YouTube sensation Chris Henrie is back to discuss the rocky road of recovering from an eating disorder. He shares his tips and personal insights into beating anorexia for life. We discuss sexuality, peer pressure, dreams and aspirations and creating clear goals that keep us on a pathway to continual success in life.
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How often do we concentrate on the health benefits of food when it comes to deciding what to eat? Low carb, high protein, sugar-free...the list goes on and on. Although I am definitely for eating a balanced diet packed with vitamins and minerals, I believe that it's important that we chill out from time to time and eat for the pure sake of pleasure. Yes, you heard me, food can be all about the taste and not about the calories. Having this approach towards food, is, in my opinion, an integral part of healthy eating. When people overly stress over food and don't allow themselves to be present with their food, to simply sit and enjoy the sensations in their mouth, they are depriving themselves of pleasure. If food was entirely meant to be about the nutrition, flavour just simply wouldn't exist. It's there for a reason, so savour it. Why do we have cravings for certain delicacies? Why do we have favourite foods and food preferences? The simple answer is this - because we're human beings and we're designed with the innate intelligence to nourish our bodes.
Nourish means enjoying.
Sure, a chicken breast and mixed green salad can be delicious and I'd lie if I said I don't enjoy eating this. Yet to say that this is all I should eat, day in and day out, without making room for some indulging and enjoying other foods, would be a disservice to all the amazing food the world has to offer.
Food brings people together. Certain tastes capture certain memories, they trigger nostalgia and enhance our experiences. Food is an integral part of life and I'd go as far as saying a component to happiness. Have you been around someone on an extreme diet? They're not the best people to be around, am I right? Actually, they're best avoided until they come off the damn thing.
For those of you who know my story, you'll be aware that my long-time battle with anorexia and orthorexia stripped me of these simple pleasures and left me a shell of a person. I know first hand how important it is not to obsess over what you eat, as this has detrimental consequences on both your physical and psychological health.
So in summary, some times it's best to just shut up, drop the nutritional talk and sink your teeth into something for the pure sake of enjoying every mouthful. Whether this may be a bowl of veggies or fresh Italian gelato, is entirely up to your tastebuds and what, at that moment in time, fills the spot.
Photography by Bruce Tuten
I had an amazing time this weekend exploring Germany's 'eco capital': Freiburg. Click here to discover the best places to wine and dine for peanuts!!!
Gluten is the buzz word of this decade. Everyone is talking about it. Many people are avoiding it. Others are enthusiastically and unapologetically consuming it. So what’s the go with gluten? This article will take a balanced and non-aligned approach to gluten to help you figure out whether you should be going gluten free or not worrying so much about sinking your teeth into a thick piece of sourdough or rye.
Gluten, as most people know, is a protein found in many grain products, namely: wheat, rye, barley and in some cases, oats (which is normally found through cross contamination with other grains). There’s no denying that our modern civilisation is a gluten-frenzied one. There’s also no denying that that many of the most delicious foods on the planet happen to contain gluten: pizza, pasta, cake, cookies…. but then it’s also found in just about every packaged or processed food (often as a sauce thickener, a topping, coating, a filler, etc). Many people literally are allergic to gluten through the form of celiac disease and gluten consumption has been linked to many other autoimmune conditions. In such cases, gluten should be avoided like the plague. For such people, gluten is slowly (and often silently) killing them.
But what about the rest of the population? What about those people who seem to be ‘gluten intolerant?’ Is gluten dangerous for these people? Should we all just be avoiding gluten due to possible harmful side-effects? I firmly believe that balance is the key. Everyone will have a different tolerance level. Too much gluten in anyone’s diet can be an overload and cause adverse health effects. For most, this may be as simple as a little bloating, inflammation, headaches, congestion or sinus problems. I think, however, that the amount of gluten one consumes should be determined by the functionality of each individual’s digestive system.
You’ve probably noticed that different people can ‘stomach’ different foods differently. This is largely determined by the population of microbes, of bacteria found within the digestive system. The stronger an individual’s digestive system is, the more aptly they can digest certain foods, especially gluten and dairy (usually the lactase - milk sugars - found in products like milk, cheese and cream). For this reason, I think labelling gluten as evil, as a complete no no food, is somewhat over the top. Yes, people who cut out gluten often feel better. Yet this is most likely due to a compromised digestive system which cannot handle the years of over-pounding gluten, sugars and processed industrial seed oils. The same goes for people who cut gluten out for months and then, the one time they do eat it, feel like they are dying. Their bodies no longer develop the enzymes to break this down and this needs to be re-learnt gradually over time.
Long story short; don’t treat gluten free like the Holy Grail of how you should eat. Listen to your own body. Don’t freak out if you have a slice of pizza from time to time. Your body isn’t stupid, it will direct and guide you as to what you should and shouldn’t be eating at any given period in your life. Our bodies change. Be open to this idea, and don’t fall on either side of this ongoing debate. You can have your cake and eat it too (literally)….just don’t make it a daily habit and enjoy the incredible variety of foods this earth has to offer.
It's time we stopped labelling foods as 'good' or 'bad' and just pick up the fork and eat what we feel would be best for our bodies, right here, right now.
Image courtesy of Robyn Lee
I'm always saying that seeing the world doesn't have to burn a large hole in your pocket. The best adventures and experiences in foreign countries can be cheaper than the cost of your regular day to day life back home. Enter Ireland. Home of the Leprechaun, Guiness beer and red heads. Being a red head myself, I instantly felt like I was at home. So, if you're a ginger and are yet to visit the land of the four leaf clover, Ireland is a must.
Here's where I went:
Sounds like a lot, and too much to do in one short visit to Ireland? Think again. In 6 days you can see this all, and by no means at an overly fast pace. The best thing about travelling through Ireland is that everything is a mere 3-4 hours away.
Here's my guide for wining and dining in Dublin, my favourite place in Ireland to date:
Gaining weight can be a very healthy process, especially for people who are underweight or wish to pack on muscle. In this episode we discuss the best strategies and tips to gaining weight in a healthy and nourishing manner to ensure you're doing the absolute best for your body! http://www.beyondthebodyshow.com
Want to travel Italy on a 100 Euro budget? 2 weeks in Ireland for just 30 Euros? Terry Kim is an expert on budget travel and in this episodes she shares her secrets on how to see the world for peanuts and have experiences money can't buy!
Here's what I think about moving to the other side of the world and starting a whole host of new and exciting adventures:
Presented by Thomas Grainger