The truth about your body
As humans, we tend to set high expectations for ourselves in EVERY aspect of our life.
We set expectations for situations we often don’t have much control over like how our career path may unveil, or other peoples thoughts and actions. We set expectations for things we are TOLD we have control over such as our body size, when actually we don’t have any control.
Our bodies are constantly being policed by society. We are told over and over through subliminal media messaging to be small or fit. And that bodies should never change. Its portrayed that bodies should be able to lose weight on the spot with exercise and diet. Also, we shouldn’t dare eat too much or the world will end!
With arbitrary expectations and external factors attempting to control food and your size, I want to give you a breath of fresh air with the truth about your body.
YOUR BODY IS MEANT TO CHANGE
Our body sizes are fluid throughout different stages of life; especially with entering young adult hood, child bearing years, menopause. You aren’t meant to be the same size you were in high school. Your body has adapted to support your current needs. Your body will find the size it needs to be in that moment when you eat intuitively, move with mindfulness, and practice self care. You can trust your body.
YOU NEED MORE CALORIES THAN YOU THINK
As women, we often feel pressured to micromanage our body size due to societies unrealistic expectations of our bodies. This leads to food restriction, sometimes without even realizing it. Many times, we under eat for the number of calories and nutrients we actually need. While I’m against counting calories or tracking macronutrients, I often hear the number 1200 or 1500 calories thrown around for women-this is absolutely wrong and is not enough calories. Let’s take the focus off calories; when we tune into our hunger and fullness cues our bodies will tell us when we’ve had enough or when we need more. Our bodies thrive best when eating every few hours; 3 meals + 2-3 snacks (for some gentle guidance.)
HAVING FAT ON YOUR BODY IS NORMAL
Despite what the media portrays, having fat on your body is healthful and vital. When women are too low in body fat, hormones become unbalanced which can affect mood and often your menstrual cycle. Genetics and many other factors determine your true body size and how much fat is needed. We are told to “lose fat or weight” by manipulating our calories and exercising which can work short term, but it’s not sustainable and will lead to regain-often with more weight than before. Not only does it lead to weight cycling, but also leads to anxieties and fear of foods which spirals into disordered eating and eating disorders.
YOUR BODY CAN DO INCREDIBLE THINGS WHEN PROPERLY NOURISHED
Feeding your body and soul with foods that are nourishing will make you feel good. True nourishment comes from eating a variety of food groups, listening to hunger and fullness cues, eating foods that are satisfying, and taking all judgement away from food. When nourishing your body, sleep, mood, brain function and activity levels improve.
YOU CAN TRUST YOUR BODY
We don’t give our bodies enough credit for what they can do. While we live our life and do things we enjoy, our bodies keep us alive. They regulate our heart beat. Moving air through our lungs. Filtering waste through our kidneys. You get the point.
Let’s help our bodies function at their best by honoring them. Listen to you body, nourish with satisfying foods, and move in ways that feel good to you. Don’t forget to practice self-care.
What is your relationship like with your body? And how is self-care journey going?