Blogs About 'Body Acceptance'

What If You Weren't At War With Your Body?

My inner rebel is kicking and screaming. I am starting to despair at the messages we receive in women’s magazines. Many years ago, I would have bought these magazines in a flash with the vain hope of looking like one of those models, only to be disappointed and disheartened with my failure. Today I look at those covers and I sigh a deep sigh of despair. I have taken some photos of magazine covers on South African shelves over the last few months. “Look slimmer by Monday”? Firstly,...

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It's That Valentine Time Again: 14 Questions to Help You on Your Way to Loving Yourself

Filed Under: Body Acceptance Change

It’s that Valentine time again. 🙄 My rebellious nature reacts against forced enjoyment time a.k.a New Year’s Eve and forced romantic time a.k.a Valentine’s Day. However, let’s put cynicism aside, the message behind Valentine’s Day is honourable…. When we think about love, we often look at love in relation to having someone to love or someone who loves us back. What if we rather looked at self-love? Self-love is very difficult. We are programmed to be hard on ourselves....

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Body Love

Filed Under: Body Acceptance

I must be honest, I am not a big fan of Valentine’s day, in the same way that I am not a fan of New Year’s Eve parties. I see them both as “compulsory enjoyment” days.  My inner rebel protests and does NOT want to give or receive flowers or go out for dinner on the 14th of February!  I far prefer spontaneity and random romance days! However… I DO like the message of Valentine’s Day… LOVE This Valentine’s Day I want to look at other kinds of love, like love for the precious...

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10 Ways To Make Peace With Food And Your Body

Filed Under: Body Acceptance

So much of our thinking is taken up by what to eat, what not to eat, what to wear and how we look... Imagine if we freed up our thinking around food and our bodies and devoted that time and head space to more meaningful aspects of our lives! Imagine a peaceful relationship with food and our bodies! What difference would that make? How would we show up in the world? How would we treat ourselves and treat others? How would we feel on a daily basis? If we felt peace around our bodies,...

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How to Stop Obsessing About Being Thin

Filed Under: Body Acceptance

“….and I said to my body, softly “I want to be your friend”, it took a long breath and replied “I have been waiting my whole life for this”. Nayyirah Waheed In today’s world it is really difficult for women to feel good about their bodies and to stop pursuing the mythical ideal of thinness. When we are focused on thinness, it creates a dysfunctional relationship with food because we are so obsessed with the number on the scale dropping. When it’s not dropping then we starting thinking...

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Make Peace With Your Body

Filed Under: Body Acceptance

Since the start of the year, I see so many of my clients struggling with judging their bodies, overeating, and body acceptance. What I notice is that the more focused we are on weight loss as the only goal, the more dysfunction we create in our relationship with food and with our bodies. Body love can be a difficult thing to attain but the steps to loving our bodies are neutrality, acceptance, gratitude and then love. Since February is the month of love (and every month should be!!) here is a...

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Do You Compare Your Body?

Filed Under: Body Acceptance

Does this sound familiar to you? You are on the beach and you compare your body to other women’s bodies – thinking – “she has thinner thighs!” or “her stomach is so flat after having 3 kids!” Or you are at a party and you scan the room checking out women’s bodies and comparing them to your own. There’s a term for this…“Comparisonitis” – not really useful at all because the more we compare the more we despair! Think of nature, think of trees for example… Is a bamboo...

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The Pursuit of Thinness

Filed Under: Body Acceptance

I meet so many dynamic and inspiring women in my practice and at my workshops. We talk a lot about our relationship with our bodies, food and eating and a dominant theme that always emerges is the desire to be skinny. The women I see are successful, resourceful, independent, super smart and extraordinarily courageous. And still, the pursuit of skinny seems to overshadow all their other amazing qualities. It’s the one missing ingredient... Imagine if we as women didn’t define our success or...

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Befriending Our Bodies

Filed Under: Body Acceptance

"The body too has it's rights, and it will have them: they cannot be trampled on without peril. The body ought to be the soul’s best friend. Many good men however have neglected to make it such: so it has become a fiend and has plagued them." ~ Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1826 This past weekend, I had the privilege of teaching a workshop at Emoyeni Retreat Centre with an incredibly knowledgeable colleague and friend, RJ Chippendal. We were...

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Self Compassion

Filed Under: Body Acceptance

How can the practice of self-compassion help with overeating? Can you believe that we are already at the end of the 3rd week of January!? I like to start my new year according to the Chinese calendar in the middle of February, it just gives me more time to adjust to the concept of a new year...This year, my intention is to practice more self compassion. I was introduced to the concept of self compassion by Kristen Neff - she has a wonderful TED talk. For some reason we believe that if we are...

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