I found this great letter on HuffPo via Aaron Flores’ fb page. It’s a letter from a nutritionist to her clients who want their kids put on restrictive diets so they can be thin. Instead of diets she encourages intuitive eating & helping their child develop a healthy relationship with food.
“…ultimately, a health and fitness regimen should enhance your life, and not dominate it.
~Nia Shanks, Lift Like A Girl
Continuing in my mission to clean out the potential post prompts of my inbox, I came across this Nia Shanks blog post. I really appreciated the message of treating your body right & using fitness as means to health not an unhealthy obsession with losing weight.
…if you thumb through some of the latest magazines and scroll through popular websites, that’s not always the impression we’re getting.
Some resources have turned it into a game of constantly striving to reach a lower body weight coupled with strict dieting methods and long, grueling workout routines. Often it looks like a race to see who can eat the least and work out the most. And sometimes the information is just downright degrading.
Instead of focusing simply on eating better in a sustainable way … we opt instead for the latest rapid fat loss diet that has a list of forbidden foods that can often lead to binge eating and other disordered eating habits. Inevitably we combine this dieting mentality with a rigorous workout routine that often leads to burn out, overuse injuries, and exhaustion.
I concur. For the rest of Nia’s sensible pep talk, check it out here.
Got today’s Zen Pencils, & it was too perfect not to share. If you aren’t familiar with Zen Pencils, which you should be, it’s “a cartoon blog which adapts inspirational quotes into comic stories“. I like that he shows a fat dude getting out there & doing it, even though everyone says he can’t. This is his second use of the running man. Mr. Man starts running here.
This is just a little snippet, not even half of the entire comic, so if you like what you see, go check it out in its entirety. It’s also much bigger over there.
For those sensitive to food & weight issues, he doesn’t get skinny, but he does lose some weight. He also throws out the junk food* & starts juicing. However, that is not the case in the first one. He begins running to get out of a funk & make himself feel better.
*Never throw out perfectly good food, even if it’s junk food. Give it to someone, donate it to a food pantry, something. There are too many people hungry out there for you to be tossing stuff in the garbage because you don’t want to eat it. You might think eating transfats & corn syrup whatevers is evil, but they are still healthier than starving.
Critical Dietetics, being active in its questioning of the “obesity problem” and the moral panic this positioning of bodies causes, rejects the notion that individual attempts to control body weight lead to improved health. A critical perspective on health promotion considers the range of social, political, and economic influences on people’s lives.
I found this article of interest. It seemed like a good excuse to post something & check-in with you guys. Not just this post, the field of Critical Dietetics sounds fascinating. They didn’t have their own pic accompanying the post, so I brought back calming manatee.
I’m doing well. I ended my relationship & moved back in with my dad last month. Sucks, but it’s good. I’m feeling better, more energetic. Of course I’m also taking some new vitamins I’m really liking. I’ll have to tell you about all the vitamins & supplements I’ve been trying for various things. (I got some free stuff I need to tell you about!) I’ve been posting about it on my personal fb page, but haven’t gotten around to it here. I’ve been especially focused on vitamins to improve mood & energy, & help with hormonal issues/ my thinning hair. >_< (Fixed my hair!) I’ve spent so much time researching vitamins & supplements I feel like a vitaminologist! Which I think I just made up. (Nope, according to Merriam-Webster, it’s a thing. Spellcheck begs to differ.)
I’m in the midst of moving to a larger city nearby, so that’s very exciting. I’ve been going out some & meeting new people. That’s very exciting for me. Being single again, I really do feel more like my old self. I hadn’t fully realized how much the relationship was stressing me until I left.
Hope you guys are doing well!
“…because the University blindly uses BMI as the primary means of diagnosis, it remains oblivious to students who truly need help but do not have low enough BMIs. Instead, it subjects students who have a personal and family history of low weight to treatment that harms our mental health. By forcing standards upon us that we cannot meet, the University plays the same role as fashion magazines and swimsuit calendars that teach us about the ‘correct shape’ of the human body.”
HAES. It’s not just for fat people.
A Facebook friend posted the Gawker article about this HuffPo blog post today. It took a lot of clicking to get this. I hope you appreciate it! 😛 Someone very thin who was forced into medical intervention based on her BMI. I found the part about becoming so stressed out about food she came to resent meals & losing her appetite. It’s the sister problem to finding yourself more obsessed with food when trying to cut back for weight loss.
I had a long day yesterday & the evening blew up in an emergency so I missed my first day of posting this month. 😦 Going to try to get a few posts like this in the queue to give myself a cushion & time to work on something a bit more substantial.
“You can eat healthy at any size.”
I ❤ Calming Manatee, & when I saw this on the site I knew it belonged here. (And just to clarify the post title, I wrote it based on this one image & do not actually know if CM has an official stance on HAES.)
Health is a choice; weight is not. There’s no need to throw in the towel on a nutritious diet because it doesn’t get you into a pair of size 2 jeans. Maybe it will, maybe it won’t, but you’ll be the better for it either way. Eating better = feeling better, & what’s the downside to that?
For those interested, I dug up a few links about HAES & nutrition:
Heart-Healthy Diet Helps Men Lower Bad Cholesterol, Regardless of Weight Loss
National Eating Disorders Association
Association For Size Diversity & Health
American Psychological Association
Healthy Weight Network (pdf)
The Fat Nutritionist
And a quick running update! Continue reading
While I have been a blogging slacker, I have not been a running slacker! Not going as regularly as I had planned the last few weeks, but considering how sick I’ve been combined with holidays & extreme weather, I’d say for me to be out there doing anything is a win.
It’s no longer National Running Day, but here is a Greatist collection of 71 links to information to help you be a better runner.