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Ashley Solomon, Psy.D is a psychologist who specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, body image, trauma, and serious mental illness.

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Five for Friday :: 4 February 2011

February 4, 2011 4 Comments by Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul

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Snow. Lots and lots of snow. And some panic. That’s what my own little world has been for the past few days. The panic was fortunately not as much mine as it was the newscasters’ and people in line at the drug store, but it’s panic all the same. It’s amazing how important our routines and safety are to us – and how unnerved we can become when those are threatened by things we cannot control (like, say, a blizzard).

In thinking about this, I’ve reflected on all of the routines that we maintain – the ones we count on to keep us focused, to keep us secure, heck, even to keep us honest. We might start our day with yoga, brush our teeth morning and night, and read a book before bed. We do these things because they make us feel healthy, of course, but we also do them because they are the metronomes of our lives. Our lives beat in a constant rhythm because we have set them by our routines.

While it’s healthy to step outside our routines if they become rigid, I don’t want to rock the boat today! So, just like every Friday, I’m happy to share with you my top five picks. If you don’t already, start a new habit – grab a cup of tea, read, and comment!


  • You may remember that not so long ago Melissa was on a search to find herself. Well, ladies and gentleman, she has been discovered. The author of Finding Melissa (which is still running, in case you were worried) has started a new site, No Such Thing As Never. Check out this fabulous post on the significance of small things.
  • I hope you have a tough stomach for this one. Over on Adios Barbie, Ashley-Michelle Papon lays bare the details of a fad diet that using pregnant women’s urine to stimulate weight loss. Meanwhile, the pregnant (and post-partum) women themselves are encouraged to adjust their size. Oh, the irony.
  • Over on Dances with Fat, Regan takes on the research finding that states that we have lower self-esteem after viewing any model of any size, even larger ones, and proposes that our responses may be conditioned. Interesting stuff.
  • Have you heard about the cat that has a doctorate? No, really. Steve K. D. Eichel, Ph.D (the researcher, not that cat) set out to prove how phony degree-mills and credentialing services can be and helped his cat earn not only a masters and doctorate, but board certification. And my poor cat only has her high school diploma…
  • Can intuitive eating be planned? Tina at Faith, Fitness, Fun says yes! As a busy mom on a budget, she practices principles of intuitive eating, with a heavy dose of preparation. As she points out in her post, it’s all about intention.


Reader Comment of the Week :: Joy Tanksley on Mindful Exercise

Great post, Ashley. And I would add that this is a great opportunity for folks to discover if they actually enjoy their exercise of choice. If being mindful for a few minutes during exercise is a miserable activity, chances are it’s because you’re doing something you hate. I could never stomach being on a treadmill mindfully – not saying someone else couldn’t, just my personal thing. I always needed television or blaring music because it was such a soul-crushing chore for me. But when I’m riding my bike on a beautiful trail, or dancing Nia, I don’t want to be thinking about anything other than what I’m doing because I love the activity so much.


I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! Let us know what amazing things you’ve read or written this week.


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  1. Privilege of Parenting
    4 years ago

    Hi Ashley, Just discovered this lovely site today, so I wanted to say Thank You for being generous of spirit—the vibe is both intimate and communal…. something by own long-ago, but long-enough-frightened, self is grasping a bit better these days. All Warm Wishes & Namaste
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  2. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun
    4 years ago

    Thanks for the link love!!! And I cannot believe all the snow everyone is getting. Craziness.
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