Are you looking for weight loss tips because you want to feel better in your body? Well, dieting often make your relationship with food and your body much more complicated! This year - work on body acceptance instead. Click here for 3 ways to find peace with your body in the New Year.

Happy New Year!

How were your holidays? I was fortunate to spend them with my family in Vancouver. I spent most days sipping coffee/wine catching up with loved ones, basking in BC’s beauty and thoroughly enjoyed the slower paced days. It-was-glorious!

Now it’s back to life, back to reality. And unfortunately, January’s reality involves inescapable diet and weight loss promotions. In hopes of sharing some positivity throughout all the chaos, I’ve asked the incredible Josée Sovinksky, a non-diet, weight inclusive, feminist, and Health At Every Size® dietitian, to come back as a guest on the blog. line
With all of the weight loss and diet ads, this time of year can make you feel especially inadequate in your body. Left, right, and center, you are bombarded with messages that your body is wrong and needs to be fixed. It’s hard to resist the whole “New Year, New You” trend.

Companies make promises of health, happiness, and freedom. However, dieting and changing your body have very rarely shown to help improve body image. In fact, they often make your relationship with food and your body much more complicated.

This year, I encourage you to work on body acceptance instead. Here are a few steps you can take.

1. Diversify your media
In many ways, the media you consume informs how you see bodies, including your own. Unfortunately, the bodies you see in the media, often white, thin, cisgendered, young and able-bodied, are far from reflecting reality.

By being exposed to diverse bodies, you can help to normalize them. This can then help you feel more at ease in your own body. Think about the current media you consume. How can you include a larger variety of bodies? Can you unfollow pages that keep you stuck in body hatred?

2. Focus on what your body can do
In many ways, bodies are amazing. Every cell in your body is fighting 24 hours a day to keep your body safe, healthy and in balance. Sometimes, shifting your focus from what our body looks like to what your body can do can help nurture body respect. What is one thing you are grateful your body can do? These types of questions can help reframe your relationship with your body to one that is more neutral.

3. Toss your scale
Take the focus away from weight; I cannot stress this point enough. As long as you continue to pursue changing your body, you will never be able to fully let go of body hatred. This is because weight loss attempts operate under the assumption that your body is not good enough and needs to change. This is not a recipe for peace, acceptance, and respect.

We can’t love ourselves thin, nor should we feel the need to. Bodies naturally come in all shapes and sizes. Remember, thin bodies are not inherently more worthy than larger bodies. Don’t let the number on the scale dictate your value.

The bottom line
Working on body acceptance is tough work. I won’t hide that. It requires regular attention and society is often working against you. It’s especially hard for those whose bodies are traditionally discriminated against and oppressed.

When working towards your own body acceptance, remember to fight for the acceptance of all bodies. We won’t see true change until we can shake the systems that keep us from body liberation. Last, but certainly not least, be gentle with yourself. You are more than a body.

lineConnect with Josée

Josée is a non-diet, weight inclusive, feminist, and Health At Every Size® dietitian. She believes people of all sizes, genders, ages, races, levels of disability, and class deserve nourishment, well-being and happiness. She uses motivational interviewing to guide her clients in adopting intuitive eating and mindful eating skills. She allows people to take up space and share their stories with vulnerability and authenticity. She feels eating isn’t meant to be filled with guilt, shame or regret, and strives to support you in freeing yourself from the dieting or disordered eating trap.
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