Category: Happy Mamas

Post-partum bodies, fat-shaming and freedom from clothing sizes

All good things come to an end, including Body Positive January. It’s been a fascinating, dare I say, positive, month for me and I wanted to end it all with some final links and a round-up. A photo posted by @bbarineau on Jan 26, 2016 at 4:21pm PST Coming to terms with post-partum bodies Funnily enough this is something I haven’t struggled with; perhaps because I was lucky (lost all the weight,…

Book review: When you Eat at the Refrigerator, Pull Up a Chair by Geneen Roth

Based on what I’ve been writing about body image and dieting you might think that before my epiphany round about a year ago, I was some diet and exercise fanatic. It couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, I thought that I’d given up on dieting and feeling bad about binge eating around 10 years previously. Except that I hadn’t really. Let me explain. Around about my 17th year I went from…

Guest Video: Making Friends with your Body by Fiona

This week we have a guest video, which I’m introducing with my first ever vlog… seems like Body Positive January 2016 is all about pushing my own boundaries! And here is the guest video, Befriending the Body by my lovely friend Fiona who blogs over on Trim Tab Tao. If you want to keep up to date with Body Positive January throughout the month I suggest you follow me on Twitter…

Book review: Secrets of Feeding a Healthy Family by Ellyn Satter

Ellyn Satter first beeped her way across my radar during pregnancy. At the time I was looking at a book called “Child of Mine – Feeding with Love and Good Sense” and the kindle sample was as cringe-worthy as the title suggests. Plus, she mentioned feeding babies purees and I was all “oh no, my baby is just going to do finger foods, why would I ever puree anything!”, so into…

Book review: How to Have your Cake and Your Skinny Jeans Too

I can remember exactly how the latest installment of my journey towards body acceptance started. Our family was living on a beautiful farm in the middle of nowhere in Portugal and we’d just had friends and family to visit. Life was in a bit of a turmoil as we weren’t sure whether to stay in the countryside or move back to the city (and beach), baby boy was going through a sleep…

Why I’m taking a photo of myself every day for a month

As part of Body Positive January 2016 I’ve set myself the challenge of posting a photo of myself on Instagram every day. And it’s not because I’m hoping for a publishing deal ala Kim’s “Selfie”. I’m hoping you’ll get to see me from all sorts of different angles, levels of sleep-deprivation, grades of stylishness and more. This is not about  documenting “the perfect Julie” but a daily peak into what…