Eat Please!

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Author: @anonymous

For most of my life, I have felt uncomfortable with my body. I can’t pinpoint when my mindset changed. Like many other children, I was carefree and grew up eating ice cream and whatever else I wanted. Whether it was the fashion magazines I grew up reading, the tv shows I grew up watching, or just society in general, I became extremely self-conscious about my body. I tried many fad diets throughout my life. Juice cleanses, a raw vegan diet, weighing my food on a food scale, and of course the dreaded calorie tracker app. Nothing stuck. Recently, I worked with a nutritionist for six months and gained some valuable and scientifically backed information about health and diet. Though it is hard for me to picture a life where I feel one-hundred percent comfortable wearing a crop top, or a bikini, it is something I am working on every day.

Here are some tips that work for me:

  1. Ignore fad diets. These rarely work for sustained weight loss. It is much better to consider seeking a nutritionist or dietician if you want to lose weight. These professionals will help you healthily reach your goals. You may not lose a lot of weight in a short time however you can keep it off with proper professional instruction.
  2. Manage your expectations. Society has told us that we can not expect to lose a lot of weight in a short amount of time. You will find a plethora of articles detailing how to lose twenty pounds in a month. Yes, if you go on a juice or water cleanse you can lose weight quickly. But, you also can feel lethargic, have poor mental health, find it difficult to concentrate, and it could impact your daily functions.
  3. Confidence is Key. Though it is harder to practice than to preach, confidence and a change in your mindset can change how you see food and your body. Try to think of food as fuel, something your body needs to get through the day, and allow your body to do all the things you love. Every time you eat you are doing an act of self-care.

Ultimately, these are just some things that worked for me. Everyone is on a different journey to self-love. At the end of the day you are absolutely beautiful, and no matter how you are feeling there are resources out there to help you feel better.

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