Cultivating a healthy relationship with our bodies can change our perspectives on how we view ourselves, the foods we eat, and our accomplishments. Team Cellucor’s Maria Moda shared key tips to help develop a healthy relationship with one’s body.
Show Gratitude for Your Body
Not only do a lot of people do this, but I most certainly did. I always set out to achieve, and I did achieve, these extreme body images. I was trying to change my body because I didn’t love it. I was sitting there picking it apart and finding all the things I thought were wrong with it. This creates a state of resistance, so that no matter what you achieve, you always have a feeling of not being enough. When you shift your focus from rejection to gratitude as far as your body’s concerned it’s a game-changer.
Mind Your Self-Talk
What are you saying when you’re thinking of your body? Is it negative? If it is, be conscious of it and shift it. A great way of shifting from rejection to gratitude is to focus on the amazing things your body does for you. Our bodies keep us alive, keep us healthy, fight off viruses. Even though sometimes we don’t give it the best food or all the rest that it requires, our bodies still fight every day to keep us running efficiently and healthy.
Avoid Deprivation to Hit Fitness Goals
If you deprive your body of food and nutrition, you’re going to have a lot of long-term side effects. I used to think that if I eat less, I’ll get skinny, and everything will look great. Yes, you may have some immediate weight loss but in the long term, your body is going to store more fat. You’re going to slow down your metabolism and your body is going to store everything; it does the opposite of what you’re thinking it might do. Not only does your body need nutrients but your brain does too. If you starve yourself, you’re going to feel foggy, you’ll be unable to think clearly, sharply, or pay attention.
Nourish Your Body with Whole Foods
A lot of the problems that we have come from the foods that we eat. Processed foods are loaded with chemicals and preservatives. Focus on getting food that is fresh. If you’re eating meat try to get ones that are organic and grass-fed., Try to keep it as clean as possible.
Have Fun With Your Workouts & Food
I cannot stress this enough. Have fun and don’t think of it as a chore. Try to find ways to explore your body and explore your strength. The relationship you have with your body sets the relationship that you have with everything else in your life. A great way to do this is to get a workout buddy or find a community. Try different kinds of workouts, maybe yoga, taking classes, boxing...it doesn’t have to be bodybuilding even though that’s my favorite. Just do whatever feels right to you, makes you feel happy, and helps you celebrate your body.