“You do not have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.”
– C.S. Lewis
We are back at it again this week, talking about how to slay this whole body confidence thing in a perfection and thin-obsessed world! If you missed it, check out Part 1 for 10 more important strategies to actually begin the rewiring of your thoughts and mindset on body image.
“The most alluring thing a woman can have is confidence.”
Body confidence and cultivating a positive body image have [thankfully] been growing topics in the health and wellness arenas. Because, as it turns out, how we view ourselves and our bodies plays a big role in general wellbeing and purpose. Who knew?!?!
“You gotta nourish to flourish.”
As a dietitian, I often get asked about my own eating habits and the “food rules” I live by. I struggle with my response for two reasons:
- I hate rules, especially when it comes to food. It is important to reframe them as guidelines or practices.
- It doesn’t really matter what I eat. What matters is what YOUR body wants you to eat.
“Hardiness is the courage to grow from stress.”
– Salvatore Maddi, Psychologist at the University of Chicago
For so long, the mindset around stress was to just not. And that meant avoiding it, lessening it, or getting rid of it. Afterall, this is the stuff heart attacks are made of, right??
“You can do anything but you can’t do everything.”
There are certain times of year when we feel especially stretched – financial, emotionally, time-wise, etc. And during the holidays seems to be one of them. And I totally get it! There’s plenty of reason to be stressed.
“Loving ourselves through the process of owning our story is the bravest thing we’ll ever do.”
– Brene’ Brown
We live in a world of wellness that is validated by the before and after shot. The left side showing a sad, unfulfilled human in poor lighting with poor posture. On the right, a radiant individual, smiling, shoulders pulled back with confidence, and a six pack chiseled into their midsection…usually with “6 months later” or something along those lines as the caption.
I see this story all the time. My Instagram feed is inundated with this story. This story is everywhere.
But that is not MY story.
“Stressed is DESSERTS spelled backward.”
– An ironic truth that has been turned into a refrigerator magnet…
Eating and nourishing our bodies are a part of the human experience. And as a dietitian, I recognize that there are times when not every nutrition choice is driven by physical hunger. For instance, my birthday was a couple weekends ago… you think that carrot cake cupcake (that I look forward to every year) was a response to my stomach growling?? Hard no. Definitely not. That was sheer bliss and an intentional choice to indulge and celebrate. So that I did. And enjoyed every flippin’ bite. But that was definitely not driven by physical hunger.
“Counting calories is my jam. So much fun. Super easy to stick with.”
– Said No One. Ever.
Okay, before I dive in, let me start by saying…counting calories DOES work for some people! So why am I knocking it then?? Because. Rarely does someone count calories for a lifetime. Can you imagine?? How exhausting. And counting calories puts the emphasis on a tiny part of the nutrition picture – food in, energy out. It does not prioritize quality, tuning into one’s body, or enjoying the human experience of nourishing your body. All of which are necessary for long-term weight maintenance.