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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disclaimer: This advice is not intended to be a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical, health or nutritional advice.
The Tiara is On Baby!
Let me ask you something: when was the last time you took some time off for yourself? And by yourself I mean 'all by yourself, without the kids, without your phone, without your TV etc'? When did you just sit and do nothing but concentrate on the most important person in the room; the A-MA-ZING YOU?
Can't remember? Well, that's not really surprising: in today's fast-paced world, we are taught that time is money. We try to do everything quickly in order to make the most out of our day. It's true that people are catching up on the need to slow down. So we now have seminars like 'How to slow down quickly'...
Well, the hard truth is that this need to do everything quickly is messing up our hormones, our gut health, our emotional balance etc. I mean, have you ever been late for a meeting because you couldn't remember where you dropped the car keys?
Or did it ever happen that you couldn't catch some zzz's because you remembered you had the laundry or grocery shopping to do? Or that you forgot to feed the cat?
Or perhaps you left the grocery store with everything but the ONE item you actually needed?
If you're nodding your head, it could be that your cortisol levels are sky high. Now don't get me wrong - we need the hormone cortisol for lots of things like maintaining normal blood glucose levels, regulating anti-inflammatory pathways or blood pressure and so on. Plus cortisol also helps respond to emergencies. However, many of us are so overloaded with stuffs to take care of that our brains start seeing everything as an emergency and when this happens, our cortisol levels shoot up leading to a host of health issues such as impaired cognitive performance, increased blood pressure and abdominal fat, decreased muscle mass and poor quality sleep which further increases cortisol levels... Talk about a vicious spiral!
By now you're probably thinking 'Uhhhh, what's that got to do with a freakin' tiara???'
Well, in a nutshell, the tiara is all about spending quality time with yourself. Here's how you can roll:
- Buy a tiara. I'm dead serious - it's the perfect excuse to buy yourself a sparkly little something.
- Tell your family that when the tiara is on, it's YOUR time - the kids' homework can wait and so can changing that blinking light bulb.
- Then take 15 minutes all by yourself and just relax - either lie on your bed, enjoy a bubble bath or just sit outside with your toes wriggling in the grass. Anything that can help you feel great about yourself, unwind and de-stress for a while. But whatever you choose to do, remember to breathe in and out slowly but deeply.
Try this a few times and share your experience on SSBBW's facebook page.
Submitted by: Shari