Why I Haven’t Been Sick All Winter

Why I Haven’t Been Sick All Winter

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It’s cold and flu season and everyone is getting sick. In my family my kid has literally been sick with one thing after another for the past few months. This is his first winter in preschool and I swear he comes home every week picking up a different bug. This past week when I went to drop him off I could tell his little school buddy was not well at all. All my mothering instincts told me to grab my kid and run but I left him anyway and of course today he is sick again and spiking a fever. My partner was sick in bed for an entire week with the flu last month and everywhere I go people are coughing. I’m happy to say I haven’t been sick. I credit a big part of this to a strong immune system and a whole set of things I do almost daily during cold and flu season to not get sick. For starters, being sick with a kid is the worst scenario and well I just don’t like being sick, it effects my sleep and my mood. So, here is what I do, maybe you find a few things you want to adopt as the this years cold and flu season come to an end and some you may want to try next year.

 

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  1. Sleep

This may seem like a no brainer but its crucial. If I’m tired I put my sleep as priority. Sometimes I even have to cancel plans with friends or skip a workout so I can go to bed early. Lack of sleep weakens the immune system so start your healthcare routine with adequate sleep

 

  1. Ginger and Lemon

Most days I take a strong “shot” of ginger and lemon. I sometimes make it my own and sometimes buy it at my local juice bar. Lemon is high in vitamin C, which will naturally boost your immune system, and ginger has antiviral, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory and boost the immune system.

 

Lemon Ginger Tonic

To make this tonic combine:

½ cup lemon juice

3 cups water

2 tablespoons ginger

Pinch of cayenne

Throw all of the above ingredients into the blender, blend till combined and enjoy. You can add a bit of honey or stevia if it’s too strong.

  1. Throat and Gland Spray- I take this!

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I buy it at the local health food store and have been taking it the past three winters. I swear by this stuff. I take it only when I start feeling like I may be coming down with something and I swear it wards of everything.

 

 

  1. Elderberry Syrup

During the cold and flu season I take a tablespoon of this a day and more if I feel like my immune system is fighting something specific off. Elderberry is known as one of the top antiviral herbs on the planet. When taken within the first 48 hours of flu symptoms it has been show to reduce severity of a cold. Elderberry has many benefits and uses and keeping you healthy is one of them.

  1. OnGaurd Essential Oil

Almost every night I diffuse essential oil for my son and me. OnGaurd is a blend of Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Bark/Leaf, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Rosemary Leaf/Flower essential oils that naturally support the immune system and protect against seasonal threats.

  1. Take Fish Oil

Be sure to take a high quality, toxin free fish oil. Fish oil was know to be an anti inflammatory for awhile now but studies show fish oil, particularly fish oil high is DHA enhances the activity of while blood cells also know as B cells, and therefore the ability to fight infection.

  1. Take a Probiotic

Probiotics are a must have for cold and flu season especially if you have to go on a round of antibiotics. By increasing good bacteria in the gut you naturally help your body stay strong internally and fight off infection.

  1. Check your Vitamin D levels.

Many of us have low vitamin D levels. I would recommend checking your levels before you start taking a vitamin D supplement. Vitamin D is a crucial component of activating your immune system so be sure your getting enough of this important vitamin.

  1. Meditate to decrease stress.

Stress decreases immunity. If there are current stressful situations in relating to your career, your relationships or finances it is best to address them by finding the best support. Your health very literally may depend on it. If you are looking for a practical way to decrease stress, that anyone can do, try meditation. A simple meditation I like to start with is to find a quiet place and sit upright in comfortable position. Set a timer for five to ten minutes and begin to pay attention to your breathing. A great way to do this is to inhale to the count of four, pause and the top and then exhale to the count of four. You can continue like this until your timer goes off. The sort of deep breathing activates your parasympathetic nervous system and gets you out of flight or flight mode. Your body and your health will thank you.

  1. Eat Well

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Eat well. Consume large amounts of whole, plant-based foods. Eat plenty of leafy greens. Avoid and limit sugar and processed foods. Proper nutrition will give your body the strength it needs to protect itself from colds and flu.

 

 

We all get sick sometimes but following all or some of these guidelines will help your body to use it immune system to naturally fight off colds and flu.

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How To Free Yourself From Anxiety, Fear and Negative Self-Talk.

How To Free Yourself From Anxiety, Fear and Negative Self-Talk.

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I want to share with you a powerful process I designed to free myself from anxiety, fear and negative self-talk. I use this with all my coaching clients and in my own life. I have found this simple process effective in shifting mental states and ultimately re-wiring your brain.

 

This is called the FREE technique, an acronym for the four steps of the process. It directs our attention in a clear, systematic way that cuts through fear, anxiety, self-doubt and negative self-talk. Here are the steps in the way I’ve found most helpful:

Feel – Don’t try to escape the feeling, name it, locate where you feel it in your body and stay with it. By actually feeling what we are feeling it often doesn’t last as long.

Remember – Remember something you love about yourself.

Enjoy- Pick one thing you enjoy about the present moment, something simple like the sun on your face or the cozy chair you’re in.

Embrace- Decide to embrace and love all parts of yourself, being human isn’t about being perfect or happy all the time but embracing the wide range of human experience.

 

The FREE process immediately begins working to change your state by helping to move emotions and feeling through your body and connect you to your true self. 

  1. Feel Your Feelings.

Most of us are afraid of feeling emotions that may cause us pain. We will do anything to not feel sad, afraid, confused and alone. Instead of feeling what we will have to feel sooner or later we eat, drug, obsess, distract ourselves with technology or any other number of things to help us numb our experience. Unless we take the time to feel our feeling they will stay with us and we will continue to try to numb this pain until it intensifies to the point where we have to deal with it. Do yourself and favor and take the time to feel your feelings. Stay with the feeling, let the intensity of what you are feeling wash over your body, then watch it move through and diminish. Your emotions are not YOU; they are simply emotions and must be felt and moved through your body.

Louis C.K. on feeling your sadness. In the second part of this short clip Louis C.K. explains feeling your feelings so well.

“Sadness is poetic, you’re lucky to live sad moments.”

 

  1. Remember Something You Love About Yourself.

When we are caught in a negative state it is usually accompanied with negative self-talk and false beliefs. Take the time to remember a few things that you love about who you are. If you have trouble thinking of things ask a few people who are closest to you and who love you to give you something to start your list. Makes a list of everything you love and appreciate about YOU. You can refer back to this list whenever you need.

  1. Enjoy The Present Moment.

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I encourage my clients to focus on things about the present that can’t be purchased, things that are always present regardless. For example: the weather, the way the wind moves the trees, the blue sky, the smell of food cooking etc. This is ultimately a gratitude practice, the more you do it the more you will find to enjoy.

 

  1. Embrace Your Humanity.

Many of us hold the belief that we have to be perfect in some or all areas to be happy or to love and accept ourselves fully. For example, you may believe you have to weigh a certain amount, find your life purpose, succeed in a certain type of career, eat a certain diet and the list goes on and on before you can enjoy your body and your life. This is a lie that you have to stop believing. To be human is to be imperfect; in fact perfection does not exist. You’re off the hook, you don’t have to work harder or do more to be ok. You are totally worthwhile and acceptable as you are.

 

If you find yourself overcome with fear, depression, anxiety, self-doubt or self-hate take 10 minutes and work through this FREE process and enjoy your own ability to shift your state, free your mind and live a life of joy.

 

* Disclaimer. This process does not take the place of a mental health professional. Traumatic experiences are best worked through with the help of a trained professional.
Aubry’s Interview with Dr. Maggie Wray

Aubry’s Interview with Dr. Maggie Wray

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A few months back I was interviewed for this incredible online conference. I have included my interview here in case you didn’t catch it this summer. Enjoy!

 

Empower your teen to eat healthy and develop a positive body image.

Women have made enormous strides in education, politics, and the workplace, at the same time girls report struggling with body image and self-esteem at younger and younger ages. In this interview learn:

      • What you can do to help your teen develop a positive body image.
      • How to help your teen manage social media in a way that supports her.
      • Discover ways to find support as a parent or educator so you are equipped to help your teen.

 

Click Here to Listen to Interview

What To Do Instead of Going on a Diet

What To Do Instead of Going on a Diet

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Research shows that diets don’t work. Most people that lose weight on a diet will eventually gain it back. What does work is manageable lifestyle changes. Working on adapting a body positive attitude and finding community that loves and supports you. If you are lost when it comes to food and want to be healthy and reach a healthy weight then this blog is just for you. I’ve included the three main things I continually come back to when it comes to what I eat. I struggled with food for years and I have found that this is what works for me.

 

 

  1. Focus on how food makes you feel.
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    Aim to eat foods that make feel full of energy and healthy and beautiful. Of course I’m not talking about sugary foods that only makes you feel a happy buzz for a few minutes. I’m talking about food that doesn’t make your stomach hurt, food that doesn’t give you gas, food that provides sustained energy. Sometimes eating healthy is as simple as asking yourself, “How will this food makes me feel? It is a process figuring out what different foods do to your body. For example, too much dairy makes some people bloated and even causes breakouts. For others too many carbs can make you feel gassy and hungry all the time. If you have a suspicion that a certain food may be causing you issues try eliminating it for a few weeks and observe if you feel better. THERE ISN’T ONE WAY OF EATING THAT WORKS FOR EVERY BODY. Learn to listen to your own body, notice how food makes you feel. Pay attention to what makes you feel good. What feels good may changes with the year or month or even the time of the month.

 

 

  1. Eat LESS packaged, processed, sugary foods.

teen diet tipsThese are the main foods I encourage people to stay away from. Why? These foods usually contain chemicals, preservatives and fats that won’t contribute to your health. This can be a big shift for some of you that eat most of your food out of boxes and packages and fast food chains. I promise if you focus on eating less of these foods in combination with focusing on how food makes you feel you won’t want to eat as much processed packaged and sugar laden foods.

The second part of this is to eat MORE fruits, veggies and foods where you know where they came from and who raised them or grew them. Practice the 80/20 rule. Aim to eat great 80 percent of the time and leave room to enjoy small (or sometimes not so small portions) of your favorite junk food.

 

 

 

  1. Stop moralizing food.

Food isn’t good or bad and you definitely aren’t good or bad based on what you eat or don’t eat. What you are is a human being trying to make a life for yourself despite all the pain, injustice and busy schedules of daily life. If you follow self-help gurus or coaches that make you feel that if you just tried harder you could have the perfect body, eat healthy all the time or be happy, please be very careful you don’t fall into the self-help shame cycle. It’s not always as simple as trying harder or thinking positive or eating different. You aren’t a bad person who is doing it wrong if you aren’t perfectly healthy and happy. What you are is a beautiful and imperfect human being and that is exactly as it should be. Now go out and enjoy your evening, maybe even have a cupcake. You’re not doing anything wrong.

 

 

 

The Teen Brain: A Work in Progress

The Teen Brain: A Work in Progress

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 The Teen Brain: A Work in Progress

 

If you think that teens are impulsive, emotional, rebellious, prone to poor decisions, and hard to understand you may want to think again. Research and neuroscience are helping us to understand what teens are actually capable of given their brain is still developing. If you understand the way the teen brain works then you can reframe the way you look at your teen. Teen brain development is a time of extraordinary strengths along with hidden weaknesses and vulnerabilities that we must take into consideration as we raise our teens. Here are a few things about the teenage brain that I think every parents needs to know.

 

 

  1. The human brain stops developing at twenty-five.

Teens sometimes seem like adults. They can carry on adult conversation, drive cars, can go to war and can get pregnant. Teens however have a brain that is still full of gray matter, meaning there are many synapses that have not yet formed in the brain leading teens to lack the ability to reason, instead of thinking about how their actions may effect them in the future they need to think and act, ‘’in the moment.” Their brains have not developed the reasoning abilities of adult. The lack of development in the prefrontal cortex will result in cognitive, emotional and behavioral limits for your teens. In other words, stop expecting teens to act like adults. Your teen may not act like it but in many ways they need you more than ever before as they navigate the teen years.

 

 

 

  1. Teen brain can’t handle stress the way the adult brain can.teen stress

Teens often seem overwhelmed and possibly even seem to create drama. It may appear that teens are impulsive and emotional due to hormones but this is largely the result of the fact that they teen brain cannot handle stress the way adults can. What may seem like a minor issue to you can be very dramatic and stressful for your child. This isn’t your teen making a big deal out of nothing this is really a big deal for their brain. This is also the reason many teenagers turn to drugs and alcohol because they are very stressed out and many teens aren’t give the tools the need to deal with and manage the high level of stress they are under. As a parent, one of the greatest gifts you can give you teen is fun and effective stress management tools.

 

Some of my favorite tools are:

 

  • Teach your teen some kind of breathing or mediation exercise.
  • Encourage your teen to be active through activity such as sports, yoga or dance.
  • Pick one day of the week where your whole family slows down their pace and makes room for rest.

 

 

 

  1. Teen brains are wired for late nights.

The sleeping habits of humans shift over the course of their life. Babies for instance like to rise early in the morning and go to bed early. The adolescence brain is wired to be up and active late at night. This shifts back to early to bed, early to rise later in adulthood. Teens are kept on the adult schedule of early mornings, which means many teens aren’t getting enough sleep because they are naturally staying up late. Instead of accusing teens of being irresponsible because they stay up realize this is the way that are hardwired at this time in their lives.

 

  • Let your teen sleep in on the weekend to catch up on sleep
  • Explain to your teen the importance of sleep in reducing stress, anxiety and irritability.
  • Turn off screens an hour before bed.
  • Teach time management skills so a earlier bedtime is realistic

 

 

  1. The teen brain is more capable of learning.

The teen’s brain is extremely plastic; the ability to learn, memorize and retain information is at an all time high. Studies show that teens actually have the ability to increase their IQ during their teen years. This is a fact that shouldn’t be taken lightly. As parents we have a responsibility to make learning as easy as possible. Teens already face the challenges of lack of sleep, a developing brain that makes it hard to makes good choices, peer pressure, constant media distractions and stress. Here are a few ways adults that create the kind of enviroment where teens can learn as much as possible regardless of other challenges.

 

  • Be involved in your teens learning process my helping teen manage due dates. Check in daily on homework.
  • Studies show brains learn best with repetition, including studying in the same place daily. Create a peaceful study place for your teen, preferably not in their room and away from their phone.

 

 

 

  1. A large percentage of teens struggle with addiction to media and screens.teen media addiction

It is common to see a group of teenagers standing in a circle and everyone is looking down at their phone. Teenagers today are online more that ever before and social media is an extension of life and part of their daily socialization. Excessive use of media can have emotional and cognitive ramifications on the teen brain. The key is to help teens manage their online interactions so that interaction are positive and balanced with time away from the screen, interacting with people in person. Here are a few online tips.

 

  • Put away your phone or computers at mealtimes.
  • Eliminate screen time before bed.
  • Put the computers in commons rooms.
  • Explore software that can monitor what sites your teen is on and block others.

 

 

How To Be Kind To Yourself

How To Be Kind To Yourself

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How To Be Kind To Yourself

 

Ok, if you are like me you  hear the same sentiments all the time, “be kind to yourself, practice self-compassion, love yourself.” This all sounds nice and like something you may want to do but how do you actually put this into practice. Here are a couple things you can put into action today.

 

  1. Catch yourself in the act of negativity.

Many of us don’t even know when we use negative self-talk  because we are so used to it. One way to check in with your self-talk is to notice how you are feeling. If you are feeling anxious, feeling stuck, feeling despair check in with what you are telling yourself. The first step in practicing kindness toward yourself is to notice when you aren’t doing it.

 

Think there may be a bigger issue? Check out my Resource Page for info on eating disorders and teen mental health issues.

 

  1. You have to reprogram your brain.

Changing negative self-talk loop isn’t something that happens overnight. So don’t be discouraged if change doesn’t happen overnight. I was twenty-two when I decided I needed some serious reprogramming. I wrote down all the negative things I would routinely say to myself and then I wrote down the opposite or something more positive that I wanted to replace it with. At the time I torn off little sheets from my journal and carried them around with me wherever I went. I would pull them out and read them before getting out of my car for work, during my work break, before bed, first thing in the morning, while I was eating breakfast, when I was stretching before a run, pretty much I read them anytime I could. It felt like magic to me because no one knew I was doing it and over the course of a few months I started to feel better about myself and make better choices when it came to boys and food.

 

  1. Who are you hanging out with?

Do not tolerate friends that aren’t kind. I remember when I first started changing my self-talk one of my friends would always talk about how I was a little “fatter” than her. The thing was I wasn’t fat at all and my friend obviously felt so bad about herself that she needed to bring me down. I didn’t even realize this until I started be kinder to myself. SO, examine your friendships AND consider what media sources you are picjumbo.com_IMG_4563reading about health and fitness. Many fitness hashtags like #fitspro and others simply glorify constant obsession with looks and food. If you are looking for a positive social media hero check out Healthy is the New Skinny and TeenHealthCoach on Intagram and start branching out from there surround yourself with positive people and they will help you do the work of being kinder to yourself.

 

Please feel free to reach out via email if you need anything or have questions.

Xoxo,

 

Aubry

 

“To be self-compassionate is not to be self-indulgent or self-centred. A major component of self-compassion is to be kind to yourself. Treat yourself with love, care, dignity and make your wellbeing a priority. With self-compassion, we still hold ourselves accountable professionally and personally, but there are no toxic emotions inflicted upon and towards ourselves.” 
― Christopher Dines,

 

Listen

Listen

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Listen

 

To that still small voice inside.

 

To your body, she will tell you what to feed her.

 

To your pain, it will lead you to your healing.

 

Listen to your hopes and dreams, then be brave and follow them.

 

To your hesitation.

 

To the voice that says, “maybe you could give it a try.”

 

Listen to the poets and the writers, they often know what they are talking about.

 

To your grief, listen to it and feel it, let it wash over you, then watch it dissolve.

 

Listen to what you hear after you get quiet, when your all alone, after you have turned off the fear voice and the self-doubt and self-hatred.

 

Listen to what you hear after that.

 

Listen to the silence, make getting quiet enough to hear silence a priority.

 

Listen to your body, notice where you tense up, relax.

 

To the sound of our breath.

 

To the wind.

 

To the rain.

 

Listen to yours friends and loved ones, then don’t try to fix or change them.

 

Listen to lots of music and make sure you’re dancing.

 

Listen to the positive people, the kind ones, listen to those who love you.

 

Listen to yourself, trust her, your body knows, the quiet place inside knows.

 

Slow down.

 

Listen.

 

 

Here is a great video on a brief mediation from one of my favorite teachers to help you slow down and get quiet enough to listen.

 

Beyonce with her awesome song Listen I’ve included the full lyrics below.

 

Listen – Lyrics

Listen to the song here in my heart
A melody I start but can’t complete
Listen to the sound from deep within
It’s only beginning to find release

Oh, the time has come for my dreams to be heard
They will not be pushed aside and turned
Into your own all ’cause you won’t
Listen

Listen, I am alone at a crossroads
I’m not at home in my own home
And I’ve tried and tried to say what’s on my mind
You should have known (oh)

Oh, now I’m done believing you
You don’t know what I’m feeling
I’m more than what you made of me
I followed the voice you gave to me
But now I’ve gotta find my own

You should have listened, there is someone here inside
Someone I thought had died so long ago
Oh, I’m screaming now and my dreams will be heard
They will not be pushed aside or worse
Into your own all ’cause you won’t
Listen

Listen, I am alone at a crossroads
I’m not at home in my own home
And I’ve tried and tried to say what’s on mind
You should have known

Oh, now I’m done believing you
You don’t know what I’m feeling
I’m more than what you made of me
I followed the voice you gave to me
But now I’ve gotta find my own

I don’t know where I belong
But I’ll be moving on
If you don’t, if you won’t

Listen to the song here in my heart
A melody I start but I will complete

Oh, now I’m done believing you
You don’t know what I’m feeling
I’m more than what you made of me
I followed the voice you think you gave to me
But now I’ve gotta find my own

My own.

How to Stop Comparing Your Body to Others

How to Stop Comparing Your Body to Others

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“Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Theodore Roosevelt.

How many times have you walked into a social setting and started comparing your body to every other person in the room. You look around and figure out who has bigger thighs than you or whose outfit is better than yours. You try to gauge who is thinner or whose arms look better. I’m sure you have also had the experience of being, “checked out” by another woman. For instance, another girl is saying hi to you but they aren’t even looking at your face they are simply looking you up and down, comparing their body to yours. Every woman I have ever talked to has had this experience. This is why most women surveyed say that they worry more about what the other women will think of them then men.

 

Comparing is one of the many ways that we as women go to war against each other rather than support the very people we need most at our side and on our team.

 

If you think about it, it makes sense. We live in a culture that values how you look more than who you are. In a world that places worth on the thinnest and most popular then of course we as women will find our worth in being more like that ideal than someone else. Part of my goal a teen mentor and health coach is to help put an end the comparing, backbiting and foolish standards that equal worth in our culture and help girls come together and support each other.

Imagine interactions with other women where you didn’t feel judged based on your weight or clothes and instead you felt seen, supported and loved?

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We all fall into the trap of comparing ourselves. It’s easy to start comparing your body to other girls when we are feeling insecure about our own body and filled with self-hatred and self-doubt. Here are five things you can start applying today to free yourself from the burden and trap of comparison around bodies,(I know comparison happens on all other levels but this blog focuses on body comparison.)

 

 

 

  1. Think about what kind of day she is having.

When you walk into a room or social situation instead of immediately checking out what other girls look like or what they are wearing try to imagine what kind of day the other person has had. This prevents you from objectifying other women and you begin to see them as people with feelings, fears, struggles and their own set of insecurities. As women we naturally want to connect. Practice asking your friend or the person you have just met how they are feeling about their day instead of immediately commenting on their hair, outfit or body weight. When we focus on thoughts like, “she has a better butt than me,” we see the person as a unreal other instead of someone just like us, someone with a body they struggle to like, someone with fears they don’t want anyone else to know about. We are already being objectified by culture, media and men, we have to stop doing it to each other.

 

  1. Work on developing your own self-esteem.

There are literally thousands of resources available at your fingertips to help you work through issues in your past, cultural programming and influences around you that may be causing you to struggle with negative self-talk, destructive behaviors and low self-esteem. The journey to your own personal health and joy is a life long journey. If you are a teen and reading this, know you will be way ahead of the game and set yourself up for success as you move through life if you tackle these issues NOW. It’s work and may bring up some pain and tears but its totally worth it to find freedom, love and respect for yourself. Along the way you will meet amazing people that will support you and hold your hand along the way. Here are few resources that I like. I encourage you to seek out your own teachers, role models, therapists and friends that will help you to work through anything that may be holding you back.

 

You can also check out my health coaching and mentorship programs here. My greatest passion in life is empowering other women to be free around all things related to body image.

 

  1. You might need new friends.

 

This may be a tough one to hear but bottom line is if your friends are saying or doing things that bring you down, if they make you feel bad about yourself, influence you to do things that harm yourself or others or are in any way verbally or emotionally abusive, YOU NEED TO FIND NEW FRIENDS.  As you develop better self-esteem you will see that that anyone who brings you down doesn’t have a place in your life. Set clear boundaries, demand that other people treat you with respect and kindness. As it turns out many people will respect your boundaries, others won’t. Don’t worry about that just keep working on yourself and trust that new people will show up in your life.

 

 

Celebrity Quotes on Good Friends

 

  1. Be of service.

When we are involved in something bigger than ourselves it takes our mind off our own problems and helps us see ourselves as part of a global community. When we focus on serving others we don’t have as much time for negative self-talk, bad friendships and comparison games. Check out this amazing list of volunteer ideas for teens from teenlife.com

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Start to care about politics and world affairs. NO you don’t have to go off and major in political science but if the only news you read is celebrity gossip then you have a very limited view of reality. Take some time to read the headlines, get interested in causes that effect you.

The more you can start to see yourself as a global citizen the less you will worry about who has better shoes.

 

Here are some news sources to check out:

NPR

Think Progress

Huffington Post Teens

CNN

 

5. Consider Yourself a Feminist.

 

In case there is any confusion, being a feminist isn’t about hating men, burning bras or being unnecessarily dramatic. Being feminist is about demanding equal rights for woman.

Did you know?

 

  • There are only 20 woman serving in the United States Senate as compared to 80 men?
  • Overall women still earn less money than their male conterparts with the same education level?
  • More often than not the victim is blamed.

This list goes on and on. Educate yourself on these issues, start to care about your fellow women who are abused, raped, victimized and who don’t have equal rights. Educate yourself on the current state of women around the world and what life is like for female minorities in our country.

 

Here are some great feminist websites to check out:

Teen Feminist

Feministing

14 Reasons We All Need Feminism

 

Start to care about feminism and begin to see that we are all on the same team, we have too many major issues facing us as women we don’t have time to worry about who has bigger thighs and who has cuter clothes.

 

Ok, there is my list. I hope it inspires you with some practical things you can start doing today to get away from comparing. My intention is to inspire you to see your own beauty and your own worth apart from how your body looks so that you are empowered to go out and change the world.

 

Xoxoxo,

Aubry

“How much time he gains who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks, but only at what he does himself, to make it just and holy.” – Marcus Aurelius

 

 

5 Movies That Will Make You Give Up Fast Food

5 Movies That Will Make You Give Up Fast Food

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I’m not actually advocating that you give up fast food or junk food completely. I personally find it way to extreme to say I’m never going not eat a certain food ever again. What I do suggest is limiting junk food, processed food and rarely eating fast food. If you are wondering why or would like some inspiration around healthy eating check out the following five films. I’ve included all the trailers with links to the movie websites. These five movies will change the way you think about food forever.

 

 

 

 Food Inc. 

 

Supersize Me 

 

Forks Over Knives

The Future of Food

Fat Sick and Nearly Dead

 

Remember, my rule of thumb is moderation. The journey to healthy eating is a process. Try to eat better today than you did yesterday. Aim for foods that make you feel energized and healthy. If you start paying attention to how food makes you feel, you will realize that fast food, junk food and processed food usually doesn’t make you feel good for longer that a few minutes.

“Everything in moderation, including moderation.”

― Oscar Wilde

 

And finally, continue to practice self-love and acceptance. The more we love and respect ourselves the more likely we are to treat our bodies with love and respect by feeding them healthy, nourishing foods.

 

“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”

– Lucille Ball