Stop the Body Shaming

by Emmy on April 23, 2015

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Have you known someone who lost a great deal of weight, and then forgot what it was like to be heavy? Someone who went from understanding the issues overweight people experience, to shaming them? Recently I decided I had to cut ties with a casual friend for body shaming. He’d been very overweight before I met him, and had lost the weight and achieved a body he’s very proud of. This is a great accomplishment, and I always told him so.

But, he’d forgotten what it was like to be heavy apparently. He’d make rude comments about overweight people all of the time. It was as though he now felt that if he’d been able to do it, then everyone should follow his exact steps and just do it already. The problem is, weight loss doesn’t work that way. He would make little snide comments here and there about my weight, and the weight of others. I called him out on it every time. But there was one final time where it was just so rude, and the person wasn’t around to speak up, and I decided I was done. I had tried explaining how that makes a person feel, and reminding him of how life used to be for him too. But, I was getting no where, and decided that I just didn’t need to keep that kind of negativity and body shaming in my life.

I know that sometimes the people who do this to us are closer, and not as easy to remove from our experience. But it is important to speak up to these people. Truth be told, it’s their own insecurity. It is their own fear that they will return to their former selves and be the victims of that kind of talk again. It’s a defense, but it still isn’t OK.

Along these lines, body shaming doesn’t just happen to those who are overweight. If you haven’t already seen this video by Cassey Ho of Blogilates, then you really need to watch it. Body shaming happens to all body types, and it needs to stop!

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This Technique is Helping My Anxiety

by Emmy on April 17, 2015

Instatus 17-04-2015 11_52I’ve suffered from severe anxiety my entire life. I’ve tried medication, therapy, diet and exercise. They’ve all helped in their own way, but it’s still something I deal with daily. I’m not on medication anymore, and can’t really afford therapy, so I’ve been looking for anything else that might help. My biggest issue is worrying about things that could happen, or things that are unsettled for whatever reason.

Enter Rebekah Borucki of Bex Life! I took a class with Bex, and have been watching her videos for a while now. She’s got great advice, and if you’re not already following her…well you should be! So when she posted a video about relieving anxiety in one step, I was obviously curious. In this video she interviews Christine Hassler who gives an amazing technique to manage anxiety that I have been using since I watched it.

I bought a small notebook that would fit in my purse, and every day I record the things that I need to do on one side, and the things I’ll let the universe (I’m not religious) handle. I can tell a huge difference on the days that I don’t do this simple little thing.

Honestly, a lot of the things on the list for the universe are things I may have to do myself or deal with in some way, but if  I don’t know how I’m going to handle it, I just put it in that column. When I start thinking about those things, and freaking out, I just remember that the universe is handling that thing, and focus on the things I can control.

I still have my moments where I melt down and completely freak out, but this has helped so much. So watch the video, connect with these two awesome women, and let me know if it’s helping you as much as it is me!

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My Facebook feed has been full of posts about a study that says that 84% of vegetarians and vegans go back to eating meat. This study was conducted by the Humane Research Council and it appears that the research was conducted to learn the reasons why they go back, so as to provide more support. […]

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