This is often a time of year when women tend to think “Oh no, I have to put on my bathing suit!” Here’s an idea: Give up the worries for good and reframe your own image of yourself. Turn away from the unrealistic ideal of “the perfect body”, and instead focus on your health and enhancing your body through consistent exercise. Coming to terms with the body God gave you can be a long time coming, but the truth is, other people like you because of who you are, not exactly how you look.
It’s time for women to be a little nicer to ourselves so we can find a peaceful place that is relaxed and calm, and we will feel quite satisfied. This inner peace will help you make healthy food choices in the long run too. So instead of worrying about how big or small the pinch of fat is at your middle, or that flab on your arm, or how you may be aging, think about what you are doing to maintain your internal health and well being. Think about eating well because it is the right thing to do for your body.
Here are my top six ways to feed a healthy mind and body:
1. Have a healthy breakfast. A small bowl of granola with yogurt, fresh berries or a sliced banana; a 2-egg omelet with whole grain toast; a bowl of oatmeal with fresh fruit.
2. Eat fish. The omega-3 fatty acids in fatty fish such as trout or salmon are good for you. They may help ward off depression and lower your risk of heart disease and arthritis. If you can’t eat two servings of fish weekly, take a fish oil supplements daily. Look for uncontaminated versions of up to one gram of fish oil per day.
3. Try yoga. Yoga practice is a great way to find your mind-body connection. It allows you to view yourself from within and focus on the positive aspects of your body.
4. Be mindful. Try to set some rules for meal time. For instance, do not do anything else but eat when you are eating. This means no more lunches at your desk or breakfasts standing up. Sit down, look at your food, chew slowly and truly enjoy the taste of the food.
5. Focus on the positive. What can your body do? If you can do five push ups, celebrate that. Keep working at it each week until you can do eight, and then have another celebration. Ride your bicycle up a hill. Watch your body with your mind and see how good that feels!
6. Take a walk. Getting fresh air is good for the body and mind. Studies have shown that we utilize more calories walking or jogging outside than on a treadmill. Put your sunscreen on and enjoy a brisk walk out of doors.
One step at a time, you can develop a better, healthier you, imperfect yet beautiful all the same. Smile!
About the Blogger:
Rosanne Rust is a licensed, registered dietitian, nutrition coach and freelance writer. She is a provider for Real Living Nutrition Services® and the co-author of The Calorie Counter for Dummies®. Try the Diet Makeover to find out if your diet is in balance by going to http://www.rosannerust.com/.