Positive Body Image
In a world bombarded with conflicting messages about weight and body image, it is crucial to seek guidance from experts who can provide evidence-based perspectives to give you a Positive Body Image.
As a registered dietitian, I have immersed myself in the world of weight management and body image over the past 26 yrs, blending scientific knowledge with a compassionate approach.
In this blog, I will be exploring a few different areas of balanced nutrition, mindful practices and enabling self-acceptance. With my expertise in this area, I hope to encourage individuals to believe they can too reach these goals.
The Balancing Act of Weight Management:
Weight management is a delicate balance between nurturing our bodies and maintaining a healthy weight. Instead of succumbing to fad diets or quick fixes, the focus I believe is on sustainable lifestyle changes that support overall well-being.
As a registered dietitian, and a Hashimoto’s sufferer myself (Gillians Story) I promote a comprehensive approach that encompasses fixing the gut, checking bloods, balancing nutrition, portion control, regular physical activity, mindful eating and much more. By embracing this full-body holistic perspective, we can release the handbrakes and build a healthy relationship with food and establish habits that nourish both our bodies and minds.
I firmly believe in focusing on internal well-being from the outset and the rest will fall into place.
A great analogy: Just as you don’t fix the exhaust when you see blue smoke, but rather fix the engine, the same is true for our bodies.
The first step…
Is by making contact and believing you are good enough to make the changes with professional help.
Nurturing Positive Body Image:
Positive body image is not solely defined by societal standards, but rather by our perception of ourselves and how we feel in our own skin.
I’m familiar with society’s unrealistic standards of beauty, and the negative effects this has on people. In the 80s, when I was growing up magazines featured skeletal models, sharing harmful advice and contributing to a culture of self-loathing. We’ve been exposed to this kind of advertising while shopping, socialising and browsing online. It has been actively encouraged and continues to be an integral part of the digital experience.
By self-compassion, and surrounding ourselves with positive influences, we can begin to redefine body image on our own terms. This journey towards positive body image is not straightforward or easy, but it starts with us all, men and women, acknowledging our worth beyond physical appearance and embracing our unique qualities.
I have had the privilege of helping and watching thousands of people move from being stuck fearful, depressed and alone to taking control, finding their inner harmony and sparkle with life again as they emerge from feeling trapped. It is honestly the best feeling ever.
Empowering a Positive Body Image through Education:
Education plays a pivotal role in transforming our understanding of weight management and body image. With over 25yrs of sifting right from wrong, my role has never been more important as I provide my patients with personalised, accurate, and reliable information about nutrition, debunking myths and misconceptions that often fuel unhealthy behaviours.
Understanding the science behind weight management allows for informed choices, and healthier eating patterns, and allows for realistic goals that work with our individual needs and preferences. Education equips us with the tools necessary to navigate the complex landscape of weight management and body image with confidence.
Cultivating a Supportive Environment:
Creating a supportive environment is vital in the journey towards positive body image and sustainable weight management. Toxic people and toxic messages are hugely influential on all ages, social media driving this every minute of every day.
Definitely surrounding ourselves with people who inspire and support us can build resilience and reinforce the importance of self-care. By seeking professional guidance from registered dietitians and engaging in support networks, you can navigate challenges, celebrate achievements, and share experiences in a safe and understanding space.
Weight management and body image are multifaceted topics that require a nuanced approach. With my experience and qualifications as a registered dietitian, I know what works.
A balance of a healthy gut, optimal nutrition, being active, mindful practices, and self-acceptance is the first level, If required blood testing and genetics (nutrigenomics) may be required to work a little more under the bonnet!
Remember, you are not alone in this process. Seek the guidance of registered dietitians and surround yourself with a community that values your well-being beyond societal expectations.
Together, we can unlock the handbrakes to assist any concerns you have with your weight and build a strong and positive body for a happier, healthier future.
So, what to do next or anything else..
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