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.
Each month we try to profile an SSBBW to help inspire those SSBBWs who haven't yet gotten that they are wonderful, caring, sexy, special people. We are always looking for more great and wonderful SSBBWs that feel they can be an inspiration to others to be profiled. Send us a mail if you are interested!!
Tis the Season for Celebrations.....
Christmas - December 25
Christmas is an annual holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus is celebrated on December 25. The story of Christmas is based on the biblical accounts given in the Gospel of Matthew. According to these accounts, Jesus was born to Mary, assisted by her husband Joseph, in the city of Bethlehem. The birth took place in a stable surrounded by farm animals and the infant Jesus was laid in a manger.
The word for Christmas in late Old English is Cristes Maesse, the Mass of Christ, first found in 1038, and Cristes-messe, in 1131. In Dutch it is Kerst-misse, in Latin Dies Natalis, whence comes the French Noel, and Italian Il natale; in German Weihnachtsfest, from the preceeding sacred vigil. The term Yule is of disputed origin. It is unconnected with any word meaning "wheel". The name in Anglo-Saxon was geol, feast: geola, the name of a month (cf. Icelandic iol a feast in December).
Christmas is celebrated all over the world and in different ways in different countries. New traditions are always being started including the famous Santa Claus. To see how Christmas is celebrated around the world visit www.history.com and for the evolution of Santa Claus (St. Nicholas) see these pages.
For an excellent history about christmas visit www.newadvent.org.
Hanukkah - December 8 - December 16
Hanukkah (Chanukah) also known as the Festival of Lights is an eight-day Jewish holiday beginning on the 25th day of Kislev according to the hebrew calendar, which may fall anytime from late November to late December. This year, 2011, it falls from sunset December 20 to sunset December 28. Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem by Judas Maccabee in 165 BC after the Temple had been profaned by Antiochus IV Epiphanes, king of Syria and overlord of Palestine.
It is celebrated with excellent food, an exchange of gifts, and the lighting of beautiful menorahs (special Hanukkah candelabras) filled with brightly colored candles. It is celebrated with excellent food, an exchange of gifts, and the lighting of beautiful menorahs (special Hanukkah candelabras) filled with brightly colored candles. Unlike some of the other Jewish holidays, which require intense spiritual reflection or elaborate preparation, it is easy to celebrate.
Kwanzaa - December 26 - January 1
Kwanzaa, a week long celebration of the African-American heritage is observed from December 26 to January 1. It was started back in 1966 by Ron Karenga while living in California as a way "...to give a Black alternative to the existing holiday and give Blacks an opportunity to celebrate themselves and history, rather than simply imitate the practice of the dominant society."
Kwanzaa has seven basic symbols that represent specific values and concepts that reflect the African culture. These symbols/values are:
- Mazao (The Crops)
These are symbolic of African harvest celebrations and of the rewards of productive and collective labor.
- Mkeka (The Mat)
This is symbolic of our tradition and history and therefore, the foundation on which we build.
- Kinara (The Candle Holder)
The Kwanzaa candles and harvest This is symbolic of our roots, our parent people -- continental Africans.
- Muhindi (The Corn)
This is symbolic of our children and our future which they embody.
- Mishumaa Saba (The Seven Candles)
These are symbolic of the Nguzo Saba, the Seven Principles, the matrix and minimum set of values which African people are urged to live by in order to rescue and reconstruct their lives in their own image and according to their own needs.
- Kikombe cha Umoja (The Unity Cup)
This is symbolic of the foundational principle and practice of unity which makes all else possible.
- Zawadi (The Gifts)
These are symbolic of the labor and love of parents and the commitments made and kept by the children.
For more information about Kwanzaa visit the Official Kwanzaa Web Site.
No matter what you are celebrating this season, SSBBW Magazine wants to wish you all the happiest of holidays and all the best for 2013.
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
We are very happy to announce that we have a Registered Dietician on staff who will be writing our Health At Every Size series as well as answering a reader's question each month. You can read about Shari's philosophy and experience on our staff page. If you have a question for Shari, please email us at email@example.com.
Disclaimer: This advice is not intended to be a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical, health or nutritional advice.
A Healthy Approach to Holiday Eating
It's December! The festive season is already here and with it comes lots and lots of temptations, parties and family dinners. With mouth-watering foods everywhere, keeping to one's healthy eating commitment may constitute a challenge for most of us.
So, here are a few tips that can help you enjoy all that this season has to offer:
- Plan ahead: On your calendar, jot down the gatherings you're likely to go to and make sure not to reach the party with an empty stomach (it will be way harder to avoid the inevitable pitfalls of overindulging at parties if you're hungry).
- Don't skip meals: If dinner is going to be a feast, make sure your breakfast and lunch include lean protein (turkey, meat, chicken, fish, eggs, beans or pulses), veggies and some whole grains. Protein and fibre-rich foods will take the edge off your hunger - this will help you make wiser buffet selections.
- Drink up: Studies suggest that having a 500ml glass of water at least 30 minutes before a meal can help reduce overall calorie intake. Plus mild dehydration often mimics hunger. So, make sure to start your meal with a glass of fresh water.
- Veggies first: Load your plate with any kind of veggies or a salad. Have a dip to liven up your greens: a bean dip, some hummus or spicy salsa. The water and fibre content of vegetables will help you feel quite full before the main meal.
- Scan your options: Whether it's a buffet or a family feast, examine your choices without a plate in hand to avoid impulse decisions. Before reaching the gathering, decide on your number of buffet-trips and stick to your decision.
- Be the life of the party: Parties are about socializing; eating and drinking are only secondary. So catch up with friends and family - away from that buffet to avoid unconscious nibbling.
- Be choosy with your splurges: In other words, if you think that apple pie is worth its calories ENJOY it but when the splurge is not worth it, walk away.
- Impress your guests: If you're hosting the party, why not offer healthier (yet fun) options to your guests? You could try a festive pasta or rice theme - think green and red. For instance, you could serve wild or brown rice with red and green bell peppers, some roasted turkey; a side of greens and a salsa dip with loads of fresh basil.
Bottom line: Pamper yourself, you deserve it. Make food choices that will make YOU happy and won't leave you guilty when the New Year comes.
How to splurge 'healthily'
I recently attended a family dinner and was living out a food fantasy in the form of a triple layered dark chocolate ice cream covered with hazelnut bits when I got interrupted. With a frown on her face, my cousin (who also happens to be an MD) told me: "Aren't you supposed to be a dietitian?"
Hello! What does that even mean? The food police HAD to ruin my moment of bliss!
After all healthy eating is not an all-or-nothing endeavor. Deprive yourself for too long and you'll end up bingeing these foods you're craving for. The trick is to splurge with a purpose and in a healthy way. Here's how:
- Identify your treat: You like cheesecake but 'can't-live-without' chocolate? Then indulge in chocolate. Once a week is okay.
- Create balance: You had a Big Mac for lunch? Settle for a healthier dinner and snacks for the rest of the day. You see moderation is a type of give and take and by not going ‘whole hog', you're less likely to feel guilty for overindulging.
- Tune in while indulging: Listen to your body - eat slowly, enjoy your treat one mouthful at a time - and stop when you feel satisfied. Don't stuff yourself. Even if you're not done; after all you'll get plenty of other treat times.
Free yourself from black and white diet rules: once you do so, you'll tend to crave treats less often.
Submitted by: Shari
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