Seriously, You Can't Eat Like A Child Your Entire Life

Seriously, You Can't Eat Like A Child Your Entire Life

Consciously choose to put some time and effort into your health.
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Expanding your palate can make all of the difference in your diet. As we grow and age, our bodies adapt and our palates change. An open mind to trying new things can surprise you when it comes to eating. Spinach was once an icky green and soggy mess served up beside dinner. Lentils? Which food group is that?

Gradually working these strange, unknown items into your cooking is the best approach to cleaning up your appetite. But the more important concept to remember is keeping an open mind in your diet choices. Discriminating against certain foods really throws off balance in your palate.

Though, sometimes, our bodies crave something specific, requiring our attention. We have to listen to those cravings, and balance them out. The more we try, the better our chances in finding something we like. I'm talking about different cultures' foods too, people. Just because you can't pronounce it doesn't mean it's not good. Maybe you will surprise yourself.

For many of us, the earlier parts of our lives are spent avoiding foods like vegetables and other funny-looking/smelling items. The latter stages of our lives are spent focusing on different diets where we also avoid food groups like carbs, gluten, meats, sugars and dairy. Why? Because of desired weight loss, trending/fad diets, and health problems.

The simple answer to dieting is sticking to the basics, and consciously avoiding foods that are modified with substitutes and additives. According to an article on genetically modified organisms (GMO) labeling from the International Business Times, there is quite a significant difference between opinions of the FDA/scientists versus American food shoppers on whether GMOs are actually a bad thing. Predicted by Joseph Stanton, a professor of food marketing at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and editor of the Journal of Food Products Marketing: "if mandatory labeling is enacted, there would be two types of consumers: those who actively seek out non-GMO foods and buy only those products, and those who do not care, much like the organic food consumer base." This brings me to my next point:

Your Health is Your Choice. It's time to stop making excuses, and start making decisions. What you put in your body is entirely up to you, though there are certainly influencing factors that complicate our ability to have a wholesome and strengthening diet. Consciously choose what you are buying and eating. Read labels, put more time and effort into your trip to the grocery store. If you are eating out, just face it-- you don't know what you are getting. On the other hand, it is a great way to spark a curiosity in expanding your palate. So get the item you haven't had before. Honestly, you can't eat like a child your entire life.

Nutritionists have convinced society to buy into "nutritionism," which is an ideology. It is not actually a thing. We hear and see the terms 'wholesome,' 'health foods,' 'organic,' and 'natural' with respect to nutritious foods. However, there is an area of gray between the right and wrong things to eat, which translates into good and bad categories of health. The reality is that our bodies need a balance of many things, and the problem lies mostly with eating too much of one thing and not enough of another. Stop the discriminating!

For starters, there are a few things you should try working into your diet to give your body the energy and nourishment it deserves (and for it to function most successfully).

These are known as Power Foods or Superfoods.

spinach, (farm-raised) salmon and steak, blueberries, sweet potatoes, bacon, sprouted grain breads, spelt, rice, quinoa, lentils, chia seeds, ...and really, ANY balance of fruit or veggie. The more colorful, the better.

Fats You Should Be Eating:

Butter, avocado, raw nuts, unrefined oils (olive, flax seed, safflower and coconut oil,) animal fats (steak, bacon, egg, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, cold-water fish, low sodium nuts, olives, flax seed, low-fat cheeses, natural peanut butter

(Seriously, don't just read this. Put them on your grocery list and make them staples for your pantry and refrigerator.)

Fats You Should NOT Be Eating:

Hydrogenated, canola, and vegetable oils; high fructose corn syrup, margarine, or processed carbs like cereals, pastries, pastas, wraps/buns/breads, jellies/jams, mayonnaise, sodas, and sugary drinks (including most fruit juices)

Don't be fooled:

Natural > Reduced Fat

Whole Wheat > Multi-grains

Sprouted grain> Whole wheat

Spinach, Chives > Kale

Spaghetti squash can replace store-bought packaged noodles...yum!

It absolutely requires more effort and time to create healthy eating habits, but is worth it for yourself and for any potential influence you may have over loved ones. Go ahead, grow up, and expand your palate. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, macaroni, and chicken fingers are not going to cut it for the rest of your life. Please don't pass bad eating habits on to your own kids

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

Cover Image Credit: Lauren Margliotti

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5 Things You Need To Know About Thinx Underwear

Those of you with a uterus, listen up.

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I first heard about Thinx underwear two years ago while on a subway in Washington DC. I thought the whole idea of leakproof underwear sounded a bit too much like diapers and brushed the product aside. Fast forward two years, my mom states that she is going to buy a pair to try and offered to get me one too. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, I decided to give it a try. I'm sure glad I did!

If you're not familiar with Thinx allow me to explain. It's a company that prides themselves on creating underwear specifically designed for individuals to wear during their periods. Looking at the reviews, everyone seemed to love them, and after trying them out for myself, I must say I like them quite a lot. Here are a few important things to know about Thinx underwear.

1. It doesn’t always replace your pads/tampons

Thinx may not replace tampons, but it can help cut back the amount you use.

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I learned this the hard way that if you have a heavy flow, you can't wear Thinx on its own. If you have a light flow, you could get away with only wearing these, but for us poor souls with heavy flows, I recommend making these your new period underwear. You never have to worry about any leaks, even at night!

2. They don't stain

Behold! No bloodstains!

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If you leak onto this underwear, fear not. Merely rinse them in the sink and then throw them in the wash like normal and boom! Clean underwear. No more ugly stained underwear to keep in the corner of your drawer.

3. There’s a bunch of cute designs/colors

There's something for everyone!

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One thing I must say about Thinx is that they have a wide variety of options. There are several different cuts, and almost all of them come in different colors options as well. They seem to be introducing new colors all the time, so keep an eye out for one you like.

4. They are super comfy!

These feel just like normal underwear.

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When I got my pair, I was worried that this underwear would feel like wearing a diaper or something else uncomfortable, but that was not the case at all! This underwear when you're wearing it feels like normal underwear, and while you're washing it, it feels like a swimsuit.

5. They donate to a good cause

Everyone should have access to period products. Period.

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For every pair of underwear that you buy, the company donates a pair to someone in need. It seems like most are sent to developing countries where women do not have access to proper menstruation hygiene products. In addition to this, Thinx was designed to help cut back the number of disposable pads entering landfills. They designed this underwear to be a more sustainable alternative for people with periods!

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