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Mental Health, | 07.25.22

Self Image in the Summer

Ella Fitzgerald sang it best: “Summertime and the livin’ is easy…”

And yet, summer can also become fraught with our food and weight issues. Especially the thief and terrorist disguised as our body image. 

With the heat and the shorts and the pool parties, our internal dialogue can get really loud, really fast, and take us really far away from our overall goals of freedom. And while we can talk volumes about body appreciation and body acceptance, there is one thing we overlook when our body image thoughts start to roar: How’s your food and food behavior?

Body Image. The thief and terrorist we call body image loves to take advantage of you anywhere it can – and so if you are not living with integrity when it comes to food, you can be certain that the voices of negative body image will be louder than you want them to be. Give them an inch and they will take a mile. In short: how can you expect to love your body when you’re not doing loving things to your body? The amazing truth is that your louder thoughts will quiet down when you take different and better care of your recovery.

Observe and Plan. For some of us, it might be necessary to do a little midsummer-spot-check of your food and food behaviors. Put the energy that you’re spending on your body to ensure that your food is as close to plan as possible.

The bottom line; if you’re harming your body, it’s very hard to feel positive in your body. As we say at Beacon – food first – let’s work to have your food and food behaviors as full of love and integrity as possible.

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