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My three close friends spend a lot of time talking about their bodieshow they dont like they way they look in their clothes, how they havent exercised enough lately, the newest wrinkle to show up around their eyesit goes on, and its rarely positive. Although I am starting to accept and appreciate myself, I get caught up in the negative energy. I actually end up contributing to the problem! How can I continue to see the good in myself when I am constantly being reminded of my own faults?
Thanks for your opinion,
Im really happy that you
asked this question Lara, as many of us dont realize the impact that our friends
have on the way we think and feel. The way we communicate with our friends, be it positive
or negative, has a direct affect on our health in body, mind and spirit.
1) Whether it be co-workers, family or friends, dont underestimate the influence of those you spend a lot of time with. If you are around people who complain about how they look (Ive been there too, so I know they are out there), change the topic before the negative energy starts to seep into the conversation.
2) Dont sink into the habit of criticizing yourself in order to alleviate someone elses negative energy.
3) Become a silent role model. You dont have to gush about how you love your backside in order to express that you appreciate your body. Inspire them silently by showing them what its like to be someone whos comfortable with their appearance. Put on a new dress or even a bathing suit without complaining about the body parts that arent perfect.
4) Celebrate yourself in order to inspire others! As Nelson Mandela said in his inaugural speech, There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people don't feel insecure around you as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
3. Did You Know?
We all know by now that diet products promising quick weight loss are gimmicky and unsafe, but you might also like to know that:
* Frozen and canned fruits and vegetables can be just as nutritious as fresh onesor more sobecause they're often packaged right after being picked to retain their nutrients.
* Prescription drugs are meant for people who struggle with health-endangering obesity, not for those who seek to perfect their body by losing a few stubborn pounds.
* All fats are not bad for you. While there are certainly plenty of unhealthy fats, particularly the trans-fatty acids found in many oils, you need fat in your diet. Some of the healthiest fats come from cold-water fish like salmon and mackerel, as well as seeds, nuts and olive oil.
* The number of calories you burn during an activity does goes up the more you weigh.
* The claim "low-fat" on a box of cookies doesnt automatically mean theyre healthy. Sweet treats that are low in fat could have a surprisingly high number of calories if they're packed with sugar to make them taste great.
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The Quest for Peace, Love & a 24-Inch Waist
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