... featuring advice from Experts Mark Dilworth, Lorina Shinsato, Rico Caveglia & Brenda Deere!
15. Be grateful. Remember that the function of your body is to move you through this world! When you are feeling low with poor body image, say to yourself, "I can walk. I can reach. I can hug. I can lean over." In other words, be grateful for the good things your body does for you and try loving it for those things. Start a body gratitude journal, and add something to it every day. —Brenda Deere
16. Fake it 'til you make it. Behave as though you love your body just the way it is. Don't put off doing activities like going to the pool because you feel everyone will be staring at you. Believe me, they're too worried about what they look like to bother thinking much about you. —Brenda Deere
17. Eat three meals a day or small, frequent meals throughout the day. Ever wondered why you may feel irritated or lightheaded? You may be dehydrated or have low blood sugar. Perhaps it's the lunch you skipped over to get extra work done ... —Lorina Shinsato
18. If you are going to have a meal or snack, make sure it has adequate protein. Protein allows one to have sustained blood sugar levels, as opposed to a pastry that leaves you hungry in half an hour. —Lorina Shinsato
19. Hydrate! Experts say to drink your half body weight in ounces. Others say to drink eight eight-ounce glasses of water. Well, when the thirst reflex kicks in, you are already dehydrated. Keep a stainless steel water bottle with you, refill it often and sip it throughout the day. It will keep your complexion clear, your mind sharp and more energy to boot! —Lorina Shinsato
20. No more Splenda! Avoid refined sugars, high fructose corn syrups, and artificial sweeteners as they are made from chemicals and our bodies cannot process these adequately causing more inflammation in the body. —Lorina Shinsato
21. Avoid MSG. Monosodium glutamate is a flavor enhancer in junk foods and some Asian dishes that causes headaches and interferes with your nervous system. —Lorina Shinsato