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Andrea Hall

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If we address the stress that Kelly speaks of we can move towards my idea of a "Healthy Mind = Healthy Body" theory of living.

Millions of Americans are obese--not just carrying a few extra pounds, but obese to morbidly obese. Having lived this myself for 15 years of my life I feel that I can speak to this point, that being, our obesity is not simply about calories in vs calories out and nor is is just about the pounds. The weight we carry is more than just fat. If we start with the stress that Kelly speaks of--which many also struggle with as the cause of their weight gain--we can begin to live a happier, healthier, longer and more sustainable life.

Our "more convenient way of living" society indirectly discourages actually dealing with our lives and we (over time) carry the weight of this with us over the years. By taking a similar approach to Kelly's, in regards to "friending" stress, we could start to shed the weight and the unhealthy habits that lead to our impulse eating that contributes to our weight gain.


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    Sep 9 2013: Andrea, this looks like an interesting conversation, but some of us, for whatever reason, might not want to watch the video. Any chance you'd give us a synopsis of what it says?

    I know the idea if life gives you lemons, make lemonade has come up before on TED. Is it something like that?

    How is it that a more convenient way of living discourages dealing with our lives? For example, having a car makes life more convenient, I can't see how it discourages one from dealing with one's life, although it might make one exercise less.
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      Sep 10 2013: Hi Greg,
      Understood. Kelly's point was that living a life of trying to avoid stress can have just as detrimental of an impact (negatively) on our bodies as stress itself does. Her idea/point is learning how to manage and deal with stress is more healthy than trying to avoid it. That's the cut and dry version of her TEDtalk, I don't think it does it justice but you get the point right?

      To your point of "... a more convenient way of living discourages dealing with our lives?" I don't think that convenience is necessarily the "enemy" here. But if we get too caught up in our modern day, tech age of quick/fast and convenient we can often end up living an unhealthier life--our food choices, lack of physical activity, atc. I'm not that old myself--well I like to think that 30 something is still on the younger end--but I'm shocked when I see a family of four (two kids and two adults) out to dinner and no one is conversing with each other because they are all on their "smart devices" instead. How does this impact health you ask? Well back to my healthy mind point--it's all systemic and I'm keeping it short since you requested a synopsis of Kelly's--if we are unable to effectively communicate with each other (face to face) this can lead to emotional stressors that impact our bodies and our food choices. Which end up to unhealthy living. I'm thinking based on the threads here I need to go more indepth on my "Healthy Mind = Healthy Body" point! I'll keep a synopsis in mind as well for those who seek convenience ;)
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        Sep 11 2013: yeah, technically I should watch the video, but I'd rather talk to you, Andrea. Well, I don't really know whether it's better to accept stress or try to reduce it, I would think you can do both, accept that you have some as you try to reduce it. But I'm not sure how you're thinking about stress. For example, I've struggled with noise from the supermarket loading dock across the street for years. I've had many talks with staff at the market about the noise and sometimes the noise has been reduced. I'm thinking for many people it would be stressful to complain to supermarket staff about dock noise, so they avoid complaining and just live with the noise despite the fact they dislike it. But the truth is they still have stress, the stress they're living with now is the stress listening to the noise puts on them. But that is a slightly different kind of stress from the stress of talking to the staff. I don't really understand people who don't complain, who just live with things they don't like. Do you? Is any of this relevant to your conversation?

        I don't know if convenience really helps one avoid stress. If you went back two hundred years, where people were washing their clothes in a tub over a wood fire, I still think many people would encounter situations they didn't like and just settle, not complain, avoid the stress of what some call "making waves."

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