The Body Image Movement (BIM)

Embrace - The Body Image Movement - Angie Gray Wellness

A year and a half ago, I came across a movement I knew was going to change my life. I’m super excited to announce & share The Body Image Movement with you.

I read all about Taryn and her amazing story. I knew immediately I needed more of this message in my life. I wanted to be part of spreading this message to as many beautiful humans as possible!

I know now what I came to this planet to shout from the mountain tops! I’m on this planet to empower you with body confidence, self-love, and worthiness.

I am super honored to be a Global ambassador for the Body Image Movement BIM. BIM allows me to partner with so many amazing women, men and children. And now, we can all take a journey to Embrace.

Please watch the Embrace official movie trailer.

“EMBRACE is a social impact documentary that explores the issue of body image. The project has been supported by nearly 9000 Kickstarter pledgers who responded to a fundraising trailer I released in 2014, which has now had over 25 million internet views.” ~Taryn Brumfitt

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I’ve been blessed to speak and teach workshops on body positivity. We cover how to begin to love the body you live in. These gatherings offer opportunities to view Taryn Brumfitt’s (BIM founder) brave & life-changing documentary, Embrace.

What is the Body Image Movement?

Founded by Taryn Brumfitt, BIM's goal is to end the global body-hating epidemic. BIM's values and teaching inspires us to change the way we feel about ourselves and how we treat our bodies.

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Embrace everyBODY. Create global change.

Our mission

  • Inspire women to change the way we feel about ourselves and value our bodies.
  • Redefine and rewrite the ideals of health.
  • Combat toxic media messaging in our society.
  • Celebrate body diversity in shape, size, ethnicity and ability.
  • Empower diversity of choice – everyone has the right to a positive body image and express themselves how they choose to.
  • Educate our global community and provide tools to combat negative body image.

We say no to…

  • Society and advertisers preying on women’s insecurities
  • Excessive Photoshopping of body images in the media
  • Being programmed into accepting unrealistic body images
  • The notion that weight determines your health
  • Women being treated as sexual objects and the objectification of women

And we say yes to…

  • Body diversity and revelling in the beauty of the human form
  • Celebrating the journey our bodies have been on
  • Growing old, and acknowledging the privilege to do so
  • Focusing on things that are important, rather than comparing ourselves to others
  • Being healthy at every weight

Find out how you can get involved here.

Love your body now.

Join Taryn Brumfitt's 4-week online challenge to learn how.

BE love,

Angie Gray Coaching & Wellness

Embrace You Workshop I

Embrace You Workshop - Angie Gray Wellness

Shout out to all the girls working on loving their bodies because that shits hard and I’m proud of you. ~BIMGAP

And, that’s a wrap, but not the end! We are just getting started!

Coming up next:

  • Embrace screening April 11,
  • Embrace You workshop Part 2, May 5th💕💪🏼🌎

Thank you to all the beautiful women who joined us and shared their stories so courageously! 🙏🏻
p.s. I love these people!

Angie Gray Coaching & Wellness

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Protect your Family from the Flu this Season

So far, I have avoided getting a cold or the flu and thankfully, Todd and the kids have stayed healthy too.

Everyone I know is worried about getting the flu right now. The first thing I recommend is take an honest look at your current stress level. Most of us know that stress is unhealthy, but not everyone realizes how super hard stress is on your immune system!

Now more than ever, we need to de-stress our lives and give our immune system all the help we can provide.


Did You Know?

70% of our immune system is in the walls of our gut.


Here are my Top 5 Ways to avoid the Flu

Stay away from sugar. Before meal blood sugars are 70-99. It’s estimated that a blood sugar level of 120 reduces your immune system by up to 75%!

 

 

High quality supplementation and probiotic. Supplementing our healthy diet is so important for an optimal immune system. 70% of our immune system is in the walls of our gut.

 

 

Meditation is how I begin my day. Quiet time alone focused on your breathing can boost your immune system. Meditation can be practiced anywhere, for any amount of time. One type of meditation commonly used as a stress management technique is called Transcendental Meditation. It’s simple to do. It’s recommended that you practice for 20 minutes, two times a day. You sit with your eyes closed and repeat a mantra of your choice.

 

 

Related reading:

Exercise/ Move your body daily. Having a daily exercise routine is a great way to master your stress management. Regular exercise will help you feel better by releasing endorphins and help you maintain overall health.

 

 

Sleep 7-9 hours. I feel best with 7 and 1/2 hours. You’ll think twice about cheating yourself out of sleep after reading this. 5 Rreasons Why Your Body Needs More Sleep.

Hitting your reset button regularly is a good thing

Hitting Your Reset Button - Angie Gray Wellness

About once a month my body says to me, “Angie, it’s time for a RESET.” This a good thing for a couple of reasons:

  1. My natural biorhythm is working perfectly. Gotta love that!
  2. A 5-day cleanse makes me feel incredibly renewed on several levels.

I get a lot of questions about doing a 5-day reset. The most popular question is, “Does this reset thing really help me manage my weight?”

Diets don’t work; lifestyle changes do

I’ll be straight-up with you, it’s not about losing weight. I hear a lot of gasps right after I say this. But, it’s true. A reset is exactly what the name implies–it’s a RESET. We are resetting our bodies back to a healthy baseline so we can jump-start our healthy habits. And of course we all know that healthy habits lead to a healthy lifestyle.

Strategies about creating habits and forming certain intentions are not tricks, but once we form them, they are more likely to kick in automatically right when we need them.

~Jean Fain, LICSW, MSW, is a Harvard Medical School

This is why resets works. Resets are lifestyle changes not diets. Diets don’t work. Lifestyle changes do work. This is what the science says. We all know this, but most of keep trying dieting and continue to set ourselves up for failure.

Diets do not work. The scientific evidence is clear as can be that cutting calories simply doesn’t lead to long-term weight loss or health gains.

We suspect most dieters have realized this by now too. And yet, here they are again, setting the same weight loss goal this year that they set last year.”

~Traci Mann Professor of Psychology, University of Minnesota

Pro tip

Humans are generally lazy. A nicer way of phrasing this is that in general we are so efficient that we tend to follow the path of least resistance! 😉

This desire for taking the easy approach is a blessing in disguise. When it comes to lifestyle diet changes, this is thee golden rule.

Healthy Smoothie Healthy Habits - Angie Gray Wellness

Stock up on foods that are known to be healthier for you and known to help manage weight!

Conversely, remove all the foods that you know are bad for you and contribute to excessive weight gain. Bottom line is give yourself easy access to the good stuff. Make it harder to be able to get your hands on the not-so-good stuff.

Check out what the scientists have to say here.

Let me know what you think Please leave a reply below.

More reading

  1. 5-Day RESET™ What You Need to Know
  2. Why Diets Fail

My holiday RE-tox – How Overeating Messes with Your Wellness

My Holiday Re-tox - Angie Gray Wellness

Eating well and taking care of yourself

It’s not about how you look anymore

On December twentieth, 2017, I decided to be mindfully unmindful.

Mindfully choosing to eat, in particular, cherry Hershey kisses, every night for a week. I also engaged in a lot, of processed foods. Cheese and crackers, homemade bread, a few cookies, lots of popcorn, beer, and pizza.

80/20 Rule

I have often said that I am a big believer in 80/20 rule. I really do enjoy living a very healthy lifestyle 80% of the time or more.

I also love, one of my favorite things, movie popcorn with a large fountain pop! It’s true! I look forward to movie night with my husband twice a month, and that’s my favorite thing! Most of the time we go and get a burger before the movie. My burger would be without the bun, and I always get sweet potato fries but you get the picture. #noregrets 🤗

So the results of my conscious crappy eating include, all of the following:

  1. Bloating
  2. 5 unwanted pounds.
  3. Severe heartburn.
  4. Many nights sleeping with my head on two or three pills, almost sitting up, because of the heartburn.
  5. Restless sleep.
  6. Psoriasis flare-up.
  7. Mood swings.
  8. Depression
  9. Lack of motivation and focus

The Damage

According  registered dietitian Aglaee Jacob, “Regular binges increase risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, some types of cancers, gallbladder disease, headaches, joint pain and menstrual problems for women.

Binges can also affect you psychologically by causing feelings of failure, guilt and shame, depression and even suicidal thoughts.”

The Good News

I’m not exactly sure of the deep-seated reasons I chose to allow myself this re-tox. However what I do know is the contrast between how I feel eating dead processed foods and eating food my body craves for health, energy, focus, and motivation to be my highest self.

It only took two days, and I was already feeling relief!

  • I can’t believe it!…Yes, I can!
  • I totally KNOW this and TEACH this.
  • It really was a strange gift to experience the reality of how destructive “dead food” can be👎🏼

Eating well and taking care of yourself

It’s not about how you look anymore

Yes, I like how I look much better when I’m taking care myself–that seems natural to me. But now, it’s about having the energy and vitality to feel my best!

  • To walk the talk! To feel strong and confident with a clear mind.
  • To take responsibility for the energy I bring to each day.
  • To have the physical ability to play with my children and perform at my highest levels in my highest purpose!

Did You Know?

Habitually overeating damages the mechanisms in the stomach that tell your brain that you are full. And, drinking cold water while eating exacerbates the problem!

Read more.


Be Healthy Be Beautiful Approved
Low Glycemic Chili
A Perfect warm-up for those bitter cold days.
You gotta try this!


Low Glycemic Chili - Angie Gray Wellness

This is a huge win–my fave low glycemic chili recipe straight from our Sanoviv health and education retreat!

Ingredients

  • 6 organic chicken breasts shredded
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 cans of organic stew tomatoes 1
  • 1 can organic kidney beans rinsed and drained.
  • 1 can organic black beans rinsed and drained.
  • 1 cup picante sauce or tomato salsa 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Himalayan salt and pepper to taste.

Optional toppings

  • Chopped red onion
  • Fresh cilantro!
  • A large dollop of organic sour cream!

Preparation

  1. 6-4 ounce frozen chicken breasts into crockpot.
  2. Add all other ingredients.
  3. Cook all day in the crockpot on low.
  4. Shred chicken before serving.

Pro tips:

  1. I sometimes have a roasted chicken that I will shred and do all this in a large pot on the stove. If I don’t have a roasted chicken then I will cook it all day in the crockpot. Everyone loves it!
  2. I often throw my green pepper and onion in my ninja and blend it up before I add it so my kids don’t see the chunks! LOL!

NOTE: This is a low glycemic recipe for my Be Healthy Be Beautiful program and beyond!

Love yourself for your healthiest holiday ever!

Angie Gray - Holistic Wellness Coach

To teach body positivity, which is the message of worth and value, and to EMBRACE who we are, in mind, BODY, and spirit, I always have to be peeling back the layers of ME.

This is tough.

I frame my message around everything I do professionally.

The message I came to this planet to deliver is:

YOU ARE WORTHY
WORTHY OF ABUNDANCE
IN ALL PARTS OF YOUR LIFE.

 


Do you identify with any of the following?

Do you identify with any of the following?

Understanding your worth and value begins with loving your physical body.

Loving your body is beginning the journey of EMBRACING YOU.

Join me on this journey of self-love and having a body-loving life! TOGETHER we can be a positive force for global change.

Our daughters are watching. xoxo

Angie & Sunshine

 


Please enjoy one of my all-time favorite peoples, Brene Brown and Oprah talking about WORTHINESS xoxo

 


Body Image Movement AmbassadorI’ve aligned myself as an ambassador for the Body Image Movement.

 

This is my next step to bring out:

  1. your greatest value and
  2. your most important message

in My 28 Day Be Healthy Be Beautiful Program and Lifestyle Journey.

I would love to share our journey with YOU!

Learn more

Angie Gray Coaching & Wellness

 


Feature photo by McKaila Hanna.
Black & white photo of girl with doll by Fouquier.

Webinar: Be Healthy Be Beautiful Program and Body Image Movement Core Values

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In this webinar we cover

  • The core values of my 28 Day Be Healthy Be Beautiful Program and Lifestyle Journey
  • The core values of the Body Image Movement (BIM) — I’m honored to be an ambassador for BIM
  • How food healed my husband Todd at Sanoviv
  • Some of the major benefits of meditation and how simple it is to start a meditation practice

The key take away is, “Make time for you!” Please watch.

More about Taryn Brumfitt the founder of BIM

When Body Image Activist Taryn Brumfitt posted an unconventional before-and-after photo in 2013 it was seen by more than 100 million people worldwide and sparked an international media frenzy. EMBRACE follows Taryn’s crusade as she explores the global issue of body loathing, inspiring us to change the way we feel about ourselves and think about our bodies.

At home in Adelaide, Australia, Taryn Brumfitt is a wife and mother of three. But internationally, she is a highly recognised body image activist whose powerful message has reached over 100 million people worldwide via traditional and social media. After receiving more than 7000 emails and messages from people all over the world, Taryn realised that there was a global body-hating epidemic and felt compelled to find answers.

Here’s Taryn’s photo that went viral.

Taryn Brumfitt (DIRECTOR) in the ‘Before and After’ image that sparked a global body image movement

Want to make a difference? Please share this story. Here’s the direct link to the photo. https://angiegraywellness.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/BIM_EMB01-300×300.jpg

Eat Anything You Want

Eat Anything You Want - Angie Gray Wellness

While I was at Sanoviv Medical Institute with my group of amazing healthy aware humans, my friend and lead nutritionist shared her eat anything you want nutrition and weight loss plan with me!

I’m going to share it with you! 😊

Let’s say you want a bag of chips,
and you’re dying for a giant bowl of ice cream!

What do you do?

Would you believe me if I told you that you could definitely have your ice cream and chips!?

Well, here’s what you do–follow these simple instructions and obey the one and only rule below.

First, go to your kitchen table ( not your living room and there can be no television screen in front of you) and find the prettiest tablecloth you have.

 

Get your phone and put some real pretty music on something nice and relaxing.

Set your phone somewhere off the table and out of reach.

 

Now go get your best plate and your best fork and put that on the table.

If you have a flower handy, set it right next to your candle, so you have some lovely things to look at.

Is your table set? Do you have music, tablecloth, best plate, best fork, flower, & candle? If yes, then proceed. If no, get your settings before moving on.

 

Get that big bag of chips and that big bowl of ice cream!

Empty the bag of chips and your bowl of ice cream onto that pretty plate.

 

Now, sit down at your lovely setting and begin to eat. Enjoy every bite.

Appreciate the fuss you made to create the perfect ambiance for the perfect treat. ❤️

 


Hang on. So, what’s the one and only rule?

You are not allowed under any circumstance to be on your phone while enjoying your ice cream and potato chips.

Eat & enjoy. Do nothing else while you are eating.


Mindful Eating

How does this work? Don’t take my word for it. Here’s what Harvard Medical has to say about mindful eating.

Slow down, you’re eating too fast. Distracted, hurried eating may add pounds and take away pleasure. –Harvard Medical

According to Harvard Medical, “A small yet growing body of research suggests that a slower, more thoughtful way of eating could help with weight problems and maybe steer some people away from processed food and other less-healthful choices.”

Mindful eating is one of the core components in my 28-day Be Healthy Be Beautiful program. Let me know if you want in!

 

Join my next Be Healthy Be beautiful Program and Lifestyle Journey on Monday, November 27! And you too, can stay healthy for the holidays and beyond!

Enjoy!

Angie Gray Coaching & Wellness


Feature photo by mark l chaves.

Some of the best decisions I ever made started with, fear

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Some of the best decisions I ever made started with, fear.
Getting married
Having children
Yoga
Starting my business
Public speaking
The list goes on and on, and I would guess, if you take a minute to think about the BEAUTIFUL things in your life, you may find many began with saying YES, to something you feared?
 Fear of failure, in one way or another.
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What I know for sure is that all of us want to feel healthy, awesome in her own skin with abundant energy.Angie Gray Wellness

Fear stops people from making the change they desire.

But not today, not on my watch! Whoop!

TOGETHER WE SAY, YES!

Yes to all the health and energy you desire and are worthy of!

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