Posts tagged selflove
6 Real Reasons Diets Always Fail

The diet industry is worth BILLIONS. And yet, there is ample proof now that diets do not work in the long term. 90% of dieters put all the weight back on within 5 years PLUS MORE. You are literally going to get fatter because of dieting. Yet, it's they're still taking our money year after year!

Happiness is not to be found in rock hard abs or a thigh gap. I promise. Here are 6 real reasons diets always fail... 

 

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How to feel more whole

I’ve been in the pursuit of happiness for about 6 years now, I’ve followed all sorts of different paths, done a LOT of wacky activities and read many a book on the topic. But it’s really on pretty recently that I’ve discovered that the happiest people aren’t the ones who are happy all the time, nope, they are the ones who show up most ‘whole’ in all different aspects of their lives.

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Why you need to stop telling fat people they're unhealthy

 

This week I had a big debate with a friend about weight and health. It's one I've had many, many times before because one of the main arguments I hear about against fat acceptance or body positivity is about health. 'It's not healthy!', people say.

Gargh, makes me angry. 

Think about what healthy actually means to you. Are you thinking about a feeling, the ability to run 100m, test results? Or are you focusing simply on physical appearance?

Here's 10 reasons why I'll call out your concern trolling...

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How to get body confident and say yes to life more

Did you know that the UK has one of the lowest body positive scores in the world? Only 20% of women like how they look? This comes from the Dove Global Beauty and Confidence Report that was created using interviews with 10,500 women and girls across 13 countries.

There are so many facts that make me sad in this report but the one which stood out for me, was how low body-esteem causes the 85% of women and 79% girls to opt out of activities and life experiences because they don't feel happy about how they look. 

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How to stop feeling fat (and ask yourself what's really up)

The other night, I caught myself ‘feeling fat’. Luckily, I’m pretty good at catching old thought patterns about my body so instead of allowing myself to step on the scales and play Russian roulette with my self-esteem (i.e. if the scales are less than I thought then I must be wrong, ‘feeling’ will be less and I’ll go back to feeling happy. But if the scales are up then the feeling must be right, I must be fat and my thoughts will spiral into a full body attack),  nuh uh, not anymore. Instead, I looked at the sensation with curiosity.

Fat is not a feeling it is a descriptor. I have fat, just like I have green eyes and bleached hair. I’m not fat. We all have fat. We would die without fat. Yet those three words are some of the most loaded we have in our back pocket. 

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The Selfie

Yesterday I met up with some old friends and as we finished up we took a selfie to remember the moment.

Then it happened... I looked at the photo and said, "Well it's not the best photo ever but we all have THIN FACES in it"... and I caught myself.. 

WTAF?!?! I'd just had a lovely brunch with two beautiful intelligent women and we'd discussed politics, books, cinema and our careers amongst other things... yet in one fell swoop I'd captioned our moment with something based entirely on how attractive I felt in the photo.

*THIS IS DIET CULTURE HANGOVER.*

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