What is Health?
Health by definition: “the state of being free from disease or injury”. “ A state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being not merely on the absence of disease or infirmity”.
What do you think of when you read this definition? Unfortunately, in today’s diet culture, the majority associate health with “thinness”, but when you look up the definition of “thinness” it is defined as this, “the state or quality of having little, or too little, flesh or fat on the body”.Now let’s look, for the sake of argument, at the definition of “fat”. It is defined as “having a large amount of excess flesh”.
As you can read, by definition alone, size is not a component of health, whether you are thin, average or fat. It is important to understand that health is so much more than what we eat and it changes as we grow. Some different types of health include professional, physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, sleep, movement, self-compassion, fun and emotional health. When you look at these words, think about where as a child, where you were 10 years ago and where are you now? Where are you with self-compassion? Are you getting enough sleep? Is movement enjoyable? Where are you at professionally? Do you have spirituality in your life? These are some of the many questions that are related to your health. They are ever-changing and require continuous re-evaluation to help achieve the optimal health for YOU!
Can you relate to any of these situations?
- Do you try to grab the “healthy” option for lunch instead of what you are really craving?
- When you go out to eat do you feel ashamed of eating “forbidden” foods for fear of being judged?
- Are you documenting every bite to stay within your allotted calories and questioning “how can I still be hungry” at the end of the day?
- Are you hungry and stop yourself from eating anymore because the current diet you are on tells you your next meal isn’t for another hour?
- Do you feel disconnected with your body?
- Are you confused at what foods and drinks are “good” or “bad” for you?
- When you look in the mirror, are your first thoughts negative?
Did you answer “yes” to any of these questions? If so, I’m here to help you!
I will be a guide in your Intuitive Eating Journey and will help you build a healthy relationship with food and your body, remove the shame-cycle that takes place with chronic dieting and eat confidently! Unfortunately we live in a society in which diet culture and weight stigma allows larger individuals to feel unaccepted and never enough. Which is why I have removed myself from the diet world and became more educated on the research behind Health At Every Size (HAES) and the Intuitive Eating approach.
Intuitive Eating was started over 25 years ago by Elyse Resch and Evelyn Tribole as a remedy for dieting. It is a weight-inclusive, 10 principle evidenced-based model with a self-care approach that is backed up by over 120 studies to date!!! We will slowly introduce and work through these 10 principles that make up Intuitive Eating, which include paying attention to hunger and fullness, rejecting the diet mentality and embracing self-care behaviors. We will do all of this without any focus on weight, as research shows a weight-neutral HAES approach supports improvement in physiological measures (blood pressure, lab values), health behaviors (food and movement choices), and psychosocial outcomes (self-esteem & body image). Weight loss may or may not be a side effect.
My goal is to help you nourish yourself adequately without judgement and make peace with YOUR beautiful body!
Ready to Begin Your Journey 4 Health?
There’s no better time to get started then now. Each day that goes by is one day longer until you begin to live a healthier version of you. Don’t waste anymore time!