Ditch Your Resolutions – Shake Up Your Self-Worth

Ditch Your Resolutions – Shake Up Your Self-Worth

Coming into 2019, did you have a ‘New Year, New Me’ attitude?

Did you set yourself radical resolutions in an attempt to instigate meaningful change in your life?

The ‘all or nothing in the New Year’ attitude is a dangerous one.

Basing your self-worth on the ability to reach an unattainable goal is automatically setting you up for failure.

If you are setting goals that are unrealistic on the 1st January, unfortunately, they are still going to be unrealistic goals throughout the year. 

When you are unable to immediately satisfy these unrealistic expectations, you may become disheartened, and disappointed with yourself and your inability to achieve.

The reality is, these goals were never achievable in the first place, so no meaningful change can occur in this mindset.

Toxic Comparisons and Toxic Endorsements by Toxic Celebrities

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So often your ‘resolutions’ are influenced by what you see on social media or in magazines, without realising the underlying toxicity of comparison.

How many times have you seen an Instagram picture of a ‘skinny’ Instamodel, compared yourself, and not felt good enough or that your life wasn’t interesting or exciting?

This kind of comparison is deeply toxic and unhealthy.

When you compare yourself to others, you are doing yourself a disservice.

Furthermore, how many times have you seen celebrities endorsing weight loss products like ‘flat-tummy-tea’, ‘appetite suppressant lollipops’, or ‘skinny shakes’?

Have you ever purchased, or thought about purchasing these products under the promise they will make you look like these celebrities?

The unfortunate truth is that these products are unhealthy, laxative-based or stimulant-based, and provide your body with none of the nutrition it needs to function well.

These products will not make you look like a celebrity or give you the life of a celebrity (everything in your life will be the same and nothing will have changed).

In the New Year especially, celebrities take advantage of people hoping to better themselves by using exploitive phrases like ‘did you overindulge at Christmas?’ or ‘how to lose that holiday weight’.

They then market these expensive products with an exclusive discount code, which is usually a variation of their name, to track how many customers they are bringing in and their subsequent commission.

It’s imperative to remember that these celebrities are being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to promote these products to their impressionable fan base.

The Truth Behind ‘Perfection’

These celebrities will never cite what has really given them their aesthetics:

  • Plastic surgeons;
  • Nutritionists;
  • Personal trainers;
  • Personal chefs;
  • Photoshop artists, and
  • Other lifestyle elements that most of the general population will never have access to.

Therefore, it is so important to recognise when you are under toxic influences, and realise how they are affecting your self-worth, self-esteem, life satisfaction, happiness and ability to self-love.

Change of Attitude and Self-Love Endorsements by Ethical Celebrities

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Thankfully, more people in the spotlight are encouraging a change in attitude and calling out this harmful agenda.

A great example of this is Jameela Jamil, an actor in ‘The Good Place’…

In regard to scrapping all-or-nothing New Year’s resolutions, she encourages her following to ‘stop with the crazy diets, and instead of radical self-change, to strive for radical self-love this year!

This is a wonderful, empowering and uplifting quote; a refreshingly honest celebrity stance.

This is a woman to follow!

My personality is beyond all measurement!

Jameela herself suffered from an eating disorder.

‘I was the teenager who starved herself for years, who spent all her money on these miracle cures and laxatives and tips from celebrities on how to maintain a weight that was lower than what my body wanted it to be’. 

This is a classic example of the miseducation that influences young people, and how it can affect people well into adulthood. Jameela’s perception of self, much like most of us, was radically altered by mainstream media and social normalities. 

In response to the toxicity in the media, Jameela founded the i_weigh campaign, arguing that the true value of you cannot be measured on scale.

We are worth so much more than that.

Who we are is far more complex.

We are comprised of so much more.

And thus, i_weigh was born.

Related: Be More Confident By Growing Your Self-Worth

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Find Your Supportive Squad!

Start following people on social media who care about the betterment of other people and surround yourself with people and messages that lift you up and inspire you!

Stop following people on social media with unhealthy and toxic messages that make you compare or pull your self-worth down. If the message tear you down and make you feel awful about yourself, click un-follow or BLOCK!

Focus less on comparison, and instead practice gratitude about your uniqueness, because no one else is quite like you!

Appreciate what makes you, YOU!

Rather Than Setting Resolutions, Practice Self-Love!

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The person I am all-year-round is worthy of self-love!

This year, I challenge you to ditch your resolutions, and instead actively practice self-worth and self-love all year round.

At the end of the day, and all year round, you’re worth your weight in gold.

If you are stuck in a cycle of yo-yo dieting, body dysmorphia or disordered eating behaviours such as Binge Eating or Emotional Eating, Fit Minds & Bodies Clinic can help you.

We help you to get to the root cause of your unhealthy patterns and behaviours that are keeping you stuck. 

We will support you to reach balance and sustainability for your health and happiness.

If you are ready to get off the rollercoaster, book an appointment with Fit Minds & Bodies Clinic today!

Thinking you are fat makes you fat

Thinking you are fat makes you fat

In our society striving to be thin, and keeping up with the unrealistically thin bodies of celebrities, causes many to perceive themselves as ‘fat’ when they are not.

Now we have proof that thinking you ‘are fat’ WILL MAKE YOU FAT!

A study by Cuypers and colleagues at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology found that 78% of girls who ‘felt fat’ in their teen years actually became overweight or obese in adult life.

Most importantly, it was noted that waist circumferences that classified them as obese, not BMIs.

“Perceiving themselves as fat even though they are not may actually cause normal weight children to become overweight as adults,” says Koenraad Cuypers, a researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Some of the reasons for the link between thinking and being fat in later life may start with behavioural changes found in teens who think they are fat.

Some of the behavioural changes may continue into adulthood and include:

Disordered Eating Patterns

As a teenager, disordered eating patterns such as:

  • Skipping breakfast;
  • Skipping other meals;
  • Restricting food intake, and 
  • Dieting etc…, 

negatively affect metabolism, stress, hormone production and brain function as you grow into an adult. 

Stress

Stress, anxiety and obsession about:

  • Weight;
  • Dieting;
  • Food, and 
  • Exercise, 

produce stress hormones that affect metabolism, hormone production, brain function and fat retention (particularly abdominal). 

Dieting

Going on and off restrictive diets cause stress to the brain and body and changes the function of all aspects of the brain and body.

“Thinking fat” and then “getting fat” is not limited to teenagers.

 

According to the article, “Similar studies have previously been conducted in normal weight adult men and women.

These studies have also shown an increase in weight over time in those who perceived themselves as too fat.” 

Society and the Struggle For the Ideal Body

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If you type “ideal body” into a google search there are many articles about what the ideal body should look like and even “programs” to reach the “ideal body”.

When you look at the magazines in the rack when you are buying your groceries you are bombarded with glossy, “perfect” and photoshopped women and men. 

When you scroll through your social media you are constantly bombarded with images of people with filters and poses to make them look a specific way.

You will notice when a celebrity, or someone with a lot of followers posts a picture of themselves to their feed, people comment on their body – positively and negatively. 

Society has a major impact on the way we perceive ourselves and this can lead to many health issues including:

  • Extreme dieting;
  • Over-exercising;
  • Eating disorders, or
  • Disordered eating such as Binge Eating and Food Addiction. 

The social pressure present in your life, can not only lead to physical health issues but can also lead to poor:

  • Self-esteem;
  • Self-image;
  • Body-acceptance;
  • Self-confidence;
  • Self-worth;
  • Self-belief, and
  • Much more. 

Be a Role Model for Teens

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It is essential to provide a buffer between society beliefs and the media and our teens.

Parents, teachers and other key people, in teens lives, need to become healthy body role models.

How often do you find yourself, as an adult, looking in the mirror and saying “these jeans make my butt look big,” or asking someone “does this outfit make me look fat?”

As teenagers go through adolescence they mimic the behaviour of the adults around them. 

Most importantly though, is acknowledging role models for their positive internal qualities such as kindness, sharing, courageous, forgiving etc.

The best gift you can give your children is the gift of teaching them how to treat others with respect, kindness and humility.

Love Yourself and Your Body

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Change your Language

It starts and ends with you!

Small actions can make a big difference.

If you wouldn’t say something to your best friend, why are you saying it to yourself?

Every time you talk to yourself and look at yourself in the mirror, you have the choice to lift yourself down or lift yourself up.

The more you embrace being positive accepting and confident about who you are and your body NOW, the more energy and happiness levels will naturally increase. 

Balance is the Key

Balance the not so healthy foods with healthy food.

If you are eating at least 80% healthy food every day you should reach a healthy balance as you change eating habits.

For example, if you have a creamy pasta bake, add 3-4 vegetables such as carrot, broccoli, peas, cauliflower, pumpkin etc.. 

Keep Moving

Look for opportunities to be active.

Cliché as it sounds, it does work:

  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator;
  • Park further away at the shopping centre;
  • Go outside with the kids and play;
  • Go Swimming, and
  • Do whatever is enjoyable for you to get your body moving. 

Feel good about just being you

Listen to yourself, your body and use your intuition to continue to learn about yourself and grow.

Along your journey be positive, kind, caring and understanding.

Allowing yourself to accept yourself empowers you to:

  • Acknowledge who you are;
  • Celebrate yourself, your achievements and milestones;
  • Change for yourself, without comparison or judgement, and
  • To be the person you want to be. 

If you are struggling with weight issues and/or Disordered Eating, Fit Minds & Bodies Clinic can help you get to the underlying issues of your health problems.

We specialise in weight management, Food Addiction and Disordered Eating such as Emotional Eating, Stress Eating, Binge Eating, Night-time Eating, Dieting and More.

Fit Minds & Bodies Clinic can help you build the life that you want and become the person you to be through a process of education, skill development, healing and achievement.

Diet Food – Not So Healthy Food

Diet Food – Not So Healthy Food

Australia’s leading nutritionists and diet experts tested the nutritional value of diet foods produced by weight loss companies.

The findings were surprising!

It was found that pre-packaged weight loss foods have poor nutritional quality!

This finding comes soon after another study that was released that found that, some Weight Watchers packaged products actually contained more kilojoules, when compared with other brands.

The Weight Loss Industry is worth $650 billion per year with 2.3 million Australians buying into the messages and marketing hype.

Could these programs and companies really be helping you lose weight or getting you ‘hooked’ on their foods, so you come back again and again?

So What Exactly is in Those Pre-Packaged Foods?

The Australian Women’s Weekly essentially dissected frozen meals, produced by the ‘big’ weight loss companies in Australia like Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers.

The basic components were broken down, identified, weighed and then sent off for analysis.

These are promoted as diet foods to help you to lose weight and be healthy however, the results debunked the claims promoted by the packaging and marketing claims, as well as the nutritional panel.

For example, the Jenny Craig’s Crumbed Fish & Wedges meal was found to have potato wedges as the biggest component in the meal at 38%, which is not an indication of a balanced main meal.

The same meal also has beef tallow or beef fat (a source of saturated fat) as its second biggest component.

Jenny Craig Responds to Women’s Weekly

Jenny Craig responded to questions about their pre-packaged frozen diet meals. 

This is in response to a test finding that discovered that Jenny Craig’s meals, are not conducive to a well-balanced meal and contain saturated fat.

The responses by Jenny Craig tend to skirt around some of the issues.

See what you think about their responses and determine if you think that they are a positive or negative influence in the weight loss industry.

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Dieting and diet foods actually makes the issue worse.

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