Body Image

Repost: Everything I need to know about body image I learned from my dog

December 28, 2016

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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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This was one of my first ever blog posts.  I was thumbing back through them, and this one is still near and dear to my heart because it continues to resonate so much.  As the new year approaches, consider letting go of resolutions that are about controlling your eating, exercise or body.  And please, I'm begging you, don't go on a diet.  It won't work.  You know it as well as I do.  What about a resolution to "just be" in your body?  You don't have to love it or even like it.  In fact, you don't even really have to think about it very much.  Listen to the signals it sends and respond accordingly.  And between those times, live a vibrant and fulfilling life.  

With love,



Animals are amazing. They are intuitive, passionate, and playful and totally secure in their bodies. What it would be like to channel that attitude in our daily lives! Here are few things I have observed about my dog:

  • She eats when she is hungry and stops when she is full.
  • She has never visited a gym or run on a treadmill and seems to derive great pleasure from playing outside.
  • When she wants some affection she insists upon it until she gets it. She’s not ashamed about the size or shape of her body.
  • She doesn’t seem to have an emotional attachment to her food.

Next time you are experiencing a “fat attack” ask yourself, "What would my pet do right now?" Chances are the animal would want some play time or maybe even a nap. Sounds a lot more enjoyable than hitting the gym and depriving yourself of dessert, huh?

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