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How My Mom’s Tough Love About My Body Shaped Basically Everything

One of my favorite things to do as a kid was sit in bed with my parents and read books. On one particular afternoon, I was getting ready to read with my mom, resting my back against the headboard with my knees bent to prop my book. While waiting for her to join me, I noticed with curiosity that when my knees were together, the rest of my legs didn’t touch at all. I thought that was biologically interesting and pointed it out to my mom. “That gap better stay there,” she retorted unsympathetically. I was shocked. I simultaneously felt chastised, judged, and confused. I was only 8 years old and obviously had never heard of a thigh gap. It was also the first time in my life I felt self-conscious about my body. I didn’t say a word, and we never discussed it again. But the message sank in over the following days, weeks, and years: Being thin is important, and my mom would be disappointed if I let my appearance slip. I’ve thought about this incident many times during my long, convoluted path to becoming a foodist. Mostly I’ve considered it with resentment. I mean, seriously, who says sh*t like that to an 8-year-old? Even then I knew there was something wrong about what my mother said, but that didn’t stop me from pursuing this ideal into my 20s and beyond. It’s difficult not to be resentful of my mother for instilling such a damaging value system. On the other hand, I wouldn’t be me without having gone through this. In retrospect, this was a pivotal moment in my life. I suffered through years of body image issues and near-constant feelings of failure. I endured countless awkward social interactions, especially around meals and bathing suits. One time in college, I told an entire classroom that I hated food. It’s difficult not to be resentful of my mother for instilling such a damaging value system. On the other hand, I wouldn’t be me without having gone through this. For one thing, I never became overweight or obese in an era when such outcomes are normal. My dedication to staying thin helped me cultivate strong self-discipline, which has served me well in many ways (e.g., getting through school, learning new skills). I also developed basic health habits, including exercising regularly and paying attention to my food choices. Most importantly, without having suffered through 15 years of chronic dieting, I would have never known how important it is to approach food and health as a foodist. I would never have worked so hard to get to the bottom of the food-health problem so many people struggle with. And I would have never started Summer Tomato or written Foodist, and helped thousands of others solve these same problems. My mother’s unintentionally damaging comment is an example of what I call a transformative gift. A transformative gift is any circumstance or event that feels negative in the present moment but ultimately reveals itself as a gift that benefits your life tremendously. You can probably think of a few transformative gifts that have occurred in your life. Something that at the time seemed terrible—like a bad breakup or the loss of a job—that ended up being one of the best things that could have happened to you. What’s interesting about transformative gifts is that nothing changes about the incident itself as time moves on. What changes is your perspective. Something that at first feels like a verdict is shown to be an opportunity, and suddenly our feelings about it change. What do transformative gifts have to do with your health? Identifying your own transformative gifts is important, because discovering the hidden benefit can be the deciding factor in changing your habits and behaviors. If you’re struggling with getting healthy or losing weight, there’s probably a transformative gift in your past you haven’t uncovered yet. Maybe you still see it as something terrible and have yet to see the benefit. In my case I struggled for 15 years before what felt like a life sentence of permadiets was transformed not only into a better body and a better life, but a new career. I can think of a handful of other transformative gifts in various parts of my life that pushed me in a negative direction at first but ultimately led me to a better place. Identifying your own transformative gifts is important, because discovering the hidden benefit can be the deciding factor in changing your habits and behaviors. When you experience something that stirs a strongly negative emotion, your natural tendency is to react defensively to protect yourself. This can manifest in several ways, most of which are not productive. For example, as I internalized how important physical appearance was in my family, it became a core value in shaping my identity. I didn’t want to be someone who was mocked and ridiculed (a.k.a. unloved) because of how I looked, so I went out of my way to make sure that didn’t happen. I viewed myself as someone who always wanted to be thin; therefore, I was a dieter. I could have had the opposite reaction, which would have been just as destructive. I could have rejected the value system of my mother, accepted her ridicule as a badge of honor, and doubled down on fast food and video games. I wouldn’t have had the same dieting issues, but I would have embraced a life of poor health. It is completely natural to react strongly to an emotionally traumatic experience, but it doesn’t usually bode well for your long-term happiness. Reframing the most impactful negative events in your life as gifts forces your mind out of unconscious reaction mode and into thoughtful, conscious mode. This is a very powerful thing. When you are consciously thinking instead of unconsciously reacting, you learn that you have a choice in how to respond. You have the option of stepping away from your limiting beliefs and assessing the actual pros and cons of different courses of action (or inaction). I was 26 years old when I finally stopped dieting forever and realized I could help other people do the same. The previous decade and a half of weight struggles suddenly had meaning, and I was able to take a step back and accept the good parts of my mom’s philosophy and reject the destructive parts. As an adult I’ve discovered that it doesn’t have to take 15 years to realize that something difficult is actually a gift. Getting married was particularly tough for me, as I’m a fiercely independent person and have trouble depending on other people (I get to thank my mom for this gift as well). Fortunately, by then I already knew that growth and happiness are the children of discomfort, so I leaned into it. It took a few months (and a bit of therapy), but I came out the other side with a much stronger relationship and the deepest love I’ve ever experienced. Like it or not, the toughest things in your life are what shape your character and are the best opportunities you have to create your own happiness and make life awesome. The world is full of stories of people who have endured the worst catastrophes and come out prevailing, as well as people born with everything who end up miserable. The difference is how they treat their transformative gifts. This post originally appeared on Summer Tomato. Darya Rose, Ph.D., is the author of Foodist and creator of Summer Tomato, one of TIME's 50 Best Websites. She eats amazing things daily and hasn't even considered going a diet since 2007. For a free starter kit to help you get healthy, sign up for the Summer Tomato weekly newsletter.

Drake Thinks It’s OK to Make Fun of Kid Cudi’s Depression in New Song. It’s Not

Drake has a history of throwing shade in his rap lyrics, but this time he's gone way too far. In his new song "Two Birds One Stone," the rapper mocks Kid Cudi for his mental health struggles. That's never OK, no matter the beef between the two artists. Quick backstory: At the beginning of October, Kid Cudi opened up about his decision to check into rehab after a lifelong struggle with depression and anxiety. Two weeks prior, he posted a couple tweets implying most popular rappers aren't talented because they have dozens of writers credited on each song: Drake's response? The following lyrics: You were the man on the moon Now you just go through your phases Life of the angry and famous Rap like I know I'm the greatest Then give you the tropical flavors Still never been on hiatus You stay xanned and perked up So when reality set in you don't gotta face it I'm down 200 in Vegas but winning life on a daily basis It seems like nobody wants to stay in my good graces I'm like a real estate agent, putting you all in your places Look what happens soon as you talk to me crazy Is you crazy? Man on the Moon is the name of Kid Cudi's first album, and "hiatus" alludes to his recent decision to enter rehab. Drake then brushes off depression and anxiety as "phases" and mocks medication ("xanned out" refers to Xananx) as a way to ignore reality. It's not just offensive; it's untrue. Many people have already tweeted about how absurd these lyrics are: Making fun of mental illness only furthers stigma, and prevents people from seeking help. All we can say to Drake is:

Family decorates house with 'scary' Hillary Clinton-themed Halloween decorations

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With Halloween right around the corner, Americans are busy getting their final preparations and decorations ready.

One New York home found inspiration in the presidential election.

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Facebook user Brian McKibbin uploaded a video on Thursday of a home in Bellmore, New York, that was transformed into a Hillary Clinton-themed "haunted" house. The house is complete with signs calling the Democratic presidential nominee a "liar," a "criminal" and a "traitor," as well as posters that show Clinton caricatured and in prison.

The house also boasts a large "Trump USA" sign and American flags.

Some people called the decorations scary and others jokingly wondered who the residents would vote for.

Video of the home has been viewed more than 2 million times on Facebook.

This house in Bellmore!!!Posted by Brian Mc Kibbin on Thursday, October 20, 2016

Peanut Butter Cup Chia Pudding

While chia pudding may be a little too slimy on its own, when it’s blended with creamy peanut butter and cocoa powder, it tastes just like dessert. And we are all about dessert, especially when it's first thing in the morning. If you really can’t stand the texture, throw the pudding in the blender after it’s gelled—it’ll smooth out quite a bit. You’re welcome! Peanut Butter Cup Chia Pudding Recipe by: Rebecca Firkser Makes: 1 serving Ready in: 5 minutes, plus overnight soak INGREDIENTS 1 teaspoon peanut butter 3/4 cup milk (regular or nondairy) 2 tablespoons cocoa powder 1 teaspoon maple syrup Pinch Kosher salt 1/4 cup chia seeds Chopped peanuts DIRECTIONS 1. Melt the peanut butter slightly in a saucepan on the stove over low heat or in the microwave on medium for about 10 seconds. 2. Whisk in the milk, cocoa powder, maple syrup, salt, and chia seeds until fully combined. 3. Pour into a heatproof jar or mug and cover with a lid or plastic wrap. Place in the refrigerator. 4. Let pudding set overnight in the fridge, then serve with chopped peanuts and extra maple syrup.

Dog abandoned for being fat has a new home

A 12-year-old dog named Leila, who someone left at the Cobb County, Georgia, animal shelter after her weight made her “inconvenient,” has found a new home.

At 61 pounds, it’s been hard for Leila to get up and down steps, so her past owners gave her up. Cobb County animal shelter volunteers posted a message about Leila’s heartbreaking plight the other day.

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“Leila’s previous ‘family’ left her at Cobb County Animal Control on Oct. 20 because they said it had become inconvenient since Leila had become so heavy she can no longer easily go up and down the stairs to take herself outside to potty.

Leila is so very sweet and looks like a beautiful young pup. You’d never know by looking at her that she has 12 years of life behind her.

We hope that someone sees what a beauty this girl is and snaps her up. Exercise and diet could help this beauty slim down. Her previous humans said she is GOOD WITH KIDS. Please share Leila to help her get out of the shelter!”

Apparently someone got the message. A subsequent post reported the happy news that Leila now has a new home.

UPDATE:  10-24-2016LEILA HAS BEEN ADOPTED!____________________________________AFTER 12 YEARS, HER FAMILY SAID SHE...Posted by Helping Cobb County Animals on Saturday, October 22, 2016

However, lots of other pets are still waiting. If you’re interested, the Cobb County Animal Shelter. The number is 770-499-4136.

Shelter hours for adoptions are Tuesday – Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sundays 2 to 5 p.m.

The 5 Best Things About Being in Your 30s (That No One Ever Tells You)

While perusing Facebook recently, I stumbled upon an article that popped up on my feed at just the right moment (don’t you love when that happens?). It was titled, “People Aren’t Happiest Until They Reach 33.” Well, well, well. I turn 33 in less than three months! I took it as a positive sign of more good things to come. My 30s have been solid so far, despite the fact that I actually have to work out regularly and my hangovers are really real. But overall, I feel the benefits of what that study stated: “By this age, innocence has been lost, but our sense of reality is mixed with a strong sense of hope, a can-do spirit, and a healthy belief in our own talents and abilities.” That’s exactly how I feel. I’m certainly less naive than I was in my 20s (“Everyone is trustworthy!” “Employers are loyal to employees!” “Your ‘friends’ always want the best for you!”), and I'm even more resolute than ever in my ability to somehow always figure things out. Turning 30 can be scary for some people. In life coaching, it’s called the period when we abandon the “novice adulthood” of our 20s. But take it from me: Your 30s aren't all that bad. In fact, here are five reasons why it's a decade to get excited about and embrace when it arrives. 1. Less Personal Insecurity Zero f*cks, anyone?​ There's nothing like years of experience under your belt to help you stop caring so much about what other people think. When I was a teenager, my mom used to say, “I’m 60, darling. No one scares me.” Back then I would wish that I could somehow fast-forward to her mindset, but only time fully gets you there. The confidence that a few extra years gives you is worth anything you think you may be losing as you enter this transitional decade. 2. Knowing Who You Are Your 30s still vibrate with the energy and enthusiasm of youth, but you don’t follow the crowd as much. You know who you are in a different way. Your 30s still vibrate with the energy and enthusiasm of youth, but you don't follow the crowd as much. You know who you are in a different way. You’re clearer on what matters to you and what doesn’t. You don’t feel the same need to fit in—to go snowboarding, to stay in your current city, to get engaged because your friends are. It can then be a natural consequence that some friendships will fizzle out—and that’s OK! 3. Increased Income By age 30, you’ve had some real career experience. Hopefully your income has increased as you’ve built what Meg Jay in her popular TED talk, "Why 30 Is Not the New 20," describes as “identity capital.” Whether or not you give yourself credit, your 20s are a developmental sweet spot for your career. If you consider where you were at age 20 versus age 30, you might just want to take a step back and give yourself some applause. 4. Enough Experience to Make Better Choices There is nothing like past mistakes to help you make better decisions. If you worked your butt off for an employer and never took a single sick day (even with a fever) and still got laid off, you might ask yourself, “Will I take better care of myself the next time I'm sick?” You have to live through a few disappointments in order to be an informed, confident decision maker. 5. Time to Forge the Future You Want This is my favorite one right here. At age 30, I resigned from my corporate job to work for myself. But because of the above four reasons, I knew I could make it work. For me, it was the perfect time to make a big leap. I had a good blend of work experience to feel capable of going at it alone, and I still have time ahead of me to figure it all out. And that’s the kicker. In your 30s, you realize you will figure it out. Because by this gorgeous age, you’ve already figured a lot out, and so, despite what comes up, your healthy belief in your own abilities kicks in no matter what. You reach that quiet, calm, certain place where you know that everything will end up OK. I wouldn’t exchange that for my hangover-proof 20s for a second.

This is what football can do to a child's brain after just one season

The results of a new study may have some parents rethinking whether they allow their children to play football.

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Three million children in the U.S. play in tackle football programs. While many doctors and scientists have taken a look at the impact of concussions, new research by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center studied the impact of less-serious blows to the head that are common during games.

The study included 25 players between the ages of 8 and 13 and was centered on a youth program in Winston-Salem, N.C. Each boy was outfitted with a helmet that measured the severity and frequency of head blows.

“This is important, particularly for children, because their brains are undergoing such rapid change, particularly in the age category from maybe 9 to 18. And we just don’t know a lot of about it,” Dr. Chris Whitlow, a lead researcher, told NBC News.

Researchers say their findings indicated that even at this young age, the boys were receiving pretty hard hits.

The doctors then performed MRIs on the players and determined there were some changes in the brain’s white matter, the tissue that connects the gray matter of the brain.

“We have detected some changes in the white matter,” Whitlow said. “And the importance of those changes is that the more exposure you have to head impacts, the more change you have.”

Young players who did not have concussions were also found to have been impacted by repeated hits. Brain changes were found even after a single season of playing the sport.

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So far, doctors are not cautioning parents against letting their children play football since there are still some unclear areas following the study. Doctors don’t know if these changes will continue as the boys play football. They also don’t know what long-term impact the repeated blows to the head will have on the players.

Still, some parents say the sport is worth the risk — for now — because of the joy it brings to their children. Football also encourages their kids to stay on top of their grades.

Kindra Ritzie-Worthy has two sons who play football. She says they take their footballs everywhere they go. One even sleeps with his ball.

“Worth the risk?” she told NBC. “I say absolutely.”

The study is published in the journal Radiology.

Weeks after giving birth, soccer star undergoes surgery to remove brain tumor

Former U.S. women’s soccer player Lauren Holiday is recovering after undergoing a successful surgery to remove a benign brain tumor Thursday at Duke University Hospital.

The 28-year-old is married to New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday. She was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor called meningioma during her pregnancy with their first daughter.

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In late September, the couple welcomed baby Jrue Tyler. The baby’s original due date was mid-October, but doctors decided to induce labor early to expedite brain surgery, ESPN reports.

Jrue Holiday is currently away from the Pelicans indefinitely as he helps his wife through the recovery. His teammates and coach have been supportive of his decision to take some much-needed family time.

Doctors are confident that Lauren Holiday will make a full recovery, ABC News reports.

Happy Birthday to my best friend, my adventurer and my partner in life. So thankful for the day you were born. I love you. A photo posted by @laurenholiday12 on Jun 12, 2016 at 9:22am PDT

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