Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A Curvy Stylistas Biggest Fashion Accessory: Health

Style and beauty is always an option in a Curvy Stylistas life.  What Monif C. designer clothes will I wear today?  What Brahmin handbag will bring out the colors in my outfit and tie in my Jimmy Choo shoes?  But choosing health as a fashion accessory is unheard of.  It seems misguided minds forget that health above all is what would drive a curvy Stylistas lifestyle.  Without health she would fail to leap forward and sample a designer sale, or drive cross country to obtain a new perfume that is only available in Macy's New York.  Health is her biggest fashion accessory.

For those that feel that health + style do not equal a curvy Stylista you are mistaken.  Here are the facts that Curvy Stylistas know and conquer every day:

  • Heart Disease is the leading cause of death in women.

  • Metabolic Syndrome is a series of risk factors that can cause heart disease, heart attacks and in some cases lead to death.  These factors are not limited to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and insulin resistance.

  • Unhealthy eating habits and lack of physical activities contribute to weight gain and an increase in risk factors for other diseases.

Choosing Health as a Fashion Accessory

  • Have you ever head the part in the Fergilicious song "just working on my fitness" start there.  Incorporate cardio and strength building activities into your life.  Start working on your fitness.  30-60 minutes for a minimum of 3 days per week will eliminate weight gain, and varying factors that cause heart disease and metabolic syndrome.

  • Carbs and Fats are good for you.  But it starts with understanding which ones are the best for your body and eliminating those that are not.  Good Carbs are high in fiber, have a low glycemic index, and are high in nutrients.  Basically choose whole wheat pasta, whole wheat breads and use portion control.  Good Fats are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated like avocado, olive oil, and salmon.  Bad fats are Saturated and Trans fat such as coconut oil, and some packaged foods.

  • Sometimes the thought of a workout may seem daunting.  But with Plus Size Cardio and Strength Training fitness it has never been more fun or more individualized to a real curvy woman's needs.

The fact is Curvy Stylistas never choose unhealthy lifestyles.  We choose healthy ones because we would never be able to enjoy the luxuries of fashion and style without the energy to run to the store for a new pair of shoes and stand in them all day!  Health is our biggest fashion accessory it fuels our passion for fashion.

Bonnielee Cuevas is one of the Beauty Editors and Fitness Contributor for Skorch Magazine.  She is a renowned Author, Business & Lifestyle Coach, and Mompreneur.  She is the Founder of Fitness Fashionistas a company combining Fitness and Style that motivates positive body images in women.  She is also the Founder of Success in Heels a company restoring a Womanpreneurs passion for Success and combining Business and Style to help them achieve their Entrepreneurial Dreams.  Bonnielee Cuevas's main mission in life is to rejuvenate women's lives.


Anonymous said...

Then I guess Kate Moss isn't very stylish. Or Naomi Campbell. Or Sophie Anderton. Or Gia Carangi. Or Haylie Duff.

These women all have one thing in common apart from supermodel status: excessive drug use.

Or how about the list of female celebrities with eating disorders. Are they less fashionable in your eyes now?

The fact is that health and style are completely separate. And MY health is NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS. Health is not an accessory, it is a very personal choice that I make. And the fact that you cannot tell by looking at a person whether he or she is healthy, that makes your "health as accessory" analogy fall completely flat.

I'm glad you encourage women to get healthy, but to say that "The fact is Curvy Stylistas never choose unhealthy lifestyles" is a lie, plain and simple. Maybe what you meant to say is, "Curvy Stylistas aren't gluttonous and lazy" but either way you are shaming fat women for not making the same choices you have with regards to your health.

Well guess what... the shame is all yours.


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