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Ask a Dietitian: Salt Cravings, Workout Food, and Things to Eat When I'm Stressed

What can I eat other than carbs when I'm stressed?

First, we should talk about why you are stressed! Even though we all know this, it always bears repeating that food will only function like a Band-Aid. If you can, always try to see if you can deal with whatever's stressing you out more directly: breaking your obligations down into smaller tasks, talking to somebody. Even exercising or taking a bath will probably relax you in a more lasting way than eating a bunch of food and then having to wrench yourself back to whatever it was that was bothering you.

That being said, let's talk about carbs. I'm definitely not a dietitian who thinks that carbs are in any way bad. We need carbs for brain function and energy, and the instinct to load up on carbs is an evolutionary one because they're such a quick, efficient source: if a hunter-gatherer came across an abundance of carbs, it would be in her best interest to just get in there and eat them all immediately. So we’re predisposed to have a hard time with portion control when it comes to carbs, and that's why they get made into villains when they’re not (and they taste really good!).

So I think, if you're stressed and you really want some carbs, go eat some carbs. Just try to pay attention to what you eat with your carbs and what types of carbs you're choosing so you'll end up feeling satiated on less food. Always think about fiber and protein: ideally you're pairing whole grains with healthy protein sources like low fat cheese, yogurt, turkey, chicken, fish, peanut butter. Then, you can start paying attention to your most frequent cravings and try to come up with healthier alternatives. If you want doughnuts, try to ease yourself toward a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on whole-wheat bread. If you find yourself craving pizza, have a slice of cheese, some cut-up apple and a handful of whole wheat crackers.

Finally, identify the foods that you really, really want, and just enjoy them, and refuse to beat yourself up over any one incident. If you end up eating a whole container of ice cream, beating yourself up about it will just make you more stressed. Food is supposed to be pleasurable! Just try to build in some avenues for moderation.

Is there something missing in my diet that I am constantly craving salt?

If you're a high-intensity exerciser (like a marathon runner) or someone who hydrates very excessively (this is pretty rare), you could be craving sodium because your body is over-excreting it. We need it to function: sodium maintains our bodies' blood volume and blood pressure and helps with muscle and nerve functioning, and low sodium (hyponatremia) can be fatal.

But for most people, it's really uncommon to have a sodium deficiency. The USDA recommendation is 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day for healthy individuals. That is a single teaspoon! If you eat any sort of processed food at all during the day, you’ll almost surely get enough salt; 80% of the salt we consume daily is from processed foods. Even if you ate only whole foods (fruits, vegetables, whole grains) and didn’t use any table salt in your cooking, you’d still get salt, because it’s naturally occurring.

Most likely you’ve just developed a taste for it. To keep this from escalating, you could try to wean yourself off slowly and substitute with other flavorings: garlic, onions, lemons, vinegar, hot peppers, herbs. I sometimes recommend Mrs. Dash, which is saltless, to my patients. It's hard to back away at first because salt tastes great. But your body is also pretty great, and will adjust to new tastes and seasonings over time.

The thing to remember is that salt intake will add up, even if the effects aren't visible for a long time. Two-thirds of people over age 75 have hypertension, or high blood pressure, which increases the risk of cardiac problems. It can be so tempting to be like, “Who cares, I’m going to eat chips all day long,” but I try to remember that I'd rather stave off my blood pressure problems until I’m 80 instead of getting it at age 32 and having to deal with the repercussions for decades. In a perfect world, we would all have a low-sodium diet, but in reality, most of us have just come to crave it above what our body naturally wants and needs.

How do I balance trying to lose weight, trying to eat less meat and carbs, and also trying to have good workouts—which only seem to happen if I’m eating a lot and also getting a lot of meat and carbs?

You can definitely do this! The key is practicing portion control and choosing nutritional powerhouses so that you'll have all the fuel you need. Try to prioritize fiber-rich foods, lean protein sources and healthy fats. Whole grains will give you the carb energy you are craving while also providing you with the fiber you need to stay full; if you are looking to eat less meat, vegetarian proteins (soy, legumes, nuts/nut butters, quinoa) can give you the same energy boost with the added benefits of fiber and/or healthy fats. To get more of those healthy fats, foods like avocado, olive oil, salmon, and nuts provide healthy mono and poly-unsaturated fats that taste decadent while also being great for cardiovascular health. And, as recent studies show, adding controlled portions of nuts to your diet can be especially good for weight loss (the power of fiber, protein, and healthy fats all together).

For your weight loss goal in particular, consider keeping a food log for at least a week. What are you really eating? When you try to cut down on animal protein, are you replacing it with vegetable protein or just carby foods? We often feel like we're being pious only because we're able to forget the chips we snacked on while watching TV. After a week or so, you can evaluate and see if you can shoot for three meals a day with a couple snacks. You can start looking at how you build your meals: ideally, our plates should be half vegetables, a quarter lean protein and another quarter fiber-rich carbohydrates (check out USDA’s MyPlate for a reference). If you’re getting close to that ratio and you’re fully accounting for everything you eat, you should easily be able to exercise and be on track for healthy weight loss without ever feeling starved.

And a quick little note on protein: We’ve got this thing in America where we’re really fixated on getting a lot of protein, but most of us are already getting enough. It's good to remember that, in a lot of other countries, meat is considered a side dish and vegetables and starch are front and center. For any given meal, the recommended portion of meat is a piece that can fit snugly in the palm of your hand, which is a pretty damn small piece of meat by American standards. So even if you’re working out a lot, you’re probably getting adequate protein if your diet is varied.

(Of course, there are a few exceptions to all of this, like people who do endurance running and high intensity weight lifting: both of those activities can up your protein requirement by a lot. People who run long distances sometimes end up with mild/benign gastrointestinal bleeding and possible red blood cell destruction from repetitive foot impact; this decreases their iron stores, and the best way to replete those stores is via protein (specifically animal protein, actually, since the body doesn't absorb vegetarian iron sources as effectively). And body builders are creating so much serious muscle through weight lifting that they need a lot of protein to keep up with that growth. Oh and your period can increase your need for iron, and subsequently protein: hence our cheeseburger cravings during that time of the month.)

Do I need to worry about cholesterol in egg yolks or shrimp if my cholesterol levels are normal?

Egg yolks and shrimp are not the most worrisome foods, all things considered. Yes, for their size, they do yield more cholesterol than other foods, but they also have some other really good things going on. Eggs are pretty low-calorie, rich in vitamin A and D, great protein sources, and of course, they taste amazing. Some eggs now even have omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for your heart. Shrimp are also great low-calorie protein sources, and they're an excellent source of selenium, an antioxidant that may decrease your risk of developing cancer and also help promote cardiovascular health.

But, okay: when you think about cholesterol, the first important step is to factor in your age and your family history. It’s good to think about where your genetic lottery is going to land you not just now but 10 or 20 years from now, so maybe you'll want to ask your parents about their cholesterol levels and see if you might be genetically predisposed. Also, recent cholesterol studies are finding that foods that are high in saturated fat, like animal products (meat, dairy, cheese, butter) and processed foods, actually affect bloodstream cholesterol more than high-cholesterol foods. In a way this fits a sort of nutritional common sense: if a person wakes up and eat a cinnamon roll and then goes to work and eats a ham and cheese sandwich, chips, and a Twix for lunch—those items individually are not as high in cholesterol as a two-egg omelet, but it's not going to be a healthy day.

So this is where the golden rule comes in again: everything in moderation. For anyone with high cholesterol, try to have only a few eggs a week, or on the days you are having an eggs, try to eat more vegetable protein sources instead of animal protein the rest of the day. But eggs are good! I’ve got genetically high cholesterol and I ate two eggs today. I had a cholesterol level of 220 in college, even as a pescatarian, because I was eating lots of pizza, junk food and shit; I’ve lowered it to 180 in the past six years or so just from eating relatively healthily and exercising. And I haven’t really avoided eggs, although sometimes I'll substitute an egg white for an egg when I make scrambles in the morning.

Oh, and keep in mind that drinking wine can raise your HDL cholesterol level (the “good” type of cholesterol), and exercise does this as well!

Barbara Linhardt is a Registered Dietitian working at a hospital in South Central Michigan.

76 Comments / Post A Comment

Kira-Lynn@twitter

No...................... Noooooooooooo
The Hairpin, you adding weight loss tips really means our love affair is over.

j-i-a

@Kira-Lynn@twitter these are questions from commenters!

speaking of: if anyone has nutritional questions feel free to send them over to notes @ thehairpin

j-i-a

@Kira-Lynn@twitter i also think (hope) this does not fall so much under "weight-loss tips" as much as "nutritional advice for individual people who want to achieve goals that are, because of their personal nature, off the table for abstract judgment." i know that food is a hard issue to talk about for a lot of people and as much as i fully respect anyone's prerogative to be like "FUCK LOSING WEIGHT, THAT'S A LOADED METRIC AND NOT HOW I WANT TO THINK ABOUT MY BODY" i also fully respect someone else's right to be like "i am interested in working out more and also dropping some weight, how can i do that healthily and not self-deprive?"

oranjello

@Kira-Lynn@twitter @j-i-a
This has to be the gentlest "weight lost tips" I've ever seen. I'm filing it under the same category as Ask A... and Ask Polly.
I'm not planning on losing an ounce but I've got oddball eating questions I'll be sending in.

lisaf

@Kira-Lynn@twitter I agree! There are really PLENTY of other places to find weight loss tips. Listening to weight loss strategies makes me feel like I ought to be following them. With this post, we now have one fewer place on the internet that we can go to and avoid weight loss talk!

Kira-Lynn@twitter

@j-i-a it is still moderated. come on, "someone submitted it!" is not a good reason.
If I asked a problematic question it would be Hairpin's job to not respond, or to respond and correct me.
Like "Dear Hairpin, how do I disown my gay son?"
Hairpin, "Well, I guess we gotta tell her hot to do it! We can't tell her that her thinking is flawed, and we can't just ignore it like all these other questions we didn't answer..."

Kira-Lynn@twitter

@j-i-a no. The piece used the term "a healthy weight".
There is no weight that is inherently healthy. It really reveals that the person who wrote this has a limited understanding of weight, health, bodies, science, food, and anything they are claiming to know about.

j-i-a

@Kira-Lynn@twitter "How do I balance trying to lose weight, trying to eat less meat and carbs, and also trying to have good workouts" =/= "How do I disown my gay son"

I also think that individuals are more than within their right as responsible, socially aware human beings to still identify a certain weight as something that feels good and healthy for them. Individually. But... I get that this is a tricky issue!

Non-anonymous

@Kira-Lynn@twitter Since the actual ADVICE the writer gave was completely reasonable, healthy, and non-body-shaming, I would suggest you forgive her for using the PHRASE "healthy weight." You know, just this once.

sheistolerable

@Kira-Lynn@twitter I agree. (I'm trying to upvote, but it's not working.)
There do exist dietitians who give sound nutrition advice without focusing on weight loss as a goal and with sensitivity to the emotional aspects of eating, and I'd love to see a column from someone with that training.

coolallison

@Kira-Lynn@twitter I asked (at least a version) of this question, and I'm really stoked that she answered. I have been struggling to find this weird balance between being a vegetarian, being a runner, and also trying to lose a few pounds. It's just my own personal situation, and I'm grateful that she answered it. I didn't mean to upset anyone... I just am trying to figure out my own stuff and got excited when I saw that they were letting us ask questions of a dietitian.

Slanted & Enchanted

@Kira-Lynn@twitter Am I missing something? Only one of the questions asked for advice about weight loss, and that was the only response in which the dietician talked about weight loss. Also, I'm not seeing where she used the phrase "a healthy weight," only "healthy weight loss," which are two very different things. On the one hand, I feel you, since weight loss tips inundate the women's market and they're annoying and repetitive and often condescending and coming from a very superficial place. But I don't think this article is guilty of those things. I thought they were pretty thoughtful questions, honestly.

fabel

I don't know, if I want to see diet/nutrition/exercise tips, I want to see it on The Hairpin, where it will be encased in Body Positivity & Feminism, you know? I am interested in these things, but the rest of the internet is a scary place to read about them...

maritimah

@fabel I completely agree with you! I love having knowledge about nutrition but it is almost impossible to find information that isn't framed as "here's what to eat to look hot for your man".

mollpants

@maritimah Yeah, exactly!!! I love this. I love this mostly as an athlete who eats a crap ton because I work out a crap ton and then it's like, oh shit, where the hell did that extra 5lbs come from?? It's not vanity (well......for the most part?) but more concern. Healthy weight loss tips/body positivity are gr8!!

sheistolerable

@fabel Nutrition and exercise tips encased in feminism are great! But I agree with Kira-Lynn's disappointment at the weight loss advice, specifically. It is possible to have nutrition advice without promoting a goal that isn't possible for many and can be very damaging. I did not expect to see that here on the 'Pin.

StandardTuber

Ugh I want to know why I get that hypoglycemic "feeling" even when I'm not diabetic.

DullHypothesis

@StandardTuber I learned from a biochem class, so take this with a big ole grain of salt b/c he wasn't a doc, he was a professor:

The feeling you get is low blood sugar, but it can't be labeled hypoglycemia, because your body is in the process of breaking down stored sugars in the liver to keep your glucose levels constant. You can still dip below "normal" when not diabetic, but your body corrects for it b/c you have a functioning pancreas.

I would be interested what the dietician has to say because this makes sense to me, but doesn't help me at all, because when I get that feeling all I do is stuff my face with crackers, and I'm not sure if that's the right thing.

coolallison

You answered my question!!! Thank you!!!

Also, good stuff about the eggs. I have high cholesterol despite not eating many high-cholesterol foods, and I was bummed to think I was going to have to eat fewer eggs (I already don't have eggs that often.) I love this series!

apples and oranges

What else raises good cholesterol? (Mine is low... and I am A Young. This doesn't bode well for 60 year old me.)

DullHypothesis

@apples and oranges Plant proteins are typically sources of good cholesterol: avocados, nuts, etc. Other things my doc told me (I'm in the same situation) drinking orange juice, moderate wine consumption, aerobic exercise.

e-liz

I'm interested in the workout food question for people who ARE marathon runners. I'm running 40-50 miles per week right now (which for me is almost ten hours of running), and finding it difficult not to gain weight, mainly because I don't have a great way of judging the difference between "the amount I need to eat to feel good through this workout" and "way more than I need to eat." Both quantities are far more food than what I would eat if I were dieting. I have enough experience to know that marathon training and weight loss are not very compatible - but I would like to at least stop gaining weight during training.

mollpants

@e-liz I'm not a marathoner, or a professional dietitian, but I am a rower who ingests far more than she should in season, and honestly measuring and counting was one of the only ways to keep myself accountable, along with eating "powerhouse" foods. It sucks and feels so utterly boring/a little obsessive and not body-positive, but knowing roughly how many calories of barley I was getting in at lunch contrasted off my workout(s)for that day honestly helped me feel like "cool it, body, you're getting enough to eat, it's okay."

That, plus snacking on watery veggies CONSTANTLY throughout the day (like, always eating carrots), Clif bars directly before and after workouts, nuts, water.

MarianTheLibrarian

@e-liz This is completely off-topic, but how did you get into rowing? I took a beginners class this summer and really wanted to love it more than I actually did. Some part of me wants to believe I could love it if I was actually on a team and not in a class full of people who weren't really focused.

honey cowl

@e-liz I also run. When I'm in peak training - 40-50 mpw like you! - I eat everything in sight. Solution: adding weight training in addition to running. Bonus! Makes you less susceptible to injury!

Other bonus: you stay strong even when eating all the crap you do during 26.2 training (I personally can't survive unless I eat a cheeseburger and a milkshake after a 20+ but maybe you are healthier than I ...). Also not giving a fuck because your body can run 26.2 miles has helped me!

mollpants

@MarianTheLibrarian Ah, I got into it in college and couldn't see myself stopping after graduation, so it's really become my major hobby in my adult life. Most of the women on my (pretty competitive) team got into it in college, but there are a handful I know that got into it through adult intro programs. I think the most successful adult programs are in the major US rowing hubs (Boston, Philly, DC, Seattle), so if you are in another place you may have to have a bit more luck with who you start off with. But it's wonderful and totally lifechanging!! Everyone should row!!

I should also mention that rowing has a steep-ass learning curve so it can be frustrating to start for the first 6 months or so. But stick with it!

Kulojam

@e-liz One thing that helped me keep during my training was eating immediately after running. I mean, immediately - as soon as I walked in the door. I'd have a gatorade, some peanuts and chocolate milk for 6+ miles, maybe just the chocolate milk for fewer miles. Then I'd stretch and shower and be ready for a real meal but not out-of-control hungry.
I also found myself craving animal protein with nearly every meal, so I just went for it. I'd eat a whole pound of spaghetti with marinara sauce, but if I had a bolognese sauce, I felt satisfied with a lot less.

apolsasam

This is absolutely interesting. People should really learn to watch out the food they eat. - Aldo Disorbo

mynamebackwards

it's so nice to hear from someone who isn't anti-carb! I did south beach last year and all I got was a nice big bald spot on the front of my head.

Blushingflwr

I remember reading somewhere that if you are having a craving for something, it is usually a sign of craving a specific nutrient in the food, and that you can sometimes substitute a healthier version to meet the craving. E.g. if you are craving steak, it might be the iron that you need, and you could get it elsewhere. I wonder if craving salt isn't a craving for salt, but rather a craving for something else in your favorite salty food? (not that Salt & Vinegar potato chips have a lot of redeeming nutritional value...).

OhMyGoshYouGuys

@Blushingflwr True. Craving salt might mean your body needs iodine? Especially since a lot of people now opt for using sea salt--which lacks iodine--when they cook.

Tragically Ludicrous

There's not a situation where a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is a substitute for a donut.

apples and oranges

@Tragically Ludicrous That's true, but it is delicious.

adorable-eggplant

@Tragically Ludicrous I know! That made me LOL because there's not even a universe where that could be true (and I love PB&Js).

likethestore

@Tragically Ludicrous amen. That kind of bullshit is why I can't ever take "healthy eating" articles seriously.

celeec4@twitter

@Tragically Ludicrous ...maybe if it were peanut butter and jelly and nutella. But then, by that point, I might as well as eat a donut?

Tragically Ludicrous

@Tragically Ludicrous Sometimes I have a peanut butter and nutella sandwich, but that's because I usually have those things on hand. Not so much as a "replacement" for anything except I guess eating Nutella with a spoon.

piekin

@Tragically Ludicrous Yes. I laugh-cringed when she suggested a slice of cheese and an apple to substitute for pizza.

This is my new username

@Tragically Ludicrous Haha, yes. I actually find an apple and some cheese a really satisfying snack (or in reality, super lazy desk breakfast), but definitely not a substitute for pizza...

beezelbubbles

@Tragically Ludicrous Yeah, that is not even like a close flavor profile, let alone texture and temperature. I found some storebrand wheat thins that are "tomato basil" but are really pizza flavored. But really when I want pizza trying to substitute anything will result only in me eating the substitute, being angry, and then eating pizza. This is true of anything I'm craving. I'm way better off just eating a reasonable portion of the thing I want.

hedgehogerie

Loving these! Please keep them coming. I, too, love seeing health info in a body-positive way. Thanks Hairpin!

alicke

wait wait wait, low fat cheese? come on. that's worse than not eating cheese :(

mollpants

@alicke normally I'd agree, but just tossing out there that goat cheese, skim mozz, feta, and other soft cheeses are naturally lower in fat than other (harder) cheeses. And I will still happily stuff my face with them, so there's that.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have some fondue to inhale.

alicke

@mollpants fair point! a naturally-occurring low fat cheese is certainly acceptable. but don't try to sell me on that white rubber disguised as cheddar >:(

adorable-eggplant

In related news, I'm tentatively subbing in brown rice for rice in some recipes and it hasn't been a complete disaster.

Tragically Ludicrous

@adorable-eggplant I legitimately prefer brown rice to white rice. It is the one healthy thing my body goes with, so I go with it hard.

celeec4@twitter

@adorable-eggplant You might run into recipes where brown rice doesn't sub well. If I remember correctly, for those, my mother would just, do half brown rice and half white, and all would be well.

celeec4@twitter

Has anyone else found that they accidentally eat larger/more portions when trying to be health-conscious and go for the low-fat/low-sugar options? It is a consistent enough trend that I've just, thrown my hands up and continue to buy full-fat milk, cheese, etc, but then portion control hard with measurements. Because, sedentary grad student lifestyle, is what.

AniaGosia

@celeec4@twitter That has totally been my experience - I completely stopped buying anything "low fat" and it feels like a win/win - it's more delicious and I eat less because it's more satisfying. "Low fat" is totally a scam. I recently heard of a study that confirmed that too - don't know who did it & am too jazy to google right now, but something about how low fat foods don't decrease obesity because they're less satisfying and high in sugar. Which, duh!

AniaGosia

@AniaGosia here it is: http://m.adc.bmj.com/content/early/2013/02/13/archdischild-2012-302941.short?g=w_adc_ahead_tab

I meant to write "lazy" but I also like the idea of being too "jazy"/jazzy to research.

Beaks

@celeec4@twitter Full fat foods are totally more satisfying. I stopped buying crappy ice cream a while ago and now just buy the stuff that's about 95% butterfat, which is totally worth the cost premium anyhow. Also whole milk yogurt tastes better than nonfat by a whole lot.

celeec4@twitter

@AniaGosia Thanks! I thought I'd seen studies along those lines before, but figured I'd see if other people also have additional anecdotes that corroborate mine.

@Beaks And like, crappy ice cream is practically a punishment unto itself, isn't it? So yeah, might as well as consume enjoyable extra calories of delicious butterfat.

This is my new username

@celeec4@twitter Non-fat yogurt is the wooooooooooooorst.

femwanderluster

@celeec4@twitter

Pretty sure whole milk is 3%-3.5% fat (yep, just googled)...so not that much more than 1% or 2%, in the grand scheme of fat really (particularly when I used to think whole milk meant 'full fat' aka 100 PERCENT OF ALL THE FATS! ALL OF THEM!).

I personally can't stand skim or 1% and when I found out that whole milk was just a whopping percent and a bit of change fatter than those, I totally only go for whole milk now and forever!

This also makes the biggest difference in my latest cheese craze: string cheese! Low fat (mozz) string cheese can go suck a juicebox; I'd rather eat sawdust.

celeec4@twitter

@femwanderluster But isn't it a little crazy how much better that 1-2% additional milk fat makes whole milk taste? (I have been known to drink the remaining whole cream leftover from baking/cooking, so goooood.)

lucy snowe

I'm just so glad to read a nutritional advice column that isn't trying to make the case that whatever my stone age forebears did really ought to be my yardstick for healthy behavior.

This idea of what we're 'adapted' to do keeps coming back again and again on so many fronts. Am I adapted to be dominated by an alpha male? What does that even mean? I'm adapted to eat scavenged greens and occasional raw ungulate meat? Even if that were true, what do I care? I'm not adapted for antibiotics or birth control, either- doesn't stop me from ingesting those.

In short, viva les carbs!

Neve Garrett

@lucy snowe Lol -- YES! Your comment just made me miss The Hairpin, in a good way. Thank you. xx

lucy snowe

@Natalie Eve :D Anytime!

Kitekatze

I must have some weird body chemistry because I eat loads of salt and have never tested with high blood pressure or cholesterol. I am however a ceoliac which presents it's own nutrient leeching problems.

hotdog

Salt: NOT THE CAUSE OF MOST PEOPLE'S HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=its-time-to-end-the-war-on-salt

This post contains a lot of erroneous information.

Also: most cravings are NOT traceable to a deficiency. Unless you're pregnant, then mayyyyybe, but usually not.

up cubed

@hotdog et al. Yes! I wanted to like this, but it seems to be behind the science curve.
I recall a lot of studies that show low-fat and other foods that are branded as "healthy" actually have higher sugar and salt to retain their taste.

dham

Low fat cheese! Replacing pizza with a piece of bread and cheese (low-fat!)! Egg-white scramble! Cavemen ate all the carbs at once; that's why you love pasta!

femwanderluster

@dham I'm with you except for the low fat cheese bit (unless naturally occurring).

klemay

"Some eggs now even have omega-3 fatty acids"

..why... are eggs.. changing?

apples and oranges

@klemay I would also really like to know more about this.

sashay

@klemay that is a good question! the internet says it's pretty innocuous, though. they just feed the chickens more flax seeds. more omega 3's in --> more omega 3's out.

http://www.chow.com/food-news/53800/how-do-they-get-the-omega-3-in-the-eggs/

klemay

@sashay whoa thanks! That's a lot less terrifying than what I originally thought.

femwanderluster

@klemay your chickie avatar is quite apt for this part of the thread :)

cupcakecore

I'm going to go ahead and defend the person who asked the weight loss question and the author for selecting/answering it.

But first some caveats/recognition:

1. Yes, we absolutely live in a fat-phobic, fat shaming society.
2. This same society values thinness above all things regardless of physical health.
3. For people with body image/weight issues this is a particularly sensitive subject and the discussion of weight and weight loss can be triggering.

I respect and recognize all these things. HOWEVER.

If someone wants to lose weight in a healthy way that is meaningful to them, let them lose weight. Yes, they could be motivated by truly unreasonable beauty standards or could be doing it for purely superficial reasons but no one should be unhappy with their body for any reason. And no one should have to accept one body type over another for themselves simply because it's a more radical act. As long as you are healthy, you do you. Don't preach, don't judge, don't be a jerk and you'll be fine.

adorable-eggplant

@cupcakecore First thing, I love your username. Second thing, I agree so much with absolutely everything you have said.

I'm not the boss of anybody's body, so as long as someone is rocking along not shaming others, more power to them.

cupcakecore

@adorable-eggplant Thank you x2! My username was my radio show name 5 years ago and I've kept it ever since in every way I could online.

But more seriously as some who struggles with an eating disorder I understand the problem with how people talk about dieting and weight loss/gain. But I'm so sick of people telling me (or others) I don't need to lose weight or I shouldn't want to lose weight and that I should reject conventional beauty standards.

Danzig!

One of the great things, perhaps THE great thing, about endurance training (running miles in the 2 digits, circuit lifting) is that you can simulate the experience of eating food while stoned without the bother of getting stoned. You can taste peanuts in 3D after a good run, I swear to God

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