Most of us want to know that we are sexy from the inside out, no matter our age or physical condition. Unfortunately, real life can get in the way of feeling beautiful and desirable. For example, knowing we have a chronic condition like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can present unique barriers to how we view our own body and sexuality. However, with a few tips and tricks you can embrace who you are every single day.
Sexy lives beneath the surface of your skin. It actually flows throughout your entire being, which means that your sexy can only be unique to you, because no one else shares that space underneath your skin. Owning that concept and realizing that you will never look like the people you see on television or the Internet is a huge step forward in claiming your own sex appeal.
One of the questions that really helps me get to that place of authenticity is to ask myself, “What do I want the rest of my life to look like?” When I can imagine the end of my life, I can begin to work backwards to now in a way that can only be my journey.
Avoid trigger foods
Most of us who have had acid reflux for a long time know what we can safely eat. We also know what foods can make our symptoms worse. Sometimes it just takes self discipline to put your diet back on track and feel good again. For example, yes-terday we grabbed Mexican takeout and while I enjoyed it tremendously, I paid the price last night with heartburn and pains in my stomach. I have some left over today, so I went ahead and let my husband without GERD finish it up. Eating more of what I know I should avoid is not going to make me feel sexier.
Understand that almost everyone has something
It’s understandable to feel sorry for yourself and less than sexy if you have acid reflux. This disease can keep you up at night and make you feel uncomfortable in the day. But you are not alone. Anywhere from 10 to 20 percent of people in the Western worldhave acid reflux. Meanwhile, almost 10 percent of Americans have diabetes and 29 percenthave high blood pressure. Imperfect health is a part of the human condition.
Accentuate your positives
Just because I cannot eat a bowl of spicy beans and rice doesn’t mean that I can’t rock it in other areas. When you listen to the good things that others notice about you, you can accentuate those attributes in order to feel sexier. For example, those who know me say that I am a really nice person. They also say that I have really shapely legs. Instead of focusing on my obviously tender stomach and esophagus, I often throw compliments out to people like confetti during a parade. And, even in my fifties, I still wear short board shorts in the summer.
Treat yourself to something you rarely do
If you want others to love you and find you sexy, then love yourself first. Find yourself so lovable that you cannot help but schedule a spa day. You can also book a local photographer for a mini-session, which can be surprisingly affordable. Picking out a new fragrance for the season will also show yourself that you care about the impression you make to the world.
Acid reflux can be a pain, but it doesn’t have to make you feel any less sexy than you deserve to feel.
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Tracy Davenport, Ph.D., is a freelance health writer and the C.E.O. of Tracy’s Smoothie Place. She serves as the expert on a weekly radio show about health and wellness and is the author of Making Life Better for a Baby with Acid Reflux and multiple articles about the cost of caregiving. Learn more about Tracy and what healthy living services and products she can offer on her website. She can also be found on Twitter and Instagram @drinksmoothies.