Nov 11

Madalin Frodsham on body image and healthy living

 

It was this exact photo that Madalin Frodsham posted after being featured in our Body Issue that broke the internet – here we share her feature interview featured in the magazine.

 

ON INSTAGRAM

Growing up, I was always the sporty one in the family, playing basketball and climbing trees. This stopped when I left school, and I didn’t actually start actively working out until January 2016 when I downloaded the Sweat With Kayla app. There’s a mix of factors that contributed to my social media following: a few of my posts went viral on online news publications, my transformation photos garner a lot of followers each week, and (hopefully!) I motivate and inspire people to work out. 

ON KEEPING IT REAL

I constantly felt put down when scrolling through my Instagram feed. Seeing image after image of perfection, I wondered if people felt the same way going through their feeds, and whether my photos contributed. So I decided to share more pictures that were honest and relatable. I receive a lot of comments from people saying it’s their goal to have my body, and I want people to know I have flaws just like everyone. We’re so used to seeing perfect pictures of women in our feeds that it’s nice to see a bit of real life sometimes.

ON BODY IMAGE

I think because people view social media influencers as being more ‘real life’ than the touched up celebrities in magazines, social media is very influential when it comes to body image. However, Instagram is now just the same because it’s easy to smooth out your cellulite or reshape your body. I think the problem is even worse as we compare ourselves more to these unattainable images of perfection. And instead of a magazine, which you have to physically go to the shop and buy, you have these images in your pocket and accessible at all times. 

ON KEEPING FIT AND HEALTHY

I find it easier to stick to a routine, so I make sure I go to the gym first thing in the morning, no matter how I’m feeling or how busy I am. I make healthy food choices when I buy food from the supermarket (if it’s not in my cupboard, I don’t eat it!), but I also make sure I don’t restrict myself too heavily so I don’t blow out on the weekend. 

ON FEELING COMFORTABLE IN YOUR OWN SKIN

Always remember that the images you see are carefully selected, filtered, angled and lit to display people in the best possible light. Don’t let somebody’s perfect selfie dictate your confidence – most people don’t actually look how they do on Instagram. If someone is making you feel bad about your body, unfollow them. Follow women that make you feel confident, who are open about their bodies and don’t follow the conventional standards of beauty. 

 

My day on a plate

Pre-workout: protein shake

Post-workout: warm oats, berries and apple porridge 

Snack: toast with peanut butter or Philadelphia cheese

Lunch: paprika chicken with green vegies and yoghurt 

Snack: carrots and avocado dip 

Dinner: vegetable patty and lentil curry

Dessert: chocolate chip cookies

 

 

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Nov 10

Top stress management techniques

 

Learn how to cope with stress by eating healthy and taking a closer look at your nutrition.

 

“The right diet is crucial for managing stress,” says health coach and wellness blogger Nic Makim. “Eat regularly and consume yoghurt and low-fat milk to boost your calcium levels and settle your nerves. If you have an intolerance to dairy, make sure you’re getting enough calcium and magnesium from other food sources. Chamomile tea is an age-old tonic to relax and soothe – you may also want to consult a naturopath about herbal support to help decrease the impact of stress on your brain and body.”

Eating right will supercharge your body’s natural immune and healing systems, and exercising regularly goes a long way too. Breathing, meditation and visualisation exercises can help you let go of anxieties, and there is strong evidence to suggest that yoga therapy and meditation help reduce stress and its associated symptoms.

A 2014 study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that mindful meditation can help ease psychological stresses such as anxiety, depression and fatigue, and therapeutic yoga programs were also shown to reduce markers of stress and inflammation.

More importantly, recognise that some stress is inevitable.

“If you have unproductive worries, try to remember that as much as we may strive to, we are never going to rid our lives of stress entirely,” says Dr Lishman. “Stress is a vital part of being alive. In fact, without feeling stressed now and again, we would be so carefree and blasé about everything that we would have been killed off years ago! It’s not stress itself that matters; it’s what you do with it that counts.”

The symptoms that we associate with a stressful lifestyle such as sleep deprivation, social isolation, weight gain and major depression are all associated with higher rates of heart disease. It is clear, therefore, that finding effective stress management strategies is essential to our overall health and wellbeing.

 

However, don’t stress about it! Just concentrate on the following:

  • eat nourishing foods to meet the nutritional demands of the body
  • exercise regularly to naturally reduce your cortisol levels
  • unplug from digital devices when you need to chill out
  • pay active attention to your emotions
  • distinguish between problem-solving thoughts and the unproductive ones that simply make your mind race faster
  • disengage, but don’t detach from your feelings

Find a balance between rest and activity, and create a maintainable chill-out routine for when you get home to prioritise calm and relaxation.

“Tuning in to your beautiful body is always at the top of my agenda with all my clients,” says Makim. “I’m also loving this whole mindfulness trend at the moment. Less judgement and negativity and more acceptance and appreciation go a long way towards managing stress and life in general.”   

In other words, when you’re stressed you’re unable to function at your full potential, so make time for yourself. We can’t stress that strongly enough.

 

 

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