Health, Wellness, & Nutrition Articles
Body Image Around the Globe
Posted on November 27, 2014
To many of us, it may seem that certain standards of beauty - like thinness, for example - reflect an objective reality. We’ve heard it so often that it just feels true - that being thin is absolutely better than the alternative. But this is not the case. Cultural standards of beauty are arbitrary, and are often quite different, depending on where in the world you’re located. Here are some insights to keep in mind.
Do We Need to Count Calories to Lose Weight?
Posted on November 26, 2014
There is a popular belief that weight loss is simply a matter of keeping track of our ratio of calories in to calories out. As long as we’re burning more calories than we’re consuming, we’ll lose weight. While cutting and counting calories does, in fact, often lead to weight loss, it is certainly not the only approach that can work - and it’s usually not the best approach, if we’re looking for sustainable and lasting change. Here is some important information to keep in mind when you feel inclined to begin counting calories.
Binge Eating and Mindfulness
Posted on November 25, 2014
One of the most challenging eating behaviors to address is binge eating. Often, we attach a great deal of guilt and shame to it, which only makes it more challenging to overcome. An approach that is often helpful is to bring mindfulness to our work with binge eating. Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, one of the first scientists to research the healing power of mindfulness, lays out seven key attitudes that can help us benefit from this practice. They are non-judging, patience, beginner’s mind, trust, non-striving, acceptance, and letting go. By applying each of these ideas to our challenges with binge eating, we just might experience some dramatic shifts.
Practice Good Nutrition to Stop Overeating
Posted on November 24, 2014
Why is it that people overeat? Many of us might be inclined to think that it’s a willpower problem. People who overeat simply lack the discipline to stop. But actually, that’s not usually the case. Often, the problem has more to do with what we eat, not how much we eat.
Women, Body Image, and the Media
Posted on November 23, 2014
It’s no surprise that, for most women, body image is negatively impacted by messages in the media. In fact, there is a growing awareness around this, even within the media and our popular culture itself. But how exactly are these negative messages delivered? What makes them so insidious? Let’s take a look at a few of the mechanisms by which the media can have a harmful effect on a woman’s body image and self-esteem.
Why Are You Trying to Lose Weight?
Posted on November 22, 2014
These days, it sometimes feels like it’s more common to meet people who are trying to lose weight than it is to find those who are content with their bodies. According to a Gallup poll, 51% of Americans say they want to lose weight. And globally, according to <i>Business Insider</i>, a recent report released by the non-profit research center SRI International found that the global spa and wellness industry is worth approximately $3.4 trillion. And, it found that a significant chunk of that money is spent on “nutrition and weight loss.”
5 Great Lessons We Can Learn from Raw Foodists
Posted on November 21, 2014
When trying to decipher the often conflicting messages from proponents of different diets, it can be difficult to know which path is right for you. For many of us, the answer is to take the kernels of wisdom we find to be most valuable from a range of diets and apply them to our daily routines in the way that works best for us. While a particular diet might not be right for you, most diets have a few lessons that can serve us all well, and raw foodism is no exception. Here are a few of the important insights we can learn from raw foodists.
5 Strategies for When the Weight Just Won’t Come Off
Posted on November 20, 2014
For many of us, we’ve tried every diet imaginable – we’ve done low-fat, low-carb, low-calorie, and more – but the weight won’t come off. Or we shed the pounds, only to gain the weight back. Why is this the case, and what strategies will really help us drop the weight and keep it off? Relax. Have you ever found [...]
Men and Body Image
Posted on October 29, 2014
There’s a growing awareness around the impact that a negative body image can have on women and girls. The dialogue around culturally imposed, yet unrealistic standards of beauty is beginning to open up. Slowly but surely, we might be starting to make some progress. But what about men and boys, who are often forgotten in conversations about body image? How are they affected?
A New Way to Stop Binge Eating
Posted on October 28, 2014
Binging is often very stressful and emotionally intense. And despite the fact that it’s quite widespread, there haven’t been any easy solution how to stop binge eating. Those who struggle with binge eating often experience a great deal of shame and guilt. They feel that their behavior somehow makes them weak-willed or even morally inferior. They criticize themselves for their supposed “lack of willpower.” As a result, they frequently hide their challenges and isolate themselves from others.
Nutrition that Boosts Immunity
Posted on October 27, 2014
There’s a reason why Grandma brewed a hot cup of echinacea tea and lemon for us at the first sign of a cold: what we consume directly correlates to our body’s capabilities to heal itself. We naturally think of immunity during cold and flu season, but did you know that boosting your immunity year-round can help your body recover faster from wounds, hard workouts and even allow you to power through allergy season with nary a sneeze? Here are few of our favorite tips to equip your body with the tools it needs to heal itself:
How to Stop Overeating: 6 Great Tips
Posted on October 26, 2014
You know what it feels like when you overeat—you’re stuffed, sluggish, and you probably didn’t even enjoy the meal all that much. But you keep doing it anyway. Why is that, and what can you do to stop overeating? Here are six tips to get you going in the right direction.
Exactly What Is a Healthy Body Image?
Posted on October 25, 2014
There is a lot of talk these days about body image, and how important it is to have a healthy relationship with your body. More and more, we’re seeing conversations in the media begin to focus on how to promote confidence and self-love among both men and women, rather than constantly barraging us with images that make us feel inadequate. Popular songs, advertising campaigns, and viral videos are all beginning to explore the ridiculous standards of physical attractiveness to which both women and men are held. These are important conversations, and they are certainly heading in the right direction. But when we talk about promoting a “healthy body image,” what exactly do we mean? What does that look like, and how do we know when we’ve achieved it? Here are a few characteristics common to most people whose body image would likely be considered “healthy:”
A Woman’s Way to Weight Loss
Posted on October 24, 2014
Arbitrary standards of beauty negatively impact both women and men. But there is something particularly insidious in the way we teach women and girls that their value as human beings is connected, in no small part, to their perceived physical attractiveness. Even female politicians are routinely criticized about their appearances. It’s no wonder, then, that many women approach weight loss from a place of desperation. In an effort to win approval from others, they look for the solution that will help them shed the most pounds as quickly as possible. Some examples of this include calorie counting, diets that require you to keep track of “points,” punishing workouts and, in more severe cases, eating disorders.
Why Choose an Eating Psychology Program?
Posted on October 23, 2014
What, exactly, is eating psychology? For a lot of us, when we hear the term, we immediately think of eating disorders. That’s certainly a part of the eating psychology landscape, but it’s not the whole picture. The psychology of eating refers to the many ways that our thoughts and emotions impact—and are impacted by—what and how we eat. So what does it mean to be a professional working in the field of eating psychology? There are two main routes you can go. The first is working with people who are suffering from eating disorders. The second is working with those whose struggles around the psychology of eating may not have reached that level, but are presenting real challenges that are holding them back from living their fullest lives. Here’s what you need to know about each option.
Body Image for Women: 5 Great Tips
Posted on October 22, 2014
Body image concerns plague both men and women. Unrealistic portrayals of masculinity—the idea that for a man to be desirable, you should be able to bounce a dime off his pecs—are insidious and need to be taken seriously. There is a unique spin when it comes to women, though. Culturally, we behave as if a significant portion of a woman’s value as a person is determined by her perceived physical attractiveness. And of course, this causes all kind of insecurities and feelings of inadequacy. So what can women do to create a sense of self-worth that’s not dependent upon how closely they resemble society’s arbitrary and nearly impossible standards of beauty? Here are some suggestions.