Monday, April 8, 2019

Greater self-acceptance improves emotional well-being

For a while now, research has shown that when pregnant women gain a lot of weight, they have heavier babies. And because heavier babies tend to grow into heavier children who tend to grow into heavier adults, it’s a good idea for pregnant women to try not to gain more than their doctors tell them to.

One of the ways many of us try to limit calories is by reaching for artificially sweetened beverages — after all, they don’t have calories. But a study just published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics suggests that drinking these beverages can backfire.

For the study, researchers in Canada studied more than 3,000 pregnant women and found that those who drank more artificially sweetened beverages tended to have heavier babies. The correlation was less strong when they controlled for the mother’s weight and other factors that can affect weight gain (like overall calorie intake or diet quality), but it was still there. It seems like there is something about the sweeteners themselves that is a problem.

There have been concerns for a while that artificial sweeteners might not be a great idea when it comes to weight control. In one study, people who drank diet soda gained more weight than those who drank regular soda. We’re not fully sure what’s going on. It may be that people feel so virtuous for drinking diet drinks that they end up eating other calories. It may have something to do with the intense sweetness of artificial sweeteners, which may actually alter our tastes in a way that less sweet foods (even fruits) don’t taste as good to us. Or it may be something about how our bodies digest and react to the chemicals in the sweeteners.

Whatever it is, the bottom line is that pregnant women should skip the diet drinks. As much as they might seem like they might help limit weight gain, they don’t. Instead, drink water and other unsweetened beverages. It’s fine to have the occasional soda or lemonade — sugar isn’t evil—as long as your overall diet is healthy (lots of fruits and vegetables, lean protein, whole grains) and you are getting regular exercise.

Baby fat may be cute, but it isn’t healthy. A third of our children and adolescents are overweight or obese, which can have terrible implications for their future health and well-being. More and more, we are learning that to prevent childhood obesity we need to start really early, even before children are born. The adage that you are eating for two is very true—but rather than an excuse to eat extra, it’s a mandate to eat in ways that keep both of you healthy.Module Do you know how to say this? Or that? Or these are those in French? Well, today to get there, we’re going to practice our demonstrative adjectives.

Okay, so, before we start going straight into a little exercise, let me remind you really quickly what a demonstrative adjective is. Well, in English, it’s either this, or that. All these, all those, okay? Well, in French, we’ve got four different ways of saying this, or that or those.

And so one and what you have to take in consideration is that everything agrees engender and numbers with them then they qualify. So by this I mean that you need to know whether you were the word you’re using with this demonstrative adjective is a feminine word mescaline with a plural or does it begin with a vowel or an H. Now let’s have a look how we use

The demonstrated adjective using a masculine Weren’t we would say, sir Sir, can you say that so and so means this for the masculine weren’t that follows So, so steal this pen for example. So Still, if the word is masculine but begins with an H or vowel, it would be set C e t, so set up for example, this tree. Now when you use a feminine singular noun, it would be sent ce e TT E. So you would say this flower set flow for example, or you could say set gap the Boston this postcard for example, and as you can see the difference between certain settings that setters double t so it refers to a feminine now

Okay, now if you were to use a plural noun and regardless whether it is feminine or masculine, regardless whether it begins with an H of our, you would say Si, si e S. So if we use Fleur, again, remember in a feminine form it’s set for, but you want to say these flowers on those flowers, it will be the same. In French, you would say, say Fleur ce e. s, flow, and the central Afterburn. But you wouldn’t say set out, okay, only when it’s in singular form. But if you want to put it in it’s plural form. Then you use the word Si, si E. So you would say, say Zambia and this emphasis to pin you would say these pens will become see stylo. Okay so this is just a quick reminder remind that in French we have three different or four if you can set CT of using this. So this okay so we have so we have set CT we have sets e TT E and we’ve got si si e s came but you might say but how do I know without need to use a pre roll or will prevail? It’s easy but how do you know how to use a feminine or masculine when it’s quite simple you’ve got to no one really basic rule is that if the words and with a knee or SEO for example it’s likely that the word is feminine and the rest will be likely to be mescaline.

But there is no set rule to knowing how where the noun is feminine or masculine. So you just have to learn it once you know and learn the new weren’t just learned with its article or LA feminine, masculine or feminine if that makes sense now the best way for us is to identify them in a sentence. So let’s have a look at 10 different sentences using them Australia of adjectives. What I would like you to do is have a look at them and try to guess which demonstrative adjectives you should use in the gap here. Let’s have a look at the first sentence.

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The first sentence here says poem, some daily sews, poem, some delicious us so we want to put either C or C or set of set Okay in this gap, but what could it be? Now we have here a pre roll How do I know it’s uproar because it’s indicated here and I’m going to use my pen here Have a look here there is an S.

And so here there is an essay and not only that, I know more than that, I know that it’s provable and feminine because the word dentistry has been transformed into it’s plural feminine form daily shoes okay and this is an indicator here ah ok that it is so prevalent now bomb is Apple but we want to say these apples How would you say that using what I’ve just told you so bomb

because it is not referring to pre roll CET CET no because the word doesn’t begin with a vowel or niche for that matter so it can be so it can be set okay CET CET he well known because it has an S okay so it is going to be C sip on that refers to approval simple some daily shoes okay so if you look at the word here simple it doesn’t really indicate whether it’s feminine or masculine, but it hasn’t.

Gender, that is what’s going to give it away. The E and the S tells me that this word is not only feminine, but it is so pre roll. Okay, so let’s have a look at Newman, who do number two is shame book who live live

and then demonstrated adjective. A cleaver now Jim insane. Like book with a lot. I like a lot. What do I like? A lot? The books, Becky. The books. Okay. Oh, and that means of,

then we want to say this. Okay. And a cleaver, Nick, devise a writer so but you can say well, how do I know how do I know what the agenda of this word is? Ok. Now if you base your say from the fact that most likely the word ending with a nice feminism then here it doesn’t end with me. So we’re going to assume it is masculine. So have a look at the masculine

For this it is so well done but

ok but we know that when the word which is masculine begin with our Nate, we need to add a TT sir. So we are going to write set set equivalent. Okay? So we know two things here that the world is mescaline we know that now okay and also that the word has its beginning with a value and therefore we use set okay remember there’s two ways of using this in masculine gender so all set okay so Jim book who leave of the city event I like the book of this writer. I like this writers book a lot. That’s what it means. Have a look at number three. Now we have machine new folks urine now. Yeah, we know that we haven’t.

They get to Not that it matters into what we want to do. I’m just pointing it out now no means not a key know before the verb and after the word indicate sent negation. The verb is here function it could be mash as well new function, new mashup, that does not work. What is it that does not work love machine machine? And here it has an E at the end.

So the weren’t having any idea is likely to be feminine. So knowing this, what do we put so machine set machine CD set machine CT or sick machine? ce e s, not pre roll is it it doesn’t have an S so here it ends with an E so therefore it’s likely to be feminine and therefore we would put set machine okay set so what I’m going to do

Actually to help you with this I’m going to underline the machine as feminine here to help you okay and bomb as feminine as well and the rest here is

masculine ok now let’s have a look at numerical get number four o d and then hotel a time okay we’ve got an difficulty here let’s say that you don’t know what the rest means but hotel is a simple way to know it means hotel okay this word begins with an H okay so with we have to know is is it feminine or masculine because if it’s met feminine is going to be set C e TT e but if it’s feminine

masculine okay it’s going to be CET CET why because it begins with an act Okay in this case hotel does not have a nice

And so it’s very likely to be masculine so therefore we are going to put CET CET okay Auntie could set up a time yeah so article is an idiom and it means people say that one says that actually it happens that okay This hotel is very good okay so hotel is and I’m going to write it here a masculine weren’t

now let’s have a look at number five sure good name BM Femi yeah okay now find me yeah it said that you don’t know what your name means okay but families and easy way to know for me is family have a look at the ending of this world It doesn’t need so it is likely to be feminine so we know that for this in feminine form is set we’re done

Set okay so set Fermi’s this family okay sure Columbia set Femi I know this family well and that’s where the word comes from. Can you see that you can Apia set Femi so what I’m going to do here I’m going to add a

sticker here to my sticker one you know what I mean? Okay let’s have a look at the next one

view man um. Yeah what I’ve said it all means man. Okay so I’m going to tell you now sometimes I do things I tell you just can’t help it that is a man okay on a case of the view

on Okay, now, I think for view view is to seek Have you seen okay Have you seen now here the means to see but it’s in its past participle from therefore it means seen how

You seen this man now? What should it be here? This man ever look at the list again. Just concentrate and always look at the list is it’s set set of sick when

I’m is a man. So though it ends with an it’s likely that the word is muscular. Okay say I don’t know why I did that by the way so it is set on okay set on because the word is mescaline. And it begins with a Ah, ok. Set them I’ve ever visit them. And so I’m going to color coded in blue just for you. Ok, the next word elite, I blew the pan so many feet later. Blue the band so many feet. So let’s imagine you don’t know what later blue is. You don’t know what many people just base yourself on that word here. pant. Okay.

Now I know it has an E at the end, and I knew that you would be likely to say it’s feminine, unfortunately. And that’s why I’ve chosen this example is that it belongs to the exception band as an E at the end, but is masculine. So knowing that band which means painter is mescaline. What is it? Is it so bad?

This painter set pant see bands when it can be said CT because it doesn’t begin with a vowel or night. It can be sexy TD because I’ve just told you it is a masculine word and it can be cc ies because it’s not in approval form so it has to be so bad. Okay. So pant little blue. Do some banter so many feet the paintings of these painter are magnificent came just a little thing here. We have an S here and refers to the Tablo, the paintings came and why do we have to agree the subjective with later blue it’s because we are using some, which is the are, you know the to be auxiliary here. Okay. So if I color coded this one, I would put it in blue.

Let’s have a look at numerical wheat eight or for some to belong. Okay? So we’ve got an adjective here that has an S and we’ve got a word that has an S.

So there is no problem here. You know, you’re demonstrating magic this by now it is not. So it is not set set. It is sea level and why is it say okay because of the word is plural. Okay, but it doesn’t mean to say we don’t need to know what that is often is in infant I was going to say children. Okay, these children

Those children okay remember that in French these and those are the same vision that is the same okay just stick to what I have just told you here so says on for some to below these children are turbulence Can you say turbulent naughty or noisy or you know bit all over the place now by the way you still need to know what gender often is I knew I knew it is your role and you know how I know that it’s because to belong which always agrees with a noun here as know he so we don’t set your belong to okay if we had set to be launched it will refer to a feminine noun here it does not eat so often is going to be

that’s killing okay now here we go. Now the next one is good Superman Dhoni and then juvenile seek to play now donation

means to give so we asking someone to give me what these Chanel Chanel is a newspaper Chanel ends with a so it is likely to be masculine doesn’t have an S it’s not level. So is it sort of set CT doesn’t begin with our doesn’t begin with an edge so therefore it is likely to be so it is not likely it is so by the way, so shortly, okay, this newspaper so can you give me this newspaper, please see the play okay. And I’m going to color coded with you.

Seems like we’ve got the man is winning today we’ve got a lot of masculine noun okay, but that’s okay. It happens now the last example is kiss good to faint guess. Could you say and then swap. So we want to say suit swap seats.

sets sets well what do we want to say now swap is evening okay evening and believe it or not it has to happen gender blue or no okay squad does not end with a nice so is not likely to be feminine so it doesn’t and within this it’s not doesn’t begin with a vowel or an edge it’s not si si te so therefore it is again

so swell this evening I keep so just get you faster swap What are you doing this evening Okay so we’ve got Cisco and it is blue again okay so hopefully that was useful to you remember there is a support guide if you become a member of my community at learn French with an accident YouTube channel you can have access to this report dying to leave a comment subscribe to me Self-acceptance is defined as “an individual’s acceptance of all of his/her attributes, positive or negative.” It includes body acceptance, self-protection from negative criticism, and believing in one’s capacities.

Many people have low self-acceptance. There can be many reasons for this, but one widely accepted theory is that because we develop our self-esteem, in part, from others appreciating us, people with low self-acceptance may have had parents who lacked empathy during their childhood. Consequently, in their adult lives, they may need much stronger affirmation from others than most people do. In other words, ordinary levels of approval do not “move the needle” on their self-esteem.

Some people with low self-acceptance try to bolster it by accomplishing great things. But this only helps your self-esteem for a while. That’s because achievement is a poor substitute for intimacy. In addition, these people are often under the impression that “taking it” when suffering is the main reflection of their value. It’s hard for them to believe in genuine caring, and when it does come their way, they are suspicious of it.

Of course, self-acceptance (or lack thereof) does not exist in a vacuum — it actually has profound effects on your physical and psychological health. For that reason, it is worth understanding what these effects are, and what you can do about it.
The emotional and physical consequences of low self-acceptance

Without self-acceptance, your psychological well-being can suffer, and often, beneficial interventions are less helpful for you than for others with higher self-acceptance.

For example, practicing mindfulness can help many people reduce the impact of stress. But when you cannot accept yourself, it becomes less effective. Also, if you have a physical illness such as rheumatoid arthritis, not accepting yourself can make you more anxious about your body. In this context, your automatic negative thoughts increase.

In addition, if you feel negatively about yourself, the brain regions that help you control emotions and stress have less gray matter than someone with a greater degree of self-acceptance — that is, these regions actually have less tissue to “work with.” This lack of gray matter may also appear in regions of the brainstem that process stress and anxiety. Stress signals from these latter regions, in turn, disrupt the emotional control regions. So, poor self-acceptance may disrupt emotional control in two ways: directly, by disrupting the brain regions that control it, and also indirectly, by increasing stress signals in your brain that subsequently disrupt these regions.
How to bolster your self-acceptance

There are three ways to increase self-acceptance:


Self-regulation involves suppressing negative emotions such as self-hatred, refocusing on the positive aspects of yourself, and reframing negative situations so that you see the opportunities in them. For example, looking for ways in which negative criticism can help you grow constitutes reframing.

However, self-control may be less powerful than we think. The lack of self-acceptance can be deeply unconscious — that is, it can exist at a level beyond our conscious control. Also, when you do not accept or forgive yourself, “you” are still split from “yourself” — you do not feel “together.” Both of these parts — the one that needs to forgive, and the one that needs to be forgiven — are at odds with each other. In this situation, self-transcendence can be helpful.

When you are “self-transcendent,” you rely less on things outside of yourself to define you. Instead, you turn to an unforced sense of connectedness with the world. You can achieve this by contributing to work, family, or the community at large. The goal is to seek unity with some system in a way that is heartfelt and authentic. Any of the methods I’ve described in this post may also contribute to self-transcendence.

Fortunately, just like self-acceptance, self-transcendence also engenders physical changes in the brain. It has been associated with increased serotonin transporter availability in the brainstem. As mentioned earlier, this same region impacts self-acceptance. Transcendental meditation is another potential tool to consider for self-transcendence. It decreases cortisol and reduces your stress response.
Meditation as a path to self-acceptance

Self-acceptance can also be achieved by two other kinds of meditation: mindfulness meditation and loving-kindness meditation.

Mindful attention to emotions involves not “judging,” but observing, your emotions when they arise. This can lower your brain’s emotional response to anxiety and distress. It effectively “calms down” your amygdala.

Having more compassion toward yourself appears to be helpful in increasing self-acceptance. Loving-kindness meditation can help you achieve this state by changing the activity in regions of the brain that perceive and process emotions. For example, people previously numb to praise may be able to become more accepting of it. It is also associated with greater connectivity within the brain. This makes sense, as lack of self-acceptance has been associated with excessive right-hemisphere activity in the brain. Loving-kindness meditation provides a potential way to correct this imbalance.
Find the ways to self-acceptance that work for you

Not all of these methods work for everyone. And while double-blind placebo-controlled trials remain the scientific gold standard to assess whether each intervention “works,” they are limited too. They tell us little about what will work for an individual — an individual is, by definition, uniquely different from everyone, including study participants. So, it is most important to do what works for you. Self-acceptance is key to a healthy emotional and psychological life. Start exploring what works for you today.

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