Do You Hate or Love Your Body? Is It Possible To Love Yourself Healthy?
By Catherine Morgan on January 28, 2009
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A long time ago I read a book called Love Yourself Thin. The idea of the book was that if you love and appreciate your body, choosing to feed it healthy foods would come naturally. It also emphasized the importance of loving our bodies just the way they are...even suggesting you stand naked in front of a mirror and replace negative self talk with positive self talk. Even though I never tried that, it did make me notice how many times in one day I was passing my reflection and telling myself I was fat or ugly (more than I could count).
So the idea of loving ourselves healthy isn't a new concept. But it is something that most of us are neglecting to practice.
When we choose to eat healthy out of love for our bodies, we are able to let go of the negative aspects of weight and appearances. We no longer have to hate our bodies into going on starvation diets. Instead, we can love our bodies into making healthy food choices.
The first step in loving yourself healthy is to STOP JUDGING YOURSELF and your appearance. If you can't say something nice about yourself...Don't say anything at all. This is a great opportunity to recognize your negative self talk and begin to practice positive affirmations. Check out this website where you can randomly pick a wisdom card by Louise Hay.
The next step is to start treating your body like you love it (even if you don't). Try making food choices that reflect your desire to fuel your body with nourishing and healthy foods.
Leslie Karen Lobell - Learning To Love Yourself...
One way to learn to love yourself is to act as if you already do (i.e., "Fake it till you make it"). An important way to love yourself is to nourish and care for your body: eat healthy foods and exercise regularly.
Healthy Eating Tips from Love Your Body Love Yourself at Women's Healthcare Empowerment Now...
- Make stir-fry using a little chicken, some veggies, some seasoning all in one pan; and you have a healthy meal.
- Carry nuts, fruit, string cheese (part skim mozzarella), low-fat yogurt, or hard-boiled eggs with you for healthy snacks.
- If other people in the house eat junk food, put it all in one cabinet and start eating less of it.
- Make a healthy grocery list and don't buy the junk (chips, etc.).
- Avoid foods with the word "hydrogenated" on the label, or look for foods that say "no trans fats".
- Avoid deep fat fried foods like french fries.
- Eat throughout the day. If you don't eat much all day you are more likely to binge at night.
- Eat something with a lot of fiber, like a salad, before your meal; it will make you feel less hungry.
- If you find you frequently eat for emotional comfort, think of other things you could substitute, like a warm bath, or your favorite music.
- You can be a good example for your children and teach them to eat healthy foods along with you. This may change their lives for the better now, and help them be more likely to eat healthfully as adults.
If we really and truly care for ourselves, we would take good care of these bodies that are taking us through life.This minor revelation helped me change my negative thoughts about myself as I was writing. I realized that I usually do love myself enough to eat healthy foods which contribute to my being exceptionally healthy most of the time.
How many companies rely on us feeling crappy about our bodies to sell more product? If we all loved our bodies the way they are, douche companies wouldn't be the only ones going out of business--the diet, health & beauty, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic surgery industries would suffer as well!
Think of the money we could save if we loved ourselves and accepted our bodies in their natural state.
Thick thighs. Narrow hips. Thick lips. Thin ones. Big nose, small boobs. Flat butt, fat butt. Dark skin, light skin. You got what ya got. Can you find the courage to love it all...right now?
So...Do you see a connection between how you feel about your body and how you treat your body? Do you love your body or hate it?
If you hate it, are you willing to try loving it for a little while?
Do you catch yourself saying judgmental and negative things to yourself all day? Do you think you could stop? Let me know in comments.
- Is It Really Possible For Us To Love Our Bodies?
- BlogHer's Letter To My Body
- The Tao of Healthy Living and Weight Loss
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