Tips for Not Obsessing Over Your Food Or Body

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You are not alone if you obsess over your food and body.

What I mean by ‘obsess’ is you think a lot about food, eating and the shape or size of your body. These consuming thoughts affect your quality of life.

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A Quick Intuitive Eating Pep Talk

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‘Stay in your own lane’. Don’t compare yourself to others. Don’t compare even yourself to how you expect or would like to be.

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The Language Holding You Back From The Food And Body Relationship You Want

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I believe language is an important tool for communication and influencing the way we and others think and act.

This is why I pay particular attention to using appropriate language with my clients when it comes to nutrition issues surrounding food and body. Ultimately, if appropriate language is used then dieting would not be the norm in our society. So I believe dieting behaviours are fueled by the language we use.

Let’s look at the problematic words and phrases, and what you can say instead to start to be free from this dieting culture we all experience:

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How To Eat Well With Kids

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Being a parent can be challenging when it comes to eating well.

1. If you are hungry, eat when and what your child eats.

It makes sense. When you take the time to prepare food for your child there is not usually a good reason why you can’t sit down and eat with them. It is the best thing you can do, as it nourishes you as well, and your child learns from you by observing and talking to you. It also give you a chance to take a break!

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How To Get More Out Of The Dietitian Session

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  • If you are seeing a dietitian you have achieved this point…awareness that you need help from a dietitian. Well done on this awareness. Not everyone can see this and knows who they need to see for nutrition advice.
  • Have a  sense of what your food, nutrition and/or body struggles are, or a general idea of what you would like to work on.
  • Have some awareness of what you are currently doing.
  • Have some awareness of your history with food and nutrition.
  • Have some awareness that you you need a different way to think and eat, so you don’t continue to struggle with food, nutrition and your body.
  • Be willing to open up about how you are truly feeling about food, nutrition and your body.
  • Listen to the assessment if you are not sure what your issues are.
  • Come with some level of motivation and readiness to change, problem solve and/or action plan.
  • Gaining family and friend support can be helpful.
  • Inform your other health care providers what your intentions are and what you are working on with the dietitian so you don’t double up and so your health professionals are all working toward the same goal. Sadly, not every health professional is non-dieting and Health At Every Size (R) focused. All health professionals are human and exist with their own personal and professional issues, especially around food, nutrition and their body.

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Ways To Feel Better About Your Body At Any Body Size

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1. TREAT YOUR BODY WITH RESPECT

Respect your body by meeting it’s basic needs of food, water, shelter, warmth, love and rest. Once you’ve mastered the basic needs then you can move onto meeting your psychological and self-fulfillment needs. For more information, check out Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.

2. SPEND TIME ALONE

And do something nice for yourself and your body that makes you feel good. These actions show your body you appreciate it.

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Feed Your Family: Healthy Eating Made Easy

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Feed Your Family: Healthy Eating Made Easy is a comprehensive guide to support mums in feeding their family with a non-dieting focus.

This guide is designed to empower you to improve the food and body relationships of yourself and your child(ren). You will increase your knowledge around nutrition, in particular, non-dieting nutrition so you can feel organised, confident and empowered to support their family around food, eating and nutrition.

Each chapter builds upon the next so you can understand how feeding your family fits into the bigger picture of nutrition and health.

This resource is unique in that it incorporates non-dieting nutrition into planning, goal setting to help you reconnect with ‘the how’ and ‘the what’ to eat and feed your family well. You will also be guided into the next steps to continue your non-dieting journey.

Feed Your Family: Healthy Eating Made Easy consists of 15 components to help with feeding your family in a nourishing and easy way.

The contents include:

  1. Feed Your Family: Healthy Eating Made Easy checklist (**free resource**)
  2. Normal Eating Checklist
  3. Relationship Checklist
  4. Mindful Eating Basics
  5. Intuitive Eating Basics
  6. Australian Guide to Healthy Eating
  7. Nurturing Your Child(ren)’s Relationship With Food and Body
  8. Meal Ideas
  9. Snack Ideas
  10. Weekly Planner
  11. Pantry List
  12. Shopping List
  13. Goal Setting Template
  14. Non-dieting Quotes and Inspiration
  15. Useful Resources

Feed Your Family: Healthy Eating Made Easy provides guidance around applying the non-dieting concepts into every day life, along with nurturing your child(ren)’s relationship with food and your body.

Hear what Carol said:

“Feed Your Family, Healthy eating made easy has been a fantastic tool to help me guide my family’s nutrition and embody and reinforce a positive relationship between body image and food. As a mum to 4 children I don’t want them to have the same struggles with yo-yo dieting and an unhealthy relationship with food and poor body image. This guide makes it easy. It will help you access your relationship with food, teach you how to eat mindfully and intuitively and introduce you to the Australian healthy eating guide. The meal planner template covers all meals for the whole day, even including meal and snack ideas as well as pantry/fridge staples. This book is ideal for anyone who, like me, has come to the realization that dieting just doesn’t work for 95% of the population and just wants to be healthy and happy and not food obsessed. Thanks Natalie for writing such an informative and thoughtful resource.”

Hear what Belinda said:

“This resource has assisted me to see the big picture of my family’s relationship with food and to confidently plan a way forward with a non-dieting approach. It gives easy to follow details about what you need to consider at each step and helps you achieve this by providing practical tools. It has provided me with positive inspiration to improving my family’s nutrition.”

Feel organised, confident and empowered to support your family with no fuss food planning and meal preparation whilst improving your non-dieting nutrition knowledge and skills.

To purchase ‘Feed Your Family: Healthy Eating Made Easy’ click here.

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