8 Ways to Nurture the Body You Have

I spent years hating my body. I could pick out a million things wrong with it. But hating my body left me miserable most of the time. I was either starting yet another crash diet or breaking that diet by bingeing and emotional eating. The real problem was that I didn’t feel comfortable in my own skin.

Can you relate?

If you aren’t comfortable with your body then chances are you want to change it. Maybe you want to lose weight or just change your shape. But the truth is, weight loss won’t make you happy. It won’t make you automatically love and accept your body. If you nit-pick small imperfections now, you’ll continue to do so at a different weight too. Freedom from this is found by nurturing your body - the body you have right now. And when you nurture the body you have, your acceptance and love for your body will grow. And isn’t that all you ever wanted in the first place?

So, if you’re ready to ditch the self-loathing, negative self-talk and poor body-image, here are 8 ways you can nurture the body you have now!

1.  Celebrate your strength

Switch your focus from appearance to everything your body can do. Whether it’s carrying 2 kids at a time, 6 bags of groceries or weights at the gym, appreciate the movement that you can do. A strong, active body is a beautiful body!

2.  Let Go of The Scale

There are so many ways you can measure your health and wellbeing without being a slave to the scale. Instead of weighing yourself obsessively, ask yourself how you’re feeling. Do you have energy or are you tired? Do you feel sluggish or awake? Do you feel clear or bloated? Your body will give you clues if you’re eating or doing something that isn’t working. Try paying attention to these signals instead of just your weight.  When you feel good, you look good!

3.  Make Fitness Fun

Movement doesn’t have to be a punishment. In fact, may studies show that the best type of exercise is the type you enjoy! If you have fun, you’ll stick with it. Regularly moving your body helps to nurture it and you’ll reap the many physical and mental health benefits of being active.

4.  Accept Your Body Type

If you’re barely 5 feet tall, guess what? You’re not going to look like a 6-foot supermodel - and that’s okay! Bodies come in all different shapes and sizes. If you take a moment to list off a handful of people you find attractive, you’ll probably realize they all look completely different. Instead of comparing your body type to others, focus on being the healthiest and happiest version of you!

5.  Let Go of Perfection

Focus on what you CAN do, not what you can’t do. Your body will never be perfect but that doesn’t mean it isn’t great. Focus on your strengths rather than your weaknesses and change your inner dialogue to a positive one!

6.  Focus on What Feels Good

The problem with most diets is that they’re too restrictive. They tell you everything you can’t eat and you’re left feeling deprived. Instead of creating a list of restrictions, create healthy habits. Experiment with whole foods and discover what you enjoy and makes you feel good! Food should be energizing and fuel for your day. It shouldn’t make you feel sluggish, bloated or tired. So, focus on what feels good to nurture your body.

7.   Find an Eating Routine that Works for You

Some people like to skip breakfast while others can’t live without it. Eating and healthy living isn’t a one-size-fits-all. Figure out what works for you and create a routine that is manageable long-term. 

8.  Start a Gratitude Journal

Write down one thing you appreciate or admire about your body every single day. Once you get started, it’ll be hard to stop! The human body is an amazing vessel and does so much to ensure we’re able to live our lives to the fullest. Most people take their health for granted and don’t appreciate being healthy until it’s gone. Take time to appreciate all your body does for you!