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The word “diet” carries some pretty intense baggage.
Many people love diets and proudly hashtag away their diet of choice on their #foodstagram posts or yell from the rooftops how a given diet has changed their lives.
Others flatly declare that diets don’t work. End of story.
Some of us may wear the word “diet” like a cloak of comfort, not because diets are comfortable, of course, but because diets may be familiar. Or because the notion of going “off” a diet carries with it the fear of 30 lbs of overnight weight gain. For someone’s who’s been dieting since middle school, a diet may feel like a well-worn pair of slippers. Being a dieter has become part of that person’s self-identity. The diet becomes all-consuming, and it’s no longer an intentional, strategic, short-term activity.
For others, being perpetually on a diet is the channel through which they focus their feelings of inadequacy. For one of any number of reasons, a person may feel flawed and in need of fixing. Diets may seem like the solution. It’s unfortunately extraordinarily common for people to believe that they will only be pretty/likeable/lovable if, and only if, they lose 5 (or 10 or 50) lbs, and chasing diets seems like the appropriate means to go about working on that perceived obstacle to being whole or enough.
For some, the notion of a diet stirs up nauseating feelings of being imprisoned by “shoulds” and “can’ts”.
Others may have had dangerous dips into disordered eating or eating disorders, and the idea of any kind of regimented eating invokes terror of relapse into self-harming patterns.
Some people have a visceral rejection of anything that involves an imposition of rule or restriction.
Maybe you can relate to some of these feelings?
We often receive questions about a specific stretch to help with either a sore muscle or a problem area. However, a stretch is not always the answer to your problem. While proper stretching can feel really good and help with flexibility, it may not be the cause of the problem you are facing.
My first piece of advice is to always talk to a coach about what the exact issue is. Simply asking about what a stretch for your quad would be, does not paint a full picture of what is going on. If possible, talking face to face is best because we can discuss in more detail and try things out. We want to know things like, was there a certain incident that occurred or has this been a slow-moving issue? What movements bother the area? How long has this been an issue? Is this a chronic or an acute issue? What have you tried before?
The tale of Harry Potter provides many important real world lessons. The stories illustrate the importance of friendship, courage, taking a stand for what you believe in even when faced with immense challenges, intelligence and wit, and the power of remembering and honoring lost loved ones, among many other amazing takeaways. One in particular, that will be highlighted here, comes from Harry’s battle with the dreadful Dementors, watchdogs of the wizard prison Azkaban.