Body Image

10 tips on self-acceptance

August 28, 2015

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A Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) with a master's degree in dietetics & nutrition. My passion is helping you find peace with food - and within yourself.

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The following tips are paraphrased from the book Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self-Acceptance by Rosie Molinary. I love that this book has a tip for every day of the year.  Just consider what a different place you would be in a year from now if you committed to practicing one of these tips every day.

  1. Name your inner critic – Give a name to the voice in your head that nags you and tells you that you're not skinny enough.  Talk back to the voice.
  2. Ditch the fat chat – Fat talk is far too common among women.  When someone criticizes herself in front of you, don't join in.  Stop body bashing.
  3. Create a self-appreciation jar – Put a monetary deposit in it every time you say something negative about yourself.  Reinvest the money in doing something kind for yourself.
  4. Realize that your dissatisfaction is not about your body – What is your dissatisfaction really about?  Journal about this.
  5. Stop comparing – Who are you comparing yourself to and in what ways?  How does comparing make you feel?  Bring awareness to this habit and make a conscious effort to stop comparing.
  6. Watch the Dove videos – Only 2% of women report feeling good about themselves.  The Dove Campaign for Real Beauty has created numerous YouTube videos redefining beauty.  It's really inspirational.
  7. Accept your imperfections – Nobody is perfect because we're human.  Given that we all have imperfections, acknowledge and accept yours.  Laugh about them.  Apologize when you make a mistake.  Embrace who you are, both strengths and challenges.
  8. Embrace your passion – What brings you joy and satisfaction?  By engaging in these endeavors you are energized and more confident.  Take the focus off your body and shift it to your passions.
  9. Ditch what doesn't fit – It takes a toll on your body image to have a closet full of clothing that doesn't fit your body as it is today.  Sort through your clothes and get rid of the things that don't fit.  Donate them or sell them at consignment.  Invest in pieces that fit your body now.
  10. Don't be a consumer – Take a hiatus from purchasing beauty and clothing products.  By constantly purchasing new makeup or clothing we are searching for happiness and enoughness in material goods.  The beauty industry is driven by the money they make when you feel inadequate. You are already beautiful the way you are. 

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