This week in Australia is Love Your Body Week, aimed towards promoting body confidence in all Australian’s by celebrating body diversity!
Poor body image is a huge issue in Australia, in fact, its reported to be women’s main concern…this is in front of chronic disease. How paralysing! The good thing is, unlike most chronic disease, poor body image can be reversed, all it takes is a bit of effort and inner belief. Here are my simple tips to help promote a healthier body image:
- Stop comparing – no two bodies are the same, nor should they be! Nor should we want them to be! Don’t envy what someone else has got, its destructive to yourself and absolutely pointless!
- Focus on health not weight as a marker of wellbeing, how do you feel? Does the food you eat give you energy? Do you look forward to nourishing your body? Do you go to sleep at night without worrying about what you ate during the day? Aiming for such targets I promise, will give greater satisfaction than achieving a certain weight or shape
- Limit social media use or just #follow those who have accounts which make you feel inspired and good about yourself as opposed to triggering comparison and negative body image feelings. We are literally inundated with images, captions, comments, videos 24/7 via social media and its use is tied to poor body image and increased rate of eating disorders. Do yourself a favour and #unfollow.
- Start thanking your body (out loud, no you're not strange!!) for all it allows you to do, whether it be exercise, socialising with friends, travel, its because your body has your back, so give back to your body by not being harsh on it and feeling its letting you down.
- Hone in on and celebrate your uniqueness, don’t limit this to how you look, think about how you act and feel, whether it be your sense of humour or ability to make others feel good, appreciate who you are!
You may have heard a lot of the above tips before and thought “yeah right, I wish” – assuming that thinking in this way is out of reach. I am here to tell you, its absolutely not, once you start it becomes infectious and I promise you will wish you had started a lot sooner, you owe it to yourself x
Casey Dick | Passionate Dedicated Natural Nutritionist | Brisbane, Australia, Dietary Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, Orthorexia, Restrictive Eating, Body image, Picky Eating, Mindful Eating, Non-Dieting Approach, Healthy Relationship With Food, Healthy Weight Maintenance, Body Dysmorphic Disorder.