072. Why You Need To Accept Your Body TODAY (even if you don’t love it)

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Hey there, it’s Ryann from the Food Freedom Lab. Today, let’s dive into a heart-to-heart about body image. I know it’s a sensitive topic, and it’s easier said than done, but let’s chat through it together. I’m Ryann, your host, a licensed therapist, certified nutritionist, and a recovered binge eater. Welcome to the Food Freedom Lab, where we keep it real, raw, and authentic. So, grab your snacks, and let’s get into it.

Body Image Struggles

Let’s address the fear and struggle with body changes during recovery. It’s a common challenge, questioning if the changes are worth the freedom. In the chaos of disordered eating, it’s easy to forget what you gain in recovery. Body hate is learned, not innate, and acknowledging this is the first step to change.

Body Acceptance

In the beginning of recovery, the fear of seeing your body change can be daunting. But let’s explore the concept of acceptance. Acceptance doesn’t mean you love or even like your body; it simply means acknowledging and embracing what is offered today. Your body is changing, and it’s okay not to love it right now.

The Pimple Analogy

Consider waking up with a pimple. You can hate it all day, but that won’t make it disappear. Acceptance, in this context, means acknowledging the pimple, tending to it, and moving on. It’s the difference between misery and embracing reality.

The Power of Acceptance

Acceptance isn’t about liking your body; it’s about acknowledging and choosing not to fight a battle you can’t control. Hating your body hasn’t made you feel better or led to positive changes. What might happen if you choose to accept your body today, even if you don’t love it?

Three Key Points on Body Acceptance

  1. Acceptance Doesn’t Equal Love:
    • Accepting your body doesn’t mean you love or even like it. It’s acknowledging and embracing what is today. Stop wasting energy on rejection and hatred.
  2. Acceptance and Change:
    • Acceptance doesn’t mean you’re against change. It’s choosing not to fight a battle you can’t control. You can want change while accepting your body as it is today.
  3. Easier Care for Accepted Bodies:
    • Accepting your body makes it easier to do things that make you feel good. When you appreciate and care for your body, positive actions become more achievable.

Next time you look in the mirror and feel the urge to reject what you see, try these reframes. You don’t have to love your body to accept it. Rejecting it doesn’t change it. Accept your body today, even if change is desired. It’s about making peace with your body. Remember, acceptance is a powerful step toward building a better body image.

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Ryann Nicole

Licensed Therapist, Certified Nutritionist, and Virtual Wellness Coach

Ryann is a licensed therapist and virtual wellness coach who has assisted individuals worldwide in establishing a healthier relationship with food and their bodies.

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