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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 7 2013: I have recently investigated a more "Spiritual" view towards life. The simplified version is that we create our own reality by how we think and act. I find it amazing that science then comes along and does a study that supports this belief. What I took out of the talk was, that if you believe that Stress is not harmful to you, that it just makes you more able to handle stressful situations, that is how it manifests itself in your body. Conversely, if you think that stress is harmful, then that is what you get.

    Is that not the same as "creating your own reality"??? As far as it applies to weight, I agree with Andrea. I was told that much of my stress lead to carrying a few extra pounds. Now that I deal with stress differently, I have actually lost weight, and have decreased my appetite. Especially for foods that are not good for you. Candy, Soda, and Chips.

    It is interesting that stress leads us to want human contact. Is that why face book and twitter are now more popular, as we think we are mores stressed out??
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      Sep 10 2013: Eric,
      Great points! And congrats on the healthy life you are living!

      I too have done work here; my Masters thesis with a Collaborative Inquiry group was focused on my theory of "Healthy Mind = Healthy Bpdy". I appreciated Kelly's TEDTalk because she addressed one common factor of our Mind that hinders many of us in living a healthy and present life. Stress seems to be a very common ailment for many of the Western world and we tend to 'treat' with a band-aid more than actually address the cause and change its effect.

      There is a lot of science behind the chemical mind/body cause and effect--as you mentioned sweets were a trigger for you. I won't go into detail (for one, science isn't my forte), but I wanted to address your point for those that don't know--it has been scientifically backed.

      Thank you for your post and contributing to this dialogue!

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