All posts tagged: health

5 Ways to Stop Body Shaming During the Holiday Season

The holidays can be a wonderful time filled with joy, thanks, and giving to others; however, this is also the most popular time of year for ridicule, judgment, and shaming towards our bodies and others. It is important that we recognize this epidemic of body shaming so we can properly avoid it and make our holidays as enjoyable as possible. Here are a few tips for making this year an even memorable time with family and friends. #1. Stop feeling guilty. This season is a time for celebrations, which leads to lots and lots of good food. So why do we need to feel bad about it? Rather than enjoying the celebrations going on around us, we worry about what’s on our plate—and that is how body image becomes a problem. Have fun in the presence of those you love and stop feeling guilty. #2. Don’t let the words of others influence your image of yourself. You are constantly surrounded by people during the holiday season. No matter what kind of diet they are on, …

Laura Henshaw: How to Find Self-Confidence and Learn from Failures

When a young woman embraces herself in both mind and body the possibilities of her success are endless. Laura Henshaw, the co-creator of the trendy new protein powder Four Protein, shares her incredible journey to total self-confidence. Henshaw is big on healthy living and natural energy foods but positive energy from others and hit songs from music icons like Beyoncé and Rihanna are also a part of her healthy lifestyle. “Seeing how hard other people work for their goals and dreams is a huge driver for me.” The 23-year-old model and fitness guru is at the brink of her entrepreneurial game and her grit for sharing what she knows and loves with others is just our luck. YHM: How did you come up with the idea to not only start her own company but break into the health and food industry? Laura Henshaw: I was so sick of all the protein powders available on the market that were either bland or grainy but healthy or delicious but full of artificial junk. I wanted to create …

On Friday We Wear Red: Raising Awareness for Heart Disease

February 6th probably doesn’t come  across your mind as a significant day. It’s Friday, so you’ll probably be getting out of class or work, and ready to dedicate a weekend of some intense reflection (we sure will be) on Katy Perry’s half-time show. In all seriousness, there is a reason why this Friday is important. Since 2003, the American Heart Association has been celebrating National Wear Red Day every first Friday of February in an effort to raise awareness about heart disease among women. To #GoRed is a reminder to people that heart disease and strokes don’t just affect men. They’re affecting just as many women every day, or as their website says, “Heart disease and stroke kill 1 in 3 women, yet it’s 80% preventable.” With such a large number of women possibly crossing paths with heart disease, the campaign to “wear red” has only become more important to the public in recent years. For the 12th anniversary of National Wear Red Day, it won’t only be women wearing red. Over in New Jersey, …

Stay focused and Survive the Cold!

It’s that time of year again. Sure, you get to finally wear your cute sweaters, scarves and boots again, but the changing weather also brings something else to worry about: getting sick. But don’t worry! Here are some tips to help you beat the cold this season: 1. Prepare your immune system. Before you feel that cold coming on, support your immune system by taking all natural vitamins and supplements. Getting plenty of Vitamin C is important. Adding the supplement Emergen-C to your water is an easy and yummy way to ensure you’re getting your daily dose of Vitamin C and other important vitamins. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water or antioxidant-rich green tea. Also make sure you’re combating germs by washing your hands periodically or keeping a small container of hand sanitizer in your purse or backpack. 2. Minimize stress. Stress can have a negative effect on you, mentally and physically. Stress can cause fatigue or lack of sleep, which makes it even harder for your body to protect itself from getting sick. Exercise can …

Yoga Improves Both Health and Self-Esteem

Living a healthy lifestyle is one way to boost self-esteem and confidence. Noreen Kohl, a group exercise and yoga instructor at Rowan University, shared with us her experience with yoga as it relates to both health and self-esteem. YHM: What are the benefits of yoga health wise? Self-esteem wise? Noreen: Health wise, benefits include improved circulation, less stress and stress induced ailments, and more energy. It eases joint and muscle pain as well as headaches. Yoga is low impact when done properly. Self-esteem wise, yoga is great because it is not a competition, it’s all about doing what is best for you as an individual and honoring your body’s limits while challenging yourself! By Maria Lattanzio | Photo: Patrick Hendry