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I understand Lucy, because I've shared the same feelings about myself. When you have an eating disorder, the world can think you're perfect, but all you see are flaws. Let's not crucify her for it. Instead, let's use it as an opportunity to talk about how messed up the entertainment industry is.
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Have you ever looked at the nutrition labels on a food product and wondered how to make sense of the information? If so, you're not alone! Food labels contain a lot of information, and it can be confusing to consumers.
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"Metabolic dysfunction" is a seemingly innocuous term that may sound unfamiliar to most of us. But medical researchers now believe it's a root cause of the global epidemics of obesity and Type 2 diabetes -- which are destined to kill more than half the world's population over the age of 50.
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Do you know your body's enemies? If weight gain is one of them, then it's useful to know exactly how it can get the better of you. Here's how: Our meal portions are too typically loaded with insulin-spiking processed carbohydrates. And we're conditioned to eat far too many of them. But why exactly do we indulge too much?
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Adopting a healthier lifestyle is an active process; no one can force anyone else -- no matter how much they love them -- to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Your loved one has to be at least interested in having the "health conversation." Health is a process, and in order for long-term changes to occur, the person must want to -- and be ready to -- be part of the process... The million-dollar question becomes, how do you support a loved one's journey to become fit, without them feeling judged, belittled, and criticized?
All calories are not equal. Yet we continue to count them in hopes of managing weight and health. Correcting this flawed thinking will forever change your relationship with food, calories and your weight. Changing your fuel just may change your health trajectory.
I crushed on guys who were "out of my league." I saw others get attention while I was ignored or rejected. I felt bad about my body, which was mostly fat, with little or no visible muscle. My face was pretty and my mannerisms were soft, leaving me pretty low in the hierarchy. So I took action.
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No, no, the other F-word.
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That's the curse with being a mom. In an instant we doubt everything we have done. We quickly blame ourselves. I know my little girl doesn't think she is fat. She heard it on television; and, like so many other words, she repeated it back. However, that doesn't make the moment less important. It doesn't make hearing her say that word any easier. She is a product of her environment. She sees everything. She hears everything. She internalizes everything. As her parents, my husband and I can instill all the self-worth in the world. But, in an instant, it can be broken.
Is it just me or is the food game kinda rigged? You know, stacked against us like a cruel joke. We all want to eat healthy, but the obstacles placed in our way are both myriad and insurmountable. What gives?
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A diet that's high in either fat or sugar could promote changes in the gut bacteria community that could represent a significant knock to cognition in the domain of being able to adapt and adjust to c...
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Of all the nutrition and fitness misconceptions I hear, this is the front-runner for most ridiculous: "I need carbohydrates for energy." Unlike protein and fat, carbohydrates supply none of the elements necessary to build or repair tissue in the body, and provide no essential component.
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Those following the government guidelines are eating upwards of 150g of glucose before noon. This is far too much for a healthy active individual to be consuming, let alone someone carrying excess fat, bordering insulin resistance, and living a sedentary lifestyle (i.e. 3/4 of the population).
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Must we spend our lives in abject misery about our god-given design flaws?I say NO. I am fat, fit and fabulous! And I have spent far too much time trying to be something that I was never intended to be -- thin.
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As we age, our bodies are less responsive to the typical caloric equation of weight loss; i.e. less calories in and more calories out. Indeed, new science is revealing that age-related weight gain has very little to do with caloric balance and much more to do with the altered physiology of the aging body and adverse environmental and lifestyle factors.
We're tormented by our obsession with weight. Losing weight is hard to do, and the overwhelming majority of us gain back whatever weight we lose (and then some). Every failed weight loss effort drags us deeper into depression. Loving thoughts breed acceptance and patience. Sometimes I stray from my chosen path and eat something that triggers my food addiction. Because I love the body I once had and don't fear returning to it, I'm able to respond to these slips in a healthy way. I accept that I've gone off the path. I forgive myself.
When it comes to their appearance, women can never, ever, ever win. They're always too old, or too fat, or too thin, or too tall, or too short or some combination of the above. It doesn't matter if we're talking about now, or 50 years ago, or 100 years ago, the story is always the same: women can never win.
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Dieting can be tricky. Trying to figure out exactly which foods are good for you is never easy, especially when there are so many tempting treats lining grocery store shelves. Luckily, there are certa...
Why should the word fat be illegal? It's not offensive unless we make it offensive. Try this: instead of banning fat talk from your home, invite it in with the understanding that the second it starts to get mean, it will be asked to hit the road. Fat isn't offensive, using it as an insult is.
The problems occur when germs happen to find a home in places where they don't belong, such as the sinuses or the feet. The microbes release signals into the body that come into contact with the fat underneath the skin. The fat, in turn, realize something's not right and spark inflammation.
That too much fondness of fast food can cause weight problems is old news. But the idea that nearly all types of restaurants dish up meals that can expand your waistline has not been as widely discuss...
Eating a poor quality diet is the leading risk factor for diseases and injuries that cause Canadians to die prematurely and become disabled, according to a new report. International researchers analy...
A large part of the population suffers from side effects connected to the consumption of wheat. The result has been a strong physical reaction by many to these new forms of wheat including weight gain. Once you cut out wheat your blood sugar stops spiking, your appetite is reduced and thus you lose weight. Easy formula, but challenging to maintain.
One of the biggest myths is that if a food is fat-free it doesn't make you fat. Or, even better, that it makes you slim. While it definitely makes for enticing packaging and alluring marketing, we now know they aren't a golden ticket to weight loss. In fact, they can keep you from reaching those New Year's resolutions.
Jennifer McLagan left behind a degree in economics and politics in Australia early on to pursue a career in the food industry, and what a career it has been. She talks to us about her passions, living in Paris and her perfect Valentine's Day dinner.
I remember that evening well: We burst into my bedroom trying to take each others clothes off and my nose scratched from my shirt button as he miscalculated the strip down. Almost a trip over his left pant leg and a bump to my shin over the trunk and we finally conquered the journey to my bed. It was hot and there I was feeling like a 20-year old sex kitten being taken by strong hands that wrestled me into the sheets. And there, in a game of twister, I looked down.
I have gained some weight and am at my biggest to date in these 22 years. At this size, the only way I'm participating in any of the new fashions is if I get some serious alterations, mainly in the booty region. The worst part about my struggle with ill-fitting clothes was that I didn't want anyone to think less of me as a fashionista. I am ashamed that my concern with my weight gain was not my health or well-being, but what I could no longer wear nor buy.
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Thinking about your weight regularly -- and even daily? You're not alone. A troubling new study from Travelodge in the UK reveals the extent of our celebrity obsessed culture, where having the perfect...
The summer months encourage you to be outdoors, exercise and eat fresh and healthy. But the heat slows us down; the abundance of entertaining is out of control and it's just so easy to overeat those luscious grilled meats, potato salads and ice cream. We also are out at events more and can get caught off guard by the offerings. Since we still have the better part of the summer ahead of us, here are some tips to maintain your health and weight while out and about.
So often we're led to believe that certain foods we consider healthy are also "diet" foods. For example fruits, vegetables, olive oils, lean protein, yogurts, marinades or anything labelled low fat, low calorie or low sugar have to constitute a healthier diet. But just don't take these foods at face value. You have to be careful of how you consume them. Check out these top five culprits.
My daughter does not even read magazines but the girls on television that are popular are impossibly thin while the heavier girl is either funny or obnoxious. These images trickle into our children's minds and they meanly call other kids fat or tell them they are not pretty. As a parent, how do you build your child's self esteem when it feels the world is trying to destroy it? Here are some tips that I have found really help girls to be positive and confident.
Meghan Tonjes has some strong words for fat haters: “F*** you.” The creator of Project Lifesize, a group that discusses body image, created a YouTube video titled ‘I AM FAT!’ after getting some YouTu...