You want to hear something crazy?
The media makes it seem like everyone is trying to lose weight all of the time.
And the frustrating thing is that I think most people are.
I still see articles with “5 tips for quick weight loss” and “how to lose 7 pounds in 7 days.”
Am I a dummy because I thought we were past all of that?
That we were ready to throw dieting out the window and to eat for health instead?
When every other article in my news feed is about how to lose weight, it feels a lot like it’s okay to always be trying to lose weight.
That always being on a diet and striving for a different body is the norm.
Which is disheartening.
Because if being on the diet and striving for a different body is the norm, then being unhappy with your body is the norm.
Or so it would seem.
Why aren’t there more articles about how to be happier with the body that you have?
Or more articles about how to lose weight as a byproduct of working toward better health?
So here it is.
The article you’ve been looking for.
5 Tips to Start Loving the Body you Have Right Now:
Lift. Run. Dance. Jump. Play. Move your body in a way that you enjoy. Notice how strong/flexible/energetic you are. Practice feeling and appreciating every movement you make.
Practice Gratitude for it.
There’s usually at least one part of your current body that you appreciate. Your eyes, your hair, your fingers or toes. Practice gratitude for the parts of your body that you like. There’s no body part too small. I’ve always liked a small mole on my ankle– it makes me unique. When I’m having a tough body-love day, focusing on loving and appreciating something as small as that mole can make a difference.
Feed yourself foods that make you feel good physically, mentally and emotionally. Start with whole foods like fruits, vegetables, animal proteins and healthy fats. The Paleo Framework is a great place to start when learning how to truly nourish your body. (psst. I can help you with this too.)
Create a self-care routine that allows you to nurture and take care of your body. Self-care can be anything: gentle movement like yoga, deep breathing, talking with friends or taking a bath. Self-care is any activity that helps you feel relaxed and rejuvenated. When you’re practicing self-care, focus on nurturing yourself as you would your children.
Be Patient with it.
Be patient with your practice. Recovering from a diet mentality takes time. Having down days is completely normal. Strive to consistently practice patience, love and forgiveness
It’s okay to care about your weight.
You’re not a bad or weak person if you care about your weight.
But it’s important to realize that weight isn’t the most important thing.
Feeling comfortable and confident with the body you have is a very important part of creating your own, sustainable food routine to nourish that body.
How do you love your body? Share your tips in the comments below!
Also, check out my new ebook: Frisky Lemon’s Guide to Finding Food Freedom for some tips to start creating your own food routine so that you can break out of that diet mentality and live healthily and happily.