Body of Truth: Change Your Life by Changing the Way You Think about Weight and Health by Harriet BrownOver the last 25 years, our longing for thinness has morphed into a relentless cultural obsession with weight and body image. You cant be a woman or girl (or, increasingly, a man or boy) in America today and not grapple with the size and shape of your body, your daughters body, other womens bodies. Even the most confident people have to find a way through a daily gauntlet of voices and images talking, admonishing, warning us about what size we should be, how much we should weigh, what we should eat and what we shouldnt. Obsessing about weight has become a ritual and a refrain, punctuating our every relationship, including the ones with ourselves. Its time to change the conversation around weight. Harriet Brown has explored the conundrums of weight and body image for more than a decade, as a science journalist, as a woman who has struggled with weight, as a mother, wife, and professor. In this book, she describes how biology, psychology, metabolism, media, and culture come together to shape our ongoing obsession with our bodies, and what we can learn from them to help us shift the way we think. Brown exposes some of the myths behind the rhetoric of obesity, gives historical and contemporary context for what it means to be fat, and offers readers ways to set aside the hysteria and think about weight and health in more nuanced and accurate ways.
Changing the Way We Think About Food
Huh what!? Was I hearing this right? The people creating these kinds of stories are the ones that give me hope in humanity. I think that people are more likely to press play on a video than to read an article or go out and buy a book, so listed below are the 6 best food documentaries and TED talks that have changed the way I think about food— the way I choose what to buy, who I buy it from, how I prepare it, how I talk to my clients about it, and so on. Formal education only taught me so much. This was the doc that inspired that phone call. There are interviews with farmers, scientists and normal, average, every day people wanting to live to see another day.
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Instead, make one little change a day go easy on yourself: skip dessert or eat an extra helping of veggies. Here are eight ways to eat more veggies without even trying. Try starting your day with a glass of water before you inhale a caffeine jolt of coffee. Place a glass of water on your nightstand before you fall asleep at night; the next morning, drain it before hopping out of bed. Find out 14 easy ways to jump-start your metabolism.
Below, she explains how to forge new pathways into the brain to change the way we think about food—and about our own ability to eat better. Like clockwork, every January we vow to subsist on salad and protein, to steer clear of sugar and alcohol, and to exercise like maniacs. Changes that really stick because, over time, the behaviors take less effort to execute. Eventually, it feels pretty good to keep them up. By the next holiday season, we tend to be right back where we started…sometimes a step or two behind.