Breaking news! A whole new set of Vitamins has been discovered that can nourish our bodies and minds, support a better body image and help us make peace with food. No gimmicks! No fads! Just real results that you won’t believe! Kate* , 42 from Melbourne says “I must admit, I was a bit skeptical, but once I started taking the Body Positive Wellbeing Vitamins, I couldn’t believe the transformation! I’m now much happier, confident and feel awesome going out. My kids don’t recognise me, and my husband is so proud……thanks Body Positive Wellbeing Vitamins!”
These vitamins have remained hidden by the manipulative veil of the dieting and weight loss industry, but health experts are now able to reveal that, in fact, we’ve all been duped and there are many ways to enjoy wellbeing that doesn’t involve counting calories, caning ourselves in the gym or speaking badly about our bodies.
*name changed for privacy reasons
In other news, water is wet and Usain Bolt is quite a fast runner.
We’re calling this a #foodreboot and invite you to take a look at how you can get your daily dose of these essential vitamins (for the once-only price of……free!). Wellbeing is about SO much more than what you eat, how you move your body etc., but when we ignore the myriad of factors that can REALLY make a difference, we miss oppportunities to connect with life in a way that’s really meaningful.
So to get us started, we’ll reveal Vitamins A through to E – scientists and wellbeing experts are still working on the rest but stay tuned on Facebook HERE and Instagram @themindfuldietitian as more life-changing nutrients are revealed! As a bonus offer (for the once-only price of…..free!), you’ll enjoy the peace of mind that there’s not a one-size fits all approach and that having a more positive and relaxed relationship with food does not come with a meal plan #sorrynotsorry 😉
Vitamin A: ADVENTURE
Nah, we’re not getting all nerdy on you, we’re changing things up and as of today, your daily dose of Vitamin A = ADVENTURE
You don’t need to climb Mt Everest for a bit of adventure! Spicing things up with your food and eating experiences (literally, if you wish!) can reignite interest, joy and connection with foods that help feel genuinely good. Ask yourself “how much am I enjoying the meals I‘m eating at the moment?” If things are feeling a little dull, that’s a red flag for you. You’re more likely to eat habitually or reactively if you’re not enjoying your food which can compound difficulties you may already be having with eating, or other things in your life.
Feel like some inspiration? You could try:
– a new recipe (I love Super Food Ideas or www.taste.com.au)
– a new take on an old fave (such as Sarah’s Mexican lasagne*)
– a new restaurant, take-out, or food truck
– a different eating location eg. picnic
*Sarah’s Mexican Lasagne
Basic bolognese recipe, add burrito/fajita seasoning
Cheese, spinach, capsicum, corn (go wild with your own additions here!)
Alternate layers of “mexican bolognese” with wraps and other ingredients in a deep, round pie dish (similar to lasagne layering)
Top with grated cheese
Serve with sour cream, guacamole, salsa or your own choice of toppings
Vitamin B = BRAVE
Your daily dose of Vitamin B is no longer Thiamin, Riboflavin and Niacin (although those are quite handy for energy!), but instead we invite you to explore how you can get a daily dose of BRAVERY.
Bravery is being willing to step into a space of discomfort, it’s about taking risks without being certain of the outcome, it’s about trust, and faith and most of all it’s about moving in the direction of the things in life that are truly meaningful to you whilst acknowleding that things in life don’t always turn out the way we would wish.
A brave eater is one who is willing to step into an uncomfortable place (such as eating more, or eating a wider variety of foods, or attempting some intervention strategies with binge eating), without knowing exactly how things will turn out. A brave eater is one who is willing to trust, or develop trust, to have a more positive relationship with food.
It takes a VERY brave person to acknowledge that what they’ve been doing (particularly if it’s been for a long time) isn’t working out so well. It takes a sh$tload of courage to turn away from the dominant dieting and weight-focussed paradigm to stand courageous in your own truth, in the body you have now. To nourish yourself from a place of respect and care. And it IS possible. It’s definitely possible. But yes, you will need your dose of Vitamin B.
In practice, being brave with your eating means:
– turning away from dieting, or restrictive eating
– not engaging with diet, or weight loss chatter
– actively making efforts to change what you see on Social Media, changing your “feed” so to speak to make it more positive and helpful
– giving foods, or meals a go even if it feels scary
– seeking and using your existing supports
We are incredibly privileged to know so many very brave people. Our clients who gather courage every day to step away from dieting and body hatred, instead moving towards a more peaceful relationship with food, eating and their body. And our colleagues, who are working to shift the paradigm from weight, to wellbeing by persistently advocating for body positivity and size diversity, for providing services that compassionate and promote healing, and are spreading the body positive message, one person at a time. We admire, respect and salute you -every single one of you.
Happy Brave Day everyone!
Vitamin C – CONNECTION
Connection is one of the most important aspects of health, wellbeing and healing. It’s well documented that feeling connected, in a way that’s meaningful to you, promotes whole-body wellbeing. Through connection, we are reminded that we are not alone, or broken. It is from this place that we can find room for healing.
Connect with your food by:
Pausing just before you start eating
Sending out a little gratitude
Connect with your eating experience by:
Using all your senses to to pay attention to the aromas, flavours and textures of your meal
Stay calm & steady, gently reminding yourself to come back to your breath, or present moment experience.
Connect with yourself by honouring your body signals of hunger, fullness and the subtle cues in between.
And yes, it’s no mistake that “C” is also the essential nutrient in the background of this pic – CAFFEINE, fuelling RIPE Group Therapy since 2004 🙂
Vitamin D = DIVERSITY
When we search for the “one right way” we miss valuable learning opportunities about ways of eating, moving, resting and connecting that are most suitable for us (remembering that this can change over time, keeping us on our toes!). Your body, and your eating habits will change significantly over your years of life, and we have the option of celebrating this, rather than commiserating over inevitable change.
Let’s celebrate diversity by
– cultivating respect and appreciation of your unique body, and the bodies of others
– step back from criticising ourselves and others about perceived flaws
– opening our eyes to the deep beauty in diversity, much as we would do in nature. Who wants just one sort of tree? Nup!
– speak with our children, and other special people in our lives about diversity – that everyone’s different, and that’s a GOOD thing! Plus, everyone is human and we treat everyone with respect.
– cleaning out your social media feeds that show you only one type of body, or before/after photos. Basically anything that imprints the “one good body” in your brain or makes you feel bad.
And most importantly, really contemplating the idea (I don’t mean a fleeting thought, I might sit down and think about it) that there is no one right way to eat that leads to best health, or a certain body. There isn’t. And the sooner you can let go of this, the better. Then you can move on, listen to YOUR body, and find out what helps you feel as good as possible.
We do not have to fall hook line and sinker for our cultures harping on about diet and bodies, We’re all capable of making our own decisions about what we do with your bodies. You can heal. And although this is certainly not a simple task if you’ve battled in your relationship with food, eating and your body, it is possible to move towards a place of greater peace.
In the absence of REAL Vitamin D here in Melbourne today (come back sunshine!!!), take a look around and absorb some diversity today.
VITAMIN E = EMBRACE *ALL FOODS*
Embracing all foods is about developing the skills (yes, it takes practice) to lean into the idea that there’s no such thing as “good” or “bad” foods. Here’s my little litmus test with regards to food choices:
Helping me feel good, and get my shit done?
Yes? Great. No? Time to re-evaluate. And at the end of the day it’s#yourfoodyourbusiness
Ask yourself – Are food rules helping you feel better, helping you get where you want to go in life? What are you missing out on because of all the time, energy and brain space spent planning, counting, berating, name-calling etc?
Embracing all foods is about becoming more flexible, and connected with your eating experiences. But we totally get that moving in this direction isn’t easy-peasy (which I wrote about here):
Embracing *all foods* is about choosing foods that help you feel good. If you have a health or medical condition where certain foods help, or don’t help you feel good, then that’s part of managing your wellbeing. For example, I don’t tell someone with a nut allergy to “embrace ALL foods!” without being respectful of a medical condition. Same with Coeliac Disease or anything that needs to be managed with specific dietary modifications. And everyone is so different – the choices you make at any one point in your life with simply reflect that – where you are in your life. Foods that help you feel good may or may not help others feel good, as vice versa.
Keep your eyes on your own plate. Eat for wellbeing, eat for joy. Eat for the stuff you gotta get done!!