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 would like to introduce you to a blog series on Intuitive Eating. This blog is written by Danielle Lithwick M.A., founder of Move Out Of Madness. With over a decade of combined education and experience in nutrition, yoga, psychology, addiction counselling, mindfulness, and personal training, she believes that how we move and how we eat should nourish not only our bodies but also our minds. Her mission is to teach people how to take the simpler and saner approach to exercise and eating using a personalized, skills-based, and compassionate approach to change. Her coaching services are rooted in non-diet and weight-neutral approaches to health and in the values of education, empowerment and enjoyment. She lives in Ottawa, ON Canada.
We urge you to read the first five of a series of blogs at these links:
- Principle #1: Reject The Diet Mentality
- Principle #2: Honor Your Hunger
- Principle #3: Make Peace With Food
- Principle #4: Challenge The Food Police
- Principle #5: Feel Your Fullness
We'll post links to the following blogs in our next issue.
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.
Unlock YOUR irresistibility
Part 14: The Last One
Yes, this is the final article of the "Unlock the Irresistible You" series. I thought of doing a wrap-up of the 13 previous articles. But instead I'd like to talk about something else that can seriously undermine your irresistibility.
That something is "SHAME", an experience which is very different from "GUILT".
Guilt involves feeling responsible about something that you may, or may not, have done. In other words, the power is still in your hands.
However, shame is a painful sense of unworthiness that relates to oneself and is often induced by society or someone else. Not you. So, when you feel shame, the power is no longer in your hands. And therefore, shame can be crippling.
As discussed in previous articles, if you think poorly about yourself, your irresistibility will suffer.
Plus, over time, chronic inflammation can lead to a host of health issues such as:
- Weight management problems
- Hormonal issues (hello PMS Monster!)
- Chronic diseases like heart disease and some cancers
- Autoimmune problems (like eczema, SLE, Hashimoto's, diabetes, fibromyalgia, etc.)
It is harder to feel irresistible when you're sick or uncomfortable in your own body, right?
So, what can you do about shame?
Some people will tell you stuff like "Well, you've got nothing to be ashamed of. You're talented, smart" etc., etc.
While it can be good to try and see ourselves through the eyes of those who truly care about us, the best way to get rid of your shame (besides seeking professional help) is to re-empower yourself.
Let's keep this simple. Make a pact with yourself that the next time you feel shame, you will allow yourself to feel the shame.
As in, how are you feeling right now? (I.e. Moment when you feel shame)
Where do you feel this? In your chest? Can you breathe?
Do you feel hot?
Then take a deep breath and commit to do something for YOU. Something you'll enjoy doing. It could be going for a short walk, booking a spa session, helping somebody out, and so on.
The point is that committing to doing something for you will help put some of the power back in your hands.
Gradually, you'll get all your power back and it'll be easier for you to feel irresistible. Even if society, or someone, has pulled you down for a long while.
Submitted by: Shari
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