You Are Beautiful Today

I feel like there is an epidemic of ‘body hatred’, or, at the least, ‘body dislike’ that is so prevalent in our society today among women.

How do our feelings about our bodies translate into the ways we care for ourselves?

As a dietitian specializing in weight management for the past 10 years, I am reminded every day about the impact that our body image has on our physical self. When we are unhappy with what we see in the mirror…our desire to nurture and care for our bodies is decreased. I work with so many patients and clients who use up all of their time and energy nurturing and caring for others…but, at the end of the day, they have nothing left to give to themselves. They feel guilty for taking 30 minutes to go to the gym, or yoga class, or to get a manicure.

 They believe that if they could only reach their “goal” weight or size or shape, THEN they would be worthy to care for themselves…to nurture themselves…then they would be deserving.

 The truth is…you are worthy today. You are deserving today. You are beautiful today.

 I have long promoted the connection between healthy body image and a healthy weight. In fact, one Stanford University study found that a positive body image was correlated with increased success at weight loss. But, I think the bottom line is- we all need to learn to appreciate our bodies no matter what our current size or shape or weight. We need to learn to be thankful for the amazing things that our bodies can do.  We need to treat our bodies kindly and not feel guilty for taking time to nurture ourselves.

I began this blog to encourage women that healthy, balanced eating and exercise is possible in a real, busy life. And as a reminder that you don’t have to look like the cover of a magazine to be fit, healthy, and happy.

My healthy eats today included:

Delicious juicy cherries at my desk….

HPIM1699

A delicious piece of white chocolate courtesy my friend Michelle…it was amazing.

HPIM1701

Turkey sandwich + caesar salad for lunch…

HPIM1702

Delicious steak salad with our garden veggies for dinner….I can’t wait to show you all the tomatoes Anthony brought in from our garden today.

HPIM1710

 If you haven’t already, check out Operation Beautiful. I got in on it for the first time today….I left this post-it in a restroom at work. I was so inspired…now I may start leaving them often…be on the lookout!

HPIM1705

Caitlin started Operation Beautiful in June with the goal of ending “fat talk”…I couldn’t agree more!! And, if you’d like more tips on improving your body image…check out the tips at the bottom of this page from UCLA…Body Image.

My questions to you today….

What do you love about your body?

What do you need to do today to nurture and care for yourself that you’ve been putting off?

Thanks for reading, and remember, you are beautiful today! Take care of yourself today!

This post today is a part of the Women’s Health Blogfest. Please check out these other Women’s Health Blog Posts written by other dietitians:

Angela White at Blisstree’s Breastfeeding 1-2-3 – Helpful Skills of Breastfeeding Counselors
Angie Tillman, RD, LDN, CDE – You Are Beautiful Today
Anthony J. Sepe – Women’s Health and Migraines
Ashley Colpaart – Women’s health through women
Charisse McElwaine – Spending too much time on the “throne?”
Danielle Omar – Yoga, Mindful Eating and Food Confidence
Diane Preves M.S.,R.D – Balance for Health
Joan Sather – A Woman’s Healthy Choices Affect More Than Herself
Laura Wittke – Fibro Study Recruits Participants
Liz Marr, MS, RD – Reflecting on Family Food Ways and Women’s Work
Marjorie Geiser, MBA, RD, NSCA-CPT – Healthy Women, Healthy Business: How Your Health Impacts a Powerful Business
Marsha Hudnall – Breakfast Protein Helps Light Eaters Feel Full
Michelle Loy, MPH, MS, RD – A Nutritionista’s Super Foods for Super Skin
Monika Woolsey, MS, RD – To effectively work with PCOS is to understand a woman’s health issues throughout her life
Motherwear Breastfeeding Blog – How breastfeeding helps you, too
Rebecca Scritchfield, MA, RD, LD – Four Keys to Wellness, Just for Women
Renata Mangrum, MPH, RD – The busy busy woman
Robin Plotkin, RD, LD – Feeding the Appetites of the Culinary, Epicurious and Nutrition Worlds-One Bite at a Time
Sharon Solomon – Calories, longevity and do I care
Terri L Mozingo, RD, CDN & D. Milton Stokes, MPH, RD, CDN of One Source Nutrition, LLC – Crossing the Line: From Health to Hurt

Advertisements

20 responses to “You Are Beautiful Today

  1. Menden (Skinny Menny)

    Angie, what a great message. I appreciate your reminder to treat our bodies with respect!

    What do I love about my body? The fact that it is healthy and strong and continues to improve as I continue to respect it and treat it better!

    And today I need to make sure to get a good night’s sleep!

  2. i love my body for being whole, healthy and complete – i’ve got friends who are in wheelchairs and i’m just so grateful for what i’ve got and what my body is able to do right now. great post!!!

  3. Wonderful post. I was thinking about the same thing after I heard a woman in the bathroom at the gym talking about how she needed to lose 12 pounds. She was maybe 118 pounds. It was sad.

    What do I love about my body? I love that my body is so forgiving and so willing to help me be healthy. When I eat well, it tells me. When I eat poorly, it also tells me. It allowed me to almost destroy it by weighing nearly 350 pounds and when I decided to turn my life around, it matched all my efforts. Our bodies are so amazing.

    Great post.

    • angiesappetite

      Isn’t that truly a sad comment?? And, one of the saddest things is to hear a mom say something like that in front of her young daughters!

      And, congrats to you- it sounds like you have come a long way!! You are amazing!

  4. Thanks for a great post, Angie!

    I love my body for being able to keep up with the toddler ALL DAY LONG!

    I have to admit, when I was younger, working out was mainly about looking a certain way. But now, it’s all about strengthening my bones, stretching & loosening my muscles, strengthening my core & back so that I don’t have back pain, keeping/increasing my endurance. And yes, in the process I have truly learned to love my body a whole lot more!

  5. Awesome post!

    I love my body for being able to make it through a 90 minute hot vinyasa yoga class and for lifting heavy weights. I love it for telling me which foods it likes and which foods it doesn’t.

  6. angiesappetite

    Thanks so much for your comments! Keep them coming!!

    I love my body for being strong enough to teach a 45-minute boot camp, even when I’m smiling through the pain.

    And, today, I’m going to make sure I slow down and try not to rush so much- that’s one way to care for myself. And, work on getting more sleep!

  7. Thank you for a very nice blog post today. We all need to be true to ourselves and our bodies. Very nice work and love your photography, too.
    All the best,
    Anthony Sepe
    http://fromadietitiansperspective.blogspot.com

  8. Great, positive post! Thank you, Angie.

    I love my female body for helping me stay afloat when I am in the neighborhood lake. That’s where I’m headed this afternoon – for a self- nurturing swim. Predictably, my husband’s not nearly as buoyant, and, consequently, is not as comfortable as me in the water.

    Liz

  9. Monika Woolsey

    Angie,

    This is such a beautiful post! Thank you so much for taking the time to contribute, I really hope it brought you some new followers!

    Any way you can email some of those gorgeous cherries my way? I am a little blueberried out…

  10. Wonderful post! I love my body because it tells me exactly what it needs. Be it a good night’s sleep or an early morning run. It tells me it wants beans on toast for dinner and dark chocolate for dessert. All I have to do is to listen to it and nurture it.

    I’ve also participated in Caitlin’s Operation Beautiful and the note I posted on a vending machine is still there after 3 weeks! I hope it made some people smile. 😀

  11. Thanks for letting everyone know about Catilin’s Operation Beautiful, Angie. It is such a great campaign. I was going to blog on it myself today, but had never put up any post-it notes, much as I hate to admit it. I still may.

    Totally agree w/ the idea that a positive body image increases success in achieving healthy weights. It’s really about taking care of ourselves, and when we don’t like ourselves, it’s hard to get motivated to do that.

  12. angiesappetite

    Ladies- Thank you all for your fabulous comments!! I think it is important to acknowledge that having a positive body image isn’t easy every day for most women- it is something that most of us probably struggle with from time to time. We just need to remember to take care of ourselves and love our bodies for all the positive points!!

    Thanks so much for reading!

  13. Angie,
    Thanks for a great post.
    I have never really thought about what I love about my body. Although I don’t hate it, I’m not satisfied with where it is at this point. It’s not really with how I look, rather the dissatisfaction lies with knowing I need to be more physically active then I am right now. And I struggle to find something consistent.

  14. Pingback: Throw away the scale! « Angie’s Appetite for Life

  15. great blog and well said I am also a fellow RD and blogger please include me !Rebecca

  16. Angie,

    What a great blog! I loved that the food looked so yummy AND people need to realize that they are HEALTHY foods, too!

  17. Hi Angie-
    Great post. It reminds me of all the times I look at pictures from the past and think, “Wow, I looked pretty good back then” but, I also remember not THINKING I looked good at the time.
    The message that we are beautiful today is a very important one, so thank you for the reminder!

  18. Hi Angie,
    Saw your link in the Women’s Health Blogfest. Nice blog. Love the photos! What I love about my body? I’m currently 34 1/2 weeks pregnant and love that I have this tiny little person that’s growing in there, getting ready to meet the world. What have I put off? Probably some much needed mommy TLC since I have a 2 y/o toddler and have put mommy time off over the last 2 years.

  19. Pingback: Fabulous Links to Check Out TODAY! | Edible Nutrition

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s