Posts tagged diet and exercise
Relationship with Food Series Part 3: Seeing our Food and Body Image Struggles Collide

Last week in our relationship with food series we talked about the importance of safely, and from a distance, going on a little exploration journey. I asked you to look back at some of your stories and personal history with food to learn from it and view it with as much kindness as you could muster. For me, the first step in improving my relationship with food was taking an honest look at where I was with food, acknowledging that I was struggling and where that struggle was actually coming from. The very next step was taking inventory. I had to look back at my history with food and all the damage that going on endless diets had done, understanding that so many of my struggles with overeating and emotional eating came from this self-imposed restriction and focus on control and perfectionism. Soon after going on this little self discovery journey, it was time for me to see a different side of the equation, and it’s what we’re going to talk about today.

Body image was what was usually behind many of my habits with food and exercise and yet it was so incredibly difficult for me to see. So much of my focus was on healing what I considered to be my only problem: I would sit down to eat and paid no attention to my body’s cues, I would overeat until the point in which I was severely uncomfortable, and I would emotionally eat using food as my only coping tool to deal with difficult emotions. Just as I hadn’t seen the negative role restriction had played in my relationship with food, I would only see food as the culprit, food as the problem, food as my nemesis, food as something I needed to gain control over.

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Holiday Pep Talk! (Part 2): Navigating Food, Body Image Issues, Comments and Diet Talk during the Holidays

Time for part 2 of our Holiday pep talk! In part 1 we discussed a few things that might help when you’re navigating the Holiday season as a vegan (and all the parties, dinners and gatherings that come with it). I stole Dani Shapiro’s writing exercise of beginning to dig deep by using the phrase “I remember…”, and then I turned it on its head with some support and reminders to you in the form of “remember…”. I just had to follow that post and podcast episode up by also talking about one of the topics we love here at The Brownble blog and podcast. I couldn’t leave you hanging without discussing the topics of food, body image, comments that might pop up regarding your appearance, as well as what to do when the inevitable January diet talk pops up, and you’re on this quest to find a better relationship with food, with your body and with yourself, stepping outside that diet culture paradigm of restriction and external rules of eating.

So here goes, are you ready?…

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The Minnesota Starvation Experiment

You know my motto right? It's time to put an end to food restriction and approach food and our relationship with it from a new perspective. The little gem I'm sharing with you today is so powerful you'll be able to hold onto it to help you on your journey towards food freedom. It's been one of the most powerful studies and texts I've read this year and I couldn't wait to share it with you.

In 1944, 36 volunteers, all male, walked into the football stadium of the University of Minnesota to begin a year long journey as subjects in a study done by one of the world's most prominent nutrition researchers, Ancel Keys. Along with researcher Josef Brozek, Keys was determined to study the physiological, behavioral and psychological effects of starvation in the hopes of creating a manual for relief workers in World War II after reports of starving populations all over Europe were reaching the US.

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Does Visualization for Weight Loss Really Work?

If there's one key topic that has revolutionized self help books, TED talks, podcasts, and even business experts and mainstream news all together, it's been the subject of visualization. Everyone's been talking about visualizing as a way to attract what we desire most. Olympic athletes have been using the power of visualization for years, long before it was on Oprah, to visualize a race, a jump, a match, and it has been proven to improve performance due to the power of our mind-body connection. Our muscles are primed and ready when we focus on the movement we're about to do and when we focus intently during the process as well. Now comes the big question and the one we're going to talk about today: does visualization for weight loss really work or can it at least help us in our efforts?

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