Category Archives: Body Image

Natural Ways to Beat Cellulite

celluliteMany people are bothered by cellulite on their thighs and backsides.  You can improve the look and feel of your skin by using a dry brush but when it comes to cellulite, looks are only a small part of the story.

What is Cellulite?

It’s a fat issue. Cellulite may be trapped fat, but it is more than simply fat. If you don’t believe me, then ask anyone who has lost a lot of weight but is still stymied by the bumps and lumps on her thighs.  Until I figured out how to dramatically reduce the cellulite on my bum and thighs by using nutrition, I was one of them. And on my thrice-weekly trips to the swimming pool I see many women far thinner and/or far fitter than I am with cellulite. Clearly weight and cellulite are not the whole story.

It’s a skin issue. Cellulite is fat that is trapped in the skin’s connective tissue. So it stands to reason that taking care to preserve the health and integrity of that connective tissue is a key aspect of cellulite control. I’ve written extensively about skin and cellulite. You can read all about it here and here.

Finally, cellulite is a toxicity issue. When environmental toxins accumulate in our bodies they are stored as fat instead of being allowed to to circulate in our systems. While this keeps our bodies from being overwhelmed by toxins in the short term, it means we become saddled with excess weight. Many people also experience sluggishness, digestive issues, poor sleep, mood swings, skin disorders, and auto-immune issues.

If you have cellulite it means your body’s systems of detoxification are overworked and not functioning properly. So cellulite is less a beauty issue than a symptom of less than optimal wellness. Specifically, the lymphatic system and the liver are overworked and needing support. A real food seasonal detox that includes the right foods to help your body’s overworked systems get back in balance will do amazing things for your weight, your skin, and your overall health and beauty. And your annoying cellulite will be on its way!

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A Midnight Craving

thanks to Flickr user weelakeo for this image

thanks to Flickr user weelakeo for this image

The ice cream is in the freezer.

I hear its sweet song, creamy and cold, calling from the kitchen below. It’s after 11pm and I know that I need to be asleep an hour ago if I want to function at all tomorrow and still wake up for my 5:30am spin class.

I’m trapped between a softly snoring baby and my six-year-old, who fell asleep somewhere around chapter 8, where Harry and Ron Weasly visit Hagrid for tea and rock cakes.

My husband is two spots over, next to the six-year-old. He smiles at me over the Sunday crossword we’ve been inching through together. He’s very tall and he’s maddeningly thin despite his very sporadic exercise habits.

I know very well that thinner does not equal healthier by default. tweet this

But it’s hard not to be jealous when I compare my slightly doughy mamma curves to the sharp way his Don Draper suits hang off his angular frame just by virtue of genetic good fortune.

Eventually he gets his tall, thin self out of bed for a glass of water.  The baby is a night-nurser and while I’m typically hungry all day, I’m ravenous after 9pm. So as he leaves I whisper I’d be ever so if he’d bring me a little snick-snack.  Nice fellow, he obliges, returning a few minutes later with the good, raw milk steaming in its blue cup. With it, a handful of almonds.

If I stayed awake there is no doubt I’d be hitting that ice cream. But I’m trapped and it’s late so I eat the almonds and I drink the milk and I listen to my kids breathing softly. Right now I’m glad of my body’s roundedness. It makes a soft landing for her little head and his gangly Kindergarten leg, its knobby knee jutting into the curve of my mamma hip.

They breathe and I breathe and it’s enough. Right now, it’s enough. I go to sleep.

 

 

Kirsten Quint Fairbanks is health coach and holistic living expert who offers real-world wellness coaching  for people who want to beat the blues and build self-esteem using nutrition and holistic lifestyle methods. She also offers skincare from the inside out consultation for anyone who is tired of the beauty hype and is ready to have vibrant health and glowing skin.  She works online and by phone. Kirsten lives happily, works gratefully, home-schools secularly, dances inexpertly, paints badly, cooks traditionally, and nurses on demand in the San Francisco Bay Area. Read more about her here.