Ignore the wellness industry & diet culture

A hand holding about eight red and orange cherry tomatoes.
A hand holding about eight red and orange cherry tomatoes.
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It isn’t always a straightforward equation of food = fuel, or food = enjoyment.


Sometimes they get it wrong

A black and white image of a bunch of males doctors in white coats peering over each other to witness a surgery of some kind.
A black and white image of a bunch of males doctors in white coats peering over each other to witness a surgery of some kind.
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When I started writing this essay back in February 2020 I had no idea just how much doctors had failed me.


No matter your age, I bet you can’t actually take care of yourself

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It’s 10:37am and so far today I have been completely dependent, lazy and exceptionally entitled. I will continue to be so for the rest of the day.


There’s no going back to “normal”

An opened bag of black bean tortilla chips; Charles, Unsplash

Dates have been made of sadder fare, I’d wager, though probably not much sadder.


It is a truth universally acknowledged that this is probably not a good idea

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Is there anything more wholesome than a period drama?


Hint: it doesn’t cost a dime

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When I got engaged back in 2014, something felt wrong.

1. The guy asks the girl’s father for permission to marry her.

2. The guy buys a ring. Secretly.

3: The guy proposes. The girl is shocked and says yes.


It’s time for this trend to die

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Starting in my teenage years, there was nothing I wanted more — at least when it came to my physical appearance — than a perfectly flat, “washboard” stomach.


Maybe it’s wishful thinking

Hand holding a pair of binoculars, Nick Seliverstov, Unsplash

My body broke when I was eighteen.


What’s wrong with women wearing glasses?

Gabrielle Henderson, Unsplash

I’ve had four eyes since I was ten years old.


Including me

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Someone asked me outright if it was a real engagement ring. Other people asked the same question with their facial expressions, rather than words.

Ema Hegberg

Writing about health, food & whatever strikes my fancy. Easily distracted by cats & a good cup of earl grey. emahegberg@icloud.com

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