuel. I practiced the gentle nutrition piece of intuitive eating and ate anyways to perform my best academically. This is just one example where it’s not merely honoring hunger and fullness. 

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It’s not just the hunger and fullness diet; there is so much nuance!

Often times, intuitive eating gets the most attention from “honoring hunger and fullness,” which is a huge part of intuitive eating, however; it’s not that simple. There are plenty of instances I can think of within myself, or with my clients in eating disorder and chronic dieting recovery, where you simply don’t get appropriate hunger and fullness cues.

Your body sends amazing signals when it needs nourishment, yet the culture we live in tells us that those innate signals can't be trusted. This can lead to diminished hunger and fullness cues from dieting, skipping meals, or following the bogus rule of no eating after 7 pm. This is where working with a professional to gain back appropriate cues is helpful. 

Sometimes we have to eat when we aren't hungry just for the simple reason that we need energy and nourishment. This can be uncomfortable. For example, before exams and presentations, while I was in school, I had no appetite, but I knew that my brain needed fuel. I practiced the gentle nutrition piece of intuitive eating and ate anyways to perform my best academically. This is just one example where it’s not merely honoring hunger and fullness. 

It’s not just about eating donuts all day.

Another common misconception is that intuitive eating is all about fun food all the time. The truth is that yes, in order to make peace with all foods, there’s often a “honeymoon” phase, if you will, with certain foods that have been off-limits. Those foods are typically deemed “bad” in our culture, so that’s why you might see more photos of those on Instagram to normalize them. After that honeymoon phase, all foods are fair game, and there’s eventually a great balance in the diet of fuel food and fun foods. Fun foods, like donuts, get old after a while when there are no restrictions (mental or physical) around them, so that’s why intuitive eaters have no moral dilemma when presented with a donut. They eat it, or they don’t because they know that donuts are fair game whenever the craving hits. 

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It’s not just about eating donuts all day.

Another common misconception is that intuitive eating is all about fun food all the time. The truth is that yes, in order to make peace with all foods, there’s often a “honeymoon” phase, if you will, with certain foods that have been off-limits. Those foods are typically deemed “bad” in our culture, so that’s why you might see more photos of those on Instagram to normalize them. After that honeymoon phase, all foods are fair game, and there’s eventually a great balance in the diet of fuel food and fun foods. Fun foods, like donuts, get old after a while when there are no restrictions (mental or physical) around them, so that’s why intuitive eaters have no moral dilemma when presented with a donut. They eat it, or they don’t because they know that donuts are fair game whenever the craving hits. 

It’s a process, and it takes time.

The last big misconception is the notion that you can become an intuitive eater overnight. Tapping back into your body’s innate intuitive nature takes time. Just learning to re-trust my fullness cues took me what I think was about half a year. Finding joy and peace in moving my body took so much longer after years of using exercise as punishment or to manipulate my body shape and size. It takes time to release the mental rules and rigidity around eating. It takes time for your body shape and size to fall at the range that’s right for you. It takes time to appreciate size diversity and maybe even grieve the loss of the body you had when dieting or restricting. This process can take years, and it’s imperative to give yourself a whole lot of self-compassion and grace, because you are surrounded by a culture that tells you dieting is the norm. It’s hard to swim upstream, but I promise you, it’s a lot more peaceful than living in diet culture. 

Feel free to follow and reach out to me on Instagram at @constancelyeating or if you would like to work with me in-person in Denver, or virtually, check out Nourished With Hannah to learn more about Hannah and me! 
 

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It’s a process, and it takes time.

The last big misconception is the notion that you can become an intuitive eater overnight. Tapping back into your body’s innate intuitive nature takes time. Just learning to re-trust my fullness cues took me what I think was about half a year. Finding joy and peace in moving my body took so much longer after years of using exercise as punishment or to manipulate my body shape and size. It takes time to release the mental rules and rigidity around eating. It takes time for your body shape and size to fall at the range that’s right for you. It takes time to appreciate size diversity and maybe even grieve the loss of the body you had when dieting or restricting. This process can take years, and it’s imperative to give yourself a whole lot of self-compassion and grace, because you are surrounded by a culture that tells you dieting is the norm. It’s hard to swim upstream, but I promise you, it’s a lot more peaceful than living in diet culture. 

Feel free to follow and reach out to me on Instagram at @constancelyeating or if you would like to work with me in-person in Denver, or virtually, check out Nourished With Hannah to learn more about Hannah and me! 
 

Connie Weissmuller MINDBODY
Written by
Connie Weissmuller
Registered Dietitian
About the author
A registered dietitian who loves helping people achieve food and body freedom, Connie specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, intuitive eating, and body image from a Health At Every Size lens. Working with clients to overcome food and body struggles, she is all about giving you the tools you need to find what healthy means to you.