The following books and websites are my favorite and most recommended resources for the topics discussed on One Happy Disaster. Be sure to check back often. I’m always adding new resources as I find them!
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- Body Positivity
- Chronic Illness
- Health at Every Size (HAES) & Intuitive Eating
- Where to Buy Plus Size Clothing
One Happy Disaster on Pinterest – Sometimes what I really need is to see bodies like mine. I’ve found that Pinterest is a great place to go for that, and started collecting pictures I love of all kinds of different bodies. When I’m feeling down, I just go and scroll through these pictures (and look for more!) to remind myself that all bodies are beautiful (including mine).
The Body Positive Blog
Beautiful You by Rosie Molinary
Chronic Illness Stories on The Mighty
Mental Health Stories on The Mighty
Spondyloarthritis (American College of Rheumatology) – If you’re interested in knowing more about my particular form of arthritis this guide includes some fast facts, in addition to more in-depth information.
Health at Every Size & Intuitive Eating
HAES® Principles (Association for Size Diversity and Health)
Find a HAES® Expert (Association for Size Diversity and Health)
The 10 Principles of Intuitive Eating (IntuitiveEating.org)
Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight by Linda Bacon – One of the first books I read when I first started looking for a way to make peace with my body. It lays out everything you need to know to start understanding why diets don’t work, and backs it all up with plenty of scientific research. It then presents the basic tenets of the Health at Every Size program, showing you how it is possible to love and take care of your body, no matter what it’s shape and size.
Body Kindness: Transform Your Health from the Inside Out — And Never Say Diet Again by Rebecca Scritchfield – This is another great one for examining your relationship with food and exercise, and encouraging you to improve that relationship. I especially love the thought exercises included throughout this book. They really encourage you to think about how you can apply things to your own situation.
Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works by Evelyn Tribole & Elyse Resch – Health at Every Size quickly led me to the concept of Intuitive Eating. This book explains why diets ultimately make you gain weight and (not a surprise!) feel like sh*t about yourself. It will teach you how to pay attention to your internal hunger and fullness signals, how to cope with emotions without food (this was – and is – a big one for me), and how to respect your body through food and movement (hint: If you hate going to the gym, don’t go to the gym!).
Plus Size Clothing
This is by no means meant to be an exhaustive list. But these are the places that I shop and recommend the most frequently.
Torrid – My absolute favorite store for clothing! High quality, lots of fun pop culture stuff and edgy details. Plus a wide range of sizes (10-30), frequent sales, a good rewards system, and a generous return policy. I really like that they usually have a good mix of feminine and more femme/masculine styles (which I gravitate toward).
Simply Be – My absolute favorite for shoes and boots, although I get clothes there, too! I have a hard time finding shoes and boots that I like since my feet are very wide and my calves are big, and this UK-based shop is usually my first stop when I’m looking. They carry up to an 11EEEEE shoe size, and have SIX different calf widths available in boots. Plus their prices are super reasonable. They carry sizes 8-28 in clothing.
Maurices – Great for casual, feminine clothes. I especially like their jeggings. They carry sizes 14-28 in their Plus section.
Old Navy – Good for casual basics. Their stuff isn’t the best quality, but it’s super affordable and they have some cute stuff. They carry sizes 16-30 in their Plus section, but only online (this makes me ANGRY, and is part of why I don’t shop there more often). They also carry some maternity wear, but only up to a size 20 (and again, only online).
Lane Bryant – A go-to for business wear. They tend to have really nice pants and skirts, in high quality fabrics. I’ve also found nice dresses there (for work and more formal occasions). They carry sizes 10-32, and offer free shipping to their stores.