I feel like there is an epidemic of ‘body hatred’, or, at the least, ‘body dislike’ that is so prevalent in our society today among women.
How do our feelings about our bodies translate into the ways we care for ourselves?
As a dietitian specializing in weight management for the past 10 years, I am reminded every day about the impact that our body image has on our physical self. When we are unhappy with what we see in the mirror…our desire to nurture and care for our bodies is decreased. I work with so many patients and clients who use up all of their time and energy nurturing and caring for others…but, at the end of the day, they have nothing left to give to themselves. They feel guilty for taking 30 minutes to go to the gym, or yoga class, or to get a manicure.
They believe that if they could only reach their “goal” weight or size or shape, THEN they would be worthy to care for themselves…to nurture themselves…then they would be deserving.
The truth is…you are worthy today. You are deserving today. You are beautiful today.
I have long promoted the connection between healthy body image and a healthy weight. In fact, one Stanford University study found that a positive body image was correlated with increased success at weight loss. But, I think the bottom line is- we all need to learn to appreciate our bodies no matter what our current size or shape or weight. We need to learn to be thankful for the amazing things that our bodies can do. We need to treat our bodies kindly and not feel guilty for taking time to nurture ourselves.
I began this blog to encourage women that healthy, balanced eating and exercise is possible in a real, busy life. And as a reminder that you don’t have to look like the cover of a magazine to be fit, healthy, and happy.
My healthy eats today included:
Delicious juicy cherries at my desk….
A delicious piece of white chocolate courtesy my friend Michelle…it was amazing.
Turkey sandwich + caesar salad for lunch…
Delicious steak salad with our garden veggies for dinner….I can’t wait to show you all the tomatoes Anthony brought in from our garden today.
If you haven’t already, check out Operation Beautiful. I got in on it for the first time today….I left this post-it in a restroom at work. I was so inspired…now I may start leaving them often…be on the lookout!
Caitlin started Operation Beautiful in June with the goal of ending “fat talk”…I couldn’t agree more!! And, if you’d like more tips on improving your body image…check out the tips at the bottom of this page from UCLA…Body Image.
My questions to you today….
What do you love about your body?
What do you need to do today to nurture and care for yourself that you’ve been putting off?
Thanks for reading, and remember, you are beautiful today! Take care of yourself today!
This post today is a part of the Women’s Health Blogfest. Please check out these other Women’s Health Blog Posts written by other dietitians:
Angela White at Blisstree’s Breastfeeding 1-2-3 – Helpful Skills of Breastfeeding Counselors
Angie Tillman, RD, LDN, CDE – You Are Beautiful Today
Anthony J. Sepe – Women’s Health and Migraines
Ashley Colpaart – Women’s health through women
Charisse McElwaine – Spending too much time on the “throne?”
Danielle Omar – Yoga, Mindful Eating and Food Confidence
Diane Preves M.S.,R.D – Balance for Health
Joan Sather – A Woman’s Healthy Choices Affect More Than Herself
Laura Wittke – Fibro Study Recruits Participants
Liz Marr, MS, RD – Reflecting on Family Food Ways and Women’s Work
Marjorie Geiser, MBA, RD, NSCA-CPT – Healthy Women, Healthy Business: How Your Health Impacts a Powerful Business
Marsha Hudnall – Breakfast Protein Helps Light Eaters Feel Full
Michelle Loy, MPH, MS, RD – A Nutritionista’s Super Foods for Super Skin
Monika Woolsey, MS, RD – To effectively work with PCOS is to understand a woman’s health issues throughout her life
Motherwear Breastfeeding Blog – How breastfeeding helps you, too
Rebecca Scritchfield, MA, RD, LD – Four Keys to Wellness, Just for Women
Renata Mangrum, MPH, RD – The busy busy woman
Robin Plotkin, RD, LD – Feeding the Appetites of the Culinary, Epicurious and Nutrition Worlds-One Bite at a Time
Sharon Solomon – Calories, longevity and do I care
Terri L Mozingo, RD, CDN & D. Milton Stokes, MPH, RD, CDN of One Source Nutrition, LLC – Crossing the Line: From Health to Hurt