Where has Your Body Gone?
That phrase, I want my body back, captures a common challenge women over age 40 may identify with: feeling so disconnected from your body that you don't claim it anymore, and instead, wish for a body you "had" in the past - ironically, a body that you probably didn't want at the time either!
How you "lost" your body in the first place.
There are many changes that occur naturally over time that affect the shape, size, and function of your body: maturation, giving birth, stress, illnesses or injuries, changes in the environment, activity, diet, menopause and aging -- to name just a few.
Fortunately, your body has the amazing ability to morph and adapt to these constantly changing forces.
The problem with this natural process begins when, instead of allowing your body to guide you back to it's optimal state, you head down the wrong path: negative self-talk and restrictive dieting.
Since diets don't work long term, the yo-yo dieting ensues, further disconnecting you from the body that was doing exactly what it was supposed to do: adapt to change.
Reclaim your body!
Your can take your body back and treat it with the respect it deserves. Let me help you learn how to:
- Listen to your internal cues of hunger and satisfaction instead of trying to follow strict or arbitrary rules about your eating.
- Stop yoyo dieting and choose from all foods freely to balance eating for nourishment and eating for enjoyment.
- Eat what you really love without guilt - instead of depriving yourself or bingeing.
- Eat mindfully to nourish your body, mind, and spirit instead of eating mindlessly or obsessing over every bite of food.
- Discover physical activity that you enjoy because it gives you energy, stress relief, and an active metabolism - instead of exercising to punish yourself for eating or to earn the right to eat.
- Develop resilience and become aware of your thoughts, feelings, and actions and how they affect you instead of judging yourself because you didn’t follow a program rigidly.
- Create a self-care buffer zone and meet your true needs instead of eating too much or neglecting yourself.
What are you waiting for?
If you've been reading this blog for awhile but just haven't taken action, it is time.