Set-point weight, erm…what’s that?!

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Put simply set-point weight is the weight that your body will be at when you’re eating a wide variety of a balance of foods and taking part in enjoyable, life-enhancing exercise. It’s the weight that your body naturally wants to be at, without you even having to think about it. This is largely determined by our genetics and is the weight that our body really wants to be, no matter whether that looks like the socially accepted version of a body or not. When I think about my own body I don’t have the same shape as my mum, sister or grandma but I look exactly like my grandpa’s sister – genetics huh, kind of cool, can’t escape it! We’re a diverse population, for the most part we accept that but what we don’t accept is the diversity in our bodies.

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RE-POST: Diets don’t work. Deal with it.

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If you look up the word ‘diet’ in the Oxford English dictionary you get different definitions, two of which are below:

Noun: “the kinds of food that a person, or animal, habitually eat”

Verb: “to restrict oneself to small amounts or special kinds of food, in order to lose weight.”

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Body size and shape doesn’t matter as much as you think… go figure.

Bodies of All Shapes and Sizes

Ever heard someone describe themselves as a pear, apple, spoon or diamond? These terms are commonly thrown about to describe the shape of our bodies and are often done so with a roll of our eyes at the inevitable misfortune that we don’t have the longed for female hourglass shape or male inverted pyramid. There’s a lot of talk about how diet and exercise can help to sculpt our body into the perfect shape which many of us fall for as we wage perpetual war on our bodies. We don’t try to fight our shoe size… our height… or our eye colour. So why do we fight so hard against our body shape and weight?

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7. Enjoyable eating culture – because food should be enjoyable!

Enjoyable eating culture

Food, diet and eating habits are part of a bigger picture that includes cultural contexts of eating that, in part, inform our behaviours. In order to have a sustainably healthy and enjoyable diet the context of eating should also be taken into consideration. Food should give us pleasure, it’s biological, we can’t (and shouldn’t) deny it, but how we eat our food and who with plays a role in this. In this finale of the 7 principles of sustainable eating I look at what, from my point of view, is one of the most important aspects of food – pleasure.

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Raynaud’s Awareness Month – what it is and what can be done!

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So some of you (probably most of you!) might not be aware that February is Raynaud’s awareness month in the UK. Never heard of it? Well look no further as I take a dive into this surprisingly common disorder that affects 1 in 6 people in the UK, most of these being women, including myself (Madi).

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