February is Heart Health month and today marks Valentine’s Day so love is in the air. Let this be inspiration to add in some Body Love Talk when we talk to our clients and listen to their health goals.
Approximately 91% of women are unhappy with their bodies and resort to dieting to achieve their ideal body shape. Today, the media is becoming more powerful and we are spending more time consuming it on a daily basis. Images of celebrities and models often influence our image of the ideal body. These often show unrealistic body weights and do not represent the average size of a woman today. Only 5% of women naturally possess the body type often portrayed by Americans in the media.
Both the inside and the outside of your body matter. Excess weight—on the outside—weakens the inside of your body. Taking care of the outside of your body with weight loss, and the inside with positive thinking will also help it become healthier and stronger.
If we treat our body with love, the way we look will reflect how much we love and care for the bodies we have.
Here are 5 ways to promote treating our bodies with love:
- Suggest treating yourself to a massage, a warm bath, or a long talk with an old friend instead of treating yourself to food.
- Keep a list of 10 positive things about yourself—without mentioning your appearance.
- Create a list of people you admire: people who have contributed to your life, your community, or the world. Consider whether their appearance was important to their success and accomplishments.
- Put a sign on each of your mirrors saying, “I’m beautiful inside and out.”
- Eat when you are hungry. Rest when you are tired. Surround yourself with people that remind you of your inner strength and beauty.
Laura Cason, RD LDN