Empty Stomach, Empty Heart

I don’t really know how to say this… but when you called me a few weeks ago and asked me if I was okay, I lied…[pause]… The truth is that I’ve been making myself throw up after I eat, and it’s like I can’t stop… I think I need your help…”

‘Tis the Season to be Holy

Fall… it’s that time of year best known for its pumpkin spiced lattes, orange leaves, and crisp, cool air. It’s also that time of year when stores start selling Halloween costumes, Thanksgiving napkins, and Christmas trees… all at the same time. While the holiday season is definitely exciting, it can also be a distracting season…

I’m Imperfect. And That’s Okay.

This false life of never enough permeates every aspect of our culture. When we pick out what to wear to school we ask, “Will others notice me?” When we step into the locker room to change out for sports we compare our body with that of others. When we get report cards… sports awards… drama or music evaluations… We are never enough. And when we do excel, there’s always some way we can (and “should”) improve.

This never enough culture consumes us with shame. We feel that we are never enough and so we believe that we are not enough.

Your Own Kind of Beautiful

If you’re anything like me, then you’ve thought you could only be beautiful if you looked like someone else. You’ve looked in the mirror and thought “why would anyone love or even want to be friends with me?” You’ve believed that there’s a certain way you’re supposed to look, and that since you don’t look that way, no one could possibly think you’re beautiful.

7 Reasons to Not Drink Soda This School Year

Since I began working as a dietitian some three years ago, I have asked hundreds of patients about what types of beverages they drink during a typical day. This question has resulted in answers such as “a few glasses of water,” “three cups of milk,” or “ten cans of soda.” While soda can certainly be a tasty treat, it is not necessarily something you should drink large amounts of everyday. Why is that? Well, set that can of Mountain Dew down and I’ll give you seven reasons why you should drink less soda this school year:

Words of Advice: From the Face in the Mirror

If your definition of beauty and worth is measured solely by what you see in this mirror, that’s your problem and it’s up to you to fix that. Take control. You are not a powerless victim to the lies of a photoshopped world. Reclaim the meaning of beauty and remind yourself all day every day so you can rewrite your own inner dialogue.

I Have to be Perfect: My Struggle with Bulimia

I never thought I’d be able to admit this out loud… let alone on the internet… but after talking with some friends and praying with 2 Corinthians 12:9, I’m finally ready to say it. I have struggled with an eating disorder. I was pretty athletic when I was growing up. I wasn’t a superstar or […]

Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall… Make Me the Prettiest Girl of All

But there is one more thing. It’s the most important part. We won’t be successful in this if we don’t recognize that we are noticed by God.

A lot of our desires to be the best, and the most beautiful come from the desire to be affirmed. We have to first live in the knowledge that we have a God who loves us, cares for us and sees us as his unique daughters. Only with this knowledge can we live out healthy relationships with other women and ourselves.

Easier said than done, right? Be patient with yourself. This is something we need to remind ourselves of daily.

Be the Winner

I’ll never forget the time I scored the winning goal for my hockey team or the time my softball team won the championship game. Moments like that last! Growing up I was always surrounded by sports in one way or another. Being that my family has always been big sport fanatics, I learned to love […]

Tattoos: Does the Church Say They’re Taboo?

While we are no longer bound to the ceremonial law, we are still bound to the moral law; that includes honoring your Mother and Father (Exodus 20:12). If you are not yet an adult, respecting and obeying your parents decisions, especially while you are living with them is an essential part of that command. So, are your parents cool with it?

The Truth about Diets and Weight Loss: An Interview with Dr. John

Everywhere you look, there’s an ad, magazine cover, or commercial telling you what the new hotness is in diet secrets and workouts. It can be confusing and honestly . . . how do you know what to believe? Don’t let the smiling, skinny people in the ads convince you; you need someone you can trust. That’s why I asked Dr. John Oertle some questions about diets, weight loss, and how you as a teen should approach your health. He’s an awesome, Catholic doctor who’s passionate about sharing the truth about the wonderful body God gave each of us. Enjoy!

I Hate You, Food: My Struggle with Anorexia

I weighed myself 20 times a day. I allowed myself 100 or 200 calories a day. If I survived the day on 100 calories, I considered it to be a good day. If I had overeaten, which meant 300 calories, I made sure to punish myself the next day by running more miles and eating more meager portions. I went to bed starving and most nights I couldn't sleep because my hunger pains kept me awake. My body ached.

Eat This: How to Be Healthier, Happier, and Holier [Podcast]

In this excerpt from Mark’s radio show “Fired Up” from The Catholic Channel on Sirius XM, he and his wife Mel talk about the changes they’ve made to their diets in order to be healthier, happier, and holier. Listen in for some health advice, some spiritual advice, and lots of laughs.

The One Word That Will Make You Strong

Things that are good for my body are rarely ever easy or enjoyable to do. Saying 'yes' to exercise usually means saying 'no' to something that'll give me more comfort or pleasure in the moment.

My Love/Hate Relationship with Pom Poms

I'm definitely going to pull a Jekyll vs. Hyde . . . Beyonce vs. Sasha Fierce right now. What can I say? The Jonas Brothers have that effect on me; our relationship is tumultuous.

Finger Pointing Fatigue

What's the point of judging a girl by her clothes anyway?

To change her mind and get her to change her clothes? The idea that you should run around and say 'it has to come to this line and this line only' in order to be modest is such a legalistic approach and misses the whole point of the discussion about modesty. Since when do people – especially young people – respond well to being confined to a set of rules? It doesn't work. No one wants to obey the ten commandments if they don't have a relationship with God. And no one will listen to someone who only wants to tell them what they're suggesting with how many inches of leg they're showing. There's something more going on.

Fulfilled, happy people don't post suggestive photos of themselves on Facebook.

Meatless Fridays: Can You Take This Food Challenge?

I'm not what you'd call 'competitive.' My mom used to summarize my little league soccer games saying, 'yeah . . . sometimes the ball would hit your foot.' I've been known to intentionally lose a pick-up game of volleyball because it was getting cold outside . . . and after three times around a Monopoly board, I'll give you the Boardwalk and all my hotels for a chance to leave the table and do something else

Meatless Fridays: Can You Take This Food Challenge?

I'm not what you'd call 'competitive.' My mom used to summarize my little league soccer games saying, 'yeah . . . sometimes the ball would hit your foot.' I've been known to intentionally lose a pick-up game of volleyball because it was getting cold outside . . . and after three times around a Monopoly board, I'll give you the Boardwalk and all my hotels for a chance to leave the table and do something else