Have you ever met a woman that doesn’t have a history of disordered eating? I haven’t. I’ve even met some men that have a similar history. So many people simply don’t understand eating disorders. I didn’t either until a couple years ago. I didn’t even realize that I had one until a few months ago. The reason that I, like others, was so unaware of how big of a problem eating disorders are was because there are so many things that people believe about eating disorders that are simply not true. This is what keeps us not only from recognizing the signs when we see them, but also causes us to dismiss them as unimportant. Here are four myths about eating disorders for you to mull over this holiday season:
The purpose of this post is to serve as an apology of sorts to my readers (all 17 of you) and to provide an explanation as to why I’ve been pretty silent lately.
I moved cross country from Chicago to the San Francisco Bay Area at the end of this summer! That was stressful and time-consuming. Then I took a contract position for a law firm for a few weeks shortly after moving. And a couple weeks ago, I started studying at The Institute of Transformational Nutrition. I’m also in the process of re-designing this site and writing a book. So I’ve been a bit busy. I’ve also been preoccupied with designing a nutrition and supplement plan to cure my acne and digestive issues. I’ve been reading and absorbing a lot of really great information from other people’s blogs and books. So here’s the stuff I’ve been thinking about and some recommended reading:
Here’s a great video from Kelly McGonigal about how stress can actually be good for you.
Gloria Swanson was no fan of sugar. She was a vegetarian who ate only organic food. She is one of the first actors in Hollywood to take up the grand cause of lecturing others on the dangers of their eating habits:
Why do people treat their bodies like garbage pails? I sound like a broken record. Actually, now I just tell people to go ahead and eat ground glass if they want. See if I care.
Hippies in the 1960s and 1970s were eating tofu and brown rice before it was cool. Like Ms. Swanson, many were vegetarians. Michael Pollen, the new hero of this 21st century natural food movement embraced by a growing number of people, has written extensively on these changes in the food landscape. He and others warn of various toxins and certain industrial foods that can adversely affect human health. Many celebrities are very interested in natural health. Some for reasons of environmental sustainability and others merely because it is believed that a diet that is good for the planet is good for the body as well and will help them preserve their good looks, thereby extending their careers.
Yes, we are in the midst of a Natural Health “Revolution”, complete with many leaders, celebrities and soldiers on the ground trumpeting the cause. In many ways this is great. As a person who writes about my own health and food choices, anything that creates awareness of how food affects human health is good. However, like any movement, things can go sour very quickly.
I blame Jamie Lee Curtis. It’s all her fault. I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised. After all, when Hollywood megastars breed there’s bound to be trouble (I’m looking at you, Carrie Fisher).
It seems you can’t turn on the TV without hearing something about “probiotics”. It all started with Jamie, her chic silvery wash haircut, Lulu Lemon yoga pants and that damn Activia yogurt. The basic idea is that if you eat yogurt (specifically this yogurt) you will be able to poop when before you could not. People not being able to poop is a big problem in 21st Century America. Alas, there are apparently scores of middle aged women who haven’t had a decent shit since the Reagan Administration. While I am not quite middle aged yet, I can sympathize as I have been struggling with mild to epic constipation since late Spring of this year. So I thought we should delve in a bit, get out hands dirty (so to speak), and explore some more details about your gut.