• Emma Green

How to respect your body

This is the 8th principle of intuitive eating as covered in the book of the same name by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. This is about treating your body with kindness, rather than trying to fight against it. This is particularly timely as its Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme is body image. It’s important to acknowledge that everyone is different. Body diversity is real and that should be celebrated. We have ample evidence of this is the scientific literature, look at any study that provided a dietary and/or exercise intervention and you’ll see that not everyone responds in the same way. The same is true with intuitive eating, your body will find out where it is happy and healthy. The best thing you can do is get out of its way. It also really helps to wear clothes that are comfortable. Get rid of any clothes that no longer fit you. They only serve as reinforcing the idea that your body is wrong and needs to be ‘fixed.’ This doesn’t have to mean spending a lot of money, but preloved clothes or host a clothes swapping event with friends. Wear clothes that make you feel good. Forget fashion rules and wear what you want. One of the goals of intuitive eating is shifting the focus away from how your body looks onto how it feels and what it can do. I know that this can easily become ableist but I don’t see this as meaning physical performance necessarily. I mean anything that your body does to help to keep you alive. Your body is awesome so be sure to give it the credit it deserves.

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