I was depressed after college. I always assumed this was because I felt so unprepared for the real world, but looking back I realize there was also a huge part of me that just missed being in a classroom. I've always loved to learn and reading is my favorite vehicle for this. I once spent three months alone in a house in West Virginia to work on a book I was writing. During that time, I read and reread BREAKING FREE FROM EMOTIONAL EATING by Geneen Roth. Every time I finished it, I started it over again. (I also read a lot of other books. It was a productive time.) I read it so many times because that's how long it took for me to go from comprehending to believing to embodying her words. Sometimes you have to learn things over and over again for them to stick. With that in mind, I've compiled a list of resources that have helped me to learn and grow as I've made me health a priority in recent years. My goal is to be continually learning and I'll keep my eye out for new resources to share with you along the way. 

I'm happiest when I'm learning. These resources have helped me grow.

I'm happiest when I'm learning. These resources have helped me grow.

EMOTIONAL EATING THERAPIST WHO HELPED ME LEARN TO EAT INTUITIVELY:
Kristen Hamilton, Emotional Eating PDX

HELPFUL BOOKS ABOUT EMOTIONAL AND INTUITIVE EATING:
Breaking Free From Emotional Eating by Geneen Roth
When Food Is Love by Geneen Roth
Women, Food, and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything by Geneen Roth

CLEAN EATING LIFESTYLE GUIDES: 
Fit Girl's Guide 28-Day Jump Start
Fit Girl's Guide Fitkini Body Challenge
Fit Girl's Guide Fit Girls Cookbook
Fit Girl's Guide Fit Girl Detox

INSPIRING BOOKS ABOUT FOOD OR FITNESS:
The Body Book by Cameron Diaz
Unlimited by Jillian Michaels

INSPIRING BOOKS UNRELATED TO FOOD OR FITNESS:
Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
Wild by Cheryl Strayed


CHALLENGING WORKOUTS I RECCOMEND:
Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide
Jillian Michaels Body Revolution series
Jillian Michaels Body Shred series

FAVORITE COOKBOOKS:
The Forest Feast
The Kind Diet
More Peas, Thank You
Thug Kitchen
Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World

FOOD BLOGS:
Chocolate Covered Katie
Clean Eating Goddess
The Gracious Pantry
The Healthy Maven
The Iron You
Kale and Caramel
Oh She Glows
Minimalist Baker
Skinny Taste

AN ABSOLUTE MUST-READ ESSAY:
"How To Talk To Your Daughter About Her Body" by Sarah Koppelkam

BOOKS I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO READING:
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed
Rising Strong by Brene Brown
The Self-Compassion Diet by Jean Fain

MAGAZINES:
Clean Eating
Cooking Light
Vegetarian Times

Eating, exercising, reading: they're all important parts of the journey. 

Eating, exercising, reading: they're all important parts of the journey. 

As you may know, I recently started a Patreon page. Patreon is a funding platform similar to Kickstarter or IndieGogo, except instead of asking for one big donation that goes to a specific project, Patreon provides regular support on an ongoing basis. For example, one of my patrons could agree to pay me $1 every time I make a posting. If I post 3 times a week, that averages out to $12 a month or $144 a year. Since launching earlier this week, I've gained two patrons: Brendan and Karen. To celebrate, I want to do a few things for them.  

One: This weekend, I'm doing my first recipe experimentation in my patrons' honor. I'm making BRENDAN & KAREN CUPCAKES, which are summer squash cupcakes with a clean twist. I'll report back on the results next week.

Secondly, I'm going to reach out and see if they have any questions or comments they'd like addressed on the blog. When you're a patron, YOU HAVE A SAY IN THIS PAGE'S CONTENT. I don't want people to feel like they're throwing their dollars at nothing. If you pledge me money, I will do my best to make this an interactive experience for everyone. My main goal, as always, is to make this a fun place where people can drop by to get inspired about leading healthy lives. Thank you to everyone who is making that possible, whether it's through monetary contributions or emotional support. I appreciate all of it.

If you are interested in supporting my writing, please visit my Patreon page to find out how you can donate as little as $1 a month to help keep me afloat: patreon.com/kristenforbes.

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