Let's talk about something often missed in the diet and nutrition conversation: our thoughts, especially how we see our bodies. This is huge for our wellness journey and forms the bedrock of holistic health.
Body Image and Its Impact
I have a love-hate relationship with social media. There is some positives that come with it, but often, it makes people feel negative about their bodies. There's an account on Instagram that I really like because the woman shows people the power of posing and angles when it comes to what you see on Instagram. She's the former Editor-in-Chief for Women's Health in the Middle East. Basically, there's a whole lot of smoke and mirrors (and ring lights!) happening in the social media space and she knows all the tricks and doesn't want women to feel bad about themselves while scrolling.
Feeling perpetually unhappy with your body can spiral into extreme dieting or the opposite - binge eating. Plus, your relationship with food can get way more complicated than it should be.
Having a negative body image and disordered eating are often intertwined. Recognizing these patterns and getting professional help when needed is crucial.
Mindset is Key in Holistic Nutrition
While helpful, nutrition is more than just counting calories or macros. It's about changing our approach to and relationship with food. If food begins to feel more like a stressor, a mindset shift can help create a more balanced relationship. Again, please note that the information provided below should not replace guidance from a mental health professional.
Building a Positive Nutritional Mindset
Mindful Eating: Get rid of distractions and fully engage with your food. Relish each bite and listen to your hunger. Start meals with a moment of gratitude - it changes the game for your digestion and even how you enjoy your food.
Embrace Your Unique Beauty and Strength: Celebrate the body parts you love. Wear clothes that show off these features and boost your confidence. Remember, it's not just about looks but also what your body does for you every day. It's about resilience and strength in all forms.
Recognize Emotional Triggers: Pinpointing what drives emotional eating is key. Be it stress, boredom, exhaustion, or something else, understanding these triggers can help you develop better-coping strategies.
Ditch Extreme Diets: Understanding macronutrients ensures a balanced, enjoyable diet, preventing restrictive habits that can lead to bingeing.
Shifting Your Mindset Involves Taking a Holistic Approach
If you're ready to get your ish together and dive deeper into this holistic approach, check out The SPARK Method (free eBook) and the 7-Day Rekindle Your SPARK course. It's not just about what you eat; it's about integrating practices that nourish every part of you. From understanding the connection between lifestyle habits and emotional well-being to learning about positive self-perception, this mini-course offers a bunch of valuable insights and a slew of practical steps. Join me for a transformative experience that will help you eel amazing. 🌟