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Orthorexia Nervosa

Posted: 1572 days ago in Health Lifestyle Wellness

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Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the kitchen…

As long there have been “modern” foods (fast, processed, junk, etc.) available, there have been issues surrounding food.  Overeating, binging, anorexia, purging, guilt, deprivation – it’s an epidemic that effects an estimated 8 million Americans (who are mostly women). Hence the reason why February 22-28 is National Eating Disorder Awareness week.

NEDAAs a health care provider I have pushed, cajoled and encouraged my patients – okay, and my family – to adopt healthier eating habits, and I know many of my colleagues in the health care professions have done the same.

Perhaps we’ve gone too far with some of you? There is an emerging trend of a new breed of eating disorder called “Orthorexia Nervosa”.

What the heck is that???”, you say?

Well, if you are feeling a bit neurotic about eating ONLY healthy foods, or find yourself becoming super-picky about where your food comes from or how it’s prepared, or even find that obsessing about food starts to nudge out other things in your life, you may be exhibiting signs of orthorexia nervosa.

Houston, we have a problem.  

In my not-so-humble opinion, it’s a far lesser problem than the food issues on the opposite end of the spectrum.  Eating McDonald’s every day or being anorexic can kill you; eating only pastured beef and organic veggies will not – but if you are obsessing about what you put in your mouth, you (or your friends and family!) may begin to wish you were dead.

Most of us can benefit from a little more ‘healthy’ in our diet, but if you find yourself having some of these behaviors, it may be time to regroup, and get some help if necessary:

  • Planning your entire day around your food intake
  • Feeling like a failure if you eat something that you deem unhealthy
  • Refusing to eat something if you don’t know where the ingredients come from
  • Judging others for their food choices
  • Eating well for the sense of control it gives you, instead of to nourish your body and satisfy hunger

But, and this is a BIG but – must we make a mountain out of every molehill?  Why must every behavior be diagnosable? Can’t we just be quirky?  Quirky, schmirky.  Of course, any behavior that interferes greatly with living life should be addressed. The rest of you? Just please, take a chill pill.  Life is all about a healthy balance.

And if you find that it’s harder than just a simple decision (I in no way want to discount your struggle) please seek professional help. NEDA, The National Eating Disorders Awareness organization can provide you just that.

Love ya lots,

6 Pregnancy Perks That Make It All Worth It

Posted: 1579 days ago in Pregnancy

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Weight gain.  Stretch marks.  Nausea. 

What’s in this pregnancy thing for me? (Besides a bundle of joy after an endless 10 months, that is?)

Actually, there are a few little secret scoobies, a.k.a. pregnancy perks to look forward to. And they are…

  1. Your body increases blood flow to all of your mucous membranes (read:  pink parts!)  in preparation for birth.  What does that mean to you?  Well, if you keep up with the Kardashian’s at all, you know that all of them pay a pretty penny to plump their puckers.  You, my dears, will get the prettiest pouts EVER, just by being pregnant!  It’s true!
  2. Guess what other pink part benefits?  Your vajayjay.  Increased blood flow means increased arousal + lubrication = more enjoyable sex.  Yeah, yeah, I know that ‘the bump’ can preclude feeling sexy.  To avoid this, just dim the lights; but between those lips and those lips, hubba hubba – it’s smokin’ hot in preggo town!
  3. And did I mention the visit from the booby fairy?  In preparation for breastfeeding, the milk factory is working overtime to nourish your baby.  Until s/he arrives, let your new curves work for you – show a little cleavage, buy a sexy bra – no padding needed!
  4. What about the pregnancy glow?  You’ve seen it, haven’t you?  Once the puking stops (and for the great majority of us, it will!), the green pallor can turn a luminous peachy glow seemingly overnight, as a result of hormones and great prenatal vitamins.  This also contributes to shiny hair and strong nails.  And with great skin, hair, and nails — a girl doesn’t need much else!
  5. More kindness and courtesy than you can stand to handle!  It’s a proven fact that society typically caters to pregnant women.  You’ll get a seat when there isn’t one, more doors held for you, and maybe even some freebies.  I say live it up while you can, because it really is short-lived.
  6. One word.. Babymoon.  Book it and enjoy. (This one only holds true for baby #1, sowwy!)

See what you have to look forward to? 

Instead of moaning and groaning about the downsides of pregnancy, focus on the many upsides. You did choose this, right?  No one is pregnant forever, and trust me, you will have many bigger fish to fry once the baby comes.

WITH LOVE,

Love is in the Details

Posted: 1584 days ago in Sex & Relationships

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My hottie husband treats me really, really well every day.

That’s not a brag, either. We all deserve to have partners who love us and treat us like we are the cat’s meow, don’t we?

So why do I feel just a little bit bitchy if we don’t “do” the Valentine’s Day thing? I mean, I’ll take 365 days of an amazing husband over one day of flowers and candy any time. And I don’t really want to go to an overcrowded restaurant on amateur night, nor do I want him to spend $75 bucks on a $25 bouquet of flowers.

I guess I’m just as vulnerable as the next girl to the media’s expectation of romance. But I don’t want to be.

In fact, last year, I splurged on a couple’s massage for the two of us, envisioning a mid-week rendezvous while the girls were home doing schoolwork. 

In reality… We rushed out the door into a cold, rainy night. The massage was a bit awkward, as our therapists communicated by whispering in our ears so as not to disturb our partners. So exhausted from our long days, we both fell asleep on our massage table. To top it off, instead of a post-massage glass of wine and make-out session, we wiped the drool from our sheet-creased faces and stumbled home in a stupor. All in all, it was really a creepy, somewhat un-fulfilling experience.

ROMANCE FAIL!

True romance isn’t reserved for one cold day in mid-February. True romance is making a smoothie for your partner every single morning without complaint, even if you don’t really want to. Or, cleaning the kitchen every single night after Hurricane Tania obliterates it (yet again). And even staying up late to help your honey prepare for an early morning meeting.

loveisinthedetails-textMaybe this year I’ll give Hallmark the metaphorical finger and delight in the fact that I get to wake up next to my forever-boyfriend every morning, with or without the obligatory card and candy. 

What do you think?

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