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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:


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:


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 info@ssbbw-magazine.com.

Disclaimer: This advice is not intended to be a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical, health or nutritional advice.


3 non-diet ways to fast-forward your healing process

In a way, I guess we all do. Whether you have an autoimmune disease like me. Or any other kind of chronic health issue.

But the problem is that we often equate the healing process with diet and lifestyle changes only.

And one thing I've noticed among the hundreds of women I've worked with over the past 8 years, is that focusing only on what's at the end of your fork is rarely optimal.

I mean there are SO many people out there who eat healthy but just don't feel at home in their own bodies.

Do you know what's missing in their lives?

Keep reading to find out the three things you can start doing today to turn the tide on your health.

1. Reconnect with your spiritual side.

For some, this could involve praying. For others, it could mean basking in nature's beauty. Or spending time with orphans.

How does this help with healing?

Well, any activity that helps you recover, or keep in touch with, your spiritual side has been found to:

(i) Increase oxytocin and serotonin levels which help make you feel better and happier in your own skin. This, canĀ  in turn, can curb inflammation which often is at the root of many chronic diseases.

(ii) Strengthen the immune system and help the body fight infections + identify cells that are changing abnormally instead of targeting its own tissues (as is the case in autoimmune diseases).

2. Live by your "why".

Why do you do the things you do? Do feel a sense of purpose?

If you're religious, your 'why' could be to strive to achieve God's satisfaction. And this isn't just by kneeling down and praying. It also involves what you do in your daily life, how you treat others, how you react and so on.

Or maybe you're a nature activist. Your 'why' could be to preserve the environment so that future generations can enjoy this world's natural treasures.

How does this help with healing?

If your 'why' isn't connected to what you do, or worse, if what you do is in conflict with your 'why', do you think you'll be happy?

Or will you feel like you have a bottomless pit expanding inside you?

And when your morale is fractured, chances are you'll either feel guilty or ashamed. And these two feelings weaken the immune system. (Nope, I'm not making this up - there's actually a very interesting field known as PsychoNeuroEndocrinology. Put simply, this field studies the impact of emotions on our immune system and hormones.

3. Let go of repressed emotions

Don't want to deal with certain feelings or emotions? Squash 'em down! They won't bother you anymore, right?

Well, the more you suppress uneasy feelings, the more likely they are to come back and haunt you.

One possible way to deal with those feelings would be to use a journal. This article series will guide you through a non-boring process.

How does this help with healing?

You guessed it: suppressed emotions will also weaken your immune system by influencing inflammatory states.

Don't know where to start?

Try this FREE course: it will help you transform your health by better understanding your thoughts.

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 webpage https://thestrategicrd.com/ .

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