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.
To read the series of blogs click the links below:
- 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
- Principle #6: Discover The Satisfaction Factor
- Principle #7: Cope With Your Emotions Without Using Food
- Principle #8: Respect Your Body
- Principle #9: Exercise - Feel The Difference
- Principle #10: Honor Your Health With Gentle Nutrition
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.
Working on your New Year Resolutions? Is that a good idea?
It's the festive season. And most health blogs out there are talking about how to navigate holiday treats or stresses, how to maintain a healthy body, and so on.
But this post is different.
Because most people balk at the idea of change until things get so rough that they can no longer keep up with their life.
And implementing changes during the holidays, well, nobody really wants to think about that. This is why so many of us soothe ourselves by creating "Resolutions for the New Year" and then struggle to keep up with them.
So, let's not talk about what to do but how to think.
And my question for you is: Do you believe that your thoughts can create your life?
Yes, then, when you woke up this morning, did you consciously create your future?
No? Don't beat yourself up - most people don't. Because most people may say that they believe their thoughts can have some effect on their life. But they don't truly believe it at a gut level.
This is why our life is a routine.
We do the same things over and over again - wake up, get ready for work, go home, sleep, rinse-wash-repeat.
We have the same thoughts day in and day out.
Yet we secretly wish for things to be different and for our life to change.
But, let's get real here: as long as we keep doing, thinking, and feeling the way we always have, the more we will create 'the exact same life'.
So, if you truly want to change your health or [fill in the blank], you want to think beyond that which you already know, beyond your current life.
You might not be able to see, feel, or touch that new vision but you can create that vision in your mind in such an alive way that, with time, you will begin to live as if this vision was your true reality.
Because the way you think will become the way you feel. And the way you feel will become your actions. And your actions will become your new life.
But to do that, you want to change your personality because your personality creates life as you know it.
Let me give you an example.
My dad often told me "You don't know when you're going to die. So, live today as if it was your last day on Earth."
Truth be told, my interpretation of this was "Be kinder. Make sure you never leave someone with words that could hurt her/him."
What I did was I tried to change my reality without changing my personality. I was kind to others but not to myself. And when you're often thinking "You could have done this better" or "You didn't stick to your to-do list today" or "You slept late again", do you think you can truly be kind to others?
Or will you eventually slip back into your old way of thinking "things have to be perfect?"
The same goes for dietary habits. If we keep beating ourselves up for not having greens with our meals, we'll never eat those greens.
Because our thoughts dictate our actions and when we remind ourselves of who we think we are, we are causing our brain to fire in the exact same way. And this 'solidifies' the brain pathways associated with habits. Result: we eat greens for the next three meals and then go back to Mac & cheese.
So, what can you do about this?
For now, observe.
Observe your thoughts. Be conscious of what you're thinking and the impact that your thoughts have on your reality. And just record that.
Submitted by: Shari
Feel free to post about your own journey with Health At Every Size, any questions you may have or suggestions for future topics on our Facebook page. Shari also has her own website https://thestrategicrd.com/ .