- Gifts of the Body #1
- Intrinsic Beauty
- Trusting our Bodies
- Love from Others
- Idolize Bodies?
- Desiring Perfection
- Gifts of the Body #2
- How to View Exercise
- Seeking Control
- Outward Beauty
- Finding Joy
- Eating Naturally
- Gifts of the Body #3
- Loving Others
- Stop Fat Talk
- One Life to Live
- Forgive Yourself
- Out of Conform Zones
- Gifts of the Body 4
- More Than Numbers
- Forgive Others
- Deeper Issues
Eating Naturally (Tina's original post may be found here, and as always, I recommend checking it out!)
Tina posed the thoughts and questions, "How have you experienced any shifts in how you view food? What are the biggest influences in your food choices?"
When I was young, I was the very strange kid who would rather have had a plate of steamed vegetables (including brussle sprouts) rather than cake. I cried when I had to eat pizza, because I did not like it (my views have since changed, although I do consider myself a pizza snob). I went through a phase a few years ago where all I wanted to eat were non-fat foods, and reading magazines like Runners World and SELF along with reading health living blogs helped me realize that healthy fats are necessar. In fact, when I started eating a more balanced diet, I felt a million times more satisfied and healthy. Reading healthy living blogs has influenced my view of food in terms of giving me new ideas of how to cook and enjoy the many foods I love. I definitely have a sweet tooth. That beingt said, I will never exclude a particular food from my diet (unless I just do not like it... for instance... peas. Gross!), but I will enjoy them in moderation. I love, love, love fresh fruits and vegetables, so I enjoy finding new recipes.
"Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity." ~Voltaire
“To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.” -La Rochefoucauld
Gifts of the Body #3 (Tina's original post may be found here.)
Tina asked, "What of your body (inside or out) do you thank today? List three new things to thank your body for today."
Previously I have posted about my hair, butt, ears, legs, fingernails, and heart. Today I am thankful for my mind, knees, and muscles. My mind has helped me in school, in decision-making, and in appreciating all of those wonderful people and places in my life that I love. My knees have taught me how to appreciate them for allowing me to train for a marathon. After long runs, my knees are quite sore, but luckily icing them cures the pain. I am thankful that my knees allow me to continue to run. Finaly, I am thankful for my muscles. They may be sore or knotted at times, but that just reminds me of how hard they work. They allow me to run, perform experiments, and hold my kitties. They also allow me to experience the ultimate joy that is a massage. The post-massage feeling is the so amazing! I am very thankful for that!
"Body and mind, like man and wife, do not always agree to die together." ~Charles Caleb Colton
"A woman is as young as her knees." ~Mary Quant
"Massage is the only form of physical pleasure to which nature forgot to attach consequences." ~Robert Brault