How You Can Beat the Evil Food Industry

Food Babe, Vani Hari looking at food labels.

We all complain and worry about not really knowing what is in our food. We may be slowly creating cancers in our own bodies without knowing. If I asked you what you think the solution is, most of you would reply that there is nothing much to do. I would have given the same answer a few weeks ago. But all that changed after I met the woman of my dreams.

Here’s the thing; you would be dead-wrong if you believed that there is nothing you can do. The average Joe/Jane like you and I wouldn’t know where to start but the woman of my dreams does. She is the woman of my dreams because she has given me a voice to take on the food industry. Continue reading

Tips to Thrive During Holiday Season

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Going into the holidays invites excitement, but for a lot of people, it also means feeling a lot of stress…particularly stress around family relationships and stress around gaining weight.

There is often a vicious cycle that happens: feeling stress–>turn to food for comfort—> feel guilty—> beat self up—-> feeling stress; repeat cycle.

For those of you who are conscious eaters or have a certain eating style (paleo, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, weight watchers, insert your eating style here), it can be increasingly stressful since there may be many holidays meals shared at friends and family members’ homes.

It’s not uncommon for my clients to feel more anxious around food and weight gain around this time of year.

So here are some tips to support you to stay grounded through the holidays, regardless of your eating style.

  1. SET BOUNDARIES

Boundaries are about stating the imaginary lines of your personal comfort zone to create and maintain mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.

When it comes to maintaining healthy boundaries to stay out of family “drama”, proactively have assertive heart to heart chats with the family members to let them know what your boundary is, and that if they cross your boundary, you will cue them with a code word, and how you will behave (e.g., walk away), shall they continue to cross your boundary.

When it comes to food policers (“Are you going to eat all that?!”, “Wow you eat a lot!”, “you’re not eating enough!”) and food pushers (“Come on, have another bite!”), you will definitely need to state your boundaries.

For food policers, you can state: “I would appreciate it if you just let me choose what I want to eat and not comment about it. Let’s talk about something more important than what I’m eating”.

For food pushers, politely state “Thank you but I am feeling satisfied right now and would like to hold off. I may try it in a bit” and redirect the attention to another topic.

2) HYDRATE with H20 and Drink Green Tea

Most likely you will be eating food with more salt and sugar, so drink a lot of water and green tea. Green tea has plenty of antioxidants and there are studies that show that green tea has been shown to boost the metabolic rate and increase fat burning in the short term. Plus, I personally find green tea soothing to drink.

3) BRING YOUR OWN DISH TO SHARE

When it comes to family dinners, if you have a certain eating style that you know may not be met at the guests’ home, bring a dish of your own that accommodates your eating style to share with the guests.

Now I also have a disclaimer with this suggestion because it really depends on your mindset. If you have a very strict, structured, rigid way of eating and you’re “afraid” of eating other foods because you will “get fat”, bloat, gain weight, etc. (and not because of healthy reasons like having a severe allergic reaction), then I caution you to check in with yourself to ask yourself, “Am I bringing this food because I fear eating foods outside of my eating style?” If the answer is yes, then I suggest connecting with me to coach you to stop fearing food for good😉

4) PUT SOCIALIZING IN THE FOREGROUND and FOOD IN THE BACKGROUND

Food is very central to holiday events, and of course it is associated with love and celebration. There is nothing wrong with this. What isn’t helpful is when people focus so much on the food in ways that gets them obsessed about it, and forgetting that holiday events are also about connecting with others, having fun, and being grateful for things in life. So I encourage you to focus on social relationships, and have 3 questions in mind to ask people so that you can focus on learning more about them (and think less about food).

5) EAT MINDFULLY

When it is time to eat, check in with yourself using a mental hunger scale from 1-5, where 1 = hungry and 5= almost uncomfortably full. You want to eat to the point of 4, which is energy. You could have another bite, but you could also leave it and move on to the next activity. This is a practice, and it will take some trial-and-error to figure out what a 4 feels like for you.

6) KEEP YOUR SELF-CARE RITUALS

Even if you’re away from home, proactively create some self-care rituals to help you stay grounded. So for me personally, I like to make sure I get at least 20-30 minutes exercise time in daily.

If I’m away, I will- ahead of time- research where the gym is or yoga classes or even just know that I can go outside for a walk/run or YouTube 20 minute workout videos that involve body weight (or my kids as my weights!)

Moving my body is really important for me to stay energized, relieve stress and get those endorphins going (which creates the “runner’s high”). Plus it’s just nice to have some personal space away.

I also continue to start my day with  positive affirmations and breathe in my Young Living Essential Oils. And for my nighttime self-care ritual, hot showers are a must.

So I encourage you to think of 3 self-care rituals to engage in throughout the day to keep those as your grounding points.

Enjoy your holiday season, from my family to yours!!!

Rosalyn Fung, M.Sc., Holistic Body Love Coaching

http://www.holisticbodylove.com

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Holistic Body Love Coach & Psychologist on A Women’s Fitness Magazine Cover Inspiring you to Flex Your Self-Love Muscle

WOW WOW WOW!!!!!!

A DREAM COME TRUE!!!!

Ever since I was a teen, I’ve always dreamed I’d be on the cover of a fitness magazine…

However, I NEVER dreamed it to be when I have a fuller, curvier and softer shape, with stretch marks on my “squishy” belly (as my son likes to describe it) until I learned to LOVE MY BODY 

After almost a decade of chronic dieting to finally achieve a lean, 6 pack physique to compete in a figure competition in 2008, it was my “A-ha moment” that having what our society would see as an “ideal body” only brought on, for me, extreme obsession and rigidity with eating, binge eating behaviors, self-consciousness, constantly beating myself up and never feeling good enough – not to mention comparing myself to others to see if I measured up (and what do you think I felt? Yep- still never felt as pretty, as fit looking, muscular and lean enough…

Unfortunately, we live in such a society that focuses so much on WEIGHT and IMAGE.

So I had enough of trying to chase and maintain the perfect body, and decided to just learn to love myself and my body, and SEPARATE MY WORTH as a person FROM MY BODY’S SHAPE, SIZE & WEIGHT.

And today, I am so proud to be on a cover of GORGO Fitness Magazine, an AMAZING women’s international online fitness magazine that embraces STRONG, HEALTHY, FIT, INSPIRING AND EMPOWERING WOMEN in every shape and size!!! I wouldn’t want to have my first fitness cover be any other magazine!!!

I chose purposely to wear a tiny sports bra so I could show my belly-the part of my body that I HATED for most of my life (even when it was smaller and flatter)… and now, my belly being the biggest it’s probably ever been (not counting pregnancies), is a part of me that I have grown to love, no matter what it looks like.

Thank you GORGO Fitness Magazine for NOT retouching my photo, I LOVE my tiger stripes and my soft round gorgeous belly. There is so much loving energy that is held here.

I am SO DEEPLY HONORED and in ABUNDANT JOY to be able to be part of a BODY LOVE MOVEMENT and show off my INNER STRENGTH & CONFIDENCE on a cover of a magazine!

My body doesn’t have to be lean, streamlined, muscles popping to be strong, lift more than my body weight, sprint fast, be flexible, agile, do weighted burpees regularly, squat jumps, run half a marathon on trails, and kick butt in martial arts.

Words cannot describe how AWESOME it is to feel so FREE with food and feel ROCKIN’ in my naked body 

Go and download your very own copy, in which I also wrote a powerful article on Flexing Your Self-Love Muscle on p.22!!!

There’s so much juicy stuff in this magazine from self-love, to nutrition, to moving your body, inspiration and so much more! I HIGHLY suggest you subscribe 

And while you’re at it, contact me here for a complimentary body love coaching strategy session so you can feel FOOD FREEDOM and feel ROCKING in your naked body too!!!  

Should there be a tax on junk food but subsidies on healthy food?

The tobacco industry claims that the purchase of cigarettes has fallen worldwide since heavy taxation and advertising restrictions have been implemented. The idea of taxing junk food in the same way as tobacco and subsidizing healthy food is a combination that could guide people to choosing healthier food (which will be cheaper after subsidizing) instead of the poisonous junk food (which today is way cheaper than healthy food but will be more expensive after taxation). In the long run, billions spent on healthcare due to the outcome of an unhealthy diet can be put to better use.

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Should the government subsidize healthy food…
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Those who oppose this idea claim that the government and the food companies are two different entities. Adjusting food prices will interfere with the free market and create a false economy. In fact the term “junk food” lacks a consensus on its definition. Some perceive junk food as anything that is processed, others define junk food as food that has certain sugar content or that contains preservatives. Same goes for how people define healthy food; is being organic good enough or does diet soda also fit the category?

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… and tax Junk food?
photo by Ambro

Update:

10 Rules You Can Break and Stay Healthy

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How To Easily Enhance Your Performance Without Doping

HOW TO EASILY ENHANCE YOUR PERFORMANCE WITHOUT DOPINGWhen you train you get better because of:

  • improved oxygen delivery to your muscles;
  • changes in your lungs allow you to take bigger breaths;
  • strengthening of the heart boosts cardiac-output and blood flow;
  • oxygen carrying capacity increases due to the creation of extra red blood cells.

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2 Alcohol Health Benefit Myths Busted!

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The evidence about the possible health benefits of alcohol has always been uncertain .
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According to popular belief moderate alcohol consumption may provide the following health benefits:

  1. Reduce the risk of developing and succumbing to heart disease
  2. Possibly reduce the risk of ischemic stroke

The evidence about the possible health benefits of alcohol has always been uncertain and alcohol may not benefit everyone who drinks it. Continue reading