How to become confident in your body
WITHOUT wasting time obsessing over food! 

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There was a time I felt so down about my body that I didn’t want to go out. I didn’t want to get dressed. I had so much shame in how I looked that instead of going to class or coffee… I stayed home, watched TV… and ate.

Positive body image is closely linked to our self-esteem. We feel this in our personal life. We also see it in the research. Low self-esteem in adolescents can lead to eating disorders, early sexual activity, substance use, and suicidal thoughts. In adults, research shows we are less likely to engage in assertive decision-making when self-esteem is low. I don’t know about you but I need these decision-making skills sharp! Adulting is hard!

It is estimated that 91% of women are unhappy with their bodies and resort to dieting to achieve their ideal body shape. Unfortunately, only 5% of women naturally possess the body type often portrayed by Americans in the media.

To make peace with our bodies we need to redefine positive body image. I don’t know where we got the message that a positive body image is loving all of your body all the time, but I believe this is an unrealistic expectation. Like saying you will like your spouse 100% of your marriage. We all have our days, but the key is in the commitment to respecting your body, regardless of your feelings toward it.

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Positive body image

…is caring for your body, no matter what it looks like. This means caring for your body on PMS days when that fallopian fanny pack is popping out… as much as you care for it when feeling confident. It is leaving space for grace and trusting that God made your body, even on the bad days.

How can you care for your body today, regardless of how you feel it looks? Maybe that is moving your body, going for a walk, or jogging even though vegging out in front of the TV provides more instant gratification. Or maybe it is creating space for a pause in your day in the form of a power nap or eating lunch mindfully. Maybe it’s putting on cute boots and some makeup even though you want to stay in your PJs all day. There are so many ways we can care for our body and when it is done out of respect, instead of shame it is a whole new ballgame.

Thanks for checking out Day #2 of 10 Days to Empowered Eating!

 

As we kick off 2023, we are building our skills strong to stand on the empowered eating platform. I know the fear of failure is real, and trusting the process doesn’t come easy- combine this with all the sparkly new diets that make their way to our socials and the headlines… it is confusing and overwhelming!

I am so glad you are here! I’m Jess, dietitian, wifey, boy mom, and total science and nutrition research junkie. I ask a lot of my body, I don’t have the option to mistreat it mentally or physically. I want to invite you to the Empowered Eating Club. Where we make values-based, faith-led health goals and create a partnership with food that pairs biofeedback (fancy word for what your body says about the food you eat) and nutrition science.

Are you ready for this year to be your breakthrough year? I am so excited to cheer you on! For more support check out my resources at jessbrownrd.com or better yet, come and join the Next Level Nutrition group! We are kicking off our next group coaching mastermind in the third week of January. Details can be found at https://jessbrownrd.com/nextlevelnutrition/.

As for today, I am so glad you are here. I pray today’s tip helps you say NO to the lies that are thrown your way, and YES to the awesome that you are. Grab your coffee, pop in your AirPods, and let’s grow together with today’s Empowered Eating Tip…

 

Cheers, and happy eating!

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