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Katie H. Willcox: Healthy is the New Skinny

Katie Willcox Healthy is the New Skinny

Last weekend I was body-shamed by a five-year-old. My son and I were sitting on the steps of the neighborhood pool when a chatty little girl across from me proudly proclaimed, "My mommy is skinnier than you!" 

With my son watching, I thought very carefully about how to respond. In no way was I insulted by this comment because, a.) she's a five-year-old and b). I like my body just fine the way it is. Still, I felt a tad judged and had to consciously repress my initial instinct to get defensive. The absolute last thing I wanted these kids to witness was a perfectly healthy woman getting upset because someone else is skinnier...

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Kaisa Keranen: Just Move

Kaisa Keranen Quote

Kaisa is a Seattle-based personal trainer with a unique approach to fitness. For starters, she makes no promises of changing your body. That’s right, she will not train you to look a certain way. That’s just not what she’s about, and that’s exactly why we love her.

“I just don't believe in working out and dieting to look a certain way, it’s not sustainable nor is it healthy... What’s important to me is that we start switching our mindset around why we move in the first place.

"Will your body start changing if you start moving more regularly and eating healthy? Yes, absolutely! But to me, the change shouldn’t be the focus. When so much emphasis is placed on the change we’re hoping occurs, we forget to pay attention to how incredible it feels to just simply move.”

We are not alone in our admiration of this incredible athlete and her movement-focused approach to health and fitness. Kaisa has been featured in SELF, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar and Runner’s World. Daily workout videos are posted to inspire her 283k Instagram followers, and last but not least, Kaisa was one of the trainers in Michelle Obama’s 2015 “Let’s Move” campaign.

I honestly don't know if it's possible for our society to stop obsessing over what we look like, and I am not counting on mainstream media to stop pushing out images, headlines, and advertisements that feed this obsession. I'm just glad we have women like Kaisa who are out there advocating for a healthier point of view which is why I am very excited to share this interview with you. Enjoy!

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8 Mistakes I Made When Trying to Change My Body

Noelle Tarr, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Chief Empowerment Officer (CEO) Coconuts & Kettlebells

Noell Tarr has been been completely consumed with studying human behavior as it relates to health and fitness for about five years now. She is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP™), certified by the Nutritional Therapy Association. Noelle runs a blog called Coconuts and Kettlebells, which is full of articles that educate, empower, and inspire readers to make life-altering changes in regards to health and fitness.  

Noelle's road to personal and professional success was a rocky one. She has learned as much from her own mistakes as she has from books and certifications. Her studies and life experience helped her identify and overcome disordered eating, body dysmorphia, digestive distress, weight issues, fatigue, low immune system, and anxiety... 

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