Before there was an anti-diet or body neutrality movement, there were people like me trying to make sense out of weight-loss compliments.

On one hand, it felt validating — there was certainly a high from the admiration, a buzz of finally feeling “seen” and recognized as valuable. There is safety…

A few weeks ago, I answered a question from a Patreon member in my Closet Coaching story (on Instagram and now YouTube) about feeling grief when things end.

One follower aptly described it as: “the wistfulness of endings,” and the terminology gave me life because I’ve never heard it so…

Those working on recovery this past year had the fortune of being able to gain weight outside of public scrutiny (#pandemicperks) but are now facing the challenge of suddenly seeing people again in what feels like a completely different body.

One of my clients told me that she wants to…

I was chatting with someone in my DMs the other day about body image. She casually mentioned that she felt like she had to look a certain way to “make up for being boring or something.”

This struck a chord. I remembered how many sessions I spent in college talking…

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the concept of worthiness, especially as it relates to those who struggle with food and body image.

Many of us have seen the messaging — “your body is not your worth” — but do we believe it? …

Falling apart is sometimes what it takes to heal.

Some clients come to me after hitting rock bottom. Like Phoebe, fresh from a divorce, in the thick of postpartum, living with her Mom who, 30 years later, was still pushing Weight Watchers on her. Phoebe came to me ready. Within…

I did not truly understand the link between racism and diet culture until I saw a weight-loss account pop up in my feed this week.

I’d read about it, sort of, but it was periphery knowledge for me.

Because I’m white, I never tried terribly hard to understand it. …

On Overcoming Orthorexia

I decided to become a health coach years into my eating disorder, at a point when my symptoms had changed enough for me to believe it was behind me.

I wasn’t low-functioning anymore. I was able to get out of bed and live a productive life without…

I decided to become a health coach years into my eating disorder, at a point when my symptoms had changed enough for me to believe it was behind me.

I wasn’t low-functioning anymore. I was able to get out of bed and live a productive life without falling into episodes…

Stefanie Michele

Anti-Diet and Body Image Coach, lifelong self-growth junkie, and #girlmom. Follow on IG→@iamstefaniemichele and www.iamstefaniemichele.com

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