Health and Fitness

NINE WAYS TO CUT CANCER RISK BY A THIRD!

If you took every piece of advice on ways to reduce cancer risk you would probably never eat anything and die of starvation. It seems everyone has a theory on what causes cancer and ways to cut the risk. So, who should we actually listen to and what advice should we take on board? The best advice can be sourced from the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) and currently they give 9 pieces of advice to reduce the risk 1/3 of all cancers! Here they are: 1. Keep your body weight within the healthy weight range. Based on your BMI (body mass index) this is calculated by weight and height. The healthy weight range is from 18.5-24.9kg/m². Although the BMI has limitations, like it doesn’t take into consideration muscle mass, it is still a valuable way to measure a healthy weight range in the general ...

SCALES ARE FOR FISH

How many times have you stepped on the scale and been devastated by the number you see? You wallow in sorrow, rethinking every food choice you’ve made for the past week. You begin to justify: well I’m bloated from my period, well it’s the end of the day and I’ve already eaten everything for today, maybe I need to poop, that you have no control. You decide that this number dictates your mood, your worth. Have you ever had the exact opposite experience? You step on the scale and become overjoyed by the number you see. You become excited, feeling that because of this number you are awesome, you are beautiful, you are more valuable, more desirable, in control of your life. The truth is you don’t have control in either of these situations: you are letting a NUMBER dictate your value. YOU decide...

DECIDING FOR MYSELF: HOW APPLYING TO YOGA TEACHER TRAINING CHANGED ME

I realize that at 20 years of age, I am by no one’s definition old. However, I often find it difficult to even consider that by societal standards I am an adult. There are probably multiple reasons for this, but I’m sure one of the largest is that I’ve made very few major decisions for myself. That’s not to say that my life is completed dictated by the will of others, but it could be said that I’ve never truly made a choice without first consulting someone else. That trend probably would have continued until I decided I wanted to become a certified yoga teacher. Yoga grew to be a passion for me at a slow pace. I had dabbled with the practice slightly throughout my high school years, but I never practiced regularly until my freshman year of college. I was alone at a huge school, I had very ...

300+ DAYS SOBER

300+ DAYS SOBER I haven’t had a drink since New Year’s Eve. Since 2015. It’s November 27, 2016. That’s 331 days. I have some friends who say they couldn’t go that long without a drink. Some friends shrug their shoulders and admit that they could give it up. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t have a drinking problem. Due to some health issues, it’s just something that I can’t have right now. I’m not against it but I don’t miss it. Here are some thoughts on what it’s like to not drink for 331 days: You start to enjoy other beverages. Things like nitro cold brew coffee or La Croix or just plain water (with lemon). You enjoy your food a bit more. When you aren’t sharing the spotlight with a cocktail, you really taste your food differently. It’s hard(er) to be social. It’s not that I can’t handle not...

EMBRACE YOURSELF

EMBRACE YOURSELF The benefits of yoga have long been shared by yogic philosophers for centuries. Yoga gives us the opportunity to explore our inner abilities as well as our insecurities. It is a leeway for self-discovery and a medium for releasing thoughts that do not serve our higher self; thus releasing unnecessary baggage from our past, some semi-traumatic experiences, or negative thoughts of ourselves which we may be subconsciously carrying. Speaking with a caveat, my argument is that yoga does not change people. This may come as a shock since you have heard of people attending yoga to learn how to handle stress in their life or to reduce anxiety. Those same people now walk around high on life, wear yoga pants, and eat weird food. My point is that yoga does not change people but allows...

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

FOOD FOR THOUGHT                   I’ve never written a blog, but I’ve always been an avid reader.  One topic I’ve always been compelled to talk about or discuss is food… that’s right, FOOD.  I’m not sure about anyone else but here recently I’ve been making some big dietary changes and trying to educate myself on what goes into my body—so I thought I’d share my experiences and hopefully pass along some useful thoughts to all the wonderful people of Harness. Lets make a long story short, I’ve never had any food allergies or problems of any sort until recently I was having the most insane stomach pain. Stomach pain turned to bloating, and not like normal girl bloated because we were all so blessed with menstrual cramps and what not, I mea...

SALVATION IN SWEAT

SALVATION IN SWEAT Like many women, I made a choice at the start of 2016 to better my health. And what better way to improve it then by joining a gym. But my reasons did not come from a new year’s resolution, they came from a shocking realization. My father was diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm which is treatable…..if you are healthy enough for the surgery. After smoking for 50+ years and weighing over 300lbs doctors concluded he was unfit for the surgery that could save him, and instead gave me 1 year to live. What this taught me is I didn’t want to end up like my father, unable to live because of my unhealthy choices. I made a stand against myself and joined up for personal training. Vowing that all bad habits in eating would be broken no matter what, and a strict workout routine would b...

SIX THINGS YOUR DOCTOR WANTS YOU TO ASK THEM

Six Things Your Doctor Wants You To Ask Them Throughout history, women have been socialized to hand over the authority over our bodies to our fathers, husbands and male doctors. These men were often well-meaning, sometimes exploitative. The discourse around our health and our participation in medicine has been dictated by others and this objectification continues today, despite the huge advances we have made as a society. One only has to glance at media and advertising to realize the extent to which our bodies are scrutinized, policed and judged by others. Does anyone else sense a change in the tides, though? We women have rapidly become a multi-faceted, vocal, dynamic, economically independent and socially significant group. Intakes of students at medical school are in fact tipping into t...

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