It’s officially summer! Who doesn’t love the extra long days, the feel of sunshine on our faces, fresh foods and perhaps even a chance of a holiday. All good things. But, among the joy there can be a LOT of challenges for those of us on this journey to body acceptance.
During summertime, we get bombarded with images of bikini clad gals and ripped torsos guys. Diet talk goes EVEN MORE mental as people feel the pressure to drop a dress size, get beach body ready and get rid of their ‘orange peel’ thighs. Ergh.
At summer, it's vital to keep those healthy boundaries around comments on our bodies.Read More
I've got a question for you. How often do you treating yourself like your best friend?
I reckon not as often as we need to be. We are often more cruel and say things to ourselves we wouldn’t dream of saying to anyone else ̶ especially when we're looking in the mirror! We can be our own worst enemy!Read More
This weekend is basically a celebration of chocolate. Although these days it doesn’t hold the same weight as it used to because, shocker, I eat chocolate probably most days.
But when you’re under a restricted regime, diet or ‘lifestyle plan’, Easter weekend, with all it’s chocolatey wares, is something to be afraid of. In the same way that Christmas, birthdays or any other holidays that involve fun and food, diet culture tells us that on these occasions we cannot possibly be trusted around such sweet delights.Read More
So I’m a body acceptance health coach. WTF is that?
Fair question. I coach people in how to unapologetically love their bodies. You don’t have to wake up and love every inch of yourself every single day, every single minute - but it means that even when you catch a negative thought about your body (you’re being told all the time repeatedly by the media that you need to change so give yourself a break) you’re able to catch the thought, neutralise it and believe that you are worthy of love.Read More
As someone who has spent a lot of years getting validation from others, I know that it’s a hard habit to get rid of (and I thankfully grew up in a time before social media was really a thing). Today’s importance on social likes, shares, clicks and emojis means that learning to create habits and routines of self-love and self-validation is more important than ever. How can we do it in such a codependent world?Read More