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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 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.


Introducing the 'Unlock the irresistible YOU' series

When you were a little girl, did you ever feel like you had something special, almost magical, you could give to the world?

If you're like most women out there, these dreams probably got lost along the way as you said hello to the 'real' world. A world that expects us, women, to always be on the 'Thou shall perform as well as, or better than, men.'

Don't worry; I'm not going to start a gender equality debate.

My point is this: Our power as women does not lie in competing with men. Nor does it lie in trying to be better than men.

Because we are not men.

We possess different, yet unique, abilities. We are considered as compassionate, soft, and sensual individuals.

Yet we are also intelligent beings with a unique voice. We are strong individuals who can command and lead. (You'll notice that these characteristics are typically attributed to men).

So, yes: women are blessed with both feminine and masculine drives. And dancing with these energies is what will allow you to inspire, empower, and invigorate those you want to. Be it your spouse, kids, or colleagues.

But unfortunately, we've been made to believe that we can only allow one of these drives to shine. And if we want a successful life (career that rocks, get married, and have kids), then we cannot be soft or compassionate. In other words, we can't allow our womanly traits 'to show'.

And it's easy to fall into this trap. I mean we all want to be loved, right?

That's why we strive for the 'right' job. The 'right' wardrobe. The 'right' guy. The 'right' makeup. The 'right' body. I mean 'if we have everything right, then we'll be loved and cared for'... Well, that's the logic anyways.

But here's the thing: will you truly be happy? Will you be at peace if you conform to what society says is 'right' despite knowing that you're having to suppress that part of you that makes you, YOU?

If deep down, you're unhappy because you 'don't meet society's criteria for what's okay', you'll unfortunately put yourself at risk of developing health issues. Think that's far-fetched? Well, chronic unhappiness stresses the body.

And chronic stress = Poor digestion that can eventually lead to a weaker immune system and hormones that are out-of-whack.

And that's where the 'Unlock the irresistible YOU' series comes in.

In this series, you'll learn how to truly be at peace and content with who you are. Because let's face it: there's only ONE you. Wouldn't it be a shame to try and be somebody else?

In part I, I'll write about how to unlock your irresistibility.

Submitted by: Shari

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