As I have celebrated in earlier posts, we are all unique. We are not meant to look the same regardless of what the current fashion or fitness trends promote.
I embrace the Ayurveda approach to help our understanding of body and mind.
It offers an alternative explanation as to why some people are unhealthy and unhappy when they appear underweight, whilst others have this experience when they are a healthy weight or carrying extra weight.
It also explains why diets don’t work.
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Take your weight off your mind: Is your weight a body or mind issue?
What you think about your body weight may have a large impact on your ability to enjoy a healthy and happy life. Take your weight off your mind, allow yourself to consider the possibility that your weight is not your fault, and focus on what makes you feel vibrant and alive.
Healthy weight range
#1 Your weight is within the healthy range for your height and age (as per health recommendations) Yes/No
#2 Your weight is within your optimal range for your health and fitness (this is based on your personal experience as an adult) Yes/No
# 3 Do you have any health conditions that improve by having a healthy body weight, such as high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, and arthritis?
#4 Do you feel that your health would improve if you lost or gained weight? Yes/No
It is important to remember that not everyone fits into the recommended weight range. These recommendations are a guide only. You can carry more or less weight than is recommended and still experience good health.
This is where our food and other lifestyle choices become important. By changing how we eat, sleep, move and breathe we can improve our health and happiness.
We may or may not lose weight, but still receive great benefit.
Eating for You promotes a compassionate and mindful approach to your total lifestyle.
Weight and happiness
#5 Do you feel that your happiness would improve if you lost or gained weight? Yes/No
#6 Do you believe that you would be happier if your body shape and size changed? Yes/No
#7 Do you feel guilty if you gain weight? Yes/No
#8 Do you measure your self-worth on how you look? Yes/No
#9 Would you like to eat in a way that is more intuitive, nourishes you and doesn’t require restriction? Yes/No
Taking care of yourself and presenting the best version of you to the world are worthwhile goals.
However, measuring your self-worth on what you eat and your body weight is limiting your potential.
And don’t beat yourself up for thinking this way.
We are introduced to the concept of being thin as good in our childhood.
I still recall a conversation between two adults in my family about weight. The words I remember are:
“She will never be as thin as her sister.”
As a child, I didn’t know what thin was, but I gathered it was good!
Our minds can become consumed with any number of things, so if body weight has become your main focus…
the first thing to do is recognise that this may be making life harder for you.
Then consider an approach that supports nourishment rather than restriction.
Eating for You is an alternative to dieting and is based on the practice of mindful eating.
It allows us to reconnect with our habits and drivers (motivations), and assess whether they are supporting or detracting from our health and happiness.
Mindfulness encourages us to treat ourselves with kindness and compassion.
My book, Eating for You will help you to take your weight off your mind, and find lasting solutions for your health and happiness.
In my next post, I explain the importance of self-talk, the voices inside us, which build or destroy our self-worth, health, and happiness.
This post also questions whether there is a separation between our body and mind at all.