AN SSBBWs WORLD
Information and rants about living in the real world as an SSBBW
As SSBBWs, we live in a world built for smaller people. Each day we face challenges to fit in, or even to just fit. While education and information are powerful tools, our best resource is each other. Let us know your tips or rants about this subject at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Health At Every Size
Health at Every Size - these are the buzz words around the internet these days. Are you healthy? Do you want to be healthier?
What is health? The World Health Organization defined health in its broader sense in 1946 as "a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity". Being healthier doesn't mean losing weight. To you it might mean:
- eating better (such as reducing processed foods)
- exercising/moving more
- stopping smoking
- working on that depression
In the past few issues I've discussed the five steps that I am using to start my journey to better health. This month I'm going to talk about nutritional food labels and how to read them as I believe this is a very important aspect. You need to know what you are putting in your body. And depending on what you want to track whether its fat, calories, protein, sodium, sugar etc. it can help you keep on track.
Disclaimer: This advice is not intended to be a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical, health or nutritional advice.
This time of year is sunny and hot and perfect for a nice refreshing frozen fruity drink. Alot of places sell fruit smoothies but just because it has fruit in it doesn't make it healthy for you. We compared the nutritional information for five different Strawberry Banana small sized smoothies sold throughout North America:
|*Starbucks include a whey/protein mix|
So none of these seem too bad. But what are the actual ingredients? Is there real fruit? Are there additives or preservatives? They may not have fresh fruit and just use a frozen puree (which is probably loaded with sugar). They may tell you a smoothie has a full serving of fruit but don't forget a serving is usually 1/2 cup, that isn't much.
Why not just make your own? You'll know what goes in it, it will work out cheaper and be much better for you. Just take 1/2 strawberries, 1/2 banana and 1/2 cup of milk and throw them in a blender. You can add some ice if you want it a bit thicker or plain greek yogurt to add some smoothiness and protein.
TIP: Freeze plain greek yogurt in an ice cube tray and pop a few in your smoothie.
Without the yogurt a homemade smoothie would be about 160 calories.
In the News.....
Study highlights body image issues - Click Here
Highly anticipated obesity pill gets nod - Click Here
The Fatter of Two Evils - Why are Americans more afraid of gaining weight than smoking cigarettes? - Click Here
ABSI, New Obesity Measure: Better Than BMI?- Click Here
What About Preventing Obesity? - Click Here
Should advertisers use more ‘plus-size’ models? - Click Here
Obesity is an emerging risk factor in crashes - Click Here
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