We are constantly bombarded with mixed messages from the media and inferences from friends and family about what the perfect body “should ” look like. Despite what the media or your friends or family tell you, you are not meant to hate your body. But I mean, the billion dollar weight loss and beauty industry would crumble if we started to love ourselves for the strong amazing people that we are, so they need to keep telling us we are inadequate the way we are. Your body is magnificent and meant to help you carry out your life. Your job is to love it unconditionally and keep it healthy and nourished.
It takes time to dismantle all the misconceptions around what your body should look like. Daily compassion for yourself and others, mindset shifts, and healing your mind, body, and sprit with energizing and life enhancing foods will help you during this time of growth and healing.
Some key nutrients to help keep you energized and happy through your journey to heal yourself include:
Vitamin C: This nutrient is key for enhancing your energy levels, mood regulation, de- stressing, allergy relief and boosting the immune system. Humans do not naturally make Vitamin C in the body like other animals do, and therefore we must get this vitamin from our diet. The best source of Vitamin C can be found in broccoli, red bell peppers and citrus fruits.
All your B vitamins:– B vitamins are essential for mental health and stress. Because they are water soluble, they need to be replaced daily . Nutritional yeast makes a great source if you are vegetarian or vegan, and can be used in soups, stews, pasta or over popcorn. Nutritional Yeast has a yummy nutty cheesy flavor to it and can also be used as a cheese substitute when making dishes such as mac and cheese.
Magnesium: This nutrient helps to calm the nervous system and is responsible for over 300 chemical processes in the body. Nuts are a great source of magnesium, as well as dark green leafy vegetables. Raw cocoa powder is also high in magnesium and is a powerful anti-oxidant.
Omega 3: This powerful nutrient is essential for brain health, cognition and mood. It also helps to boost immunity and to aid in digestion to insure proper nutrient assimilation. Great sources include flax, chia or hemp seeds, and walnuts.
Zinc: This powerhouse nutrient is responsible for numerous biological processes including mood and energy regulation. As we get older we need more zinc. Deficiency in this mineral can lead to compromised taste buds, memory issues and anorexia.
A great exercise for starting to appreciate your body is to keep an appreciation journal for your body. At the end of the day I like to list out 5-10 things I appreciate my body for. For example, my legs for allowing me to take that peaceful walk in nature, my eyes for being able to see the beauty and abundance around me, my arms for being able to hug my friends and family.
A positive body image takes time to develop, be compassionate with yourself. Nourish your body with nutritious whole foods, spend time in nature and doing what you love, and surrounding yourself with like-minded uplifting friends that will support and encourage you along the way.
As always, if you have any questions please feel free to reach out. I wish you peace, nourishment and joy!