Thinspiration for teens: how to get as skinny as possible as quickly as possible

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Of the many social media networks, I am currently only a user of Facebook, WordPress as a blogger, and Instagram @Holisicchicks. These sites have been great for me to not only promote myself as a health coach, but also as a way to keep up with distant family members and freinds.

I recently discovered what many of you already know – that Instagram ( owned by Facebook ) is allowing and even encouraging anorexia, bulimia, self mutilation, and suicidal support groups.

Support groups…meaning groups – very large communities to be specific – that support the “lifestyle choice” to be anorexic or bulimic.

These groups encourage suicide with words and pictures that pose such questions like, “What’s stopping you?”, and, “Who would even miss you?”

Such is the vulgarity and gruesome nature of the pictures and postings within these communities ( I will not post specific hashtags for fear of encouragement ) that I was unable to sleep until 1:00 a.m. this morning out of pure horror at the lives being so openly lost, and the overwhelming number of participants involved.

Lives being lost for the profit of Instagram.

A new ‘fad’ in “lifestyle choice”, all for the profit of instagram.

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The one thing that every single child involved with self hate instagram usage has in common is that they all feel the need to belong to something. I would like to be sensitive to the subject of such diseases as eating disorders and all who struggle with them, but I think it is also crucial to make it clear, to parents especially, that self hate is now spreading like wildfire – beyond the normal means of disease – to full fledged plague status. Self mutilation, in it’s multitude of forms, is becoming one of the largest fads of late among junior high and high school aged youth.

Many parents would justifiably assume that, well, “That could never happen to my child, I’ve always taught them better than that, I’ve always been a good parent!”

Well, you were. However, regardless of individual upbringing, most people go through phases at one point or another during their adolescence of feeling that they ‘just do not belong’. It is at such times, as you probably well remember, that you were susceptible to falling prey to things that were against your moral code of ethics.

Just like any addictive habit, it is easy to fall into disorderly eating, and self hate in general, but an uphill battle to quit.

Self hate communities are deadly cults. They send powerful messages of self degradation to their members and followers. Who are these communities composed of? Any young person who needs to belong to something, and ‘ghost’ accounts ( accounts posing as a real suicidal or sick individual that is actually a group of ill-intentioned pranksters behind the veil of a fake account name ).

Because Instagram refuses to put a halt on said communities, the responsibility relies solely on parents to get involved and to ask questions. Know what your child is up to online and who their friends are. Just as important – talk to your children about the pressures from media to be thin, among many things.

Feelings of failure where weight and body type are concerned are excruciatingly common among young women today, and yet this is merely the gateway emotion to more serious and even deadly frames of mind.

One of the best things you can do to not only build your child’s confidence, but to form lifelong bonds with them, is to get out and exercise together! Not only do endorphins strengthen feelings of closeness and stability, but studies show that young girls who excersice a minimum of 30 mins per day feel happier about their bodies, and self worth as a whole, than they otherwise would.

Be aware, stay involved, and stay strong!

Cravings-Why Your Body Wants What it Wants & How to Change it’s Mind!

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Yesterday I talked about calorie phobia, and why it’s not at all necessary http://holisticchickblog.com/2013/06/02/will-fruit-make-me-fat/. I told you that your body is never wrong, and now, as promised, I will elaborate on that and break down CRAVINGS as well with a quick Q & A ~

Q: What is the main cause behind my cravings?

A: In short, many things trigger and can contribute to cravings. Lets take a look at some of them now –

1) Your primary foods are out of balance – Primary foods consist of everything in your life that nourishes you body, mind and soul. Work life, relationships, recreation, sexuality and spirituality all contribute to your overall health, and when balanced, these components of your life make up your primary forms of nourishment. Foods you eat then become your secondary foods, as they are only your secondary forms of nourishment. Stress in any one of these areas will make you crave carbs, sweets and starches. This is because eating these things triggers your body to release endorphins, your natural happy drug.

2) You’re low on essential vitamins and minerals – It is entirely possible, and in fact very common, to be overweight, overfed, and yet starving to death for nutrients. In general, Americans eat ( here is where our carb/calorie phobia was born ) calories in excess that are empty of substance. Our stomach feels full from the weight of what we ate, and we put on the poundage of what we ate, but our bodies are still screaming at us to consume the essential compounds they need in order to keep functioning properly. Thus, we constantly crave more.

3) You are ( and crave ) what you eat – You’ve heard it before, every 35 days or so your skin replaces itself, using what you ate. The same is true of every cell in your body. Your cells are constantly replacing themselves, and they use what you eat to do it. Naturally, your cells crave more of what they are made of in order to nourish and replace themselves. You crave what you are made of.

4) You’re eating partial foods – And this directly ties into #2. You’ve hear the term ‘whole foods’ before, right? It really is a concept as simple as it sounds, but most of us are confused at first about what it actually means to eat a whole food diet. When we eat the SAD diet ( standard American Diet ) we’re consuming empty calories, and a lot of foods that have been stripped down, or ‘cut’. For instance, vegetables, fruits, clean meats, eggs, nuts, seeds, beans and legumes – are all whole foods, pure in their original forms. Now candies, microwave dinners, prepackaged foods, frozen pizzas and ice cream – not whole. They consist are parts of foods all combined together as ingredients to create a new meal.

Foods eaten the way nature intended, pure and whole in their original form, are completely usable in your body. Remember I said your body is never wrong? It isn’t, it’s very smart. Your mind can over think anything, and often does, especially related to ‘diets’ and phads. Just because a phad diet makes sense to your brain, however, doesn’t mean for one second that it will make sense to your body.

When you eat a 100 calorie treat that your brain has decided is a very smart choice, your body is processing this load of combined ‘partial foods’, and saying, “what is this and where are all the missing pieces?” Your body is only designed to eat whole foods, and so when it realizes that something is missing from the equation, it tells you to find the rest! In this way, your cravings are often your body’s search, and nothing to do with your emotions or boredom.

Q: I’m overwhelmed. What steps should I take first, and how long will it take to get rid of my cravings? 

A: My number one recommendation – don’t go it alone! This is where my job often comes in as a Health Coach, to act as a support system and a guide as you make goals and figure out what you need to do in order to reach them. You might also consider seeing a counselor, therapist, or some other kind of lifestyle coach who can help you get your primary foods in order. Your emotional wellbeing and happiness needs to come first for you to succeed.

Once you get a system in place for either healing/managing your emotional distress or eating a whole food diet, results always vary, but you can expect to begin seeing your cravings diminish within anywhere from 5 – 10 days in. Lifestyle changes are never easy, but with your primary foods balanced and someone you can lean on during the difficult times, theres nothing you can’t overcome!

Happy living guys!

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Boost your metabolism with one easy trick!

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Are you on a weightloss journey? Are you looking to boost your energy? Boost your metabolism? Get more out of the healthy habits you already have in place?

This ONE simple detox strategy can do more for you than you would ever imagine and its FREE! It’s water.

As we know it’s not just about the healthy foods and supplements that we consume, but a huge part of finding success in our healthy endeavors is strategy.

Todays healthy living tip : Drink 1 – 2 liters of warm – room temperature water upon waking up tomorrow morning BEFORE eating or drinking anything else.

What this will do is actually cleanse your GI tract. You know how they say we can actually carry up to 30 lbs of toxic waste in our intestines? Not only is this extra heavy weight that we don’t want to be carrying around, but this garbage will speed up the aging process, impose on your energy levels and ability to think clearly, weaken your immune system and EVEN stop you from absorbing nutrients from the healthy foods you do eat throughout the day .

Flush your system tomorrow! Start your day off right!

Although there are many products out there claiming “colon cleanse”, none are actually as effective as simply practicing this easy healthy living tip each day that you can.

Benefits from drinking water upon waking :

1) Increased energy

2) Increased sex drive

3) Clearer skin

4) flatter stomach

5) Relief from stomach ailments

6) Weight loss

7) Decreased cravings

8) More mineral and vitamin absorption

9) Happier moods/decreased swings

10) Increased spiritual awareness & conection