● Accept that bodies come in many shapes and sizes.
● Recognize your positive qualities.
● Remember that you can be your worst critic.
● Explore your internal self, emotionally and spiritually, as well as your external appearance.
● Spend your time and energy enjoying the positive things in your life.
● Be aware of your own weight prejudice. Explore how those feelings may affect your self-esteem.
● Let your body define who or what you are.
● Judge others on the basis of appearance, body size, or shape.
● Forget that society changes its ideals of beauty over time.
● Forget that you are not alone in your pursuit of self-acceptance.
● Be afraid to enjoy life.
The foods that we like are not always the most nutritious, but understanding what makes up a healthy diet allows us to enjoy favorite foods while keeping our diet healthy. A healthy diet provides enough calories to keep your weight within a healthy range; the proper balance and types of carbohydrates, protein, and fat; plenty of water; and sufficient but not excessive amounts of vitamins and minerals. A healthy diet is rich in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables; high in fiber; moderate in fat and sodium; and low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and added sugars.
White flour is what you get when you strip away the fiber-rich bran and the nutrient-rich germ from the wheat, leaving only the nutrient-depleted starch. Wheat is the primary grain consumed in the modern Western world, and most of it is eaten as white flour. In the United States, 98 percent of the wheat eaten today is eaten in the form of white flour.
The reason wheat was originally refined and processed into white flour was to extend shelf life. This provided certain advantages to commerce, but the consequences to human health that have followed from the shift from whole wheat to white flour have been painful indeed.
Here is a table showing the percentage of nutrients lost when whole wheat flour is refined into white flour:
|Protein:||25 percent lost|
|Fiber:||95 percent lost|
|Calcium:||56 percent lost|
|Copper:||62 percent lost|
|Iron:||84 percent lost|
|Manganese:||82 percent lost|
|Phosphorus:||69 percent lost|
|Potassium:||74 percent lost|
|Selenium:||52 percent lost|
|Zinc:||76 percent lost|
|Vitamin B1:||73 percent lost|
|Vitamin B2:||81 percent lost|
|Vitamin B3:||80 percent lost|
|Vitamin B5:||56 percent lost|
|Vitamin B6:||87 percent lost|
|Folate:||59 percent lost|
|Vitamin E:||95 percent lost|
Many people think that when white flour is “enriched” with added vitamins, the nutritional value is restored. But this is far from true. Of the twenty-five nutrients that are removed when whole wheat flour is milled into white flour, only five nutrients are chemically replaced when the white flour is enriched.
You can grow up in a loving and supportive environment, be comfortable with your looks and immune to the spells of the beauty industry, and still fall out of love with your body as you age. Your activity level slows down, your metabolism slows, you put on a few pounds, you notice creaks in your joints, and suddenly everybody seems younger, faster, and thinner than you. It’s worse if you have a job and lifestyle that doesn’t encourage exercise. You start to resent your body and its limits
The beauty industry can be even more dangerous to us than the media if we don’t like ourselves. The media makes you feel bad by showing you extraordinarily beautiful people. The beauty industry—which includes beauty-care products, weight-loss products, and diet foods—needs to make you feel that you cannot be what you should be without their product. Although some of the products are excellent and may help us, we cannot allow ourselves to be deceived by thinking that all we need is one more cream, today’s most popular diet, or a pill that promises we will be able to eat everything we want to and still lose weight overnight while we sleep. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that by following the beauty industry’s advice, you will be beautiful.
I don’t believe people should get out of balance and think cosmetic surgery can solve all their problems. No matter how many facelifts or liposuctions you have, you are still you; if you don’t like who you are, you won’t feel any better than you did before the procedure. However, I don’t think it is wrong to do what you can to help yourself. If people have crooked teeth, they do not hesitate to have them fixed. I know a woman who had large bags under her eyes and severely drooping eyelids. After cosmetic surgery, she looked ten years younger and much more refreshed and happy. I recommend that you pray about everything and don’t do anything unless you know your motives are right and you have peace about doing it.