Health, Wellness, & Nutrition Articles
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.
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.
A Secret to Weight Loss
Posted on October 21, 2014
These days, weight loss plans are a dime a dozen, and every nutrition “expert” has another magical elixir that will supposedly make you eternally beautiful and skinny. But many of us have tried them all—we’ve done the low-carb thing, we’ve tried low-fat, we’ve cut out gluten—and nothing seems to work. So what’s truly the key to losing weight loss? It’s simple, but it’s not easy. And the real secret is this: self-love. Here’s how to put it into practice.
Can Yoga Help Overcome Binge Eating?
Posted on October 20, 2014
Perhaps you know the feeling: you’re uncomfortably full and surrounded by empty cartons or crumpled wrappers. That sick feeling begins to bubble up from your core: it’s not only a physical sensation of unpleasant fullness, but deeper, darker humiliation and guilt, coming down from a high that’s replaced by gut-dropping shame and anxiety. When we binge, we tune out. We go unconscious, we disembody, we are nearly unreachable. The logical part of our brain shuts off, and our bodies go into panic mode. Not enough, is the message that your body receives. Not safe enough, not supported enough, not grounded enough: Danger. But what if you caught yourself before reaching that stress level? What if you closed your eyes and deepened your breath, settling back into that loving, quiet place that always dwells within you? Yoga can help us reign in our emotions and regain control over our behavior. It can gently eliminate the anxiety, and reprogram negative patterns we have around food.
The Best Health Coach Training for Women
Posted on October 19, 2014
There are a lot of health coach training programs out there, and it’s natural for women to be curious about which programs suit their unique needs and interests. It’s important to understand that there is no single “best” training for women, but the ones that tend to be better matches for them are those that acknowledge that women often have different learning styles and interests.
How Do People Make Peace with Food?
Posted on October 18, 2014
We are immersed in a social attitude that pits our minds against our bodies. Various media tell us to be sexy but not sexual, that our bodies aren’t and will never be good enough, that this or that superfood will be the key to longevity and a thigh gap. Is it any surprise that nearly everyone is fighting an incessant internal battle with their bodies and food? Trendy ways of eating are tirelessly revised and rewritten, and we are constantly fed information about the best of what to eat and when. We are coerced into eating when we’re not hungry, or not eating when we are hungry; mindlessly consuming food that doesn’t taste good and enjoying less of what delights us. It’s no wonder that more and more of us are throwing in the towel and raise a white flag in the fight with food.
7 Tips for Teens and Body Image
Posted on October 17, 2014
These days, it seems like a lot of us have insecurities about our bodies that can be intense at times. And it feels pretty terrible. It can be particularly challenging for teens—both guys and girls--who are often struggling to fit in, at the same time that they’re beginning to discover who they are as independent young adults. If you’re a parent of a teen—or an adult who’s otherwise involved in the life of a teen—here are a few ways you can help them establish a positive body image.
Are You Using Yoga to Love Your Body?
Posted on October 16, 2014
In nearly every major city, yoga studios are popping up promising hotter, more humid rooms with athletic and powerful flows that will sculpt your rear into a rock-hard yoga butt. Thin, flexible people in contorted poses flood our social media feeds and are smeared on the pages of yoga magazines. It seems in some ways, yoga has transformed into just another militarized exercise regimen advertised in a way that makes us feel bad about ourselves. Practicing yoga isn’t an automatic ticket to body love. Just like any other exercise, yoga can be abused and used as a punishing tool to fuel war with your body. Oftentimes, it may seem like avid yogis are loving their bodies with a disciplined and vigorous practice, but are inwardly fanning the flame of a less-than-great body relationship. But by tracing this practice back to its roots in the Yoga Sutras, an ancient text explaining how to practice, we can see that the core principles of yoga promote balance and overall wellness of body, spirit and mind to encourage self-love. Keep these yoga concepts in mind while you practice to make sure you’re using your yoga to nourish, not hurt, your relationship with your body.
Natural Weight Loss
Posted on October 15, 2014
It seems like there’s a new “perfect weight loss system” cropping up every day. One supposed expert might tell us that the answer to our prayers is to religiously count how many “points” we consume each day, while another says we should all be worshipping at the Church of Low-Carb. So, what’s an eater to do? The first step is to realize that there is no single diet that’s right for everyone. We all have unique bodies, so the diet that helped your co-worker lose 20 pounds might not do much of anything for you. So does that mean all those nutrition experts trying to sell their weight loss systems are just peddling false promises? Not necessarily (unless they’re promoting “diet foods” that are chock-full of scary, artificial ingredients—in which case, actual snake oil might be the healthier option!). There is usually a kernel of truth in any diet, the key is to learn to take what works and ditch the rest, in order to create a natural weight loss strategy that suits YOU. Here’s how to get started.
How Do I Control My Appetite?
Posted on October 14, 2014
These days, a lot of us feel like we’re struggling to control our appetite. There is often the impression that appetite causes us to eat more than we want to, and leads to weight gain. As a result, many of us approach the situation from the perspective of reining appetite in. It’s not hard to understand why so many of us take this approach. It makes us feel like we have a greater sense of control—like we will attain the bodies we want (whether that means eradicating body fat or just maintaining our current weight) if we can simply get a handle on our appetite. Of course, what we’re really hoping to get by achieving the “perfect” body is love, acceptance, and approval from others. And at first glance, controlling our appetite may seem like an easier way to get those things than addressing the deeper, underlying issues or insecurities that cause us to feel we’re not worthy of love and acceptance unless we lose weight. It looks like there are a lot of good reasons to keep our appetite in check. We supposedly won’t gain weight, we might even lose weight and, we believe, we’ll convince people to like us. So what’s the secret to controlling appetite? Well, the answer is, you don’t. Instead, you should welcome it. Here are a few ways to do that:
Choosing a Health Coach Training
Posted on October 13, 2014
For many of us, the decision to become a health or wellness coach is a hugely important one. It’s often something we come to after struggling with our own health challenges, and usually stems from the desire to help others who are going through the same thing. It’s more than just a job—it’s an opportunity to take the soul lessons we’ve learned and the wisdom we’ve gained and use it to uplift those coming along after us. So now that you’ve concluded coaching is the path that’s right for you, it’s vital that you choose a health coach training that will enable to you to do that. How do you choose a program that will meet your needs? Here are a few questions to ask when making your choice.