Self-love is incredibly important when it comes to overcoming the eating habits that do not serve us and our health any longer. Most often our own mind is our biggest enemy. For emotional eaters this includes negative beliefs about oneself, very set thoughts about what is good and what is not good. It takes time to work through this all – weeks and months and years even – and oftentimes people find themselves on a journey of self-discovery and self-development that changes their whole mindset about themselves and their lives.
During this time it is so incredibly important to be patient, forgiving, accepting and gentle with yourself, to love yourself unconditionally, particularly when you feel you have eaten something ‘bad’ again, guilty for what you have just eaten or ashamed of your body.
What self-love is not, though, in this context is if these ‘transgressions’ become the new normal! Don’t use self-love as an excuse for sugary breakfasts, unstructured snacking and binge-eating, processed foods and any other foodstuff that is low in nutrients. Think about it: essentially you are giving your body fuel that is difficult to digest for it, contains very little nutrients that are essential for it and that leaves your system sluggish and low in energy in the short-term and prone to chronic diseases such as diabetes or cardiovascular heart disease in the long-term.
This is not self-love!
If you love truly, genuinely love yourself and trust your body’s wisdom, you will look after it physically and mentally to your best abilities. Physically you will support your body with high quality nutrition and movement, mentally you are working to extend self-love by changing the way you think about yourself and your body.
Self love does not just mean treating yourself right in thought… it means treating yourself right in action, too.
This includes what you eat. Yes, of course, the occasional pizza that you enjoy with pleasure is fine (and great on so many levels, but that’s for another blog post!), but most of your food should be clean and healthy, optimum fuel for your body.
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