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Having a Bad Body Image Day? Here’s What to Do.

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When we are down and having a bad body image day, we want to revert back to our old ways. Looking in the mirror, hating how you look, pinching the parts you wish were smaller; all of it. The problem with that? You’ll never get off the hamster wheel of dieting – restricting – overeating – guilt. It’s easier to go back to your old ways, rather than sit with your feelings and continue down the path of food freedom.

When you have a bad body image day, your mind is going to revert back to everything you’ve done in the past. 

  • I need to go on a diet.
  • I need to do a whole 30.
  • I need to stop eating carbs.
  • I need to fast.

All of these you want to jump back into sounds great in the moment. But when you think about it, it’s more of the same. The restriction, the quick fixes, the band-aids. Everything that keeps you in the hamster wheel.

Feeling your feelings, not covering up your emotions with food, and working on your personal growth is a process. It isn’t overnight, and it isn’t easy. What makes it even harder?

You are unlearning years and years of diet culture.

  • Feel ‘fat?’ Start a diet.
  • Want to detox before vacation? Cut out food groups.
  • Trying to be ‘skinny’ for your friends wedding? Stop eating by 6PM.
  • Want to slim down for the weekend? Keto. Fasting (Insert any crash diet).

But what happens after? That’s what we tend to forget when we are in the thick of these bad days. None of this is permanent, let alone even lasts. Working on food freedom teaches you to not turn to food during the bad days. Emotional eating, binge eating, stress eating; much of that stems from covering our emotions with food. 

This is hard, and sometimes it sucks. You have to sit with your feelings, and sit with these bad days.

It may make you think, ‘why the hell am I doing this?’

You are doing this to set yourself up for never having to do this again.

To not let food have an emotional hold over you.

To not have to cover your emotions with food.

To stop seeing food as an instant gratification reward. 

To learn that you have the power to change your thoughts, beliefs and actions.

When things aren’t going great, this is when you need to do the work the most.

Some positive things you can do when you are having a bad body image day:

  • Journal. Get your thoughts down on paper and out of your head!
  • Wear clothes that make you feel comfortable.
  • Self-care: while it sounds like a 2020/2021 buzzword, it is so necessary to make yourself feel better in the moment. Watch your favorite show, take a nap, throw on a face mask; whatever self-care looks like to you, do that.
  • Look back in the past, and remember what you’ve done has not worked. Yes, you may think a quick fix is restricting to get where you want to be. Take a trip down memory lane, and recognize where that has gotten you.
  • Create a scenario in your mind where your best friend would come to you upset with how she looks. What would you say to her? How would you comfort her? Now, turn that kindness onto yourself.

Remind yourself that you are unlearning years and years of diet culture with support. And when you have the bad days? You’ll need the support. And that’s what I’m here for.

Want more? Join the Food Freedom Society Waitlist where you can heal your relationship with food, stop binge eating & overeating so you can nourish your body & finally stop dieting for good. 

In Food Freedom Society, you’ll be a part of a community of women who get it. Join the waitlist to stay in the know! 

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