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Alexandra MacKillop is a food scientist, author, and primary healthcare provider at a holistic clinic near Chicago, IL. She is passionate about helping women cultivate lifestyle behaviors that honor both God and their bodies through a non-diet approach to nutrition. In addition to clinical practice, she writes about her experiences with faith, food, and medicine on her blog, AlexandraMacKillop.com. She has published and released a devotional titled Faith, Food, Freedom for women who struggle with body image and dieting, and is in the process of writing her first book, which will be released by the publisher in spring of 2021. Her work has also appeared on both Christian and Nutrition blogs such as (in)courage and Naughty Nutrition, as well as language and scientific journals such as Claritas Journal of Language and Culture and The Purdue Journal of Undergraduate Research. Alexandra is as committed to her faith as she is to studying science, and she seeks to unite these two areas of her life by caring for others at the intersection of food and faith.

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4 Types of Exercise That Are More Important Than Cardio

When we ‘suck it in’ and hold our stomachs, we end up engaging in dysfunctional breathing patterns, which often involves using muscles in our chest and ribs to force inspiration when those muscles were never designed for that job. Poor form during exercise (in everything from walking, to running, to lifting weights) increases the risk of injury, both acute injury like from twisting an ankle as well as from chronic injury and the development of arthritis. When we use the “wrong” muscles for a movement (like what happens with chest breathing) we end up putting abnormal stresses on joints which can wear down the cartilage and lead to that “bone on bone” type of arthritis which leads to joint replacement surgery. When we aren’t using the proper balance of muscles because we use incorrect training methods, or because we don’t take the time to warm up our muscles before exercise (and cool down afterwards), it creates tightness and “pulling” that disrupts the alignment or “tracking” of our joints, leading to injury.

How to Eat Intuitively by Eating Dessert…Or Not

But even if someone doesn’t like dessert foods (in general), they still enjoy things like barbecue sauce, fruit, or balsamic vinegar, for example, all of which have sweetness as the predominant flavor. However, I’ve also met plenty of people who claim to not like sweets/sweet foods when in reality what they mean is that they’ve convinced themselves that they don’t like desserts as a form of denial from the truth that they’re simply afraid of them. I’ve shared before that I started this journey by eating ice cream at every meal, and was pleasantly surprised that after a few days, the idea of ice cream for breakfast no longer sounded good. However, the syrup in combination with the cinnamon sugar coating on the french toast sticks was quickly making me feel a little over-sugared, more than the protein in the french toast seemed to be able to balance out.

5 Thoughts (Your Body is Good, Satisfaction, and Rest)

However, we recently made a batch of lentil curry simply because we did not have any other food (i.e. animal protein) in the house, and I found myself eating about twice as much food as I normally do for my given hunger level. As I noted in this post, I’ve been realizing more and more lately that I still have a tendency to try to latch on to food or my body for a sense of stability, clinging to the fact that these parts of my life are often predictable. I have decided that it is important to me to get comfortable eating all kinds of different foods because I don’t want to be averse to certain meals because of the amount of food I will need to eat to feel satisfied. Whether that means exploring the woods with my sister and her kids, trying new foods with my best friend, or traveling to a new city with my husband, everything is more enjoyable when it’s shared with the people I love.

Body Trust vs. Putting Your Trust in Your Body

When I was struggling with dieting and disordered eating, I had a lot of fear surrounding the relationship between food, exercise, hunger, fullness, and the size and shape of my body. Recovery has taught me two key, liberating lessons about the truth of my body: I can trust the normal, healthy functioning of my body because I can trust the God who made it AND if I put my trust in my body, it will let me down every time. I developed a deep sense of trust in the fact that honoring my hunger and fullness cues and eating for satisfaction would allow my body to stay roughly the same size…a size that I liked and valued. Rather than trusting my body cues in hopes that it will allow me to avoid body changes (this would be rooted in fear of my body changing, which is still putting a greater emphasis on my appearance than I would like to have), freedom comes from trusting that the way God made my body is good.

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