First, Let’s Talk Weight Stigma
Talking about weight, diets and body size can be a vulnerable subject to open up about. I wholeheartedly support you and want you to know that you are not alone (in the slightest).
If anything, you should know that MOST people are struggling... I know this from counselling clients of all sizes, in all areas of life, of all ages...
Ending Weight Stigma!?
Media and society have constructed an image of what a “healthy” individual should “look” like. This is problematic in many ways, affecting how we view ourselves, how we treat one another, and misinforming the core definition of health. It can lead people to think health is defined by the space we occupy (i.e. body size), as opposed to thinking about the bigger picture for our overall well being.
Perpetuating weight and body size stigma even becomes a “moral” issue – where food and weight defines one’s worth and value.
Let me tell you this: You are NOT a number, or a size.
- Respect—celebrating diversity in size, age, race, ethnicity, gender, dis/ability, sexual orientation, religion, and class
- Critical awareness—challenging both the information that’s out there and cultural determinants of health, and valuing your own knowledge of your body
- Compassionate self-care—moving and nourishing your body in ways that bring you joy, and listening to your internal hunger and satiety cues
Health promoting behaviours and habits under this approach include eating a healthful, unrestricted diet, eating intuitively, physical activity, getting adequate sleep, and managing stress.
1. Eat What YOU Really Want To
Depriving yourself of foods you enjoy not only causes torment but can lead to unhealthy bingeing behaviour.
Clients often book appointments with me to deal with the "problem of bingeing".
This might sound familiar to you, but let's get real for a minute, and let me tell you: The "bingeing" is not the problem… the restricting is since it’s the root of the problem. It’s called the restrict-binge cycle (see picture to the right).
Keys to a healthful diet are not eliminating foods or entire food groups (unless necessary), but more so about the HOW we eat, like mindful eating, and HOW we treat our bodies afterwards.
To do so, I often explore what role food holds in our life, and why we're so afraid of weight gain... some deep stuff ;)
Life is so much happier and fuller lived without restriction. ;)
2. Happy Movement!
3. Talk to Those You Trust
A strong support system makes all the difference, and they become the positive sounding board that we all need day to day.
4. Clean up your Social Media!
5. Clean Out your Closet
Getting dressed stopped being a guessing game of "what fits me" and started being "what do I feel like wearing today".
What a relief is that?!
It may seem daunting at first, but start with one "type" of clothing first, and then it will get easier, once you notice the benefits and relief you get from this small, but mighty, change.
And Of Course.. Be Kind to Yourself... For Goodness sake!
This will drown out the negatives, and help you see what really matters. Like eventually turns to Love, and spreading love is what breaks the power of society to define what our health means to us.
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Looking forward to connecting with you!