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Love Your Body

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Emily Brown

on 4 December 2013

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Love Your Body
My legs look huge in these shorts!
I am out of shape.
My stomach
is so flabby!

I need to lose 5 pounds.
You look great.
Have you lost weight?

I can't believe I ate that.
The way
we imagine
our body will
our relationship
with food.
Disordered Eating:
Eating in irregular and chaotic ways… it is separated from its normal controls of hunger and satiety, and its normal function of nourishing the body, providing energy, health and good feelings. Instead, it is regulated by external and inappropriate internal controls, and seeks to reshape the body or relieve stress.
Women Afraid to Eat 2000
Disordered Eating Activities
Constant dieting
Guilt associated with eating
Weight fluctuations
Skipping meals
Often thinking about food or diet
Restricting specific foods or food groups
Lapses of out-of-control eating
“Grazing” all day instead of eating regular meals
Dividing food into good or bad categories
Avoiding activities associated with food
Feeling depressed or anxious because of weight
Excessive exercise
Believe that weight loss is the answer to most problems
Overuse of laxatives or diuretics
Food choices are based on what you eaten previously, fat content, and caloric value
Occasional purging
A Broad Continum
Flexible Eating; Confidence about body shape/size; Effective stress management

Preoccupation with eating, body shape/size

Distress about eating and body shape size

Clinical Eating Disorders
Buy non-fat milk
Use artificial sweeteners or sugar-free products
Opt for low-carbohydrate options
Eat a lot of low-calorie foods
Completely avoid certain foods like sugar or wheat because they are ‘unhealthy’
Keep up with the latest weight loss tips and advice
Exercise to burn calories
Compensate for eating ‘bad’ foods with restrictive eating, exercise or fasting.
Make food decisions based on what you have already eaten or plan to eat that day.
Or talk like this...
There is Nothing Natural
About Eating to Control Weight
Every Diet is Premised on Two Beliefs:

1.There is something wrong with you the way you are

2. Food is the enemy from which you need protection
Food is symbolic for
other aspects of our lives.
When we minimize food intake we remove nourishment from life!
There is no perfect or right way to eat. The diet should be ever changing just as our bodies are.
Good vs. Bad Food
This is like assigning food moral value.
When a food is labeled “bad” we begin to fear it, crave it, and think about it.
We label people who eat that food as bad, including ourselves.
This causes tremendous guilt associated with eating.
Once moral value is placed on food it allows us to judge other people based on the mere act of eating.
What does someone really hear when you say “don’t eat that, it is bad for you”?
Being able to choose our food is part of our individual rights as humans.
Thoughts of body-image and food preoccupy, constrain, and control people...
And the whole world is affected.
These are our future
teachers, scientists, nurses, activists, politicians….

Because of this preoccupation they feel exhausted instead of creative and full of life.
What Could People Do If They Weren’t Consumed with Food and Weight?

Love and nurture their children
Strengthen their love lives
Get to know who they are
Get involved in their community
Fight for change
Become passionate leaders
Teach their children to respect and love themselves
Get excited about life

….contribute to the world
Instead, they focus on improving their looks rather than improving who they are.
“Shape our bodies or shape the world??”

The media adversely affects society by:

1. Frequently propagating myths and falsehoods
2. Normalizing or even glamorizing what is abnormal or unhealthy
3. Creating the false impression that everyone is alike by failing to represent whole segments
OUR GOAL OF BEAUTY IS UNHEALTHY, and that is why it is so difficult to attain.
“Researcher generating a computer model of a woman with Barbie-doll proportions found that her back would be too weak to support the weight of her upper body, and her body would be too narrow to contain more than half a liver and a few centimeters of bowel. A real women built that way would suffer from chronic diarrhea and eventually die from malnutrition.”
Myths About Health

Thinness Equals Health
Truth: There is a wide range of what is actually healthy, the extremes (too thin/obese) are what is dangerous. If you are active, eat right, and feel good, you are healthy—no matter what your BMI.
Myth #2
It is necessary to lose weight in order
to obtain optimal health.
Truth: Emphasis on weight loss, for most, leads to the battle of weight fluctuation. Weight cycling is the actual danger, not just the weight itself. Weight cycling leads to decreased metabolism, increased risk of cardiovascular disease, and increased mortality risk.
Myth #3
It’s all for our health!
Truth: Striving to be thin is a way of protecting ones self from something much deeper than being unhealthy, it is a way of avoiding becoming socially isolated and rejected. Fat is so strongly rejected in our culture, that the fear of pain and embarrassment of being lonely and unloved is more important than our actual health.
Thin is the only way to be.
Dieting is the only way to get there.

And the result: Our society is filled with disordered eaters, and now more people have very real health risks because they are either dangerously thin or obese.
Restricting food to change the body is symbolic of withholding love.

The true purpose of food is to bring good health, delight in eating, and the nutrients needed so that we can feel loved and fulfilled.

Nutrition keeps us healthy and strong so that we can pursue life filled with passion and joy.
Through the struggle with weight, drive for perfection, and the denial of who we are, as a society, we have lost touch with having a natural, healthy relationship with food.
What is Normal??
Natural Eating: Tuning into internal cues of hunger, appetite, and fullness.

Natural eating feeds not just the body
but the mind and soul and is free of guilt and fear.
Basically, this means eating when you are hungry
and stopping when you are full.
The Deeper Meaning of Food
Food is…
• Nourishment
• Life
• Energy
• Togetherness

Food is more than just something we eat. Food
completes us and provides fulfillment, enjoyment, and richness. Our attitude towards food is symbolic for the care and love we are willing to allow ourselves.

Food is not the enemy, in fact, it is just the opposite—without it we cannot live. When we choose to eat, we choose to live!

The true worth of a food is in the energy and information that food contains. This includes vitamins, minerals, protein, fat and fiber, but also how the food was grown, handled, transported, manufactured, cooked, served and eaten. (Slow Down Diet, 2005)
When we eat, we are filled with energy and life to pursue our passions and to discover who we are.

Preparing and sharing a meal together connects us with what we eat and brings pleasure. There is something about cooking and eating together that expels love, respect, and care for one another. No matter how different we are, we are all bound by our need and desire for food.
If we cannot make peace with food and ourselves we can never feed the TRUE hunger inside and life will remain a constant battle.
The way our bodies accepts food is affected by

Making Peace with Food
Animal and human studies alike have demonstrated that more nutrients are absorbed from food that gives pleasure than from food that does not.
The thoughts or motivation behind eating also affects the nutrients received. When you eat because you truly enjoy the taste rather than from a list of “should” and “shouldn’t” your body accepts the food in a truly unique way. Negatives thoughts can be more toxic than any “forbidden” food.
Rather than rushing through a meal, it is important to take the time to enjoy and taste your food. Learning to relax will greatly affect the nutrients you receive. When you listen you discover what food your body really wants and needs.

When you eat, eat.
Take several deep breaths before you start eating and throughout eating.
Take a moment to invoke the cephalic phase of digestion by noticing the look and smell of your food.
Chew each bite thoroughly.
Listen to your body’s cues of satiety and stop when you are full.
Eating with Awareness!
Thoughts of body-image and food preoccupy, constrain, and control people...
And the whole world is affected.
What does this have to do with teaching yoga?
Become more aware of your thoughts & words regarding your body
Recognize that same struggle in your students
Contribute to creating peace
Start a Revolution: Start Loving Your Body!
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