Believe in yourself
Take care of yourself.
Note to self (via 50shadesofrecovery)
Things I learnt from being in recovery.
- Your relationship with food transforms for the better when you get rid of the words should and shouldn’t.
- Juicing is a supplement to a healthy balanced diet, not a replacement.
- You can reach your goal weight and still be unhappy with how you look. You can’t hate yourself into loving your body, no matter what physical changes you undergo. Ironically enough, body peace is more about the mind.
- We’re told to stay way from processed food, refined sugar, trans fat, and made to feel guilty for doing the opposite. “It’s bad.” But why? Ignore the rules. Find out. Learn what different foods do for and to your body, how they make you feel (does it energize you? make you feel lethargic? make you feel sick?), and where it’s all coming from because this is valuable information. It can help you make informed decisions that benefit not just your body, but the environment. Sustainable lifestyle > Temporary diets + restrictions.
- Having a beer or slice of cake once in a while will not kill your waistline. Food and drinks are meant to be enjoyed, not feared. And no, you don’t need to make up for it with cardio.
- Don’t calorie count your life away. Your body does incredible work if you eat intuitively. Not sure what that is? Read this.
- Within your social network, there is someone who’s living a healthier lifestyle than you, who’s skinnier than you, who has nicer clothes than you, who’s better looking than you. These are not all the same thing. It’s also not something to stress or feel bad about. How someone looks or lives their life doesn’t take away from your beauty or health. We’re all on our own unique trajectories. Remember that.
- Food has a social element to it. Sit at a table with friends who all order salads, you’ll find it very hard to order a plate of ribs and french fries. It’s psychological. When you listen to your internal cues (hunger), rather than follow the external cues (what others are doing), you build confidence. I’m going to order what I want, eat as much as my body needs, and not apologize for it or make excuses. There’s a tendency to explain ourselves: “I didn’t eat lunch, I’m starving! I had a salad earlier. I worked out this morning! I deserve this. Wow, I’m so bad. You guys are so healthy!” But be unapologetic. We can’t live our lives for others.
- Exercise because it’s good for you. You’ll relieve stress. You’ll gain energy and strength. Your mental health will improve dramatically. Don’t slave away at the gym to achieve the perfect body. Find an activity you enjoy. Think of the changes to your physical body as a nice byproduct of taking care of yourself and nothing more.
- If your goal in life is to look good, then it’s time to reevaluate your priorities. We have one life. If you’re on your death bed and the only thing you can say is, “Yes, I finally achieved my ideal body” then you’ll have missed out on all the wonderful things the world has to offer. Worse, the world missed out on all the incredible things you had to offer as well. No one wins. Don’t let that happen!
- You don’t need to change. You are good enough now. You’re complete. You don’t need rock hard abs or a thigh gap. You don’t need perfect complexion. You don’t need to beat yourself up. You don’t need makeup to look beautiful. Tell yourself this when you wake up in the morning. Repeat these words when you’re insecure. Be your own best friend. The world becomes a kinder place when you’re kind to yourself.
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