Body image healing… let’s talk about it. Whether you’re just starting to explore a healthier relationship with food and body image, or you’re 10 years in and consider yourself to have a positive relationship with both, bad body image days can still creep up.
This does not mean that you’ve failed or that something is wrong with you. The process is a process…with ups and downs, and can sometimes feel like 5 steps forward and 2 steps back. There is no right or wrong way to be on the journey.
Normalize that less-than-great days will happen, and gear yourself up with tools and practices that support you, wherever you’re on that day. Body image healing is absolutely an important component of mindful self-care.
MAKE SURE YOU’RE SEEING BODY REPRESENTATION ON YOUR INSTAGRAM FEED
Let’s be honest, we spend a lot of time on our phones, and social media isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
The least (and best) thing we can do, is make our content intake more intentional and something that actually serves us.
Some of our favorite accounts to follow on Instagram:
DONATE CLOTHES THAT DON’T FIT AND BUY NEW ONES THAT DO
Stop holding onto the old stuff. You deserve clothes that make you feel confident and comfy.
Clothing brands that offer inclusive sizing:
- Universal Standard
- Old Navy
- Girlfriend Collective
CHECK OUT SOME OF THESE EDUCATIONAL AND EMPOWERING BOOKS
Many people find it very helpful to read empowering books involving body acceptance. These few are a great place to start, and most are also offered as an audiobook as well to listen to in the car or while you are doing chores.
- The Body Is Not An Apology by Sonia Renee Taylor (there’s also a workbook!)
- Fearing the Black Body by Sabrina Strings
- Body Kindness by Rebecca Scritchfield
- See our list of resources for becoming an intuitive eater blog here!
Body Image Healing: The Takeaway
Even on the days when you might not love your body, we still encourage you to show respect for your body. Body image healing is an important part of your journey toward a healthier and happier you.
How do you care for yourself on bad body image days? Tell us below!
If you’re looking to schedule a free discovery call to learn more about working with an intuitive eating dietitian and finally finding the food freedom you deserve, click here. There is no better time to invest in yourself!