Play It Again Week: I'd Rather Be Chubby

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To celebrate Making Love In The Kitchen’s first birthday, the bestest posts of the last year are getting another turn in the spotlight. These were selected either because they had the most traffic or should have. While together we stroll down memory lane, I will be away on a farm with no computer! We’ll chat when I get back.
I’d Rather Be Chubby: First Published: May 12th, 2009

mt-00631This is a continuation of My Story. If you haven’t read it as yet, you might want to first.

I often  joke about being the chubby nutritionist. I know I’m not really chubby per se, but I’m not skinny. That much my five foot nothing body is sure of. I am, as it is often described, a healthy weight. My weight tends to fluctuate between 128 and 132 pounds (though post Ireland we are a wee bit higher than that). There it is- for all to see. I must say though,  I am happy for each and every pound- even the five or so extra ones that I think about doing something about. Having suffered for several years with severe digestive problems that culminated in a Crohn’s Disease diagnosis, carrying any extra weight at all, for me, is a testament to my state of health. I am perfectly content to go on living the healthy way that I do, eating well, enjoying the food I prepare, exercising daily and embracing the few extra pounds as a part of me.

When women call me for appointments, telling me they want to lose weight, I am quick to respond that I don’t do weight loss. The reason for this is because weight tends to be a symptom of other stuff- of emotional stuff, hormonal stuff, blood sugar stuff, digestive stuff… I can work with those issues. Weightloss is simply a by-product of healthy living and of correcting the body’s imbalances and improving relationships with food. When we are at a place of optimum health, our body will be the weight that best suits us and for all of us- that is something different. Some of us are meant to be lean, teeny, and tiny, while others are intended to be a little more cuddly, solid and  softer at the curves. How ugly the world would be if we all looked the same?

Weight is such a tricky issue when it comes to health. Skinny does not equal healthy- but weight seems to be what drives most of our health related decisions- whether to exercise, whether to order a salad, whether to celebrate with a piece of chocolate cake. The thing is, when we feel well and when we are truly happy from way deep inside, our weight becomes less of an issue.

Why would I rather be chubby? I was skinny once upon a sick sick time.

Showing off my 'cupping' marks from the Chinese medicine treatments I was getting to treat my Crohn's Disease
Showing off my 'cupping' marks from the Chinese medicine treatments I was getting to treat my Crohn's Disease

I was skinny when I was sick but never saw the beauty of it. I just saw sickness and tiredness. I got lots of compliments too which totally screwed up my self-image. I kept being asked  how I had lost all that weight. Twenty pounds in one month. At five feet tall- and starting at 130 pounds, that is a huge amount of weight to lose in a very short time. What was my secret? As if anyone really wanted the details of what I was going through with Crohn’s Disease. I may have looked great with my skinny jeans falling off me,  but I couldn’t leave my bathroom and my thick curly hair had lost it’s curl and was falling out in handfuls.

Bobblehead-like with thinning hair. This was the weekend up at the cottage following my colonoscopy. I hadn't been able to eat solid food in about three weeks and despite the smile, I think it's clear in my dozey eyes how icky I was feeling.
Bobble-head like with thinning hair. This was the weekend up at the cottage following my colonoscopy. I hadn't been able to eat solid food in about three weeks and despite the smile, I think it's clear in my dozey eyes how icky I was feeling.

The craziest thing about this time in my life was that I had never been sicker and had never had more people tell me how great I looked. As I began gaining weight back, when my disease went into remission, I became very self-conscious about this weight. I was often told how healthy I looked and would wonder if it might just be a nice way of saying ‘fat’. I had been trying to squeeze into my ‘Crohn’s wardrobe’ for two years  and only recently packed it up to give away. I am just not meant to wear those tiny jeans and though it has taken some time to accept, I am now fully a-okay with that.

When I work with clients who need to gain weight, I can tell you there is nothing harder. Any of us who have ever had a challenge with our weight and struggled to lose it have no idea what people go through who are sick and can’t gain a pound.

What I know for sure is this: I would rather buy new jeans than be sick again. I would rather not look as conventionally perfect in a bikini than be sick again. I would rather have thick curly hair and nails that grow than be sick again.  I would rather be able to travel and eat at restaurants, sleep through the night, have a boyfriend,  toast a best friend’s wedding with champagne, wake up in the morning full of energy and excited about the day to come than be sick again. I would rather spend my day in the kitchen, cooking up amazing whole food based creations, be five pounds overweight and healthy, than living off pureed soup, rice cakes and liquid meal replacements.

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At the Balenbouche Organic Estate this past february where I will be hosting my retreat next February

I’d rather be a little chubby, with a fuller bottom, rounder face, clearer skin, thicker hair and feel wonderfully vibrant, clear-headed, excited about life,  healthy and happy, than ever have to be sick again.

What would you rather be? What’s most important to you? The way you look or the way you feel? Are you able to make these co-exist? Are you at a place of optimum health? What does health look and feel like to you?

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65 Responses to “Play It Again Week: I'd Rather Be Chubby”

  1. Kandaka

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    I love it, Meghan.. Thank you for being so transparent! I was truly inspired. Have a blessed, empowered, light and love filled day!

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  2. The Veg Next Door

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    Your honesty is wonderful.

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  3. Rebecca Pacheco

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    A true beauty, inside and out. Thank you, Meghan.

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  4. Lauren

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    BRAVO!! I applaud you. I want to send this post to my whole family. I have always been pretty small (even before crohn’s). At 5’2 I always watched my weight and exercised. When I first got sick, I was under 100lbs from the illness. I didn’t like how I looked at all (I felt like an Olsen twin…lol). Then when I got better my weight got higher then it has ever been (about 135lbs) from prednisone. I felt good though and and had no problem with my crohn’s. Back in Oct. I got really sick again and lost 30lbs. everyone told me how great I looked and wanted to know how I did it so fast (HELLO, I HAVE CROHN’S!!!). Now I’ve put on about 15lbs from prednisone again and my family has been looking at me like “there she goes gaining weight again..” It seems no one understands the cycle..healthy..sick..prednisone..weight gain. Ugh, it’s so impossible and so much pressure when I just want to feel good. When I am really thin I am bloated in the face (prednisone) and lose a ton of hair…seems like I can’t win. Your honesty is so endearing and I totally relate! Thank you so much for this post! You are beautiful (AND NOT AT ALL CHUBBY!!!).

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  5. Ashley

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    I meant it when I said on my blog that you are my new hero. You are amazing.

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  6. Emily

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    Beautiful article Meggers!! So proud of you and what you are doing, an inspiration to us all.

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  7. Hangry Pants

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    Hi Meghan, I just found your blog and love you story! I am not chubby, but I am about 10 pounds heavier than I was when I was “skinny” and absolutely miserable and depressed. I can relate to so much of what you said. I was not healthy then and I am much better off now. Not everyone is meant to be “skinny.” Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Andrea

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    This is an amazing post. Every woman should take a cue from you. It’s inspirational. This is going in my link round up.

    Healthy and happy is the way to be. One who is happy radiates beauty from the inside out. One who is miserable is unattractive. I’ve seen beautiful large people who seemed full of life and I’ve seen unattractive large people who seemed like “schleppy fat people”. I’ve seen mean girls who are physically attractive but aren’t attractive at all (think my high school), and I’ve seen women who are beautiful inside and out, body and soul; those blonde haired, blue eyed, “all American” girls with generous spirits and genuine laughs. A generous spirit is really what it comes down to. Loving yourself and others. Having a sense of humour (in general, about yourself, about others), being giving, being happy.

    You’re adorable.
    (Seriously, after meeting you I told David K that you’re adorable.)

    That last photo of you is gorgeous. You look so happy and it radiates.

    A final tangent…
    It bothers me when exercise video hosts speak in terms of weight loss, as if to assume that every woman who exercises wants to lose weight.
    One particular host, I think of one of the “Buns of Steel” series (yes I used to do those, every day in grade 12, rotating between 3 or 4 videos), would say, “…you’ll lose inches!” and I’d think, “What if I don’t want to?” I did lose weight but it wasn’t intended, it was the result of burning calories in a healthy way.

    Right now I’m skinny but sooo out of shape. Need to get back to the gym and get into some cardio and back to weightlifting.

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  9. Coconutgal

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    Me too my dear, me too!!! This story makes me so happy. We talked about this thing on the phone and you know that I know exactly where you are coming from.
    The frustration when people ask what “my secret is” when I feel like I look like death! And now that I am gaining, I relate too because it’s making me feel self-conscious. But– such a good reminder that hell yeah I’d rather be chubby and HEALTHY than awfully sick.
    And you are not one bit chubby my friend, absolutely beautiful!

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  10. Julia

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    Your story made me cry. I’ve struggled with my weight in head for a couple of years now. I’m as tall as you and weigh about 108, which means I’m actually thin, but not if you ask me. Or at least not until now. I’m so tired of thinking I have extra weight on me because I have a little belly and curvy hips. I have never looked at a picture of you and thought you had a “little extra weight”, so why do I do that to myself? I’m in the process of changing my diet because of my allergies and the first thing I thought of was I bet I’ll lose weight. I don’t even have any to lose so why would I think that? You put it into a perspective that I could finally hear. I love reading your site and just think your incredible!

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  11. AshleyH

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    This society is so harsh. Every woman thinks she needs to lose weight or would be happy if she did.

    Whats wrong with enjoying food to the fullest and be a couple pounds heavier.

    I am the “full” girl in a family or twigs so I know exactly what you mean. As we have toalked about I have IBS with my biggest symptom being extreme bloat and fatigue. The first few years I had it I was convinced that I was huge and that the bloat was fat. So I got really thin. I looked ridiculous. Sure now I could fit in the rest of my family’s clothes but I was so thin. I realized this with the help of some loved ones and decided to start trying to listen to my body and eat when I was hungry. Well that in conjunction with a stomach that is never easy to read because it usually hurts and some ridiculous white bread and pretzels diet I gained almost all of it back and now I was even more bloated. As I’ve worked with my diet and added yoga I am becoming happier with my weight. But everytime I get super bloated again or feel super tired I always think maybe I should cut back alittle and I wonder if I could lose somemore weight.
    My goal is to not be sick anymore. My goal is to be able to enjoy walking around with my family and enjoying food out with out bringing a sweater or whereing loose clothes just in case I bloat up I’m nine months pregnant. I am tired of my grumpy stomach and one day I wont be sick anymore.

    You are an inspiration and one day I will follow in your footsteps.

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  12. Sharon L

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    This post is exactly what i feel! When I was in my worst stage…about 3 summers ago, I weighed 118lbs at 5’5″. I was frail, weak, did not exercise, and ate only celery and carrotts because I didn’t know what foods I was sensitive to. I’ve always been a girl with more meat on her bones, and all my relatives told me how great I looked, by I felt so ugly and unwell.

    Ever summer has gotten better since then, and even though I feel like I’m “chubby” like you say, I feel much more healthy. Eating regular meals, excercising! Being able to wake up without a headache, having energy to live through a day without a nap means much more to me than fitting into a size 0.

    Some of my friends are so obsessed with their figures, counting calories…but in reality, being skinny does not equal to a healthy body. The other day, my friend bought 4 bags of chia seeds and was so excited. I said, oh yes, chia seeds are amazing because of the omega and anti-oxidant benefits. But she replied with: “And it has been proven to help with weight loss!” (Which i think was her most important factor)

    I’m in the process of getting back to my happy weight…about 125-130lbs. I’m a bit over right now just because of the lack of exercise during school. But im slowly but surely getting there!

    chubby+ healthy over bones+unhealthy any day!

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  13. Alisa - Frugal Foodie

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    The way you put yourself out there is so admirable. You are beautiful by the way! And a wonderful inspiration, thanks for the story :)

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  14. Melissa @ For the Love of Health

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    Amazing fabulous story! I really appreciate you sharing it!

    I 100000% wholeheartedly agree: being healthy is far more important than skinny (whatever skinny is).

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  15. rae

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    Such a great post. I think I just told you last week that it is such a pleasure to see you looking like yourself again, even if it is a bit frustrating to not fit in those skinny jeans.

    I’ve never had so many people tell me I looked great than when I was throwing up and unable to eat for the first three months of my pregnancy–little did they know how sick I was. I’d have preferred to have been gaining weight like crazy than to have spent my days worrying that I couldn’t nourish my fetus adequately. People need to learn to look a bit more closely at the sunken, tired eyes and sallow colour before they judge how good you look.

    Meg, I’m so proud of you and all you’ve accomplished.

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  16. Jenn

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    You’re so amazing. Cheers to every word! And congrats on setting up the St. Lucia retreat! Can’t wait to help you spread the word…

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  17. katecooks

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    what a great post! i am sad to admit that at times i struggle with that question; the way i look or the way i feel. the lines can get really blurred sometimes. you seem so happy and at peace with yourself, which is what i think we should all strive for, no matter what the weight!

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  18. Amandamoo

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    I’m currently in recovery from an eating disorder and this post was amazing for me to read. Thank you so much for sharing your story (in all its layers) and creating this community for us. I am so excited to hear more details of the retreat too. Being in Colorado and employed by a non-profit, I’m not sure how likely it is that I’ll make it but I’m excited to try!

    Thanks again, you are such a welcome presence in my life.

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  19. Kath

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    Love this!!

    I’d rather be a little chubby, with a fuller bottom, rounder face, clearer skin, thicker hair and feel wonderfully vibrant, clear-headed, excited about life, healthy and happy, than ever have to be sick again.

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  20. Jennifer R.

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    Thank so much for sharing your story — you are so inspiring. I’ve had my own health battles for the last 6-7 years… my adrenals were in stage 3 exhaustion… last year was diagnosed with hypothyroidism… I had absolutely NO energy and had to nap every day… most recently diagnosed with a gluten intolerance… which I am viewing as a blessing now. My goal is to get my body back to normal with no meds needed.

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  21. Twist

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    You are beautiful. (Though this comment is useless as you appear to know that already. :)

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  22. Jodi

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    I so enjoy your blog. You are an inspiration!

    Now if I can only get my act together and start eating better I might feel and look as good as you do!

    Oh I tried the coco balls and they were wonderful – both my boys love them. Great to find a recipe that’s healthy and the kids enjoy. I hope to give the bread recipe a try this weekend.

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  23. Elana

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    i love you megan.

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  24. Rachel

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    Wow wow wow wow wow thank you so much for writing this, it means more than I can describe!!!

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  25. Kim

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    Thank you so much for this post! I’m EXACTLY your height ( 5 foot nothing!) and for most of my teenaged & adult life have weighed exactly in the 128-135 range. I always felt a little chubby, and always felt I should do something about it, but still had an OK body image especially since I know I ate (eat) pretty well and exercised, and I’ve always loved being curvy… so I was struggling only a little to embrace it (strong body image.) Then, in the last year and a half or so I’ve shot up ten to twelve more pounds (so much weight on a frame this size) and I’ve been REALLY struggling with my body image in a way I never have before. I can’t really figure out what it is that has caused me to gain the weight after it held basically stable for so long and nothing has changed…and all of my blood work looks normal (though I was convinced, even before the weight gain that I have a thyroid problem for reasons unrelated to weight…) so I’ve been chalking it up to be too far into the relationship comfort zone. :-)

    Anyway, my point is simply to say- thank you. This post was not only a great reminder for we women to feel comfortable in our skin and in our bodies, no matter what they look like– but also to appreciate the health they give us. :-)

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  26. Kim

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    Oh, and I agree with what Julia said above– I’ve never seen a picture of you and thought you looked anything but amazing- let alone carried “a little extra weight!” Realizing that, and realizing we’re the same height, is helpful. You rock :-)

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  27. petitfoodie

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    this was such a beautiful post meghan! :)

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  28. Ricki

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    You’ve summed it up perfectly, Meghan. It astonishes me how many people (mostly women, sadly) will put some imagined ideal of beauty (whether weight loss, perfect breasts, wrinkle-less eyes, etc) above health. As someone who’s also struggled with health issues for many years, I feel exactly as you expressed it: I’d rather be a little chubby–or wrinkly, or too pale, or whatever–than EVER be sick again.

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  29. stacy

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    love it!

    i tell people that all the time – beautiful is what you’ve got when you get whole foods, exercise and treat yourself kindly.

    so many people get attached to some made-up image of what they think they ‘should’ look like and often become unhealthy and unHAPPY in the process of trying to achieve it.

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  30. Michelle

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    I could totally resonate with your post… it was beautifully written and will help a lot of people. Before I figured out my multiple food allergies/ celiac’s, I lost a lot of weight and it was weird to be so sick and get so many compliments. My colour was off, my hair and nails weak, and bones jutted out… but my weight loss commanded a lot of attention. I think that for people who don’t feel in control of their health, having some control over the scale can be pretty addictive…. a big risk factor for eating disorders.

    Having healthy pregnancies and babies has helped me to see my body’s ability to create and produce, and it was amazing to see how it could expand to support new life. Healthy women are beautiful! thanks for sharing Meghan!

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  32. elain

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    Sigh… wish you had been around for support and advice when I was your age, Meg, but as you know, it would have been chronologically impossible. As you also might know, I lived my life being told I was overweight, and therefore somehow less valuable…which then exaccerbated the problem. I then unfortunately looked to food for comfort. (check out Fritzi’s fridge!)and became seriously overweight. Yet when I look back at photos of me when i was younger, I was no more than ‘chubby’….

    A big postive for being ‘chubby’ is that when you reach my age (70) all that chubbiness can contribute to filling in the wrinkle zones, and then you are told (as I was yesterday) that I look like I am in my early fifties!!! LOL

    In the end, that bit of chubby turns out to be much better for you than botox!

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  33. Lori

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    beautiful post!

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  34. Melissa

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    I absolutely LOVED this post!! I think every women who struggles with their body image should read this and be reminded what life is really all about!! Thanks Meg!!

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  35. Heather (be well & take care)

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    Meghan, I just randomly stumbled upon this post and I am so glad I did. I’ve struggled with my weight for many years and have done crazy diets and battled with disordered eating, but I’ve finally come to a point where I just want to appreciate good, simple, healthy food (still working on it, but I’m 85% there) and love exercise in various forms. Do I want to lose weight? Absolutely. But do I have a goal in mind? No. I don’t ever want to be “skinny” – not that I have anything against thin person, but I love having curves and I also know that my body is not meant to be a certain size. I just want to enjoy life and appreciate my body and its strength, and provide it with healthy and nourishing food. It’s really great to see such a refreshing and honest post from someone who can appreciate that. Bravo to you!

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  37. vegan on stage

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    Thank you for this.I will not lie that many of my healthy” motivations were based on losing weight. I have struggled with it my whole life…but your right..i wouldrather be happy and healthy…

    thank you for this post

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  39. Jan Petrook

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    Dearest Megs – you know I have always been your biggest fan. From when I met you at the age of five with the pixi cut – who knew what was there until it was let free! – to the fact at thr age of five you could sew! Through out the past years, I have never noticed your weight – only your fabulous hair, big brown eyes and glowing skin and what you had to say.

    I admire the strength and fortitude that you have shwon to get where you are today – so you go girl – whatever size you choose to be – I just won’t notice!

    XO, Jan

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  40. kristina

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    Awesome Story, love your attitude! If we could all adapt that healthy outlook. I am the ‘chubby’ feeding therapist and have totally referred to myself to patient’s families that way before :) I tell them I have to model the enjoyment of food for their little ones who fear food!

    I LOVED the crispy kale chips –i reheated them for a therapy session this morning, in a toaster oven. I turned them into kale ‘flambe’ Oh my goodness…the flames in the toaster oven were at least 4 inches high, i panicked and threw them all into the sink and doused them with water. i laughed and cried a little at the sheer shock of the situation. So mine was Crispier than Crispy Charred Kale. but still good

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  41. Brittany

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    Well I, for one, never saw “chubby” when I first looked at a photo of you. All I see is radiance and joy, and a REAL woman! The best we can do is adjust our lifestyle, eat well, exercise, meditate, whatever it takes to reach our vision of health… but from there, we have to let go and allow our body to achieve its own balance. For example, I don’t view a weightloss “plateau” as a frustration; I view it as the body’s way of saying, “This is where I should be.” Sure, we could work extra super duper hard to try to force our figures into a different mould, but why???

    Another great post!

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  42. kristy

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    i just recently found your blog and love it! you have such a great spirit about you and your thoughts on health versus weight are so right on for where i want to take myself. thanks for being so honest, sincere and inspiring.

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  43. Meg's Gut

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    Meghan, you are really an inspiration.
    Right now I am what you were a few years ago. I am very thin for my height and I definitely don’t feel like I look healthy. I’m a 5’8″ stance and weigh 114lbs…I have tried for so many months to gain the weight.
    I too have Crohn’s and I think I am just not absorbing the right nutrients.
    I can’t wait to be in the position you are right now! Congratulations!!
    By the way….you don’t look chubby at all, you just truly look healthy and glowing!

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  44. Catherine

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    I just read this post and I needed to tell you how beautiful and inspirational you are, Meghan. I really love how open and honest you are, and that you take the time to write such thoughtful posts. I am so thankful I found your site, have tried your amazing recipes, and I have benefitted so much from many of the topics you have touched on regarding health, food, wellness, and happiness!

    I am in the middle of my 5 day vegan fest (I started a bit late). I am finding so much joy in cooking (which I have never liked before), and I feel so wonderful knowing that what I’m putting in my body is all natural and practically straight from the earth!

    Thank you again for sharing all of this with the blogging world. You are such an inspiration. And, like everyone is saying, you aren’t chubby! You’re beautiful and perfect just the way you are :o)

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  45. fartygirl

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    Ummm… you’re not chubby. :)

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  46. Tressa

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    Just found your blog and love it! I just want to know when normal and healthy became chubby? Why do we beat ourselves and each other up like this? I am not normal. I am 5’8” and 130 lbs. I have a very high metabolism and need to eat several times a day. Most would just think “must be nice”. Not when I can’t get that snack/ meal. Then I get tired, crabby, and my brain starts to slow down. I have never had the luxury of being “chubby” and “skinny” is not a flattering word to me. My whole life I have I have struggled with not having enough weight. Yet women are jealous of how “skinny” I am. It saddens me that the perversion of society has turned normal into “chubby” or “fat”, and to be acceptable one must be sick, have some other medical reason, or kill themselves. I am glad that you can see it for what it is. We come in all shapes and sizes. I just wish those who are asking what “the secret” is would get it and be happy with being normal. Thank you for opening the eyes of people who are really just normal and healthy, and letting them see they really are beautiful.

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  48. Ariana

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    Thank you for writing this. As a young woman with ulcerative colitis, I am struggling to gain weight as I deal with my current flare that started almost two years ago. At 5’4″ and only weighing 90 pounds, I often feel unattractive and weak. I would gladly welcome a bit of ‘jiggle’ if it meant that I could feel normal again. Thank you for making me feel less alone.

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  49. Katie

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    Wow, I just wanted to say thank you for writing this. I think most of us women long to feel this way about our bodies and on my own journey toward wholeness and contentment, it heartens me to hear someone preachin’ it! Thanks!

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  52. wendy

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    great article meghan, we have a lot in common. sounds like my story minus the crohns. i posted it on my blog/twitter to share with others.

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  55. Ashlei

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    This post is amazing! I love the message and wish more people would read it and live this way.

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  56. joanna schupp

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    geez. this post really hit me hard. i’m still crying as i type this!! i have been going through all your posts because i recently was directed to your site. i am in a very bad time with my IBD and have lost 20 lbs in the past few months. to most people, i look like a toothpick and great, but to me, i look disgustingly sick and malnourished and have my pants falling off of me. you have really inspired me to keep healing without medication. my doctor keeps pushing meds on me and i was taking them but noticed no reduction in my symptoms. i just hope with prayer and healthy eating that i can be as beautiful and strong as you are!

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    • Meghan Telpner

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      Thank you Joanna! Sending good vibe your way. And if you are interested in working one-on-one with a natural health practitioner, drop us a note. Our referral of choice has great success with people suffering from all stages of IBD.

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  57. Figuring it out « ingredientsforlife.ca

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    [...] while ago I read an insightful post by Meghan regarding the issue of taking on clients who’s number one goal is to lose weight. I totally [...]

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  58. Meghan Telpner Discusses Body Image SamanthaMenzies.com

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    [...] Meghan Telpner’s blog Making Love in the Kitchen was the launching point for my own personal food revolution. Before I started reading it I was eating yoghurt with aspartame and textured vegetable protein and thinking that I was a healthy eater. Through reading her blogs and participating in her Green Smoothie cleanses I have learned to appreciate real, whole foods and how what we eat impacts every aspect of our health. I’m so glad that she let me publish one of my favourite of her posts as part of the Bikini Confidence series: I’d Rather Be Chubby. [...]

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  59. Pauline Stacey

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    When i was diagnosed with crohns disease my weight plumeted to 48kgs i am 167 cms in height ,10 yrs later i am now a healthy 60 kgs but i feel as though i could loose a kilo or 2 but i feel healthy and happy

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  60. Inspirational Guest Post by Meghan Telpner on Healing » veggiesandme.com

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    [...] years ago I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, a condition that is commonly believed to have no cure. I was given the options of surgery and [...]

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  61. Meghan Telpner

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    LADIES!!! Thank you all for your honest, revealing, heart felt comments. I feel honoured that you feel comfortable sharing such intimate and personal feelings and thoughts in this little space I have created. Such honesty is absolute true beauty and from the bottom of my heart I hope you find the health and happiness you are working to achieve. Great big love!
    Megs

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  62. Meghan Telpner

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    Elain- Another benefit to being a little chubby, or carrying extra weight as you get older is that we store estrogen in our fat cells. When we stop producing this hormone during menopause, the body can utilize the stores to help ease the hormonal changes.

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  63. Amanda

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    Tressa,

    Thank you for putting into words exactly how I feel. I was bullied for being “too skinny” in high school and often get the same comments you do. I am 163cm (5’3″) and I weigh 52.2kg (114.84 lbs). I have been told I can’t put on weight because my body isn’t able to digest food properly and take away all the nutrients. I am always hungry and always eating but I will admit I wasn’t always eating what was right. You are not alone in your struggle and I think in knowing that somehow empowers you even more. I am on Day 8 of my new healthy eating and feel great. I still get hungry easily but I think I need to increase my portion sizes (this is all still new to me) and make sure my snacks are more filling. I have noticed I’m not as crabby or moody this past week, even when I’m hungry, which is a testament to this way of life.

    Thank you for sharing your story.

    xx

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