Wow, is it really already the end of February? I can’t believe how quickly Heart Month raced by… hopefully though you learned a trick or two on just how simple heart healthy eating can be. If you still need some convincing, don’t worry, you’re in luck! #SimpleSwaps just so happens to have a plethora of existing and new recipes on their way to continue your quest to a healthier you. Take a look around here!
Before we completely close the books on this fabulous month, it wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t give NEDAW the proper shout out it surely deserves. Thinking what the heck is this woman talking about? Well, to give you a more in depth 4-1-1, check out my post last year; but for the cliff note version, it is an entire week devoted at the end of February to get the word out about eating disorders and disorder eating. This year, NEDAW has focused on the theme “I had no IDEA”, which in my opinion couldn’t fit more perfectly.
Since the 1950s… yes 1950s!, the prevalence of eating disorders has been increasing substantially. Nearly one half of teenage girls and one third of teenage boys engage in some sort of disorder eating (skipping meals, vomiting, and/or over exercise) to control their weight. Ironically though, despite the 30 million plus people who suffer from an eating disorder, it is the lowest research funded psychiatric diseases. Go figure… right?
Though there are a laundry list of serious and often fatal complications that coincide with eating disorders, one complication that can affect all eating disorders (Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder and Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified) is heart disease. Be it an abnormally slow pulse, electrolyte imbalance or high blood pressure, all of these conditions can destroy your heart over time. It’s not as simple to recommend just changing diet and lifestyle habits for someone suffering from an eating disorder and a heart condition, so often times there are multiple disciplines involved in treatment to help the individual regain a normal relationship with food.
If you or someone you know suffers from an eating disorder or disordered eating, you are not alone. What’s important is to get the help you need and deserve. Here are a few excellent resources to help you find a provider in your area:
It pains me to think about the way society portrays beauty as some idyllic model who has 6 pack abs or the perfect jaw line with flawless skin. It’s no wonder so many people suffer from body image issues when the media influences we see day in and day out tell us what beauty is. Trust me, I’m human too and sometimes I just feel BLAH when I see that gorgeous Nike Model on the cover of Shape Magazine. But, it’s time for a change wouldn’t you say?!
I invite you to join me in a new quest (this chick loves quests, huh?!) to conquer the #BS. Every time you see an advertisement portraying an unrealistic depiction of what beauty is, I want you to say one thing you like about you. For instance, I just skimmed the Victoria’s Secret swimsuit catalog to see what new suit I wanted for summer (#letdown). Since I am never going to be 5’9″ or weigh 100 pounds, I am not going to let that get to me. I AM grateful I have strong legs that let me explore the beauty of the outdoors!
Phew, that was easy…crisis averted! Focusing on a positive will surely help restore your mood and make you thankful for all the great features and characteristics you do have.