Body Positivity and Fat Shaming – Falsehoods That Need to Be Ripped Apart for Your Own Good

There is a growing trend in media and social that says that if you don’t agree that someone is at their best when they are overweight suddenly you are a fat-shaming bigot who doesn’t accept people.

This is a huge load of crap.

Body positivity started out as a wonderful concept. Acceptance of the self as you are, where you are, in the now. Absolutely always love and accept yourself. You are unique and cannot be compared against anyone but other versions of yourself. BUT – This does not mean that you should be complacent and fall into the trap of comfortability and not work on yourself. That goes for emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical.

We are ALL works in progress – never completed and never done. Individual masterpieces.

Carrying extra weight has become normalized but it isn’t healthy. It doesn’t mean that person is lazy, or even fat. It means they have to carry around excess body fat which weighs down the body. It is more difficult for every single organ in the body to work at its peak and it is hard on and detrimental to your health. The same can apply for being underweight if the reason is eating disorder based or rooted in other ill health.

Be whatever you want to be, by all means. But don’t lie to yourself and think that being overweight or obese is good for you or a positive thing. Nor should you expect others to play pretend with you.

As we all grow older health becomes a focal point. If you don’t take care of yourself when you are younger, I am telling you – you are setting yourself up for potentially a lot of suffering down the road.

Hear me
Don’t hear me
Either is ok, I have said my peace.


Sarah

Is there a correlation between spicy food and metabolism?

There are currently 1.6 billion overweight adults in the world, according to the World Health Organization. That number is expected to grow by at least 40% over the next decade. Where does the United States Rank? When looking at body mass index (BMI), 30 and over is considered obese. The USA comes in at a whopping number 9 out of 200 countries ranked, meaning we are the 9th fattest country in the world only coming in behind Nauru, Micronesia, Cook Islands, Tonga, Niue, Samoa, Palau and Kuwait.

 

Looking down the list (which can be found on Forbes.com http://www.forbes.com/2007/02/07/worlds-fattest-countries-forbeslife-cx_ls_0208worldfat_2.html ) the countries that seem to have the least issues with weight are also those who eat the most spices in their daily foods… Is this the key? While it is in no way the entire solution to our epidemic, it certainly can help!

Spices can speed up your metabolism by up to 50% and keep that boost effective for up to 3 hours. So just by adding low calorie spices to your diet you can burn of extra calories with no additional work! It has also been found that eating this way increases satiety and decrease appetite so you feel the need to eat less.

 

Creating a more adventurous and varied diet also allows you to obtain nutrients and vitamins you might not be taking in on a daily basis in your normal dietary habits. To break out of the standard American food rut, try Thai, Indian, Certain Mexican dishes (we are referring to real Mexican food, not Taco Bell) and experiment at home with different spices in your cooking repertoire.

 

Among the best spices for revving up your metabolism are curries (red, green and yellow), Cayenne Pepper, Ginger, Cinnamon, Turmeric and spicy mustard.

 

Cayenne Pepper – has thermogenic properties (increases your calorie burn by heating up the body) *also supports healthy circulation and heart health.

 

Cinnamon – Helps to lower LDL cholesterol, which clogs arteries. Lowering blood glucose affects the fat stores in the body.

 

Curries – Boosts your metabolism by heating up the body (thermogenisis)
Mustard – Mustard contains several minerals as well as omega 3 fatty acids as well as having amazing metabolism boosting properties – stick to the hot varieties!
These spices are also very good for your overall health and well-being.

If you are a fan of mild food and just cannot tolerate super spicy dishes, you can also take some of these in capsule form as a supplement.

 

Variety is the spice of life….. live it up!

 

http://www.3fatchicks.com/how-spices-increase-metabolism/

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/spicy-food-boost-metabolism/story?id=14290620#.T338k79WoTw

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/calorie-burning-spices (ADD video)