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…

It’s over! Day 5 of my juice fast – thoughts and feelings

Concerned about time moving too quickly in these strange, repetitive Covid times? Try not eating for 5 days. Without the usual anchor points of breakfast, lunch and dinner, and with a tummy constantly whining for food that never comes, seconds ooze out of the day in super slow motion. This morning, on the final day…

Juice cleanse day 2: I am 4 parts juice to 1 part human

I'm typing this on my phone in bed because I promised you daily updates on my Fuel Station juice fast, and daily updates you will get! Please note: unless you're very interested in the minutae of juicing, this will be a very boring blog for you. There are other more interesting posts on this blog…

Fuel Station juice fast day 1 – thoughts so far

This morning, 30 partially frozen vegetable and fruit juices were left in a polystyrene box at my front door by a DPS driver named Callum. ...And thus, unbeknownst to Callum, my 5-day juice fast began. In yesterday's post I wrote that I was apprehensive about trying (and writing about) the Fuel Station 5-day detox because…

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…