There are so many images that are found online and in social media that focus on the "perfect" body. These images, and the messages that come with them, can sometimes blur our vision and cause us to believe an unrealistic idea of beauty. We are being told constantly that what we look like on the outside is all that matters. Feeding off of our insecurities, these messages are affecting our body image.
Let's stop this mentality. Now.
Body image is not about how your body looks, it is about how you FEEL about your body.
A number on a scale does not determine whether a person is healthy or not and it certainly doesn't indicate your worth in this world.
You are valued.
As Dietitian Nutritionists, we are determined champions of promoting healthy body image. We understand that Healthy is at Every Size.
There are a number of ways to combat the messages that you see every day, using some simple techniques that promote a healthy body image. Below are some that we practice and that you can introduce into your life:
Surround yourself with supportive people. This one is first because it really does make a huge impact immediately in your life. By creating relationships with people that are genuinely supportive and caring, you create a circle of positivity around you that with uplift and encourage you.
Check in with the talk in your mind. The inner dialogue we have with ourselves can often be discouraging or negative. Make a promise to yourself every day to pay attention to these thoughts and to add in more caring and loving thoughts. Compliment yourself regularly and do not put yourself down.
Listen to your body. Do things that make your body feel good. Find an activity that motivates you to stay active and pay attention to how your body feels during and after the activity. Once you start listening to your body cues, you will be better in tune with what makes you truly happy.
Eat the foods that make you feel good. Be aware of how your body feels after you have eaten and nourish yourself with the foods that feel best for you.
By introducing these tips into your life, you will find more confidence in yourself as well as an improved body image. The key is that you continue these things every day until they are a natural part of your life.