Every time I don’t like how I look, I strike a pose and take a photo

The embarrassed, self-deprecating Brit in me does not want to write this post. The woman who's fed up with hating her own body because it doesn't subscribe in every way to the standard model of beauty, does. I recently wrote about how I'm making a real effort to accept my body after a lifetime of…

How I’m learning to accept my body, flabby bits and all

Throughout this blog's lifetime I've tried several different diets with a mission to excavate through my belly flab and unearth a long-hidden abdominal muscle or two. Why???? Because I'm vulnerable to the images of beauty that bombard women. As free-thinking, open-minded and decently-read as I like to think I am, I tapped into those insideous…

Established weight loss theory is a big fat lie – there’s actually a tiny receptionist called Linda in your brain who calls the shots

Everyone knows losing weight boils down to a very simple formula, which is this: Burn more calories than you consume + time = weight loss. Right? Wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong. It turns out there is no scientific formula for weight loss. It's actually an entirely random process operated by a receptionist called Linda, who lives…

You need to do THIS one very important thing to actually benefit from a juice cleanse

Just when you thought I couldn't possibly have anything more to say about juice cleanses, here I am again with my most click-baity blog title ever. But please bear with me...this piece of information could TOTALLY CHANGE YOUR LIFE*. *Warning: may not totally or in any way whatsoever change your life. It's been 5 days…

I’m kickstarting spring with a Fuel Station 5-day juice fast

I was in two minds over whether to blog about my Fuel Station 5-day juice fast because, when I rebranded as Whalebeings at the beginning of 2021, I resolved not to perpetuate unhealthy ideas about body image - for my own sanity as much as for my readers'. Juice cleanses, or fasts, or detoxes, can…

How to heal a lifetime of self-image issues

Spoiler alert: I can't answer this question. Emotional healing is a personal, complex, all-consuming and highly uncomfortable experience that's unique to everyone. Healing sounds like it should be pleasant and soothing because it means getting better. It makes me think of soft pink lighting, panpipe music and someone in an apron dabbing me gently with…

O pasta, pasta, where for art thou pasta?

Deny thy carbohydrate and refuse thy gluten contentOr if thou wilt not, be but sworn my loveAnd I’ll no longer be on the keto diet. As I enter week 3 of my vegetarian ketogenic 'journey' (as everyone seems to be calling it, rather than 'diet', because it's supposed to be a long-term lifestyle change rather…

Week 2 on a ketotarian diet: who am I, why am I doing this and why should you care?

I used to write a lot of irreverent blogs about being 'a bit too fat'. As a topic, I suppose it became my speciality. This is partly because, being British, I'm naturally compelled to make disparaging comments about my own appearance for everyone else's amusement...but it's also because that's how I genuinely spent my entire…

6.5 tips for getting through the Fast 800 diet without killing someone

I'm over the halfway point on my 6.5 week Fast 800 diet, so to distract myself from the fact that I've got to do what I just did AGAIN, here are 6.5 tips to help you fast for 16 hours a day without killing anyone. If you are interested in my progress, so far I…