Positive Mind Positive Body
I was recently asked about what strategies people can use to maintain balance in their diet and to view food in a more positive way instead of as the enemy.
We live in a society where the media tends to place a heavy emphasis on body weight, especially for women. We are supposed to look a certain way, weigh a certain amount and fit into a certain pant size if we want to be considered “enough”. What is enough? Who decided what enough was? And when did society decide what’s on the outside matters more than what’s on the inside? Fun fact: it’s nobody’s business but your own to decide what “enough” means to you. And truthfully, enough is showing up every day and giving life the best you have.
Some tips I’d like to share:
1. Don't food label.There is no bad food. As I’ve mentioned before there are foods that benefit us more nutritionally than others, but the second we start labeling food as "good" or "bad" we get into trouble. This gets a bit tricky when we read about all of the science out there. Red meat is "bad", dairy is "bad", gluten is "bad". Well, is there some truth to that? Yes, but bad is the wrong word. If we eat red meat, processed white refined products and dairy every day, we're likely to feel pretty crummy. A piece of ice cream cake on your birthday or a friend/family members birthday won't kill you!
2. Meditate. We judge our thoughts subconsciously all day long. That gets us into trouble; especially when it comes to food and body image. The point of meditating is to recognize that we will always have thoughts going through our heads, but the less we judge them, the better off we are. Meditating for even 5 minutes a day is a great start. Try out some apps like #insighttimer, #calm, or #tenpercenthappier!
3. If you're a journal kind of person, write out the conversation in your head for 2 minutes. You can name whatever that pesky annoying voice is in your head and actually write out the dialogue you're having. When it tells you that you can't eat cake because tomorrow you will weight 10 pounds more than today or that you had a slice of pizza and now need to run 7 miles to burn it off, talk back to it. Tell it that it doesn't have room in your life. It doesn't have a place in your mind to bring you down because you DESERVE to feel good and to enjoy the life you lead.
4. Reach out to a friend or family member that you trust if you're struggling. If you feel things are spiraling, there are many professionals out there who are wonderful resources to help combat some of these struggles.
5. BE NICE TO YOURSELF. YOU are worthy