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Summer. Body. Whatever.

Sorry for the language below… BUT I really like this message.

I’m seeing so many articles / blogs / images / ‘inspo’ at the moment about the urgent importance of changing your physical self to match the warmer weather. Seriously. It puts so much pressure on people – particularly women – to achieve an ‘ideal’ (and not often achievable) look.

The underlying message being: you’re not beautiful or acceptable unless you get a flat stomach, fit into a size tiny bikini and show off your toned and tanned pins in seriously short shorts. Mate, this is not the place happiness springs from, NOR health.

If you want a six-pack for summer, great, hop to it – I fully support your choice.
However, if that’s NOT you – also great – I fully support you too!

Dress for your shape

 

I feel strongly about this topic and have had ranted about it before – here and here.

By the way, I absolutely agree that the alarming rise of obesity and chronic disease within Australia needs to change. That change needs to happen now. And I’m certainly not advocating avoiding healthy interventions or discussions around weight, health and nutritional management. However, what I do get antsy about is this weird habit of promoting unrealistic ideals, extreme diets and short-term interventions to ‘improve’ ourselves cosmetically. These have nothing to do with health and wellbeing and rarely promote the practice of cultivating changes that can become life-long health habits.

*steps off soapbox*

Spring fresh

Righto guys. It’s nearly spring. And according to the weather, it actually IS spring.

I love this time of year – crispy mornings, bright warm days, and crispy evenings. Gorgeous.

spring fresh

over our back fence

With the warmer weather, though, I’m starting to see more and more posts, articles and comments about ‘getting ready’ for summer. People prepping for having flesh on show. Which I get. But also, I want to calm this down a bit. Allow me to soap-box…

Let’s get something straight: you, my dear friends reading this, are gorgeous.

You’re lovely. You’re beautiful! You can wear what you want.

In my opinion (personal and professional), the most important thing – regardless of the season – is that you feel healthy, strong and full of beans. Because when you look after yourself, you feel good… and when you feel good, you’re comfortable in your own skin… and when you’re comfortable, well, you look your best.

True story.

So, instead of succumbing to fear and worry about bumps and bulges in the lead up to bikini season; take advantage of this beautiful change of season and let yourself enjoy the transition into warmer weather.

Here are some simple ideas on how you can make the best of it, each day:

  • Dive right into the delicious fresh fruit and veg that’s coming into season now (there are heaps of options – start here).
  • Drink water, regularly. Get in plenty of sips. Add a dash of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar if you’re game (does excellent things for digestion).
  • Enjoy herbal teas, including rooibos, lemongrass, peppermint and green tea. Hot or cold – over ice is a lovely treat when the weather’s warm.
  • Get moving. Every day. Even if it’s just a gentle stretch for 10 mins when you wake up, taking the stairs instead of the lift, or going for a stroll around the park after work.
  • Get some sunshine on your dial – enough for warm skin and rosy cheeks.
sunshine cannot be overrated

What simple things make you feel good?

Travelling and time out

Mid-next week I’ll be heading away for just shy of a month on what promises to be an extremely juicy and interesting trip. Jon and I are Europe-bound for a combination of working and holidaying. The trip is mainly because both of are presenting at a large naturopathic conference in Paris. However, while away, we are also taking advantage of being on that side of the world at this time of year. Gah! Cannot wait!

Before we get to Paris, however, Jon and I will spend some time visiting a few different spots in Germany and the Netherlands – including some healing centres – and we will also spend time in Berlin, where that husband of mine has been invited to speak.

Then we’re heading to Iceland for a week of hiking and volcano chasing. AS YOU DO.

Iceland

I will go to there

I am still pinching myself at how fortunate I am to be able to do this, and how well it’s all worked out considering timing, cost and work commitments. I am SO grateful!

The conference itself is actually happening at the very end of our trip; and it looks set to be excellent. I will be presenting  on the naturopathic support of women during their first trimester, and Jon is going to speak about the role of tradition and philosophy in evidence-based practice.

There are some other really interesting speakers on the program, several whom I know already, but many that I don’t. I’m really looking forward to meeting these practitioners and experts from all over the world, for networking of course, but mainly to gain an insight into other countries’ practice models. Again, CAN NOT WAIT.

Bring it.

I will blog some of my experiences while we’re travelling, particularly those that I find most interesting, inspiring and health-related. If you are over that way, or have tips for us while we’re on the road, feel free to share as I am open to ideas and suggestions!

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For those who visit me at Uclinic: I will back from Wednesday 17th July. My appointment times are limited however, so I’d recommend booking in now if you don’t want to wait until August for a consultation.
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