‘Each individual woman’s body demands to be accepted on it’s own terms’-Gloria Steinem
‘I might have a little bit of cellulite. I might not be toned everywhere. I might struggle in this area or that. But accepting that just empowers me.’ –Kim Kardashian
‘Confidence is sexy! I’m comfortable with my body and not afraid to show it off.’ -Sofia Vergara
‘I love my body. It’s what God gave me’ -Kate Upton
Since I was old enough to worry about body image, I have struggled with an eating disorder.
I started depriving myself of food when I was only 15 yrs old. As I got older, I developed bulimia to accompany my already existing anorexia. After both my children were born, I became an obsessive exerciser. But, with my lack of nutritional intake, I was doing little to create muscle tone. I have been a slave to the scale and let that arbitrary number define me and prevent me from loving myself for who I was. With age, this struggle has gotten harder. I’ve never enjoyed cooking…it implied eating. Mealtime always created an anxiety in me that usually led to frustration, anger, & unhappiness that was thrust upon whoever was closest to me at that time. My happiness was fixed to my current body perception. As I’ve aged, my body has changed. I’ve developed digestive problems that have worsened over the years. I was recently diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. I’ve dealt with chronic migraines and fatigue. My poor diet habits only worsened these conditions. I could no longer get by on diet sodas and a few hundred calories of food in a day. I can honestly say I have tried about every diet available. They all failed. I finally decided I had to change my lifestyle, my attitude, and my perception of myself and my diet. Since then:
- I haven’t weighed myself in months and I do not gauge my mood based on a number…I gauge it on how I feel.
- I stopped taking my hyperthyroid medication and my symptoms are minimal.
- I no longer require a late afternoon nap or feel sluggish about 3pm everyday. I have an increased energy level and I’m finding myself staying up later at night.
- My digestive issues are resolving.
- I’ve had very few headaches since cleaning up my diet.
- My weight is stable (and I know this by looking in the mirror and by how my clothes fit me).
- Others have commented on my glowing complexion.
- I enjoy cooking and I enjoy eating.
- I’m HAPPIER and that spills over into every area of my life and the lives of those around me.
- I am confident in my food choices. It’s simple, it’s easy and it’s good for me.
As a healthcare provider, I believe in the power of medicine. BUT, I also believe that we have the power to prevent many of life’s ailments by our lifestyle choices. Having the knowledge to make those choices puts the power in your hands.
DON’T MISS OUT on the chance to change your bad habits, your body image, your health and your happiness.
Bio: Dr. Angela Jones is a Family Nurse Practitioner and Health Coach offering the NutriMed Medically Managed Weight Loss Program with NEA Baptist Clinic, the mother of four grown children, and married to the love of her life. She has spent many hours studying nutrition, weight loss, and healthy eating. She has also completed research on the benefits of intensive behavioral therapy for weight loss. After striving to help women in her busy practice become healthier and happier with themselves, she has decided to take her knowledge and passion to a larger audience.
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