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 email@example.com.
Disclaimer: This advice is not intended to be a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical, health or nutritional advice.
If you were to describe 2016 in three words, what would those be? I would choose 'tough, setbacks, inspiring'.
I'm sure you've had your fair share of struggles too but you've got a choice for 2017. You can either just hurry ahead and make a long list of fresh resolutions. Or you can decide to:
- Rapidly go through and digest your accomplishments or setbacks that shaped 2016 for you
- Assess what you learnt this year
- Let go of all the mental and emotional decks that are holding you back
So, grab a piece of paper and let's get started with questions to ask yourself before you decide what your New Year's resolution will be.
Question 1: What's one thing that you're really proud of?
This could be something you created, something you experienced, something you did. You see, this question is very important because most of us move so fast and are so critical of ourselves that we barely (if ever) take the time to stop and acknowledge how far we've come. I am SO guilty of that!
And this attitude is a sure-fire way to start the New Year feeling like a failure for 'not having done enough' or 'not having been productive enough'. We put so much pressure on ourselves (especially with those looooooooooooooong lists of resolutions) that we end up feeling defeated before even starting.
So, what I'd like you to do is name that one small (or big) thing that made your year. It could be something work-related or it could be health-related. For instance, you're now going to bed earlier so that you can wake up refreshed.
Bonus: Now you know what to tell others when they ask you how your year has been.
Question 2: What mistake did you do this year and how can you grow from that?
Take a bird's-eye view on your entire year, jot down what went wrong and what consequences those 'mistakes' had on your life (work, social, love, family etc.). It could be that you were drinking too much coffee to meet tight deadlines and this made you cranky which, in turn, made you snap for nothing at your kids.
This activity will help you to be more objective since it will allow you to review what went wrong with a little bit of distance and more perspective. I believe that this will make it easier to extract lessons from those 'mistakes' without beating yourself up and letting your ego get in the way. This should help you say 'hello' to a wiser, better version of yourself in 2017.
Question 3: What are you willing to let go of?
Yes, you could declutter your wardrobe or give away things you no longer need. But this question is more about commitments, projects or goals that:
- Have been hanging on your to-do list for ages
- Are no longer of value to you
- No longer align with who you are or want to achieve
- Are bringing you down like an anchor
And this step is also about letting go of:
- Emotions (guilt, shame, embarrassment, resentment, anger, hatred) that are slowly gnawing at you deep inside.
- The stories you've been telling yourself to get out of doing something? For instance, 'I'm not a good enough writer yet to start the inspirational blog I've been dreaming of creating.'
In the words of the poet Rumi, 'Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop.' And remember: you won't know how something has been holding you back until you let go of it.
Ready to tackle 2017 like a champ? I would love to know how your 'self-interview' went!
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/ .