A Joyful Journey...

Join Doris Smeltzer, critically acclaimed author/educator, as she muses on topics from eating disorders to the mysteries of life. Often "Featured" are select, astute observations made by Andrea during her all too brief 19-year life…it is she who taught us: the joy IS in the journey!

Letters and lessons from the past

Over a month ago one of my sisters sent me an amazing and unique gift. It seems that she saved all the letters I wrote her with the intent of one day returning them to me as a sort of "diary" of the past. I've been so busy that I...
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Thank you Michelle Obama!

On Feb 5, 2010 I wrote an open letter to our First Lady and shared it via this  blog  post. Essentially, it was a request that she re-examine her messaging in her "Let's Move!" campaign to focus on health rather than weight--an overall "do no harm" approach to wellness. Today...
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Reducing pain in the world

A few days ago I read an enlightening post by Jenny Copeland, PsyD on the  Health At Every Size blog   In it she talks about our culture's widespread and extremely harmful normalization of "body judgment."  I was aware of the obvious increase in weight stigma but did not have...
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What a state of mind...

Yesterday I awoke really early, feeling at long last semi-normal. YES! The flu was finally behind me--my body had mended and I could enjoy it sans pain and discomfort!  I was able to begin the day with my yoga routine, cycle a bit and looked forward to walking with my...
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