Year: 2017

Why We Should Stop Worrying About Weight

“The only way to solve the weight problem is to stop making weight a problem—to stop judging ourselves and others by our size. Weight is not an effective measure of attractiveness, moral character, or health. The real enemy is weight stigma, for it is the stigmatization and fear of fat that causes the damage and deflects attention from true threats to our health and well-being.” – Linda Bacon, Health at Every Size I remember the first time I weighed myself on my Wii Fit balance board. I was 11 years old, and I weighed 92 pounds. That was a healthy weight, according to the video game, because I had a BMI (Body Mass Index) that fell within the “normal” range. I didn’t really care much about this new information, because, well, I was a kid. I wasn’t supposed to care about my weight. It had been a few months since I had last played the game, so when I turned it on, I received a message telling me I was due to weigh myself again. So I, now at 12 years old, stepped …

How I Cured My Acne

I’ll warn you now – this post is a long one. But, if you’re like me and you’ve suffered from acne for years without seeing any improvement, this will be worth the read. Acne vulgaris is the most common skin condition in the United States, especially for adolescents. If your pores become clogged with dead skin and excess sebum (an oil produced by your sebaceous glands designed to protect your skin), it manifests into a pimple. Although everybody experiences acne from time to time, some people are more prone to breakouts than others. Acne can also worsen over time: some people don’t experience acne until their 30s, or even their 40s. I started experiencing acne when I was in high school. I would get a pimple here and there, but in time they usually went away. When I started college, the added stress of my rigorous coursework and the change in my diet caused me to experience more severe and frequent breakouts. I tried new skin products, but nothing seemed to work. I ended up taking matters into my own hands (literally), and I would end …

No BS about IBS

  It is quite normal to experience some belly bloat every once in a while. But if you are experiencing chronic symptoms that don’t seem to go away, you may have a deeper issue going on in your gut. Bloat and stomach distention are issues that I’ve dealt with since childhood. As a kid, I had to take fiber supplements, drink prune juice (yuck), and drink coffee to try to “regulate” my GI tract. My symptoms only worsened as I got older, and I wrote it off as either a gluten intolerance, a dairy intolerance, or some sort of sensitivity to processed food. Still, even after I cut these foods out, my symptoms persisted. It got to the point where I found myself doubled over in pain after eating an apple. An apple! By then, I was fed up with trying to deal with my symptoms. I was miserable. So, I saw a gastroenterologist, and he determined that I had IBS. If you’ve never heard of IBS, or you have but you don’t quite know what it is, …

Sweet Smoothies Made Simple

I’m sure most of you, like me, made New Year’s Resolutions. And I’m willing to bet that most of you, like me, are struggling sticking to them. I decided that, for the new year, I would try to give up (ok, more like seriously cut back on) refined sugar. This has been pretty difficult to stick to, because I have always had a sweet tooth. The most difficult part has been finding something that I can whip up when I have cravings for something sweet that I can still consume and not feel guilty about later. That’s why this smoothie recipe is AMAZING. Plus, it’s so simple, and you only need a few ingredients to make it. Instead of using ice in your smoothies, use frozen bananas instead. Slice up a bunch of bananas, put them in a baggie and stick the baggie in the freezer. The bananas will provide a lot of natural sweetness, so there will be no need to sweeten your smoothie. Fill your blender with 1/3 frozen bananas, 1/3 fruit of your …