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Does This Blog Make Me Look Fat? When Inner Voices Aren’t Very Nice

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | November 8th, 2011 | 6 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: anorexia, body-image, bulimia, criticism, disordered eating, eating disorders, fat acceptance, Geneen Roth, Gil Hedley, inner voices, kids, mental-health, parenting, parents, teens, weight, Yoga Tune Up®, young women

Eating DisorderHow I became the chubby kid

As a child, I was given free reign to eat whatever I wanted. This meant daily bowls of crushed oreos in milk, after-school snacks of burgers and fries as a “treat” for answering phones at the family business and, in the evening, half a pint of Haagen-Dazs for dessert. Every day I satisfied my “junk-food tooth” on top of my favorite past-times: reading, watching TV or playing with Barbies. Consequently I was that kid. The chubby one.

At the time, I didn’t have a lot of critical self-consciousness about it … I can’t remember inner voices telling me “you’re fat” or “if you eat that you’ll get fatter” (although I did always wear a T-shirt over my bathing suit). I say “inner voices” because there actually were some external voices saying these exact things to me, directly and out loud: my parents and grandparents. They saw my bulging belly, thick thighs and chipmunk cheeks and thought it went beyond cutesy “baby fat.”

Gourmet Is a Good Thing

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | January 31st, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: breakfast, childhood obesity, children, clean your plate, diet, dinner, environmental, food, force-feeding, fresh produce, fruits and vegetables, fun, gourmet, health, healthy-eating, hunger, hungry, in-season, ingredients, junk food, kids, local farms, lunch, meals, mother, organic, parenting, picky eater, processed, recipes, soup, sugar, sustainable, weight, whole grain

Boy eating dinner at a restaurantI know it might sound obnoxious at first and that I sound a little like Martha Stewart with that headline, but I like the idea of raising gourmet kids. By “gourmet,” I don’t mean kids who demand white tablecloths and truffle oil. What I mean is simply someone with an appreciation of good food. Here’s how Webster’s defines it:

Movement is Medicine: The Prescription for Beneficial Exercise

Katy Santiago Bowman by Katy Santiago Bowman | November 24th, 2009 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness | tags: benefits of exercise, cardiovascular, exercise, joints, muscle strength, regular exercise, stretching, walking, weight, workouts

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Why is it that we follow a doctor’s prescription to a “T” but then take additional advice like “no sugar” and “You need to exercise” with a shrug of the shoulders? If your exercise plan was written out for you on a tiny prescription pad, would you follow it? If you had to go to the pharmacy counter to get your grocery items, would it change the way you eat?

Bandhas 101: How to Amplify the Benefits of Any Pose

Sadie Nardini by Sadie Nardini | October 9th, 2009 | 8 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: abs, bandhas, breath, burn, calories, core, energy, flexibility, flow, headstands, inversions, loss, nardini, out, pose, power, sadie, strength, stretch, vinyasa, weight, work, Yoga

HEADSTAND

My student Mary came to me nearly in tears one day after class. She’d been working for years to get into a headstand, yet continually watched newer students lift up with ease before her. She asked, “What am I doing wrong?”

Since Mary had come into my yoga classes only the week before, I asked her if she was using her bandhas to help her attain headstand. “What’s a bandha?” she asked, looking puzzled.

Moving Beyond the Scale: Best Ways to Determine a Healthy Weight

Chris Freytag by Chris Freytag | October 8th, 2009 | 3 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Weight Loss | tags: BMI, body composition, body fat, fitness assessment, healthy weight, measurements, muscle, scale, weight, weight gain, weight-loss

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Numbers on the scale often become the center of focus when trying to determine a healthy weight. Annual exams at the doctor’s office include a weigh in; weight loss centers determine success by a drop in pounds; and there is talk from time to time about Body Mass Index (BMI) in the media, which refers to your “appropriate” weight based on your height.

Your New Year’s Goal: Operation Transformation!

Sadie Nardini by Sadie Nardini | December 30th, 2008 | 1 Comment
topic: Yoga | tags: abdominals, abs, arm, balance, calorie, core, detox, handstand, heart, holiday, power, resolutions, shoulders, strength, thighs, tone, vinyasa, weight, Yoga

What are your resolutions this year? If you’re like many people, you’ve got a goal in mind: lose weight, make a change in your job or relationships, treat yourself better, or otherwise embark on an Operation: Transformation!